Award for Bio Engineering Facility

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Nov. 19, 2014MSU's Bio Engineering Facility is one of five honored this year with a regional growth award.

MSU’s new facility earns Celebration of Regional Growth Award for its economic development potential

Michigan State University was honored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) for its investment in constructing the MSU Bio Engineering Facility when LRCC hosted its ninth annual Celebration of Regional Growth Awards luncheon Nov. 20 at MSU’s Kellogg Center.

Dean Leo Kempel of the MSU College of Engineering accepted the award on behalf of MSU. Also in attendance at the ceremony was Walter Esselman, dean of the College of Human Medicine.

Walter Esselman, dean of the College of Human Medicine, and Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, attended the Celebration of Regional Growth ceremony.

Ground was broken in June 2013 for the new Michigan State University Bio Engineering Facility, a 130,000-square-foot building which will serve as a hub for interdisciplinary research in MSU’s Colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science.

The building represents a $60.8 million investment, with $30 million coming from the state and the rest from the university. Research in nanotechnology, robotics, tissue engineering and imaging will take place in the building, which will house about 30 new faculty members and 120 to 160 students.

The building will house a diversity of research, ranging from sensors for detecting neurological activity of home-based patients, to research into engineered tissues and research into novel materials for helping patients heal more quickly.

The building is expected to open in late 2015.

Other honorees at the chamber event this year were:

Two Men and a Truck International was founded in 1985 by Mary Ellen Sheets and her sons, who used an old truck to make some extra money in high school. Now, it is a national company that earned $310 million in 2013 and now has 8,500 employees worldwide. The company has seen 57 consecutive months of sales growth and has doubled in size in the last four years by leasing franchises across the country. There now are 295 franchise locations in 38 states, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Two Men recently unveiled an $8-million, 20,000-square-foot expansion that boosts the home office’s size to 55,000 square feet overall.

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s AL!VE facility is an experience-based destination health park providing inspiration and support for the greater Charlotte and mid-Michigan communities to transform, empower, and enhance their personal well-being. AL!VE is the result of Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s mission to provide quality care for patients and enhance the vitality of the community. The concept sprung from the desire to create a community place featuring services that will replenish and awaken a better self. AL!VE entices the imagination to explore new health opportunities and passions that call us to become all we can be.

The Hope Sports Complex is rapidly developing into a regional destination as a multi-sports complex. Julie Mullin has invested more than a million dollars and led a team of volunteers in physically transforming the south Lansing sports complex. This past summer, work was completed on the most exciting upgrade, installation of an artificial turf field called replicated grass, which is marked for a full-sized soccer field, two smaller soccer fields, men’s lacrosse and two youth baseball or softball fields. Lighting and bleachers seating more than 1,100 have also been added. A new press box will be in place by Thanksgiving with a seasonal café and scoreboard expected by next spring.

Michigan Veneer will be honored with the International Trade Award as a supplier of premium hardwoods or veneers to customers around the world. Beginning over a quarter of a century ago as a small domestic supplier, their service and reputation have helped them grow into a major exporter. Today, Michigan Veneer products are lining some of the most impressive conference rooms, business offices, automobiles, hotels and state buildings throughout the world.

The Celebration of Regional Growth luncheon is part of the monthly Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club speaker series. About 450 attended the ceremony.The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce honored five organizations at its ninth annual Celebration of Regional Growth Awards.