June 19, 2013

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held June 19 for the Michigan State University Bio Engineering Facility.

The new building will house faculty from MSU’s colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science, and serve as a hub for interdisciplinary research that brings together researchers from various disciplines.

 “This building, with its emphasis on bringing together engineers and basic science researchers with medical researchers, will provide us with remarkable opportunities for solving some of humanity’s biggest challenges,” said Stephen Hsu, MSU vice president of research and graduate studies. “It also will help us attract more competitive, nationally funded projects and recruit the best minds to work with us – both faculty and graduate students.” 

Hsu said the 130,000-square-foot building represents MSU’s commitment to research in the biomedical sciences and its impact on human health in areas such as nanotechnology, robotics, tissue engineering and imaging.

“This new facility will give us the opportunity to create translational technologies for improving outcomes in home health, out-patient and hospital-based care,” said Leo Kempel, acting dean of the College of Engineering.  “In addition to benefiting the research enterprise, it will also provide expanded opportunities for our students as we develop the next generation of biomedical engineers.”

The facility will be located between the Life Sciences and Clinical Center buildings on the south side of the MSU campus. The building will be physically connected to the existing Clinical Center C-Wing and Life Sciences B-Wing with proximity to the Radiology Building and the Engineering Research Center.

Work on the facility is scheduled to begin later this summer and be completed by August 2015, with occupancy slated for the fall of 2015.