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Michigan State University (MSU) has opened a new bioengineering facility in its East Lansing campus in Michigan, US.
Opened in October, the facility has been developed in a 130,000ft² area in the south side of the MSU campus. Construction began in September 2013 and was completed by December 2015 at a cost of $69.8m.
The facility is built to further develop bioengineering and engineering health sciences at the university.
Bioengineering facility design
The facility includes four floors with an elegant staircase in the atrium resembling a DNA strand. The laboratories of the facility feature open-floor plans with a modular design to provide flexibility and promote collaborative biomedical research. The design of the laboratories enables bench experiments and computational analysis to be integrated at a single location.
The laboratories also include space for an on-site imaging facility.
Facilities of the new building
The bioengineering facility houses the College of Engineering, the College of Human Medicine, and the College of Natural Science. It has enough space for new recruits and collaborators to work together at one location.
In addition, the facility houses the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, and a research centre for basic and applied research. It is interlinked to the Clinical Center C-Wing, Life Science B-Wing buildings, and the radiology building, which will help in sharing resources resulting in the creation of a biomedical research hub on the campus.
Automated research laboratories, offices, collaborative rooms for shared equipment, and a safe parking facility for two-wheelers are also part of the facility.
Research activities of the bioengineering facility at MSU
The bioengineering facility will focus on cardiac computational modelling, which will help in understanding the causes behind heart diseases to develop sophisticated treatments.
Development of electrodes implanted in the brain will be another area of focus. Electrodes will be utilised to understand brain function and develop treatments for specific neurological disorders.
The facility will also carry out research related to lower leg prosthetics, hand function, and seating mechanics of the human body. It will enable collaboration among many on-campus units such as nursing, osteopathic medicines, veterinary medicines, and communication arts and science.
Contractors involved with Michigan State University’s new facility
Clarks Construction was awarded the contract to provide construction services for the project. Integrated Design Solutions provided architectural, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, interior designing, and technological designing services for the project.
The facility is designed to achieve 20% savings in energy consumption by 2020 through the use of energy recovery systems and MSU’s co-generation plant. It is equipped with a water-based and air-based recovery system, which helps to recover energy from both air and water.
The State of Michigan contributed $30m towards the development of the facility, while the university contributed the rest of the investment.
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