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April 11, 2013 Meeting

Thursday, April 11 | 8:30 a.m. | 112 Brody Hall

I scream, you scream, we all scream ... because of campus construction. Have no fear, we are here to help!

Construction Junctions are Infrastructure Planning and Facilities’ monthly public meetings designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction.

Andy Smith (Safety Officer) presentation:

  • Safety is our first priority.
  • For drivers:
    • Slow down in construction zones, it is better to be late than cause an accident.
    • Be aware that many pedestrians (and bike riders) do not use the marked crosswalks, and may dress in a fashion that makes them less visible.
  • For pedestrians/bike riders:
    • Respect the fenced barriers, they are there to keep both you and the construction workers safe.
    • Use marked crosswalks, and obey any walkway detours.
    • Dress in a manner that will make you more visible to drivers, especially at night.
  • To report any signage vandalism, or walk/bike passages that are in need of attention, please call 353-1760.

Greg Losch - Michigan Department of Transportation – US 127 and I-496

  • This project includes 4.19 miles of hot-mix asphalt cold milling and resurfacing, joint and crack repairs, concrete pavement, sidewalk, ramps, and curb and gutter, non-motorized pathway, drainage, traffic signals, water main, and pavement markings.
  • Limits:
    • Grand River Avenue from Coolidge Road to Park Lake Road,
    • Michigan Avenue from the west city limits to Grand River Avenue in the city of East Lansing.
  • This project includes the reconstruct and addition of an indirect left turn at Beal Street and Harrison Road.
  • Anticipated fix life:
    • 5 to 10 years on Michigan Avenue,
    • 8 to 15 years on Grand River Avenue (M-43).
  • The project will start March 2013 with completion in October 2013.
  • Multiple interim completion dates to minimize impacts.
    • Stage One –Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue/Beal Street area. Included are: modifications to median turnarounds, sidewalk improvements, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, and realignment of Beal Street intersection. Anticipated travel delay of two minutes or less anticipated.
    • Stage Two – Grand River Avenue (from Michigan Avenue to Bogue Avenue). May 6 through early August. Included are: signal upgrades, asphalt mill and resurfacing. Traffic will be crossed-over during resurfacing. Anticipated travel delay of 15 minutes.
    • Stage Three – Grand River Avenue (from Bogue Street to Hagadorn Road). March to mid-August. Included are: adding non-motorized path to each side of road, driveway work, ADA upgrades. One lane each direction traffic to be maintained.  Anticipated travel delay of nine minutes.
    • Stage Four – Grand River Avenue (from Hagadorn Road to Park Lake Road). September to October. ADA upgrades included. One lane each direction traffic to be maintained. Anticipated travel delay of nine minutes.

Robert Scheuerman, P.E. - City of East Lansing – Kalamazoo Street and Albert Street

  • April 1 through April 23 – Clippert Street to Marigold Street,
  • May 6 through August 23 – Marigold Avenue to Harrison Road,
  • Project will include installation of 48-inch sewer interceptor,
  • Harrison Road re-milling from south side of bridge to Kalamazoo Street – one lane will remain open at all times.

Q:  Will the bike trail be closed?
A: There may be some intermittent closures.

Q: What about the Ann Street Plaza construction?
A: The area in front of El Azteco will be closed. Closures will start after Art Festival (May 18) – one lane will be closed at a time.

Q:  When will this be finished?
A:  The goal is for the project to be finished by Aug. 23.

Brody Neighborhood – Utility Improvements – Phase V

  • Why?
    • Need to update: Utility infrastructure was installed in the 1950s when the complex was originally built.
    • Project involves:
      • replacing the steam and condensate distribution system;
      • creating a loop from the Harrison Road bridge to Brody Hall.
  • This is the fifth and final phase of major infrastructure projects in the Brody Neighborhood.
  • Impacts:          
    • There will be the closure of driveway on east and south side of Emmons Hall.
    • There will be steam and condensate (hot water and air conditioning) shutdowns to Bailey and Emmons halls.
    • Project will be shut down during exam week.
    • Roads will be open for student move-out.
  • Timeline:
    • Construction started for this project in February 2013.
    • Substantial completion is August 2013:
      • building will be ready for occupancy,
      • roads will be re-opened,
      • steam and condensate will be operating.
  • Work after substantial completion:
    • finishing touches to landscape.
  • Final completion is expected for August 2014.

Butterfield Hall – Major Renovations

  • Impacts:
    • Building will be shut down from June 2013 to June 2014.
    • Parking lot entrance on east side of Butterfield Hall will be closed.
    • Pedestrian traffic will be maintained around Butterfield Hall.
    • Closure of driveway on north and east side of Emmons Hall (due to utility work being done for the Brody Neighborhood).

Parking – Lot 67 (Jenison) – Reconstruction

  • Why?
    • To meet: 
      • safety requirements,
      • storm water management standards,
      • pavement standards.
    • The project will:
      • address failed irrigation lines,
      • extend the water supply to a new fire hydrant to meet current fire code,
      • install LED lighting and address accessibility requirements related to Jenison Field House entrances.
  • Impacts/timeline:
    • Closures:
      • Parking Lot 67 will be completely closed from May 6 until mid-August.
      • Kalamazoo Street between Birch and Demonstration Hall roads will be closed for one week in early May.
      • Temporary closure of south driveway to Kellogg Center parking ramp is expected.
      • Jenison Field House dock closed duration of project.
    • Temporary pedestrian sidewalk detour:
      • From May 6 to June 1, pedestrians will use south side of Kalamazoo Street.
    • Access maintained to:
      • Jenison Field House for pedestrians,
      • parking loop on the east side of Jenison Field House,
      • Red Cedar Greenway for pedestrians and bikers.

Duffy Daugherty Football Practice Field Filming Tower

  • Why? 
    •  To provide a safer environment for videotaping and viewing football practice.
    • 50-foot video tower
      • 40-foot high viewing platform,
      • concrete foundation.
    • Placement:
      • Will sit between the two practice fields;
      • Replaces concrete slab where temporary lift now sits.
  • Timeline:
    • Construction start will start mid-April and will be completed mid-June.
  • Impacts:
    • Possible lane closure on eastbound Shaw Lane in early June to accommodate delivery and placement of the tower.
    • Throughout there will be minimal, intermittent lane closures for concrete and material delivery.

Spartan Stadium – Addition 5 – North End Zone

  • Why?
    • To provide all-sports recruitment facility, campus-wide media center and new football locker rooms and support spaces.
    • This project includes:
      • a two-level addition,
      • adding recruiting rooms to the concourse level,
      • building new locker rooms and team spaces,
      • creating media center on the lower level of the addition,
      • adding shell space for future restrooms on the concourse level,
      • adding donor plazas at J and K gates,
      • renovating gates to comply with Homeland Security requirements.
    • Impacts:
      • There will be a loss of parking in donor lot directly north of stadium.
      • East/west sidewalk closed on north side; pedestrians will be routed to the north.
      • After football season, northwest and northeast corners will be closed for renovations.

West Circle Steam Loop Segment 2 2013

  • Why?
    • Michigan State University uses steam to heat campus buildings, and some steam tunnels are old and in need of repair.
    • Project also includes core infrastructure improvements:
      • water-main upgrades,
      • telecommunication upgrades,
      • electrical upgrades.
    • West Circle Drive will be reconstructed to:
      • have two traffic lanes and a bike lane,
      • be consistent with current MSU transportation standards.
  • Impacts
    • Road closures:
      • Kalamazoo Street will be closed from the Sparty intersection north.
      • West Circle Drive will be closed from the Beal Street intersection east to the MSU Library.
      • Beal Street will be closed through mid-summer as part of MDOT’s M-43 (Grand River Avenue)/M-143 (Michigan Avenue) project.
    • Northbound campus traffic will be directed to Farm Lane to access north campus.
    • Two-way traffic maintained from Auditorium Road to the MSU Library so that the MSU Museum, MSU Library and Olds Hall are accessible.
    • Some utilities may be interrupted (electrical, computer, phone) as upgrades are made to those systems, but they should be very minimal, short in duration, and will be scheduled in advance.
  • Timeline:
    • Construction statred it January 2013.
      • Multiple phases: check construction.msu.edu for updates.
    • Substantial completion is expected on Aug. 16.

Morrill Hall Demolition

  • Why?
    • Built in 1900, it has outlived its usefulness. The building has structural issues, high heating costs and is too expensive to maintain for the amount of useable space it provides.
    • The work scope currently involves:
      • demolition,
      • landscaping,
      • pathways,
      • additional bike parking.
      • There will possibly be a terrace to commemorate the history of the building:
        • dependent upon funding,
        • terrace designs inspired by students.
  • Impacts/timeline:
    • Demolition will start in May 2013 after student move-out.
    • Demolition and site restoration will be complete mid-August 2013.
    • Completion date if plaza is incorporated is September 2013.
    • At this time, sidewalks south of Morrill Hall will be closed.
      • Pedestrian traffic routed to the south side of East and West Circle drives, for detours see our detour pages.
    • No motorist detours are expected, and West Circle Drive will remain open. Minimal temporary lane closures may occur for material removal.
    • Other notables:
      • dust-mitigation will be practiced,
      • special dust protection for adjacent parking ramp 6,
      • due to the nature of demolition projects, there will be noise,
      • as many materials as possible will be recycled and/or salvaged,
      • plaza has been designed by MSU design students (if incorporated).

Botany Greenhouses Demolition

  • Why?
    • Built in 1908, the greenhouse has outlived its usefulness. The cost to maintain the building is no longer cost-effective.
    • New technology in greenhouse design, the small size of the greenhouse as well as greenhouse operations made this greenhouse irrelevant.
    • The site will be replaced for the most part with turf and a few parking spaces.
    • Some modifications will be made to:
      • improve pedestrian movement,
      • correct an ADA sidewalk problem,
      • correct fire-exit route for the adjacent Chittenden Hall.
  • Impacts/timeline:
    • Pedestrian walkway between Old Botany and Marshall/Adams Hall will be closed.
    • Expect significant traffic congestion during the demolition and new construction due to associated construction vehicles.
    • Other notables:
      • Dust-mitigation will be practiced.
      • To allow for the demolition hauling trucks and to protect the public, about 20 parking spaces will be temporarily taken out-of-service.
      • Due to the nature of demolition projects, there will be noise.
    • Demolition started in May 2013 (after student move-out).
    • Demolition and site restoration expected completion is mid-August 2013.

Auditorium – Alterations to Fairchild Theatre

  • Why?
    • The 560-seat Fairchild Theatre, located within the auditorium at the intersection of Farm Lane and Auditorium Road, provides an adequately sized facility, but has limited effectiveness as a music venue due to the lack of an orchestra pit and proper acoustics.
    • This project includes:
      • installation of an orchestra pit with a lift system,
      • an orchestra shell with acoustical upgrades,
      • relocation of the scene shop dressing room and prop storage room,
      • renovation of existing, and construction of additional restrooms,
      • barrier-free accessibility will expand access to the lower level of the building, Arena Theatre, upper balcony seating and second-and third-floor offices,
      • installation of an elevator.
  • Impacts:
    • Road closure: From the intersection of Physics and Auditorium roads west to Farm Lane mid-May through mid-June.
      • Will require vehicular traffic to be detoured around the north side of the Psychology Building and for pedestrian traffic to be limited to one side of Auditorium Road.
    • Construction work along the south side of the building will have periodic impact on the kiln area for the Kresge Art Center.
      • These impacts will be short in duration and will be coordinated in advance with the associated departments.
    • Several events normally held in the auditorium (such as spring commencement activities and Science Olympiad) will still be held.

Bogue Street and Shaw Lane Intersection Reconstruction and Steam System Repairs

  • Why?
    • The existing Bogue Street and Shaw Lane traffic circle does not meet current federal design guidelines for public rights-of-way to provide equal accessibility for all users.
    • Steam system repairs are part of this project as Michigan State uses an intricate network of steam tunnels and lines to heat campus buildings, and some of the lines are in need of repair to avoid failures in steam delivery.
    • Additional core infrastructure improvements will be made in conjunction with the steam upgrades, including:
      • water main upgrades,
      • telecommunication upgrades,
      • electrical upgrades.
  • Impacts:
    • For a map of pedestrian and motorist impacts due to this construction project, check out the detours page
  • Timeline:
    • Construction started in January 2013.
    • Complete closure of the Bogue Street/Shaw Lane intersection will begin May 5 2013 and will reopen in time for student move-in, Aug. 16.

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams – New High Bay

  • Program need:
    • Create an assembly and testing space for the technical components and equipment that will be utilized in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and accelerator facilities around the world;
    • Yield an integrated and more consolidated base of operations, improving superconducting cavity and cold mass production, production cavity and cryomodule test efficiency.
  • Program description:
    • Construct a new SRF High Bay that will house incoming accelerator structures (cavity) QA and inspection, cavity hydrogen de-gassing furnace, processing and cold-mass assembly, power coupler conditioning, vertical cavity test area, cryomodule test facility and control room.
  • Impacts/timeline:
    • A temporary walk-way and fencing have been installed around the perimeter of the site, which will extend to include the Wharton Center drop-off loop on May 6.
    • Utility relocation is underway for underground water, sanitary, natural gas, chilled water, electrical and communications duct bank.
    • Underground site utilities within the current construction fencing have been installed with the exception of natural gas piping, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week.
    • Deep foundations work is scheduled to start with drilling of caissons in late April.
    • Construction began in early March 2013.
    • Project completion is scheduled for late August 2014.

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams – Duct Bank

  • Program need:
    • The existing electrical cables from the T.B. Simon Power Plant do not have the capacity to carry future loads required by the FRIB facility.
  • Project description:
    • Install concrete encased duct bank from the T.B. Simon Power Plant to FRIB/Cyclotron that will be capable of transmitting up to 25 MW of electrical power and have spare capacity for future campus needs.
    • Beginning west of the T.B. Simon Power Plant, the electrical duct bank will extend through campus to the Bogue Street and Wilson Road intersection.
  • Timeline:
    • Planned construction start in early May, pending board approval;
    • Substantial completion is expected in September 2016.

Bio-Engineering Facility

  • Why?
    • The construction of the Bio-Engineering Facility will provide a unique opportunity to bring together research teams from engineering and biomedical research to promote the development of bio-engineering and engineering health sciences at Michigan State University.
    • This project includes construction of a new bio-engineering facility which is anticipated to connect with Life Science and the Clinical Center C-Wing.
    • The facility will maximize research space in open or modular labs.
    • Will feature shared:
      • support rooms with specialized equipment,
      • procedure rooms,
      • offices,
      • informal gathering space.
  • Impacts/timeline:
    • egress patterns for surrounding buildings,
    • sidewalk closures,
    • loading dock coordination with Life Science and Clinical Center C Wing,
    • construction start: May 2013 (contingent upon legislative approval),
    • Substantially complete: August 2014 (contingent upon legislative approval).

Transportation Services – New Fuel Station

  • Why?
    • Safety and environmental issues require moving the fueling station from Spartan Stadium.
    • There are efficiencies to keeping the car wash, which is at the end of its useful life, located with the fueling station. Relocation of the car wash would also eliminate the need to move vehicles for major events at Spartan Stadium.
    • This project will include:
      • decommissioning the existing fueling station and underground fuel tanks on east side of stadium,
      • creating new fueling station on Service Road, including:
        • gas pumps,
        • an overhead canopy paved,
        • circulation space for large and small service vehicles (including buses),
        • a new car wash to replace the existing facility.

Parking Lot Painting Schedule

  • Why?
    • The majority of parking areas on campus are striped on a three-year rotation. Painting is scheduled in two-week time periods to allow for striping to take place in smaller sections and to also allow for rain days.
    • Parking areas that are being painted are generally shut down for two to three hours, but may take longer due to weather conditions such as temperature and humidity, which can cause the paint to dry slower.
  • Impacts:
    • Painting crews begin work at 5 a.m., and spaces are left available whenever possible.
    • Campus visitors and employees are asked to refrain from moving cones or parking in spaces that are being painted, or that have been recently painted, so as not to inhibit the painting crew.

Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.

Meeting presentation

April 11, 2013 (PDF)