Discoveries and innovation are facilitated by investments in the design, construction, and operations of specialized test systems and research tools. An advanced technical program will not remain vital without a continual upgrading and full exploitation of the experimental and computational tools that foster new grid-related discoveries. These capabilities often push technology development earlier and harder than almost any other activity. Accordingly, the GRID Institute’s capabilities will be grounded by a state-of-the-art, internationally benchmarked, laboratory facilities. The combination of low, medium, and high-voltage testing and operational facilities will not only allow students and industry to test across the full spectrum of electricity-related innovation, but will also be able to act as its own independent microgrid – in essence, effectively institutionalizing the concept of a “living laboratory” for the students, faculty, and staff associated with the GRID Institute.