We'll soon start seeing construction on the $3 billion Future of Health development in New Center. The Michigan State Board of Trustees approved construction today on the Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Research Center, set to break ground next month.

The $335 million center will span 335,000 square feet over seven stories, sitting at Third Avenue and Amsterdam Street. New renderings show how much of an impact it will make to the landscape of New Center.

The new research center from the Lodge going north.ZGF Architects LLP

The center will be run by MSU and operated with Henry Ford Health. It will be home to 80 principal investigator teams, and will be the largest of MSU's research facilities to date. Areas of research include cancer, neuroscience, immunology, and public health, along with addressing health inequities and the social determinants of health.

One floor will be dedicated to the Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute, as part of a $375 million gift Dan and Jennifer Gilbert announced last year.

“This unique affiliation between our integrated academic health system and MSU will reshape and reimagine how health care is delivered in the city, state and beyond,” said Bob Riney, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health. “We are advancing collaboration and discovery in ways that would not be possible as separate entities. We are proud to have this research center as the first on our new campus to break ground, as we anticipate continued transformational development to the entire Detroit campus.”

The entire development includes a new $2 billion hospital tower for Henry Ford Health, plus nearly 600 residential units near the research facility. 

The center is set to open in 2027.