By Marti Benedetti


September 21, 2016


Lawrence Technological University dedicated its new $16.9 million A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences Complex at its Southfield campus Wednesday.

The 36,700-square-foot, three-level structure contains laboratories, a glass atrium and a staircase enclosed by a three-story gray orb made of carbon-reinforced fiber that floats above a 1-foot deep reflecting pool.

The third floor includes the headquarters of LTU’s Marburger STEM Center. In what was the largest contribution ever made in the university’s 84-year history, retired Microsoft CEO and former Lawrence Tech student Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, donated $20 million toward construction, operation and student scholarships for the center. Steve Ballmer, a Detroit native, made the gift in honor of his instructor Richard Marburger, the university’s fourth president from 1977 to 1993… Read more here.

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