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Kettering University breaks ground on Flint ‘academic hub’

February 8, 2020 GMT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Kettering University broke ground this week on what it’s calling an “academic hub” on its Flint campus.

School and community and officials held a ceremony for the four-story, $63 million Learning Commons, which will be a 105,000-square-foot facility that’s designed to emphasize innovation and collaboration. It will include a digital library, dining facilities, auditorium, media resource centers and student work spaces that focus on mobility and artificial intelligence.

At the groundbreaking on Wednesday, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation announced that it gave $12.5 million to the school toward construction. The foundation said it intends to double that grant based on the progress Kettering makes.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2022, the university said in a release.

The private, nonprofit university, formerly known as GMI, marked its centennial last year.