SOURCE: SmithGroup


April 13, 2010 14:54 ET

$43 Million Plant Sciences Expansion at Michigan State University Breaks Ground

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) -  In a mid-afternoon ceremony on Friday, April 16, 2010 representatives from Detroit-based architecture and engineering firm SmithGroup and Michigan State University will be on hand to break ground for the new Plant Sciences Expansion.

SmithGroup is providing architecture, engineering, interiors, lab design, lab planning and site design services for the new Plant Sciences Expansion at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

The Plant Sciences Expansion project will provide state of the art Interdisciplinary research lab space for Plant Biology, Plant Research, Plant Pathology, Biochemistry and Horticulture programs and scientists associated with the Great Lakes Biofuels Research Center (GLBRC). The new 90,000 square foot facility will feature flexible, open laboratory spaces, offices, growth rooms, growth chambers, a 220 seat auditorium and a central collaborative space for meetings and informal interaction. The project will also include physical connections between the existing Plant Biology, Plant and Soil Sciences and Greenhouse facilities on campus to facilitate improved connectivity and collaboration between researchers. 

Founded in 1856, Plant Sciences is one of the first programs to be established at Michigan State and is rooted in the foundation of the University. Its programs are nationally recognized and acclaimed for educational excellence offered through the ten plant-science related departments and programs. These programs span the full range from basic biochemistry and molecular biology, to physiology, genetics, breeding, agricultural production, ecology and evolutionary biology. 

Targeted for completion in 2012, this new research facility will provide a new front door for Plant Sciences programs and will play a key role in recruiting top notch faculty and staff to the University. 

Michigan State University Founded in 1855, MSU has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research, and outreach for more than 150 years. It is known worldwide as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. It offers more than 200 programs of study; many of them nationally ranked that attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving.

SmithGroup ranks as the 7th largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. (Building Design & Construction "Giants" survey, July 2009) and employs 800. The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the higher education, healthcare, workplace and science & technology markets.

With 346 LEED accredited professionals and 43 LEED certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design. Among its most noteworthy, recently completed projects are the dual LEED Platinum Christman Building, a corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich.; the LEED Platinum Smart Home at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and the National Renewable Energy Lab's Science & Technology Facility, Golden, Colo., the first LEED Platinum federal project.

Established in 1853, SmithGroup is the longest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. 

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