1. $300 million U-M research and education center to anchor 14-acre Detroit Center for Innovation in the heart of Detroit

    Mark Rivett posted October 30, 2019

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    U-M President Mark Schlissel speaks during a press conference announcing the Detroit Center for Innovation in Detroit on Oct. 30, 2019. Credit: Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography.

    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans joined together with Stephen M. Ross, philanthropist and chairman of Related Companies, Matt Cullen, CEO of Bedrock and University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel to announce plans for a 14-acre Detroit Center for Innovation in downtown Detroit.

    Anchoring the site will be a world-class $300 million, 190,000 square-foot research and education center operated by U-M, the nation’s leading public research institution. This academic building, designed by world-renowned architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, will be a centerpiece of the first phase of a planned multi-building development at the east edge of downtown and will offer programs that focus on high-tech research, education and innovation. It is anticipated the new U-M facility will eventually serve up to 1,000 graduate and senior-level undergraduate students pursuing advanced degrees in a range of high-tech innovation disciplines, including mobility, artificial intelligence, data science, entrepreneurship, sustainability, cybersecurity, financial technology and more.

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