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Thursday, April 10 | 8:30 a.m. | MSU Union Ballroom

Construction Junctions are Infrastructure Planning and Facilities’ monthly public meeting designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction. This month's CJ, “Ice cream cones and construction zones,” as the special edition was called, featured a roundup of the summer construction projects on and around campus that will impact pedestrians, bikers and motorists.

Roads/parking lots/sidewalks:

Harrison Road Pavement Restoration

  • Existing pavement has deteriorated and is in need of repair.
  • The project includes milling and repaving of all lanes of traffic from the Red Cedar River bridge north to approximately the loading dock of the Kellogg Center.
  • One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction, while maintaining access to the Kellogg Center.
  • There will be closures to the drives into Brody Complex during this week of construction.
  • Pedestrians will still be able to cross at the traffic light between Brody and Kellogg, but minor delays may occur during asphalt paving operation.
  • IPF will make every effort to complete as much work at night to reduce the impact to traffic.
  • Construction will take place for the duration of one week, from May 16 to May 23.

Parking – Lot 97 (Engineering Research) Expansion

  • This project will add 260 parking spaces to the existing 201 near the new Bio-engineering Facility.
  • The lot will be reconstructed to meet current standards for safety, accessibility, storm water management, lighting efficiency and pavement.
  • Lot 97 will be closed during the construction period, except for access by environmental Health and Safety vehicles.
  • Alternative parking will be available in Lot 92 next to the chilled water plant.
  • Construction will begin June 25, and will be substantially complete Oct. 3.

Pathways – Red Cedar Greenway – Sparty to Farm Lane

  • This upgrade to the Red Cedar River Trail will increase user capacity to include separate dedicated paths for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Improve safety of the pathway for all users by improving the pavement and lighting.
  • Provide an accessible route on the south side of the river, which meets ADA design standards.
  • This project will be done in three phases, moving from east to west.
  • The first phase will begin at the Sparty intersection and end at Erickson Hall.
  • During construction, a detour for pedestrians to the south of the existing pathway will be in place.
  • This project will begin construction in May and be substantially complete before the football season in August.

Parking Ramps No. 1 – (Shaw Lane), 3 (Wharton Center) and 5 (Communication Arts and Sciences) – Restoration 2014

  • This project encompasses parking structures south of the Red Cedar River.
  • Need to extend the life, maintenance and operations of the parking structures on campus.
  • Enhance the safety and operation of the facilities.
  • Apply traffic coating to the parking surfaces and drive lanes.
  • Limited parking disruptions as the structures are repaired one level at a time.
  • Construction will begin May 12, and will be complete July 30.

Parking Ramps No. 2 (Auditorium) and 6 (Grand River Avenue) – Restoration 2014

  • This project encompasses parking structures north of the Red Cedar River.
  • Need to extend the life, maintenance and operations of the parking structures on campus.
  • Perform routine testing and maintenance and to validate the continued structural integrity of the structures.
  • Perform concrete repairs and expansion joint repairs.
  • Enhance the safety and operation of the facilities.
  • Apply traffic coating to the parking surfaces and drive lanes.
  • Limited parking disruptions as the structures are repaired one level at a time.
  • Ramp 6 parking bays will be affected, but not driving lanes.
  • Construction will begin May 12, and will be complete July 30.


Spartan Marching Band – Artificial Turf Field

  • Artificial turf will provide a safer and superior surface for the band.
  • The turf field will also be used by intramural sports and host summer sports camps.
  • The artificial turf will incorporate an improved drainage system and an infill system comprised of recycled tires.
  • The project will also include a 32-foot band tower, relocation of the javelin and discus cage, bleacher seating with accessible walk to accommodate 300 spectators and new fencing/gate and drive locations.
  • Construction will begin after spring 2014 commencement.
  • Summer 2014 construction will impact the southeast portion of Munn Field.
  • Completion is required to accommodate marching band practice starting midway through August.

Munn Ice Arena – HVAC Upgrades and Ice Making System Replacement

  • This project involves replacement of the ice plant, rink surface, dasher board system and glass, and improvements to the HVAC system.
  • This project will take advantage of energy-saving technology for the HVAC system and address Just-in-Time needs for the building.
  • Chestnut Road will be closed for approximately ten days in June.
  • Periodic road impacts will occur during the duration of the project.
  • Pedestrian access around the site will be maintained at all times with new crosswalks to the north adjacent to Demonstration Hall and to the south and northeast corner of Munn Field.
  • The project started construction Nov. 11, 2013, and will be completed Aug. 15, 2014.

Spartan Stadium – North End Zone Addition

  • Project will provide an all-sports recruitment facility, campus-wide media center and new football locker rooms and support spaces.
  • This project includes a 55,000 square-feet two level addition, adding recruiting rooms to the concourse level, building new locker rooms and team spaces, creating a media center on the lower level, adding restrooms on the concourse level, adding donor plazas at the j and K gates and renovating the gates to comply with homeland security requirements.
  • Red Cedar Road will be closed May 12 to May 23.
  • The stadium loading dock will be closed April 28 to May 16.
  • The project began in July 2013, and will be substantially complete Aug. 2014.


Bio Engineering Facility

  • This project involves a four-story research lab building that is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research and interaction amongst all occupants, and the sharing of specialized research equipment (such as imaging).
  • The building will be physically connected to the existing Clinical Center C-Wing and Life Science B-Wing, with proximity to the Radiology Building to facilitate the sharing of core research resources.
  • Southeast doors on Life Science Building will be closed until Friday, April 18, to construct the pedestrian bridge between Life Science and the Bio Engineering Facility.
  • Construction began in September 2013, and will be substantially complete September 2015.

Butterfield Hall – Renovation

  • This project includes all major mechanical, electrical, and ventilation upgrades and replacement.
  • This project also includes addition of life-safety systems and ADA code-required modifications, interior renovations to common spaces and resident bathrooms, asbestos abatement, lighting upgrades, flooring and ceiling replacement, roofing and exterior repair, including window replacement and balcony removal, reception desk modifications and other related improvements.
  • It will create nine new single resident rooms after conversion from balconies.
  • Butterfield Hall will be completely closed until May 30, 2014.
  • The northeast corner of the Brody parking loop is closed for through traffic until May 30, 2014.
  • Brody parking loop will be open for resident move-out.
  • This project started March 2013 and will be substantially complete June 2014.

Landon Hall – Dining Renovation, Building Life Safety and Accessibility

  • Project will provide a new dining facility for the West Circle Neighborhood.
  • The project will also perform major repairs to the infrastructure for electrical, mechanical and plumbing, create new community bathrooms on each floor and replace windows throughout.
  • Building is closed for the duration of project.
  • Loading dock/Landon Hall parking lot will remain closed along with the parking loop until July 3.
  • Construction began in May 2013, and will be substantially complete in July 2014.

Akers Hall Dining and Life Safety Renovation

  • Building was constructed in 1964, and is in need of major repairs to the infrastructure for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety.
  • Will provide a new dining facility for East Neighborhood.
  • Will provide new active/quiet study lounges.
  • The project will also provide a new fire suppression system.
  • Akers Road will be closed north of Akers Hall from May 12 through Aug. 12.
  • Maintenance/recycling vehicles will have continued access.
  • Loading dock/parking lot will be closed May 12 through Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Construction start (Phases 1 and 2): December 2013
  • Substantial completion of Phase 1 (student towers): Aug. 1, 2014
  • Substantial completion of Phase 2 (dining venue): Jan. 1, 2015

Clinical Center – C-wing HVAC Replacement

  • The project will replace existing aged HVAC systems with more energy-efficient systems, provide chilled water to the facility year round and provide procedure space within Clinical Center for researchers.
  • Area immediately behind the Clinical Center Animal Quarters Wing (C-Wing) will be fenced.
  • Parking spaces adjacent to the C-Wing loading dock will be unavailable.
  • Construction began in March 2014, and will be substantially complete in December 2014.

Facility For Rare Isotope Beams – Building Structure

  • May 12 – May 23, 2014: Traffic interruption to re-work median on Wilson Road. The bike bath will be closed during this time, and will follow the pedestrian path during this time.
  • May 23, 2014 – October 2016: Re-stripe and turn over one west-bound and two east-bound lanes. The site fence will be moved south, and the bike bath will be reopened.
  • All four lanes will be reopened in November 2016.

Chittenden Hall – Renovation

  • This project involves a comprehensive renovation that respects the historical features of the exterior and interior of the building.
  • Interior spaces to support the Graduate School program will drive the design and layout of these rooms.
  • Renovations will include building infrastructure, building envelope and foundation and accessibility, including addition of an elevator and restrooms.
  • Addressing needs such as plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical, life safety and data.
  • Lot 7 (south of Old Horticulture) is partially closed for duration of project.
  • Building is currently vacant.
  • Construction began Nov. 19, 2013, and will be substantially complete Fall 2014.


West Circle Housing Complex – Infrastructure Improvements – 2014 (Phase 2 of 2)

  • This is the second phase of a two-phase project.
  • New steam tunnels, electric service, communication ducts and water mains will replace 50-year-old services.
  • Will improve reliability for all utility services.
  • West Circle Housing Complex will be vacant for summer.
  • Some parking loss to Delta Court during early work (April 7-18).
  • Maintain construction access to the Landon Hall construction site (via West Circle Drive).
  • Delta Court closed east of the Wills House driveway.
  • Construction began April 7, and will be substantially complete December 2014.
  • Early work will take place from April 7 until April 18.
  • Visible construction will be complete by August 2014.
  • Work will continue behind-the-scenes within buildings and underground through December 2014.

North Campus Infrastructure Improvements – West Circle Drive 2014 (Phase 3 of 4)

  • This project is the third of a four-phase program to replace the deteriorating north campus arch steam tunnels.
  • Removing and replacing existing steam tunnels and building service leads.
  • Increasing the steam distribution mains to the region.
  • Increasing line capacity for high-pressure steam distribution mains;
  • Converting the condensate return from a vacuum system to a pressure return.
  • Upgrading the MSU Museum’s steam service to high-pressure steam and pressure condensate return.
  • During construction, all the buildings in the zone of influence will be converted to high-pressure steam and pressure-condensate return lines, improving energy efficiency.
  • West Circle Drive will be replaced with two traffic lanes and one bike lane (one-way traffic), providing appropriate vehicular, pedestrian, and bicyclist safety improvements.
  • Pedestrian detours are in effect around the project site.
  • Construction began November 2013, and will be substantially complete fall 2014.

Holden, Hubbard and Owen Halls – Masonry Restoration

  • To maintain the integrity of the masonry, window curtain walls and building envelopes.
  • Timeline has been coordinated for each of the residence halls with their sports camps and conference schedules
  • Impacts everyone in the building due to high levels of noise and dust.
  • The buildings exteriors will be washed once the maintenance is completed.


  • IPF is hosting town hall style presentations in buildings throughout north campus. There are 14 special meetings set for the buildings that will be impacted by north campus construction.
  • New-and-improved detour information map is now available which will allow users to customize view based on start/end date and project.
  • Current work alert information is now available.