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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

Life Sciences + Lab

Since our founding in 1956, McGough has collaborated with a wide range of Life Sciences + Lab clients. We continuously innovate our Life Sciences + Lab project approaches resulting in superior outcomes and exceptional experiences for our clients.

To learn more about McGough's Life Sciences + Lab expertise, contact Tom Hannasch and Dave Pothen.

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