MSU Alumni Build Their Legacy in McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital Project

Posted: 4:41 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 12:36:59Z
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LANSING, Mich. — McLaren Greater Lansing has broken ground on a new $450 million health care campus in South Lansing. Taking on a project of this scope takes a talented team, and some of the people involved earned construction management degrees right next door at Michigan State University.

Lansing-area native David Stygles graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 and now works as a Project Engineer at The Christman Company, which is headquartered in Lansing. Stygles’ first project involved a health center at the University of Michigan. He used to wonder how he could leave a lasting mark on a school as large as Michigan State University, and now he’s found the answer in his role with new hospital project.

“Going through school you hear all the time about success stories of students going on and working with Michigan State University,” said Stygles. “It’s something I’ll be able to tell my kids and my family about for a long time.”

Stygles connection to the new hospital project goes beyond his alma mater. His mother has spent 25 years working for the health systems that are now McLaren Greater Lansing. “She’s really happy,” said Stygles. “She’s excited that it’s coming to fruition.”

“This is pretty special,” said MSU graduate, Bob Gallagher, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Project Manager at Michigan-Based contractor Barton Malow Company. “I grew up in East Lansing, and I live there with my family now, so to be involved in such an epic project that’s going to touch lives for years to come is something I’m very thankful for.”

Gallagher is no stranger to working on major projects that involve MSU, previously taking part in construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. He says the new hospital presents unique challenges from an engineering standpoint. “It has complex mechanical systems, cleanliness standards, and dense utilities, including medical gas,” said Gallagher.

When the dust settles in early 2022, more than 2,500 workers will have taken part in building a state-of-the-art hospital, cancer center, medical services building, and other facilities to support health care delivery, educational opportunities, and medical research. “Not every career or industry gets to see a visual representation of what you’ve achieved,” said Gallagher. “This is going to be here for years and years to come.”

The 240-bed hospital is being designed from the ground up in an unprecedented collaboration among physicians, staff, patients, and community members giving their input to shape the future of health care.

McLaren Greater Lansing and MSU also continue to explore new and innovative ways to partner on the delivery of care, the education of future health care professionals, and clinical research programs.

Construction on the new hospital is led by a joint venture of Barton Malow Company and The Christman Company. Barton Malow Company is a 100% American-owned contractor, with specialties including health care, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, energy, and education facilities. Founded in 1924, Barton Malow has over 2,200 employees with 14 offices across North America. The Christman Company is one of the country’s leading professional construction services firms and is based in Lansing. The Christman Company’s award-winning services include construction management, general contracting, design/build, real estate development, facilities analysis and planning, and skilled trades.