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University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan


UMR campus expansion to accomodate about 1,500 students initially.

Beam Project Type: Planning Project Phase: Plan
Detailed Description

2014 September UMR Plan PDF File




Design Principles 1 - 4


Open Space Framework


Pedestrian Framework


Bicycle Framework 


Transit Framework


Vehicle Access and Parking




UMR-1 Program


Appendix - Scenarios


UMR Master Plan (Septermber, 2014): Hot Links: PDF File Link




2009 Verison 

2009 UMR Master Plan

Future UMR campus changing downtown neighborhood

PB Article - September 11, 2014

Post Bulletin Article - April 26, 2014


Strategies (Principles)

  1. Leverage public-private partnerships to build capital projects, deliver educational programs, and create research opportunities
  2. Establish a front door opening from downtown Rochester into the education district and a gateway from the education district to soldiers field park.
  3. Maintain transparent and active ground floor uses
  4. Maintain a connected and pedestrian-friendly district throughout
  5. Create a strong architectural identity along Broadway and 6th street
  6. Encourage walking, cycling, transit use, and other alternatives to private vehicles
  7. Hold all capital projects to UM's B3 sustainability guidelines

PlanScape: Economic Development ; Education ; Recreation & Open Space

DMC: Learning Environment ; UMR and Recreation

Community Health:


  1. Expand UM Educational Programs in the Health Sciences
  2. Enhance Partnerships in Research Built on the Strengths and Interests of the Mayo Clinic, IBM and the University of Minnesota System
  3. Offer Innovative and Cost-Effective Approaches to Education and Research Establish UMR as a progressive, entrepreneurial leader in the University of Minnesota system
  4. Contribute to Economic Growth 



  1. A near-term enrollment goal of 1,500 students in Rochester and an ultimate enrollment of 5,000 students.
  2. At the municipal level, UMR will catalyze both direct and indirect job creation and capital investment. By locating the campus downtown, UMR will invigorate demand for goods and services in the city’s core. The attractiveness of the campus will stimulate demand for non-university growth in the downtown, curbing the recent history of sprawling growth.

Highlight Activities

Convene and establish a formal Private Public Partnership

Harmonizing with DMC Plan's Education and Recreation District Concept


Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Economic Development, Education, Recreation & Open Space

October 01, 2017 TBD: University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan

PB reports "The University of Minnesota Rochester is taking another step toward its future goal of building a 10-acre college campus at the edge of downtown."

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November 27, 2017: World's Best Workforce Plan goals not met

Slow progress. 5 Goals not met:  All children are ready for kindergarten, Third-grade literacy, Close all academic achievement gaps, Have all high school graduates career and college ready, Graduate all students from HS

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November 06, 2017: Groundbreaking Building 1 Discovery Square

The building will be the first of several science and research complexes that could total up to 2 million square feet in the 16-block Discovery Square area.

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November 04, 2017: DMCC approves $22M in capitral improvement projects for 2018

While the DMC EDA budget will rise from $3.5 million this year to more than $3.7 million next year, the city will contribute $122,000 less and Mayo Clinic's contribution will increase by $337,000.

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October 11, 2017: What's the vision for Saint Marys Place subdistrict?

PB Reporting: "A Destination Medical Center rendering provides a potential look at the future St. Marys Place. Community input is being sought this week as a final design concept nears."

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October 09, 2017: Taylor Arena Replacement

Discussion of a proposed arena project connected to Mayo Civic Center will continue Tuesday.

The Mayo Civic Center Commission will hear a presentation from London-based PricewaterhouseCoopers regarding an analysis of a proposed sport and entertainment arena to replace Taylor Arena.

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September 11, 2017: September, August , July , June & May News from Community Focus Team

September, August, July, June and May, 2017 Community Focus Team news and meeting notes.

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September 10, 2017: MN Department of Education education data analysis

Great opportunity to get connected with deeper data collection and analysis on education outcomes. 

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September 10, 2017: Rochester-Southeast Minnesota Campus for Single Mothers and their Children

Remick Family donates land for future Jeremiah Program campus in Rochester

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August 29, 2017: RPS Implementing PBIS

"The district is at various points of implementing PBIS at each school, but having more consistency will better allow the district to evaluate efforts, including its latest employee training in ENVoY, a nonverbal communication technique to influence students in the classroom."

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