State Moves Ahead with Great Lakes Research Center
by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations
The Michigan Legislature's Joint Capital Outlay Committee meeting in Lansing Thursday authorized Michigan Tech to seek construction bids for its planned Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC).
The $25.3-million facility will be built on the waterfront adjacent to the campus. The state will pay 74 percent of the cost. The University's share is 26 percent or $6.58 million.
"As Michigan moves toward a blue-water economy, this Great Lakes Research Center will play a vital role in helping the state understand and use its freshwater resources," said President Glenn Mroz. "It is a strategic investment in the future, for the state and for the University."
The GLRC will include aquatic laboratories, a hydraulics lab, coastal research instrumentation, boathouse facilities, offices and conference rooms--all of it providing a home for interdisciplinary research and education related to the Great Lakes. It will also house a research and educational partnership between Michigan Tech and the US Army Corps of Engineers' Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory in Vicksburg, Miss. The Vicksburg lab is the Corps of Engineers' water resources research facility.
At the GLRC, Michigan Tech and the Corps of Engineers will conduct cross-disciplinary research and education focusing on protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. Vicksburg scientists will work collaboratively with Michigan Tech researchers and students in both locations.
"We are appreciative of the strong, continuing support of Sen. Michael Prusi and Rep. Michael Lahti," said Dale Tahtinen, vice president for governmental affairs. "They played a significant role in making this happen."
The Board of Control will now be asked to authorize the seeking of construction bids for the 49,466-square-foot center, based on a schematic design already approved by the state. Groundbreaking could occur in spring 2010.