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Michigan State University STEM Teaching and Learning Facility

East Lansing, MI
  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

  • No. Of Stories

    3

  • Sq. footage

    160,000

More than 7,000 Michigan State University students walk through the doors of this building each week, giving MSU a chance to raise awareness of an innovative and sustainable building system while providing an enriching learning environment. The layout consists of two mass timber wings flanking the north and south ends of a repurposed power plant. The south wing houses “wet” teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry and material science. The north wing houses “dry” teaching labs for physics and computer science. The hybrid design features three stories of glulam post-and-beam construction with steel diagonal bracing, and a structural steel penthouse for mechanical equipment. While the roof deck was built with 3-ply cross-laminated timber (CLT), designers chose atypical 4-ply panels for the floors instead of the more traditional 5-ply. This approach allowed them to preserve ceiling space and reduce the volume of wood required while still meeting span and vibration requirements. In the power plant, CLT structural floor decks were used anywhere new walking surfaces were needed, further linking it to the STEM wings

  • Construction Type:

    III-B

  • Building Type:

    Educational

  • Material Types:

    Mass Timber, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT or glulam)

Companies Involved:
  • Ellenzweig

    Architect

  • IDS - Integrated Design Solutions

    Project Architect

  • IDS - Integrated Design Solutions

    Engineer

  • SDI Structures

    Structural Engineer

  • Granger Construction

    General Contractor

  • Chistman Constructors

    Erector

Individuals Involved:
  • Jeffrey Johnson

    Architect

  • Peter Heeringa

    Structural Engineer

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