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Hormel Institute, International Center for Research and Technology

Life Sciences + Labs

Project Description

This 46,500 SF addition to The Hormel Institute was constructed in 2007–2008. The $22.05 million project was a collaboration of The Hormel Foundation, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Foundation. The addition enabled The Hormel Institute to become a part of the emerging bioscience corridor in southern Minnesota. The project also involved a 27,000 SF remodeling of two older buildings.

In 2014–2015, a 72,520 SF expansion doubled the size of the research facility, adding lab space and the Ray Live Learning Center. Features of the combined $24.3 million project include 20 state-of-the-art labs, a cryoelectronic microscope that fills an entire room, a soundproof lab that mitigates vibration to keep the microscope from moving, patient rooms, a 250-seat auditorium and an open room for meetings.


46,500 SF


RSP Architects


Austin, MN

Science + Lab

McGough has an extensive history building complex science and technology facilities. We understand the challenges associated with their construction and fit-up. McGough’s team of project managers, schedulers, superintendents and field personnel are experienced in handling the many intricacies of these projects. From laboratory spaces to clean rooms and from medical device manufacturing projects to fully integrated processing plants, McGough is a uniquely qualified construction partner.

Contact Tom Hannasch or Dave Pothen to learn more.

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