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Groundbreaking at the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center & Innovation Park!

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Last June we brought you news of an expansion of the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center, a six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility that opened its doors in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September of 2017. The Research Center initially accommodated 33 principal investors and their research teams, with space to eventually house 44 research teams. Inside the 6-story building, scientists research cures and treatments for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

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 new Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building (MIB) and a 600-space parking structure. A third building is also being planned as a future liner-building at the west end of the parking structure.

On November 19, 2019 excavation began and significant site work is underway to prepare the site for both the MIB and parking structure. Construction of the parking structure is scheduled to begin February 2020 and will run through February 2021. Rich & Associates, working for the development joint venture that includes Rockford Construction, Walsh Construction and Murphy Development Group, is providing parking consulting, architectural and structural engineering design services for the parking structure in collaboration with SmithGroup, architects for the MIB.

Stay tuned for more updated on this exciting and innovative project!

*Photos and information courtesy of Walsh Group, Rockford Construction, Smithgroup