Chicago's Goose Island will be home to a digital manufacturing lab funded in part by $70 million in federal funds, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Wednesday.
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which will focus on research designed to make factories and defense manufacturers more efficient, has signed a lease for a 94,000 square-foot site located on the northern part of Goose Island. Details have not yet been released about when the institute will move into the space.
“The new facility will be transformed into a space that students, researchers and manufacturers can work from - with a working manufacturing floor; designated instruction space for high school, vocational, community college and university students, as well as manufacturing professionals; and meeting and communication rooms,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.
Gov. Pat Quinn's office in February announced that the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $70 million grant to Chicago-based UI Labs to help launch the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. Read more about that announcement here. UI Labs is a public-private research and commercialization collaborative that includes universities and manufacturers.