Building for Tomorrow
Oct. 9, 2019
Many of the cranes and construction barriers on Michigan State University’s campus are giving way to shiny new buildings and renovated spaces that point toward the MSU of the future. These facilities don’t just accommodate a growing student and faculty population, but also provide spaces that put collaboration and innovation first.
Take a look at some of MSU’s new and upcoming additions.
When completed in the fall of 2020, the 117,000-square-foot STEM Teaching and Learning Facility will house classrooms and laboratory spaces that will support introductory courses for biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, physics and engineering.
The central structure of the new building is the former Shaw Lane Power Plant. The project renovations will keep as much of the old building as possible to provide student studio space and a vibrant commons area, as well as a new home for MSU’s HUB for Innovation in Learning and Technology.
Above and below the surface of MSU’s campus, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is taking shape as the world’s most powerful rare isotope accelerator, supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.
This discovery machine will power next-generation nuclear science experiments exploring rare isotopes — the forms of elements not normally found in nature. FRIB will provide researchers with more than 1,000 rare isotopes never before produced on Earth.
MSU was selected by the DOE-SC to build and operate the $730 million scientific user facility that spans more than 550,000 square feet. The university is home to the nation's No. 1 nuclear physics graduate program, according to U.S. News & World Report.
When it’s operational in 2022, FRIB will power discoveries that will lead to applications for society as well as educate the next generation of nuclear scientists who will advance the benefits of rare isotope science for generations to come.
Named after alumnus Edward J. Minskoff, the Minskoff Pavilion opened this fall at the Broad College of Business, covering 100,000 square feet dedicated to enhancing the student experience through its design around community, collaboration and teamwork.
Connected to the current business college facilities, the pavilion features collaborative and immersive learning environments, a glass-walled atrium with panoramic views of the Red Cedar River and an expanded career center to serve students, recruiters and corporate partners.
Taking center stage on West Circle Drive is the Billman Music Pavilion named after lead donor and alumnus James K. Billman Jr., M.D. The $40 million project will add 37,000 square feet of new space to the existing Music Building and renovate another 8,500 square feet in MSU music facilities, expected to be finished in early 2020.
The College of Music’s international reputation for excellence in the arts will be elevated by the new spaces, which will enable the college to continue its recruitment of top faculty and students. The renovation and expansion includes acoustically advanced rehearsal spaces, additional practice rooms, a modern and high-tech lecture hall, faculty studios and offices, a recording and multimedia room and public gathering spaces.
The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building plays a key role in attracting new faculty members hired to support critical research areas. The 170,000-square-foot facility provides a competitive advantage for landing multidisciplinary grants, such as those from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Situated on the south side of MSU’s campus, the five-story building, which welcomed occupants in September, comprises wet bench laboratories, computational research space, offices and collaborative space. Located adjacent to the Bio Engineering Facility and Life Sciences Building and other core research facilities, the new building plays an integral role in MSU’s development of a neighborhood of scientific research in the biomedical and biological sciences.