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Groundbreaking for Advanced Technology Development Complex June 10
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(June 5, 2003) A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Advanced Technology Development Complex will be held Tuesday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m. Because of rain, the ceremony will be held in the forestry building.

The 27,500-square-foot ATDC is being built on Sharon Avenue by Michigan Tech as a cooperating site of the Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone (MTEPS) and is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and a $1.1 million Ford Motor Company gift. The complex will house the Ford Student Design Center, a Keweenaw Research Center testing facility, lease spaces for high-tech business start-ups and MTU Corporate Services office.

MTEPS, a partnership of the cities of Houghton and Hancock in cooperation with Michigan Tech, supports technology transfer and high-tech economic development in the region.

The new complex will play a key role in that growth, said Peter Radecki, executive director of corporate services at Michigan Tech.

"The ATDC is situated at the boundary between Michigan Tech and the community, both literally and strategically," he said. "We hope that it will act as a portal between the two through which high-tech innovation can flow and new businesses and technology partnerships can emerge."

The complex also includes space specifically for the benefit of MTU students. In the Ford Student Design Center, students in the Enterprise, senior design and research programs will be able to put their ideas into practice and build prototypes. Such shop space has been in short supply.

The Keweenaw Research Center will house its four-wheel chassis dynamometer at the complex, which will be used in vehicle-testing research. The ATDC will also be the site of Corporate Services, allowing close cooperation between corporate partners, researchers, students and entrepreneurs.

Lease space in the complex will be available for MTEPS business start-ups, research and student design teams.

U.P. Engineers and Architects is designing the ATDC, with Gundlach Champion of Houghton serving as general contractor. Site preparation has begun, and the building is scheduled for completion by spring 2004.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking, and refreshments will be served.

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