Skip to content

A training ground for future engineers.


As Michigan’s only urban research university, Wayne State University sought to expand their College of Engineering to promote R+D activities in high-growth industries. The Marvin I. Danto Engineering Development Center was envisioned as a training ground for the future engineering workforce.

A sleek window into the world of advanced research and technology, the center features modular labs, teaming spaces, and display areas. The facility is connected to the existing College of Engineering building in the dense urban environment of the university’s campus.

Tailoring the Solution

A hub for advanced research.

The center houses a total of 50,000 SF of laboratory space, including advanced propulsion, nanotechnology, urban infrastructure research, and team-based student project labs. A 15,000 SF Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems area hosts a Class 1,000 clean room.

WSU Danto Body 1
WSU Danto Body 3
Supporting What Matters

A sustainable center that fosters innovation.

We planned and designed the center to be consistent with the surrounding urban land use and density. The LEED Silver-certified building employs energy-conserving HVAC systems and water-saving fixtures, and has a high-performance skin with limited glazing.