New Construction

MSU Breaks Ground on Student Activities Center

Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., recently broke ground on a new student activities center. The 10,000-square-foot facility comes with an estimated cost of $4 million and will serve as a space for registered student organizations within the university’s College of Engineering, according to a news release.

Once complete, the new William A. Demmer Engineering Center will contain amenities like an open shop area with minimal walls and barriers to allow for flexibility; a conference space for collaboration among students, faculty and visiting professionals; and a design center with computers, plotters and 3-D printers.

Other features include a testing area for conducting and testing performance analysis, tolerances and vehicle aerodynamics; a machine shop and a fabrication area; a finishing room for painting and other finishing processes; and a manager’s office.

The one-story building is being built adjacent to the MSU Scene Shop teaching lab on the south side of campus. A news release reports that the facility will not be easily accessible to students without cars but will be a stop on the local bus line.

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