GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- City and state leaders gathered in downtown Grand Rapids Thursday morning to mark a milestone in the construction of Michigan State University's new medical research center.
More than a dozen MSU researchers and 25 construction trade workers watched as the last construction beam was hoisted. On the beam, were an American flag representing patriotism, an evergreen tree symbolizing good luck and prosperity, and an MSU Spartan flag representing MSU's commitment to the Grand Rapids community.
The $88.1 million, six-story, 162,800 square foot facility will include research program spaces and five core labs that will benefit MSU College of Human Medicine scientists and researchers from MSU's partnering institutions.
University leaders say the research center will have a $ 28 million dollar impact on the city every year and will support more than 400 jobs.