Michigan State University STEM Complex

Michigan State University STEM Complex

“The new STEM building will be focused on how to teach and learn differently.  So, the spaces will not look like the science laboratories of days gone by.  There won’t be some of the smells of chemicals that we know and love, but we will be using much more technology, much more virtual teaching.  It’ll be a pretty exciting place.  It really is sort of science of the future and in a place where we have researchers creating science of the future…”

- June Pierce Youatt, P.h.D, Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Michigan State University

Michigan State University STEM Complex

East Lansing, MI | 175,880 gsf | $60 million | 2020

The new STEM Complex consolidates a number of undergraduate teaching laboratories previously dispersed across campus, creating a central hub for STEM teaching and learning.  The program includes learning spaces for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering.  The teaching labs are all designed to maximize flexibility, utilizing an overhead service grid with specially designed vertical service drops to allow table location to be reconfigured easily over time.  Further, the suite of rooms includes movable walls in strategic locations so that spaces can be enlarged or subdivided as the learning needs evolve.  All of the learning spaces embrace an active learning approach, emphasizing team-based learning.  The STEM facilities include ample break-out and collaboration spaces to support the new team-based pedagogies.

 

The STEM Complex also incorporates a decommissioned, 1940’s 40,000 gsf power plant being converted into a Learning Innovation Center, Building Commons, maker spaces, student help-space, and faculty and staff offices; 175,880 gsf total; $60 million; 2020.  Ellenzweig is Design Architect and Laboratory Planner, working in collaboration with IDS, Architect of Record and designer of the power plant portion of the project.

Michigan State University STEM Complex