Michigan State University has set the wheels in motion for the construction of phase II of its downtown Grand Rapids Research Center. It was a little over one year ago when Michigan State University cut the ribbon on its $88 million Grand Rapids Research Center. Now, the six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot building housing 44 research teams focusing on cancer research, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, autism and women’s health scientific studies will soon have a companion structure.
MSU’s Board of Trustees have authorized phase II of the Grand Rapids Research Center project along Michigan Street. The new building will provide space for tenants supporting MSU research and work in the “health care innovation cycle.” Phase II also promises a parking structure.
MSU Interim President John Engler says the university, “continues to expand its footprint and partnerships in downtown Grand Rapids, which supports our research, education efforts and health care expansion,” adding “We look forward to working with more partners and stakeholders in expanding the mission of our great university into West Michigan.”
Its anticipated construction will begin in late 2019 with completion in 2021.
A third research support building is also on the drawing board to be located along Monroe Avenue.
Patrick Center, WGVU News