GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. is donating its massive pyramid-shaped former research facility in western Michigan to a nonprofit foundation for use as an education hub that's focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/MtdCkl ) officials say the education hub would cater to students in preschool through graduate school. Steelcase spokeswoman Laura VanSlyke says the company is excited to see the building take on a different life.
The nonprofit Pyramid P20 STEM Education Hub is expected to set the vision for the hub and manage the facility. The seven-story, 664,000-square-foot building is located in Kent County's Gaines Township, near Grand Rapids.
There is $5.5 million in a supplemental spending bill for the project that was recently approved by the state Senate.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids
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