Michigan State University is expanding its footprint on campus and beyond, bringing new opportunities through leading-edge research, the arts and business education. New and renovated facilities will power discoveries, enhance musical performances, transform student learning and engage the community.
The advancement is attributed in large part to the success of the university’s Empower Extraordinary capital campaign, which surged past its original fundraising goal of $1.5 billion more than a year before it was set to conclude.
“Gifts to the campaign are already transforming students’ lives, amplifying research and attracting the best and brightest to MSU, and the momentum generated by enthusiasm for the campaign is propelling us even further,” says MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.
In September, Michigan State broke ground on a $60 million Business Pavilion that will help enhance student learning and give the Eli Broad College of Business a competitive edge among the nation’s top business schools.
“The pavilion will demonstrate our position as a top-of-mind leader in business higher education and enhance the student experience,” says Sanjay Gupta, the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Broad College. “Similar to our students, faculty and staff, this space exemplifies excellence, pride, connectedness and impact.”
The ultra-modern, three-story Business Pavilion will feature flexible classrooms, the latest technology to accommodate the needs of entrepreneurial students, a glass-walled atrium featuring panoramic views of the Red Cedar River and an expanded career center to serve students, recruiters and corporate partners. The 100,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to the Business College building and Eppley Center, is expected to be completed in 2019.
An expansion and facilities renovation for the College of Music will include a 35,000-square-foot addition and 8,500 square feet of renovated space.
With 550 students working toward music degrees and more than 2,000 additional students participating in ensembles and classes, the college has outgrown current spaces for rehearsing, practicing, and learning, says College of Music Dean James Forger.
“This will facilitate the work of faculty and students in extraordinary ways,” Forger says. Once the expansion and renovations are completed, climate control and improved acoustics will enhance all performances, while larger, flexible practice areas will accommodate ensembles, choirs and seminars. In addition, purpose-built spaces for student-faculty studio collaboration and improvements in hearing protection for musicians will be created.
The Broad Art Museum at MSU also will increase its space and influence, thanks to a $1 million grant from the MSU Federal Credit Union.
Additional space located across Grand River from the iconic museum will house a research center, classroom and study areas and new exhibition spaces that aim to boost community involvement.
The new 1855 Place is the latest addition to campus housing. It replaces several aging campus-housing facilities and creates a living environment that supports both single students and student families around the resources they need to achieve academic success.
Located on Harrison Road across from the Breslin Center, 1855 Place consists of approximately 300 one- and two-bedroom contemporary apartments across 10 buildings. Residents have convenient access to academic facilities as well as a Sparty’s Market, Starbucks, Spartan Spirit Shop and other amenities. The 102,000-square-foot project also is home to some campus offices and centralizes event-ticketing sales.
A new era of scientific exploration at MSU will advance with the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering.
Known as IQ, the institute, located in the Bio Engineering Facility, is a collaboration among the Colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science. It aims to foster collaboration in the sciences on campus and beyond, creating extraordinary possibilities for transforming patient care with new biomedical discoveries. The interdisciplinary research center is devoted to basic and applied research at the interface of life sciences, engineering, information science and other physical and mathematical sciences.
Another landmark space in the works is the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $730 million national user facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, MSU and the State of Michigan. Supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in the DOE-SC, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry.
The facility also will provide research opportunities for scientists and students from around the globe. When it’s operational in 2022, FRIB will be the world’s most powerful rare isotope accelerator, underscoring MSU as a world leader in rare isotope science.
A new era for MSU medical research was marked in September with the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center.
The six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility will house research teams whose areas of scientific study include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cancer, women’s health and infertility as well as autism and pediatric cancers.
“This research center is built around collaboration, not only to promote the sharing of ideas and information among the scientists within, but with the researchers and physicians at Spectrum Health, Van Andel Institute, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Grand Valley State University, Pine Rest and Mary Free Bed,” says College of Human Medicine Dean Norman J. Beauchamp Jr.