MSU lab that studies auto-engine efficiency to expand, improve

Contact: Eann Patterson, Mechanical Engineering, (517) 353-9861,; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Sep 16, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - A unique laboratory at Michigan State University that looks for ways to improve automobile-engine efficiency, reduce emissions and improve upon alternative energy sources will soon be getting a major facelift.

At its Sept. 16 meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees approved the hiring of a Lansing-area contractor that will oversee the nearly $10 million re-location, expansion and construction of the Energy and Automotive Research Laboratory.

The College of Engineering lab, which is currently located at a site on Hulett Road east of the MSU campus, will be re-located to a site just south of the existing Engineering Research Complex on the MSU campus.

The new facility will include labs for powertrain and energy research, as well as two new engine test cells with a shared control room, faculty and graduate student offices and conference rooms.

In all, the new facility will house more than 29,000 square feet of space.

Groundbreaking will be held in November, with completion scheduled for 2007.

The MSU Board voted to award the contract to the Wieland Davco Corp. of Lansing.

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