Construction workers at Michigan State University's Grand Rapids Research Center have some new work gear, thanks to a special delivery on Monday.
It's part of Wolverine World Wide's "Project Bootstrap." The national campaign aims to partner with people and companies who are building the future and share Wolverine's bootstrap values.
The MSU construction site is a joint venture of Clark Construction Company and Rockford Construction.
"Project Bootstrap shares the same core values of Wolverine's founder, G.A. Krause. Krause believed in the possibility of opportunity, supporting employees, the local community, and the importance of building for the future," said Todd Yates, President of Wolverine Brand in a press release. "Project Bootstrap was launched in the summer of 2015 and Wolverine is happy to continue this campaign by thanking those who share our bootstrap values and are building our future."
MSU's $88.1 million, six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility will include five core labs and research program spaces that will house College of Human Medicine scientists.
When the research center opens in late 2017, it will support 260 members of the College of Human Medicine's scientific research teams, including 33 principal investigators and their labs.
"We thank Wolverine for their recognition and support of our local building trades," said Aron Sousa, MD, interim dean, MSU College of Human Medicine in the release. "These men and women are constructing a center for discovery that will join our health science partners along the Medical Mile in building a healthier future for our community and beyond."