Medical School Facilities: Research Project Highlights




  • 20,000 gross square feet converted to research support space
  • Substantial completion & commissioning: Fall 2022
  • Phased occupancy beginning Q1 2023 to include:
    • ULAM
    • Michigan Neuroscience Institute/ behavioral space (including the MBNI building)
    • Germ Free (from the LSI building)



A project to install three generators providing power backup for critical research loads within the MSRB Complex is underway.

    • The project is expected to be operational in phases, through late winter 2022 and spring 2023.
      • Includes over 2 miles of conduit and natural gas piping.
      • Equivalent capability to back up power for over 500 singe family homes.


  • Phase 1 which provides backup power in the MSRB buildings, is 90% complete. All three permanent generators are now in place.  
  • Phase 1 substantial completion and commissioning: Early CY 2023
  • Phase 2 includes (3) substations in addition to backup power generators for Med Sci 1 and Med Sci 2. Phase 2 is currently in design.
  • Phase 2 to go to bid in 2023 with completion in 2025.


  • 500kW Generac Generator located on the roof of Med School Dock #2
  • This generator weights approximately 15,000 lbs.


  • 600kW Generac Generator located on the roof of MSRB2
  • This generator weights approximately 22,000 lbs.


  • 600kW Generac Generator located on Grade to the west of MSRB3.
  • This generator weights approximately 30,000 lbs.



The MSRB2 dock is the main delivery point servicing all research activities within MSRB 1,2 & 3, Med Sci 1 & 2, ARF, THSL and Buhl

  • $1.8M project budget completed in June of 2022
    • Increased from 4 bays and ~2,000 GSF to 6 bays and ~3,000 GSF  
    • Improved safety features, climate and lighting controls
  • Increased M-SHIP capabilities and services
    • Over 2,000 parcels delivered per week
    • As of December 5th, 2022 M-SHIP has shipped 2,130 hazardous packages
    • Since M-SHIP has begun at the Medical School, there have been zero hazardous shipping fines incurred

* M-SHIP is a packaging and shipping service for dangerous goods/hazardous materials and dry ice packages



Benefits of Lab Renovation

  • Provides flexible casework and infrastructure to support the evolving needs of a highly productive research environment
  • Addresses safety and maximizes occupancy and space utilization
  • Supports retention and recruiting efforts
  • Convert outdated wet labs into better utilized spaces

When to Renovate a Lab

  • Space has been recently vacated after being occupied for a substantial period of time
  • Space has been reassigned and will require changes to the existing layout to accommodate needs
  • The space is in poor condition and exists within a building that is not planned for near term, large scale renovation

Lab Renovation Scope Includes:

  • Replace flooring and wall base
  • Replace casework with flexible, standard casework (Fisher Scientific painted metal with Trespa tops) with ability to be re-purposed
  • Reroute lab utilities to overhead panels above new casework (for flexibility)
  • HVAC controls upgrade (building-dependent, ECM)
  • Occupancy sensors where applicable (ECM)
  • Re-lamp existing light fixtures with LED lamps (ECM)
  • Replace shelving with Trespa if existing are aged or wood core
  • Patch and paint
  • Replace ceiling tiles as required
  • Address any safety and/or compliance issues such as GFCI outlets, eyewash, or similar deficiencies
  • Office/lab furniture replacement as required
  • Equipment hookup and considerations as required
  • Relocate desks from wet lab benches to dry space where feasible




Med Sci 1 – B/D Wing Renovation

  • 55,000 gross square feet
  • Renovation to address aging infrastructure and obsolete space
  • Refreshes a key main entrance and creates a collaboration hub
  • Converts space into a dynamic, flexible  dry research and  computational hub
  • Construction will start in 2023 and will complete in 2025
  • Includes solutions that support University carbon neutrality goals

20E/25/26 Occupancy

  • Level 3 occupancy complete (Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute)
  • Floors 1 and 2 occupancy programming underway