Final beam placed on MSU research center in GR

An evergreen tree was tied to the final beam of the MSU research facility to symbolize good luck and prosperity. (Nov. 19, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)—Michigan State University is celebrating a major milestone on a project that’s changing Grand Rapids’ skyline.

A rendering of MSU's future  College of Human Medicine research facility. (Nov. 19, 2015)
A rendering of MSU’s future College of Human Medicine research facility. (Nov. 19, 2015)

University leaders were on hand Thursday morning as construction crews topped off the College of Human Medicine’s new research center.

The final beam was eased into place for the seven-story facility, which sits at the former home of the Grand Rapids Press building, at Monroe Avenue and Michigan Street.

A rendering of MSU's future  College of Human Medicine research facility. (Nov. 19, 2015)
A rendering of MSU’s future College of Human Medicine research facility. (Nov. 19, 2015)

MSU anticipates the new center will host 260 of the top scientists in disease research at first, before growing to support 400 jobs.

“It’s definitely world class. It’s the people that are really going to make it world class,” said MSU Professor Asgifaz Leabas.

The $88.1 million project is expected to be finished by fall 2017. The research center is scheduled to open in late 2017.

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