What are WSU’s recent construction projects?
Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (MBRB)
Wayne State’s largest-ever construction project, the approximately 207,000-square-foot MBRB will encourage interdisciplinary work across a range of scientific areas with the goal of translating new discoveries to improve human health and society. More than 500 researchers, staff and principal investigators will work out of the building, which will feature wet and dry laboratories, faculty and common areas, and clinical space. Estimates show that the building, scheduled to be fully operational in early 2015, will result in about $40 million in new annual earnings in Michigan. The project also includes the reconstruction of Cass Avenue’s Dalgleish Cadillac building, a historic Detroit structure designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn.
McGregor Reflection Pool
This project will renovate and restore the reflecting pool adjacent to the McGregor Memorial Conference Center to its original design, with current design and construction technologies. Significant repairs will be made to the existing concrete systems, plumbing and mechanical components will be replaced, and new lighting will be added to enhance the reflecting pool at night. Landscaping within the sculpture court will include new white marble aggregate precast pavers for the islands, which will be embellished with exotic planting materials to mimic the original design. Existing boulders and art work will be reinstalled in their original positions following restoration. Pool construction is expected to be finished in spring 2013.
Advanced Technology Education Center
Located adjacent to Macomb Community College (MCC) in Warren, Mich., the 40,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) will offer Macomb County students the opportunity to attain four-year degrees in marketable academic programs such as engineering, computer science, business, advanced manufacturing and other disciplines, while providing collaborative opportunities with the area’s business community. Wayne State will also have an opportunity to create an electric-vehicle technologies center of excellence, where WSU and MCC faculty can engage in research, program development and delivery of electric and automotive battery technologies. The $12 million project will also include renovation of an existing on-site structure.