At its regular meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees approved a five-year state capital outlay plan and capital project request including three projects: phase one and two of a H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex and integrated student maker spaces.
Phase 1 of the H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex is the top-ranked project. It is expected to cost $44.7 million, of which state funds would cover $29.7 million and Michigan Tech would be expected to contribute $15 million or approximately one-third.
The plan and fiscal year 2019 project request will be submitted to the State of Michigan, as required by law. This is the first step the University must take to request funding for construction and renovations.
If approved for construction planning by the State, phase one—which would include drafting of blue prints and leveraging state funds for additional funding gifts for naming opportunities—would start in 2018.
H-STEM stands for Health, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The complex will support a variety of educational programs that apply engineering and science to health and other problems related to the human condition.
The University’s unique technological niche places Michigan Tech in an ideal position to contribute to human-centered research, development and education by developing therapeutic devices, sensors, instruments, preventive strategies and a health technologies-related workforce, said President Glenn Mroz.