University officials and honored guests break ground for an expansion of our Cascade Meadow facility.

On Aug. 15 we broke ground for the expansion of our Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester. Part of our mission is to meet the evolving needs of our students, as well as the community. Once approved by state and regional accrediting bodies, the expansion would house the graduate portion of a proposed 3+2 Physician Assistant Program—a collaboration between Saint Mary’s and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences—and accommodate our growing Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. Saint Mary’s has had an educational presence in Rochester since 1985 and currently offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Rochester location.

The Cascade Meadow expansion and support for programming is made possible by a $5 million gift from Jack and Mary Ann (Wera CST’64) Remick of Rochester. Construction on the nearly 10,000-square-foot, two-story addition of classrooms and meeting spaces began immediately after the groundbreaking, with estimated completion by summer 2018. View more photographs of the event online; select Cascade Meadow, and click on View Album.