The STEM Teaching and Learning Facility at MSU will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product, rather than concrete or steel as part of its structure.
The $100 million facility will be constructed of glue-laminated wooden columns and cross-laminated timber.
Cross-laminated timber is a wood panel made from gluing layers of solid wood at cross-grain to result in a lightweight and strong panel.
“A major advantage is the speed of construction – the panels can be assembled very quickly,” said John LeFevre, MSU’s Planning, Design and Construction director.
The new building will be constructed around the former Shaw Lane Power Plant near Spartan Stadium.
The building is slated to open in fall 2020 with classes beginning in January 2021.