MSU announces next phase of plans for biomedical research facility
Caroline MacGregor September 5, 2013 | WGVU Earlier this
summer, the MSU Board of Trustees authorized the development of the 7.85 acres
of land the university was able to acquire for 12 million dollars in January
2012. The land includes the former Grand Rapids Press building on Michigan as
well as adjoining land considered critical for meeting space requirements.
“At the June board meeting we took a resolution with an authorization to plan for all the property owned by MSU in this area which includes where the building is as well as the lots on the river and the property we own at the corner of Michigan Avenue and College Road.”
President, Lou Anna K Simon, who says the biomedical facility, is crucial to the projected
growth of MSU and its College of Human Medicine. Faculty and students from MSU’s Land Policy
Institute and School of Planning, Design and Construction will spend several
weeks considering zoning and environmental needs, and sustainability. MSU will
partner will work alongside community leaders with a focus on community engagement.
“On Monday, 30 faculty and students from MSU will visit as Grand Rapids, taking the first steps toward realizing a new biomedical facility.”
Rappley, Dean of MSU’s College of Human Medicine, says the biomedical research
facility will focus on specific areas.
"We started with four principal investigators, lead teams, studying Parkinson's and different aspects of the disease. That's already grown now to have additional focus on head trauma, brain injury, addiction, degenerative diseases of the brain."
also cover women’s reproductive health, including fertility in both humans and
A report is expected to be forwarded to trustees by December. The research facility is expected to be completed by 2017.
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