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My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub
My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twenty-five years after Steelcase dedicated its $111 million Corporate Development Center, it's selling the pyramid.

An education group will buy the landmark property for $7.5 million then transform the 663,000 square-foot building and surrounding 181 acres into the Pyramid P20 Campus.  The new educational center will serve pre-K through university-level students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The academic programs will be offered through existing schools.

 “We have been working for over a year to get to this point,” said Pyramid P20 co-founder Jerry Zandstra, Ph.D.  “We are very excited to take ownership of this incredible facility and retain full control of design, build out and programming.”

As part of the purchase agreement, Steelcase will lend its research and design expertise for creating the learning environments within the pyramid.

“The Pyramid is a unique building that required a unique vision for how it might be repurposed,” said Dave Sylvester, Steelcase chief financial officer. “It was originally designed as a place to inspire innovation, and we’re pleased that it now has the potential to inspire future generations of innovators.”

Rockford Construction will serve as the development partner on the Pyramid P20 Campus project.  The sale is expected to close in February 2014, with renovations beginning immediately after.  Phase I renovations should be complete by fall 2015.

The new facility will feature research and development areas, test labs, film studios, industrial kitchens, student commons, a cafeteria and banquet halls.  When finished, the pyramid will hold up to 5,000 students.