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Owen Graduate Hall - visitor scholar housing project

Project phase: Planning/Design


  • Owen Graduate Hall opened in 1961, with a major addition in 1965.
  • It is the only residence hall in the MSU system dedicated to graduate students.
  • It is also near the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).
  • The FRIB will host researchers on short-term stays of 3-30 days, and MSU is committed to providing a facility on campus for these visiting scholars.
  • Owen's current configuration and location make it an excellent choice, placing occupants within walking distance of the FRIB while providing on campus amenities.


  • The project is anticipated to include renovations to approximately 5,000 square feet of space on the first floor in the west wing, which will be converted to short-term guest rooms with kitchenettes.
  • This will include updated lighting, flooring, bathroom fixtures and fire alarm systems.


  • The preliminary project cost estimate is $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. This estimate may change as the project and its scope are refined during the planning process. The source of funds for the project is expected to be Residential and Hospitality Services and/or debt financing with debt repayment from Residential & Hospitality Services.