August 9, 2012 Meeting
Thursday, August 9 | 8:30 a.m. | 1415 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
Construction Junctions are the Physical Plant’s* monthly public meetings designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction.
- This is a four-segment project and is currently on segment two.
- The project is to repair the cracked arch tunnels.
- This project will contain two traffic lanes and a bike lane.
- A new reconfigured Kalamazoo Street and West Circle Drive intersection create a southbound left turn onto West Circle. This is to accommodate the highest traffic volume.
- A reduction in parking spots from 59 to 46 will occur on West Circle Drive in front of I.M. Sports and the Music Building. This area will contain six barrier-free spots.
- The trees will be protected but some tree removal may occur due to deterioration. Currently working with the arborist on campus to evaluate their condition.
Q: Will there be access to the MSU Library during construction?
A: Yes, there will be two directional traffic flows from the MSU Library to the MSU Museum.
Q: Will there be separate meetings scheduled?
A: Yes, they are being scheduled now.
Steam Repairs – Near Brody Neighborhood over Labor Day weekend
- This project will repair vault 121 and vault 60 that supply the utility distribution system to the Brody Neighborhood and the Kellogg Center.
- The utility distribution system is more than 50 years old and it currently has a failing structural steam anchor.
- Repairing these two vaults at this time will prepare for the future expansion on vault 121.
- There is currently a lane closure along Harrison Avenue in front of the Kellogg Center and Brody Hall, and it will reopen by Aug. 31.
- Shutdown impacts:
- Duration: 1 p.m., Sept. 2, to 5 a.m., Sept. 3
- Brody Neighborhood:
- no hot water,
- only basic cooking operations.
- Kellogg Center:
- no hot water,
- no cooling system.
- The Brody Neighborhood is located in the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Harrison Road.
- The direct-buried steam and condensate return lines were installed in 1957 and have been repaired several times.
- This project involves replacing the direct-buried steam and condensate return line from Brody Hall to Bailey Hall and Emmons Hall.
- The project will be a phase approach for less impact.
- This is Phase V and some construction will occur during spring break of 2013 when there are fewer students on campus.
- The parking lot for the Jenison Fieldhouse was built in 1940.
- Since its construction, it has not been modified except for a few repairs that were made to the road.
- The modification will allow for a new entrance to the parking lot farther down Kalamazoo Street than its current entrance as well as an easier flow pattern.
- It will hold 272 parking spaces along with a barrier-free parking area.
- The drainage that runs off the parking lot will be diverted into the new storm water system. This will replace the existing storm sewer.
- Project will begin on May 5, 2012, with a completion date around Aug. 1, 2013.
- There are 22 days until kick-off, and the new scoreboards will be ready.
- The green panel on the south scoreboard will be completed today.
- The top and bottom pewter panel of the south scoreboard to be completed by the end of next week.
- The north side is almost complete, with the fascia board to be completed by the end of next week. This fascia board supplies high-definition video and it is one-of-a-kind in the U.S.
- Be aware that ongoing video and sound testing will occur until the game time.
- The Kellogg Center Big Ten rooms work was an Internal Construction Management team project that consisted of five members to make the construction process faster.
- This project had to be done in 46 days before an event was to be held in the rooms.
- The rooms had not been renovated since the late 1980s.
- The new look has extreme LED lighting that contains different themes which can flash and change colors.
- The trellis system in the ceiling is a micro-light foam base that is less than 1/8” thick metal, which is lighter than wood.
- There are new projectors and screens that will roll up into the ceiling when not needed.
- There are new serving centers along the walls.
- This project has been completed.
Steam Distribution – West Circle Steam Loop Segment 1 (2012)
- This project segment should be finished by next weekend.
- Since utility work was already being done around the Music Building, water lines were also fixed which was not figured into the project.
- Along West Circle Drive, the curbs are in and the sub-base for the pavement has been completed.
- On East Circle Drive, light pole bases are being put in.
- New pavement has been put in the Olin Health Center parking lot.
- Snow melt system has been installed on the steps at Berkey Hall.
- Final asphalt should be laid by next Thursday or Friday.
- Temporary crosswalks will be closed briefly.
- Flag controllers will be present to minimize interruptions.
- Road are scheduled to open Aug. 17.
Steam Distribution and Road Reconstruction – Chestnut Road near I.M. West Building
- Currently on phase three.
- There will be final pavement put on next week.
- This is project is a special alternative green pavement that is going to be tested by a professor on campus.
- The pavement is mixed with crumb rubber.
- The Munn Ice Arena loading dock will be closed next week due to asphalt.
- Chestnut Road is projected to reopen before Aug. 20.
- A new handicap ramp will be installed for accessibility in the main lounge area.
- Fencing is up during the project for a pass-through.
- The coffee shop will be a franchise; however, negotiations have yet to be signed.
- The C-Store will be larger.
- The lounge area will have new lights and flooring installed.
Q: When will the project be completed?
A: The project end date has been pushed back to Oct. 23 due to some unforeseen issues.
Hannah Administration Building – North Entrance Renovation
- Project was needed due to water leaking under the vestibule for the past 20 years and repairs could not fix the problem.
- All of the main entrance steps were removed and rebuilt with a membrane system to prevent water leakage.
- A new handicap-accessible ramp was built with a snow melt system.
- From the building to the circle drive, the entire approach was replaced with a snow melt system under the cement.
- More bicycle loops were added.
- Project should be completed by next Wednesday.
*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.