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Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:12

MSU breaks ground on $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center

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MSU breaks ground on $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center COURTESY RENDERING

Michigan State University began construction this morning on an $88.1 million biomedical research center in downtown Grand Rapids that will provide an anchor to the west end of the city’s Medical Mile.

When complete in two years, the Grand Rapids Research Center will become the centerpiece of the Grand Rapids Innovation Park that MSU hopes will rise on the former Grand Rapids Press property at the intersection of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue. The goal, according to the university, is to add to the city’s health care, education and research corridor and directly employ hundreds of researchers.

“We envision the MSU research building and Grand Rapids Innovation Park to be a gateway to the Medical Mile and a magnet attracting business in life sciences and growth in the biotechnology sectors,” said MSU President Lou Anna Simon in a statement.

Research teams at the new center will focus on Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric neurology, autism, inflammation, transplantation, cancer, genetics and women’s health and reproductive medicine.

Completion is targeted for late 2017. When operating at full capacity, the six-story research center will house 44 research teams, employ about 400 people and generate an annual economic impact of $28 million, according to an analysis by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.

The 162,800-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center will cover half of the 4.1-acre site. MSU plans to seek partners to develop the remaining acreage.

A joint venture between Clark Construction Co. in Lansing and Rockford Construction Co. in Grand Rapids will provide construction management services for the project.

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