After a long construction slog that began with the 2012 demolition of the American Beauty building , Wayne State's $93M multidisciplinary biomedical research building (MBRB) is nearing the finish line. The project has reached the all-important milestone of finally resembling its original renderings.
The MBRB is a crazy hybrid of old and new, combining a 1927 factory designed by Albert Kahn with a modern, 70,000-square-foot addition from Harley Ellis Devereaux. It looks completely different depending on what street you're on, and promises to confuse unfamiliar students for generations to come. Full of classrooms and laboratories, it'll eventually the workplace of hundreds of researchers. The whole thing was originally meant to finish up late last year, but was delayed during last winter's Polar Vortex.