Student activities facility begins to take shape

June 17, 2022

Construction begins on new Demmer Engineering Center at MSU

Construction has begun on a new $4 million, one-story facility that will serve student organizations in the Michigan State University College of Engineering.

Student organizations will share a new 10,560-square-foot working space.
Architectural rendering of the 10,000-square-foot space being built on the south end of campus.

The William A. Demmer Engineering Center will provide an on-campus facility for registered student organizations. The 10,000-square-foot building is being constructed near the corner of Farm Lane and Mount Hope roads, adjacent to the MSU Scene Shop Teaching Lab on the south end of campus.

The heart of the working space in the new Demmer Engineering Center will be an open shop area, where walls and barriers will be kept to a minimum to create flexibility for current and future projects. A dedicated conference space will allow collaboration among team members, faculty members, and visiting professionals.

Dirt moving started in May 2022.
Dirt moving started in May 2022.

A modern design center will feature a bank of computers and equipment -- such as plotters and 3-D printers – allowing students to apply their technical expertise and creativity on new or re-designed projects.

Other features in the new facility will include a testing area, to test and conduct performance analysis, tolerances, and vehicle aerodynamics; a machine shop, for hands-on design and build; fabrication area, for using tools such as welders and jigs or putting multi-part pieces together such as A-arms or chassis in a safe and spacious area; a finishing room, improving finishing processes and making painting more efficient and safer; and a manager’s office for efficient business operations.

The building form was emerging by mid-June.
The building form was emerging by mid-June.

The new facility will be served by the CATA bus line and is accessible by bike or car. The current facility on Jolly Road is not easily accessible to students without a vehicle.