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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:46

Steelcase donating facility as education hub

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. is donating its massive pyramid-shaped former research facility in western Michigan to a nonprofit foundation for use as an education hub that's focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Grand Rapids Press reports officials say the education hub would cater to students in preschool through graduate school. Steelcase spokeswoman Laura VanSlyke says the company is excited to see the building take on a different life. The nonprofit Pyramid P20 STEM Education Hub is expected to set the vision for the hub and manage the facility. The seven-story, 664,000-square-foot building is located in Kent County's Gaines Township, near Grand Rapids. There is $5.5 million in a supplemental spending bill for the project that was recently approved by the state Senate.