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MSU opens $45.3M, 90,000 sq ft plant science building

MSU's new four-story, 90,000-square-foot Molecular Plant Sciences Building isn't just another campus facility; it's a new bridge between the Plant Science and Plant and Soil Sciences buildings that will bring together basic research departments with applied research departments to become the location of some of the world's premier plant-science research.
 
"To maintain our leadership in the plant sciences, the Molecular Plant Sciences Building will help us recruit top quality faculty to MSU," says Director of the MSU BioEconomy Network Douglas A. Gage, Ph.D., "and we have every expectation that new multidisciplinary grant activity will be created from the faculty interactions that will occur in the new space."
 
The grand opening for the $45.3 million development was held last week. The building includes a teaching auditorium, an atrium, a bioinformatics suite, as well as offices, conference rooms and flexible laboratory space. The building's lower level will contain space for state-of-the-art growth chambers.
 
"Plant Science at MSU is one of our most nationally and internationally prominent research areas, with over eighty faculty in ten departments," says Gage. "The MPSB is the first research building on campus with an open, flexible architecture designed to promote interaction. The initial ten faculty labs that will occupy the building come from six departments and two colleges  representing  a variety of laboratory-based plant science disciplines."
 
Work on the Molecular Plant Sciences Building Michigan-based architecture and engineering firm, SmithGroup, and the construction was managed by the Lansing firm, the Christman Company.

?This story originally appeared in Capital Gains on April 18, 2012.
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