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August 13, 2015

Thursday, August 13 | 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.

Tree preservation

  • There are over 20,000 trees and 7,500 plant species on campus
  • Reasons to preserve trees:
    • A primary reason students choose MSU is the beauty of the campus
    • Teaching and research
    • Preservation of the historic campus
    • Alumni and public support for the beautification of campus
    • Environmentally sound, benefits watershed and reduces energy consumption
    • Green administration providing support
  • Tree mortality as a result of improper protective efforts may not be immediately visible, it may take years for damage to become evident

Post-game cleanup efforts

  • Landscape Services crews are presented with a monumental cleanup task after tailgating events, yet always rise to the challenge to preserve the beauty of the campus
  • Some ways that visitors can help "keep it green and clean":
    • Fans are encouraged to take their paper, boxboard, cardboard, plastic and metal to one of more than 30 recycling stations located across campus.
    • Close to the stadium, there are containers for recycling plastic and metal, and the concourse inside the stadium now has signs indicating where recycling containers are located for plastic cups and bottles. Please empty cups, non-returnable bottles and cans before recycling them
    • For garbage, MSU Grounds staff members wearing bright green vests will hand out free green-and-white garbage bags to tailgaters a few hours before kick-off. The bags are for garbage only. There are also green and white barrels located across campus for garbage.

Q: How long does it take for clean up?

A: Crews are normally here on Sunday from 7 a.m. to early afternoon.

Asphalt/sidewalk restoration

  • Scope of work:
    • Road maintenance (asphalt pavement/asphalt crack sealing)
    • Sidewalk maintenance (concrete)
    • Pavemanent markings (center line, cross walk, turn arrow, bike symbols)
    • Brick inset/banding (detection for barrier-free accessibility, paver and stone retaining walls)
  • Pedestrians are reminded to not cross orange construction fencing and to use the provided detours

Hubbard Hall - Exterior Masonry Repair

Project details

  • Restore the structural integrity of the masonry building envelope that has serious structural problems identified in a 2013 masonry investigation.
  • Building windows will be replaced since the existing windows need to be removed to perform the masonry repairs.
  • This project will be completed in four phases:
    • Southeast façade – 2016
    • Southwest façade – 2017
    • Northeast façade – 2018
    • Northwest façade – 2019

Impacts

  • Summer programs using residence halls–project limits use of Hubbard Hall to one living wing each summer 2016-2019.

Timeline

  • Construction start:  May 2016
  • Phase one completion:  July 31, 2016
  • Phase four completion: August 2019

North Campus Infrastructure Improvement – West Circle Drive 2015

Project details:

  • Project includes replacing the deteriorating north campus steam tunnels and building service leads.
  • Increasing the steam distribution mains to the region.
  • Increasing steam line capacity and converting the condensate return from a vacuum system to a pressure return.
  • Upgrading the steam service to all buildings in the project area.
  • Removing the vacuum return system from the north campus substation.
  • Reconstructing West Circle Drive from the Main Library to the intersection of Auditorium Road in accordance with the campus master plan, providing appropriate vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements.
  • Reconfigure Parking Lots 6 and 11 to meet current parking standards
  • Replace deteriorated cast iron water mains and improve fire flow capacity.
  • Close management of project timeline and budget has allowed for inclusion of upgrades to the Library Plaza

Impacts

  • West Circle Drive will be temporally closed from the MSU Library/Hannah Administration entrance to Auditorium Road. There will be limited access (delivery-only for approximately eight weeks) from Beal Street to the MSU Library/Hannah Administration drive.
  • Temporary detour pamphlets/signs will be distributed/posted shortly.
  • Local town-hall meetings are being held.
  • Parking Lot 6 (MSU Museum parking lot) has been reconfigured to meet current parking standards and will result in a loss of eight (total count from 45 to 37) parking spaces.
  • Parking Lot 11 (Hannah Administration, MSU Library and Olds Hall) has been reconfigured to meet current parking standards and pedestrian safety. The above improvements will result in a loss of 10 (total count from 127 to 117) parking spaces.
  • This project is centered along West Circle Drive from the MSU Library to the intersection of Auditorium Road.

Timeline

  • Construction early preparation: March 2015 – May 2015
  • Construction begins: May 11, 2015
  • West Circle Drive (single traffic lane from MSU Library to Auditorium Road), Parking Lot 6 and access to Parking Lot 11 reopened: July 12, 2015
  • All roads, parking and pedestrian/bicyclist pathways reopened: Aug. 14, 2015

New Intercollegiate Golf Building

Project details:

  • The project is anticipated to include:
    • a more prominent entry;
    • parking;
    • utilities;
    • landscaping;
    • coaches’ offices;
    • locker rooms;
    • indoor practice green;
    • public and player lounges and gathering spaces;
    • public restrooms;
    • small weight training area;
    • club repair;
    • display space.
  • The project is located within the Forest Akers Golf Course, with an entrance on Harrison Road, in the athletic and recreation district. 

Impacts

  • All areas of the west course to remain open
  • Periodic traffic impacts to facilitate material deliveries

Timeline

  • Start of construction: May 2015
  • End of construction:  January 2016

Bio Engineering Facility

Project scope

  • 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.
  • 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 building underground utilities have been completed.
  • The HVAC and sprinkler piping has also been put in place.
  • Duct work is complete.
  • The Board of Trustees recently approved build-out of the third and fourth floors.

Impacts

  • The two east doors on the southeast side are for emergency excess 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.

Timeline

  • Construction started in September 2013.
  • Project completion date: September 2015

Q: Why are they installing bike parking that is secured?

A: Bike parking that is more secure has been a request of the campus community. Access to these secured areas can be requested by contacting Tim Potter in the Bike Shop, and Sandy Montgomery in DPPS.

Berkowitz Basketball Complex – alterations to basketball offices

Project scope

  • The Men’s intercollegiate basketball program has had extraordinary success, including multiple NCAA tournament appearances, Final Four appearances, and the 1979 and 2000 Men’s National Championships.
  • The coaches’ offices and meeting rooms no longer meet expectations for programs of this caliber and are in need of functional, technological and cosmetic upgrades.
  • Renovations will include:
    • Furniture replacement
    • Finish upgrades
    • Increasing storage space
    • Display improvements
  • Focus will be on reception area, circulation corridors, film viewing room, coaches conference room and copy room.

Timeline

  • Construction start: May 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: August 2015

Children’s Garden – restroom and sewer line

Project scope

  • Provide accessible, family restrooms adjacent to children’s garden, replacing the portable units.
  • Increase safety for children. (The nearest restrooms are in the Plant and Soil Sciences Building and require walking through the parking lot.)
  • Encourage efficiency of programs with nearby facilities.
  • Accommodate ADA needs for all garden visitors and staff.
  • Facility to be easily cleaned and maintained
  • Building will include two restrooms and a mechanical room; approximately 360 square feet.
  • Occupancy sensors, as well as natural light, are planned.
  • Building will automatically lock, accommodating seasonal hours.
  • Two drinking fountains will be located on entry exterior.

Impacts

  • Sanitary sewer extension will run from the Plant and Soil Sciences Building through both parking lots. This portion of construction will occur after the garden’s busy elementary school season.
  • Completed project will not affect existing pedestrian circulation.

Timeline

  • Construction start:  June 2015
  • Sanitary sewer work: Mid-June (2 week period)
  • Ready for use:  August 2015

Q: Will usage be seasonal?

A: Yes. Water lines will be blown out, and building will be locked during the cold season. However, there will be some heating in the building for cooler spring/fall times.

MSU Community Music School - Reconstruct Parking Lot

Project details

  • Reconstruct and reconfigure the existing parking lot to meet MSU standards, including:
    • Safety
    • Accessibility
    • Re-use of existing site lighting
    • Pavement design
    • Storm water management
  • Demolish existing house

Timeline

  • Sub-base installation – August 10
  • Asphalt base course – August 12
  • Asphalt top course entire lot – August 19
  • Pavement markings – August 20
  • Completion – August 21

Reconstruct Chestnut Road from Trowbridge to Wilson Road

Project details

  • To repair and widen Chestnut Road
  • Bike lanes and sidewalks have been added

Impacts

  • Chestnut Road closure with associated pedestrian walkway detours

Timeline

  • Construction start: June 1
  • Road reopened: July 24

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

  • September 10, College of Law, room 343
  • October 8, TBD
  • November 12, TBD

Meeting presentation

August 13, 2015 (pdf)