Sustainable timber construction continues at MSU STEM Teaching Facility

IDS has been working on bringing Michigan State University’s new STEM Teaching Facility to life since 2016 and is proud to share progress of its construction as the first building in the state utilizing mass timber for the building’s frame, and cross-laminated timber (CLT) for its floors and ceilings.

The use of wood rather than steel and concrete relies on naturally occurring, renewable materials and promotes the growth and cultivation of trees and forests, sequestering carbon in the atmosphere otherwise negatively contributing to climate change.

IDS and MSU have partnered with Ellenzweig, a design firm from Boston, on the development of this one-of-a-kind facility. Due to open in Fall 2020, the STEM Teaching Facility will provide a vibrant, active student commons, seamlessly connecting disciplines and supporting evolving curriculum and pedagogies focused on self-guided learning, laboratory instruction, and student research.

In conjunction with the development of the STEM Teaching Facility, IDS is renovating the former Shaw Lane Power Plant.  Adjacent to the new building, the renovated Power Plant will serve as a campus hub for teaching and learning across the sciences, arts, and humanities.  The development of these buildings will culminate in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and centrally-located complex on MSU’s campus.