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H-STEM Engineering & Health Technologies Complex, MTU
Houghton, MI
MTU HSTEM
Research on Display.
A multidisciplinary approach to STEM research and education.
Advancing learning environments to inspire discovery
Michigan Technological University (MTU) continues to experience growth in the number of faculty and students involved in health related/ human centered STEM research and education, placing unsustainable demands on its current facilities. MTU partnered with HED to envision a new H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex to meet this growing demand. This interdisciplinary center will support integrated educational programs to apply engineering and science to the complex issues related to human health. The building provides adaptable learning and laboratory spaces for Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Kinesiology/Integrated Physiology and the Health Research Institute (HRI). MTU will benefit from a design that allows these programs to work together in flexible collaborative spaces to support advanced learning; foster innovation and prepare a future-oriented, technologically skilled workforce.

As one of the leading STEM universities in the Midwest, MTU’s ongoing research includes support from the American Heart and Lung Associations, Gerber Foundation, Portage Health Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. The proposed H-STEM project will boost interdisciplinary collaborations between scientist and engineers to empower discovery and the invention new technologies. It will support workforce and economic development in the State of Michigan to strengthen the University’s role as a leader in STEM education and innovation.

The proposed addition organizes primary programmatic functions - shared laboratory spaces, open graduate spaces and faculty spaces – in parallel ‘bars’ providing maximum flexibility and allowing for future adaptability. Centralized shared spaces promote active learning and reinforce the multidisciplinary nature of the program and MTU’s collaborative culture. Research and teaching labs have predominantly glass walls both inside and out, making spaces highly visible and promoting ‘research on display’. The new H-STEM Complex will be a showcase facility that has a positive impact on health-related research and education and the recruitment of faculty and students.
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Project Data
H-STEM Engineering Building, MTU 2018-03632-000
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation, Addition, New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
73,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$35.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Gold Target
Project Team
  • Christopher Vogelheim
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Alexandra Shinewald
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Daniel Jaconetti
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate
    Architecture + Design
  • Jack Bullo
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture + Design
  • Marilee Lloyd
    AIA
    Associate
    Lab Planning
  • Bradley Rohloff
    PE, LEED AP
    Associate
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Brian Fiander
    PE, LEED AP BD+C, MBA
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering
  • Mark Hieber
    ASLA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Landscape Architecture
  • Cory Kamholz
    AIA, LEED AP
    Architecture + Design Leader
    Architecture + Design
  • Miki Lee
    AIA
    Architecture + Design
A multidisciplinary approach to STEM research and education.
H-STEM Engineering & Health Technologies Complex, MTU
Houghton, MI
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Research on Display.