Officials at a Mid-Michigan university announced Friday they will be putting $150 million into upgrades on campus.
Kettering University is launching a new campaign called “Boldly Forward,” focused on fundraising to build a state-of-the-art learning center, officials said.
The campaign has already raised $103.6 million of their $150 million goal.
The 105,000-square-foot building will be home to a full digital library, an auditorium, new dining facility and more.
The university focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and said the project is an investment to remain a world leader on the technological stage.
"It's what we need to create, not to be just a competitor in the landscape of higher education but to be the premier destination for students," Kettering President Robert McMahan said.
McMahan also said this is important to the city of Flint.
"This building stands as a statement, not only of our future but of the direction and trajectory of our community," McMahan said.
Susan Davies is the vice president of university advancement at Kettering. She said Friday's kickoff to fundraise and announce the project was a wonderful way to celebrate the school's milestone birthday.
"We're celebrating our centennial through the 2019 year," she said. "Future alumni are going to look back on today as a significant turning point to the university's next 100 years."
Representatives of the school say they hope to construct the building in the next couple of years.
"This university is a jewel of higher education. He really is worthy of this investment," McMahan said.