M.A. Mortenson Co. has been chosen as the developer for the research campus of Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center, often called the DMC, in downtown Rochester.

The six-block subdistrict, to 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 is being paid for by 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 Mortenson.

The groundbreaking is slated in late 2017. The first of several buildings is scheduled to be to be completed and occupied by 2019.

Kraus-Anderson builds bee lab for U

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. has finished a $4.8 million bee research facility on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

The goal of the Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, at 1634 Gortner Av., is to “facilitate groundbreaking work on bee health and biodiversity.”

“At the University of Minnesota, we’re discovering solutions every day to protect bees, which, in turn, will help to protect our food supply and human health,” Marla Spivak, a professor and honeybee expert, said in a statement.

The 10,875-square foot research lab was designed by Minneapolis-based firm Alliiance and has room for lab space, honey extraction, observation hive space, offices and equipment.