Michigan Technological University, Great Lakes Research Center

Houghton, Michigan

Michigan Technological University (MTU) envisioned a new facility to house aquatic research laboratories and classrooms, and support researchers and students working with Great Lakes biological, chemical and physical studies. The university wanted the facility to be situated on, and act as a catalyst for rediscovery of, the campus waterfront, and lead the development of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMResearch Facilities Design; M.S. Smith and Associates; Rowan Williams, Davies & Irwin; Granger ConstCOST PER SQ FT$387.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio underused campus asset, transforming the waterfront area from a service and utility area to a prominent role on campus.

A schematic design was developed, resulting in a 55,000-square-foot, four-story building that includes 11,500 square feet of laboratory space, and a docking and marina area for university research vessels. 

The architect also developed the programming statement and schematic design package for submittal to the state of Michigan for funding through the capital outlay program.

Situated on a compact waterfront site, the facility was designed and equipped in support of instruction, experimental laboratories and outreach efforts.