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25 August 2015

Biomedical Research Facility, Grand Rapids Innovation Park, Michigan State University (MSU)

In June 2015, ground was broken for the construction of a biomedical research facility at the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine.
Artist’s rendering of the biomedical research facility at Michigan State University. Credit: Michigan State University.
Construction of the research facility began in June 2015. Credit: Michigan State University.
The six-storey facility will include research programme spaces and five core labs. Credit: Michigan State University.

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In June 2015, ground was broken for the construction of a biomedical research facility at the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine.

The facility will be located at the corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids Innovation Park.

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the biomedical research facility construction in February 2015. The project will create 728 jobs and will be instrumental in generating $95.6m in economic benefits to the area.

Details of the biomedical research facility at MSU

“The project will create 728 jobs and will be instrumental in generating $95.6m in economic benefits to the area.”

The biomedical research facility will be a six-storey building with a total floor space of 162,800ft² that will be developed on 4.1 acres of seven acres of land. It will replace the existing Grand Rapids Press building.

It will include research programme spaces and five core labs, which will consist of bioinformatics, flow cytometre, long-term storage, and analytical and advanced microscopy.

The facility will have space to accommodate 260 members, including 34 principal investigators belonging to the MSU College of Human Medicine’s scientific research teams. Up to 44 research teams can be accommodated at full capacity.

The facility will be used to perform core scientific research in several therapy areas, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, paediatric neurology, autism, inflammation, transplantation, cancer, genetics, women’s health and reproductive medicine.

It will also facilitate core research into skin cancer to help patients live longer and more fulfilling lives.

The facility will benefit scientists at the College of Human Medicine and other partnering institutions of the MSU in collaborative medical research.

Construction of the biomedical research facility



The facility is engaged in the production of Nutrilite vitamins and dietary supplements.


The MSU facility’s construction began in June 2015 and is due to be completed by the end of 2017.

Pitsch Companies demolished the former Grand Rapids Press building prior to the start of construction in April 2015. Demolition works involved removing 20,000ft² of asbestos floor tiles, 2,500ft of pipe insulation and 5,900 fluorescent light bulbs.

More than 90% of the Grand Rapids Press building will be recycled, including the copper cladding that lined the roof area.

Contractors involved in the project

SmithGroupJJR was contracted to provide engineering and architecture services for the biological research facility, while Ellenzweig was contracted to offer laboratory design and planning consultant services.

A joint venture of Clark Construction Company and Rockford Construction was contracted to provide construction management services.

Financing for the MSU biomedical research facility

The project is estimated to cost $88.1m and will be funded through financial gifts, the MSU General Fund and tax-exempt financing.

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