MTU Great Lakes Research Center

Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, envisioned a new campus facility to house aquatic research laboratories and classrooms, and support researchers and students working with Great Lakes biological, chemical, and physical studies. The facility was designed and equipped in support of instruction, experimental laboratories, and outreach efforts. Students use this facility to learn in an environment that provides state-of-the-art technologies and laboratories.

The 55,000-sf, 4-story building includes 11,500 sf of laboratory space and a docking and marina area for the University’s research vessels. It is located on a compact site on the lower elevations of campus, on the shore of Portage Lake, immediately adjacent to the waters of the Keweenaw Waterway. FTCH provided engineering design services throughout the entire project, from initial program validation to construction administration.

The design included the addition of a University data center to the project. The data center houses servers, as well as high-powered research computing for the facility, in a configuration permitting future upgrades to a Tier 3 design.


2013 Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design/Post-Secondary Category - American School & University

2013 Engineering Excellence Merit Award - American Council of Engineering Companies/MI

2013 Honor Award/Building Category - American Institute of Architects/MI

2012 Build Michigan Award - American General Contractors

2012 Design Award of Merit/Institutional Category - Association of Licensed Architects