Michigan State University’s (MSU) School of Packaging recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of renovations to the school’s main building.
Hosting the event was School of Packaging Director Matthew Daum, who has pushed for change throughout the school, with the renovations being the first of three phases to initiate that change.
“This first strategic initiative is all about investing in a facility that represents the thought leadership of our students and alumni, creates a gathering place for the best and brightest and packaging and inspires students, faculty and staff toward a brighter future,” Daum said.
Planned improvements to the building include a new office wing, sustainability lab, atrium and classrooms. The project was funded primarily through donors, with donations equaling more than $10 million.
As for the next phases of the school’s strategic plan, Daum said the second phase will focus on making the “program the most diverse pool of talented faculty and students ready for industry”, and the third will create “new financial partnerships between industry and university”.