Legislature Grants Planning Authorization for H-STEM Complex

Michigan Tech campus waterfront at night
Michigan Tech campus waterfront at night
The Michigan Legislature has granted planning authorization for Michigan Tech's H-STEM Complex.

Michigan Tech will seek final approval for construction and renovation projects to house integrated engineering and science educational programs to improve the human condition.

In Lansing today, the Michigan Legislature granted planning authorization for Michigan Technological University’s H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex. Part of the University's five-year capital outlay plan and capital project request, the H-STEM Complex was approved by the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees in 2017.

Per the University’s capital outlay plan, the H-STEM Complex will comprise newly constructed shared and flexible lab spaces, co-located with renovated classrooms and learning spaces in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building. The project request included a proposed $29.7 million in State support, with $15 million in matching funds.

“I am very pleased that the Michigan Legislature has approved the H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex for planning authorization,” said Michigan Tech President Rick Koubek. “I would especially like to thank all those intimately involved in the project proposal. Without their vision and support we would not be able to make this important announcement today. Also, as a campus, we sincerely thank our state leaders for their ongoing support of Michigan Tech.”

With planning authorization from the state legislature, Michigan Tech can develop program statements and schematic planning documents for the H-STEM Complex.

Because the H-STEM Complex is a capital outlay project — meaning it will be funded at least in part by the State of Michigan — Michigan Tech must now complete a two-step process to obtain project approval. First, the University must submit its planning documents and program statements to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) for review and approval. If the DTMB approves the project for construction, the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee (JCOS) will then consider it for approval. If the JCOS approves, the legislature authorizes the project for final design and construction.

“As the Upper Peninsula's major research university, Michigan Tech’s faculty and staff recently identified quality of life and health outcomes as a major component of our five-year growth plan,” Koubek said. “Now, thanks to the support of our state leaders, the H-STEM Complex will accelerate our efforts to create technological solutions to enhance health and quality of life, not only for our local communities, but for the entire state.”

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.