EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – A scientific facility currently being built in East Lansing that could lead to advancements in medicine, energy and even our understanding of the universe had a special visitor Tuesday.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited Michigan State University’s F-RIB facility after helping send hundreds of millions of dollars from Washington to build to facility in East Lansing.
This comes just a week after the federal government granted the facility $100 million to continue construction.
Senator Stabenow and Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon walked through the massive building to see the progress that’s been made since March of last year.
The $730 million facility will generate millions of dollars within the local economy and create up to 400 jobs for scientists, engineers and staff.
“Students here at Michigan State will be leading the world in cutting edge technology which will place America at the forefront again,” said U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D), Michigan.
“You want these spires of excellence that that people can see any place in the world, that once they look at them, they’ll ask can they also do this, can they also do that. And those are the kinds of forward looking.. Forward leaning we have to have for a state,” said Lou Anna K. Simon, president, Michigan State University.
The state of Michigan, the federal government and Michigan State University are all contributing to the cost of the F-RIB facility. It is expected to be finished in 2022.