March 15, 2023
Michigan State University Selects HED and CannonDesign as Architect/Engineer for its future Plant Science Facility
We are thrilled to announce Michigan State University (MSU) has selected the HED and CannonDesign team to design its future Plant Science Facility. The estimated 150,000-square-foot building will support world-leading plant scientists in boosting agricultural productivity and sustainability, improving plant responses to environmental challenges and furthering regenerative farming practices.
“This is an incredibly meaningful project for Michigan State University, our team and society at large,” said Charles Smith, co-director of CannonDesign’s Education Practice. “The research within its walls will directly address many of the most important challenges facing humanity.”
“We’re honored to be working alongside MSU to design an innovative building that will help catalyze incredible innovations in plant science,” added Chris Vogelheim, HED Principal and Higher Education Sector leader.
MSU hosts one of the largest concentrations of plant scientists in the world and maintains high program rankings both globally and in the U.S. Its new Plant Science Building will provide expanded research capacity and support the consolidation of scientists and graduate-level students, thereby enabling new synergies and supercharging discovery.
The building will house cutting-edge wet bench laboratories and growth chambers that can simulate growing conditions anywhere in the world and even the effects of climate change. Community space will be prioritized within the building, with informal gathering spaces, collaborative zones and a seminar room fostering planned and serendipitous collaboration with academic and industry leaders.
While just in the very early stages of design, the HED and CannonDesign team is inspired by the opportunity to express science and plant life through architecture, delivering a building that reinforces MSU’s commitment to nature in exciting ways. MSU is deeply committed to the natural world and its campus is known as an arboretum with more than 20,000 trees.
Set to open in 2025, the new building aligns with and supports MSU’s ongoing investment in excellence in research and will enhance its strength as a globally recognized leader in plant and environmental science.