November 13, 2009/The Associated Press
HOUGHTON, Mich. — The state Legislature has given Michigan Technological University a go-ahead for its planned $25.3 million Great Lakes Research Center.
The Legislature's Joint Capital Outlay Committee decided Thursday to let the school seek construction bids. The center is planned for a waterfront site near Michigan Tech's campus in Houghton.
The state is to pay 74 percent of the cost and the university 26 percent.
The 49,000-square-foot center will house laboratories, boat maintenance facilities, offices and conference rooms. It also will accommodate joint activities of researchers from Michigan Tech and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' environmental lab in Vicksburg, Miss.
The university says groundbreaking could occur in spring 2010.