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      Great Lakes Research Center getting legs

      With most of the structural steel in place, work on the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech is gearing up for the summer.

      The crews weren't working Monday, but they'll be plenty busy with the 26 million dollar project in the next few weeks. Electrical and mechanical work is set to begin in May. At the same time, they'll be pouring concrete for floor slabs and begin exterior work. There will also be docks added for research boats along the waterfront and a number of changes to the site.

      "Up until we started here, this was a fuel oil tank storage area. Now that we're changing it into a research building, we have to accommodate that with parking, sidewalks, and all of the grade work that goes outside," said MTU Assistant Facilities Manager, Jim Heikkinen.

      The building should be fully enclosed by next fall and is on schedule to be completed by next April.

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