Michigan State University opened the $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center in September of 2017. The six-story, 162,800-sf project provides the College of Human Medicine with open laboratories to support up to 44 biomedical research teams. Designed and engineered by SmithGroupJJR with Ellenzweig as laboratory design consultant, the vibration-mitigated facility features core labs for flow cytometry, bioinformatics, and microscopy. The center also provides conference rooms, meeting areas, and breakout spaces to encourage interaction and collaboration. Built by a joint venture of Clark Construction Company and Rockford Construction, the sustainably designed project includes highly efficient building systems with variable-speed HVAC technologies. Ground was broken on the facility in June of 2015.