In early March, MSU announced that Asbjornson had committed to give the university $50 million for its College of Engineering. Asbjornson's gift will fund the construction of an innovative laboratory and classroom facility that will enable collaborative, hands-on learning and leadership. The building, to be named the Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center, is envisioned to promote dynamic interdisciplinary engagement, meaningful student-faculty interaction, and accelerated innovation that responds to and anticipates emerging trends in education, industry and society.
During the remainder of Spring 2014, public Project Site Input Sessions will be held and the University Facilities Planning Board is scheduled to craft its recommendations to President Waded Cruzado on April 22nd. Following the president's approval, the university will proceed with architectural design and preconstruction planning for the building. The consultant selection process will take place April through June, 2014.