M.A. Mortenson Co. has been chosen as the developer for the research campus of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center (DMC) in downtown Rochester.

The six-block subdistrict which will be called Discovery Square is supposed to "serve as a point where physicians and scientists will come together with businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate advancements in medical research and technology for critical advances in patient care," according to an announcement.

"Discovery Square's establishment is a critical component of the greater DMC vision, and the collaboration with Mortenson brings Mayo Clinic closer to realizing the positive impact that Discovery Square will make," said Jeff Bolton, vice president of administration for Mayo Clinic, in a statement.

In June, Mayo Clinic revealed its vision for Discovery Square which is a key part of the 20-year plan for the DMC that was born from a combination of billions of dollars in Mayo, private-sector and taxpayer money.

"We are honored to partner with Mayo Clinic on their vision for a global destination for health and wellness in Rochester," said David Mortenson, chairman of Golden Valley-based M.A. Mortenson Company.

The groundbreaking of the first structures at Discovery Square is slated to begin in late 2017. The first of several buildings is scheduled to be to be completed and occupied by 2019.