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MSU Grand Rapids Research Center!

The next phase of MSU’s Grand Rapids Research and Innovation Park moves forward!

In September of 2017 a six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility opened its doors in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This new research center located at the corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids is known as the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center. This research center initially accommodated 33 principal investors and their research teams, with space to eventually house 44 research teams. Twenty-five MSU College of Human Medicine researchers and their teams moved into the new research center from the Van Andel Institute in the fall of 2017. Inside the 6-story building, scientists will research cures and treatments for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer. The initial Grand Rapids Research Center at the northeast corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue, is currently the only structure occupying campus.

In June of 2019 a long-term ground lease was signed to allow for the continued development of the Grand Rapids Research Center site. This lease includes construction of a Medical Innovation Building (MIB) and a 600-space parking structure. The new building will focus on driving innovation through public-private partnerships, and as a result, bring new discoveries to the market.

Groundbreaking on the 200,000 square-foot 600-space parking structure is expected to take place this fall.  As consultants to the development team, Rich & Associates is providing parking consulting, architectural and structural engineering design services for the parking structure in collaboration with SmithGroup, architects for the MIB.

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