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August 14, 2014

Thursday, Aug. 14 | 8:30 a.m. | MSU College of Law room 471

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

Summer Roadway and Parking Lot Asphalt Maintenance – Milling and Re-paving

  • The asphalt conditions were to a point where safety is becoming a concern, and the pavement conditions will not last through another snow season with snow plowing.
  • Work areas: Wilson Road (west of Akers Hall), Pavilion Drive, intersection of Farm Land and East Circle Drive, IM West lot, drive between Packaging and Communication Arts and Sciences, Lot 46 (Plant Biology), Plant and Soil Sciences (east loop and lot), Lot 41 (north of Farrall Hall), Lot 9 (Giltner Hall), Lot 38 (Erikson), Lot 27 (Veterinary Medicine) – drive between building and Bogue Street and at southeast corner and Lot 8 (Student Services).
  • Most work is now complete. One exception is Lot 8. Due to unforeseen conditions discovered in the initial milling and repaving, addition work is needed. That work will take place from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Landon Hall – Dining Renovation, Building Life Safety and Accessibility

  • The plan recommendations include consolidating West Circle culinary services, and it has been determined that Landon Hall is the best location for the West Circle Neighborhood.
  • The building was originally constructed in 1947 and requires major infrastructure repairs to the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current life safety, accessibility, and energy code requirements.
  • Students will be moving back into the building this fall.
  • Project start date: June 17, 2013
  • Project substantial completion: July 3, 2014

Akers Hall – Dining and Life Safety Renovation

  • The building was constructed in 1964, and is in need of major repairs to the infrastructure for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety.
  • This project will provide a new dining facility for East Neighborhood and new active/quiet study lounges.
  • Phase 1 of the project was a life safety renovation and renovations to the towers. The infrastructure for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety was completed. The east and west towers have been renovated with new study areas.
  • The new dining area will have two interactive serving islands incorporated into seating areas.
  • Akers Road will be closed north of Akers Hall from May 12 to Aug. 15. Maintenance/recycling vehicles will have continued access.
  • The loading dock/parking lot will remain closed until Dec. 31. Service vehicles will still be able to utilize the loading dock.
  • Construction start (Phases 1 and 2): December 2013
  • Phase 1 is complete as of Aug. 1, 2014.
  • Dining facility (Phase 2) will be ready for spring semester.
  • First-floor west bathrooms are being renovated. This was a late addition to the overall project and is expected to be complete in mid-September.
  • First-floor west bathroom exterior walls have been hung; the interior stud walls are complete.

North Campus Infrastructure Improvements – West Circle Drive 2014

  • This project is the third of a four-phase program to replace the deteriorating north campus arch steam tunnels.
  • This project involves 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, and upgrading the MSU Museum’s steam service to high-pressure steam and pressure condensate return.
  • Construction started in November 2013 with early work on some of the steam vaults.
  • Substantial completion is scheduled for fall 2014, before the start of the fall semester.
  • 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.
  • The southern area of West Circle Drive that was closed should be back to one-way traffic, and open all the way to Auditorium Road. The section north of that will remain closed until the project is completed.
  • There are display boards set up around the area with fliers that can be taken. Display boards are also available if anyone wishes to set one up in their building to let people know of the scope of the project and the detours.
  • While certain road closures will remain, majority of sidewalks will be open.

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, addressing needs such as plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical, life safety and data, building envelope and foundation and accessibility, including addition of an elevator and restrooms.
  • Lot 7 (south of Old Horticulture) is partially closed for the duration of the project.
  • The building is currently vacant.
  • Construction started on Nov. 19, 2013.
  • Substantial completion will be fall 2014.

Q: Will the road in front of Linton Hall and Chittenden Hall still be closed?

A: No, the road will be open by the end of the work day on Friday, Aug. 15, or Saturday morning.

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.
  • This project will improve reliability for all utility services.
  • Construction started April 7.
  • The substantial completion date for this project is December 2014, but all visible construction will be complete by the second week of August 2014. Work will continue behind the scenes within buildings and underground through December.

Bio Engineering Facility

  • This project involves a four-story research lab building that is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research and interaction among all occupants.
  • 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.
  • Construction started in September 2013.
  • Substantial completion is scheduled for September 2015, with substantial completion entailing the first two floors of the building. The third and fourth floor will be shelled out, and will be fully constructed as a separate project once the funding is made available.
  • The two east doors on the southeast side are for emergency egress only (directional fencing in place).
  • The north drive off Service Road will be closed to on-street parking and open to construction traffic and deliveries only.
  • Increased construction traffic will be occurring in this area as the construction of this building continues.
  • The building underground utilities have been completed.
  • The HVAC and sprinkler piping has also been put in place.
  • Duct work is complete.

Q: Is this project partially state-funded?

A: Yes, half of the project is state-funded while the other half is funded by the university.

Life Sciences - Renovation - A Wing

  • The purpose of this project is to relocate faculty from Owen Hall to the Life Science Building and to consolidate the College of Nursing program in Life Science.
  • The Student Media Lab will be relocated.
  • A new Teaching Collaboration Lab will be created.
  • Colocation pending, College of Human Medicine will move to the Clinical Center by end-of-year.
  • Project goals include creating efficient and appealing workspace, creating an up-to-date media lab for students, bring in more daylight and create a teaching lab for faculty to enhance all collaboration.
  • Construction is set to start January 2015.
  • Substantial completion will be June 2015.
  • Post-substantial (owner work) completion date is July 2015.
  • Project completion and occupancy date is August 2015.
  • This project will not impact walkways; there will be little-to-no impact on the outside of the building.

Other announcements

Construction Junctions will continue monthly this summer. They occur on the second Thursday of every month at 8:30 a.m.

  • Sept. 11 (College of Law, room 343)
  • Oct. 9 (College of Law, room 343)
  • Nov. 13 (College of Law, room 343)

Meeting presentation

Aug. 14, 2014 (pdf)