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December 11, 2014

Thursday, Dec. 11 | 8:30 a.m. | MSU College of Law room 343

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.

2014-15 campus snow communications 

It’s snow season. Be snow safe!

  • Don’t rush – give yourself time to get to work
  • Drive carefully
  • Dress warmly
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Watch where you are walking
  • Shorten the length of your stride while walking
  • Check the forecast before heading outside


  • Do not dart out in front of or behind snow-removal equipment. It is large, loud and difficult to stop quickly.
  • Make eye contact with a snow-removal equipment operator before crossing in front of him/her.

Salt and ice-melt compound

  • Dial 353-1760 to report icy spots on campus.
  • It takes time for the ice-melt compound to take effect

Sidewalks and parking lots

  • Do not park so close to the sidewalk that your car’s bumper hangs over it.
  • Avoid parking in the part of a lot that has not yet been cleared.
  • Park where it’s plowed or wait a few minutes for the driver to finish and then park freely in the cleared lot

Residence hall parking loops

  • Parking is prohibited in residence hall loops between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • With 65 people plowing, 26,000+ spaces must be cleared before 6 a.m.

To request services or to report dangerous spots on campus, call 353-1760.

If you can’t call, tweet IPF (@MSUFacilities) to report snow concerns (and to send photos). 

For more information on MSU’s snow-removal plans, visit

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  • Green practices for snow removal:

E-mail feedback, suggestions and comments to

Meet one of our snow-removal experts: Matt Bailey

North Campus Infrastructure Improvement- West Circle Drive 2015

Project scope

  • Replace existing structurally deteriorating arch steam tunnels from the North Campus Substation to Steam Vault 376 (northeast corner of Library building), some of which are 87 to 102 years old.
  • Provide new steam services to Olds Hall and complete the north campus steam loop (which also includes steam distribution work in the NCS).
  • Install new electrical duct bank from the NCS to north of Olds Hall and replace deteriorated electrical vault lid by Olds Hall.
  • Improve pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle safety.
  • Reconfigure Parking Lots 6 and 11 to meet current parking standards.
  • Replace deteriorated cast iron water mains and improve fire flow capacity.
  • Repair/replace deteriorated sanitary and storm sewer mains.


  • Construction early preparation: March 2015
  • Construction start: May 2015
  • West Circle Drive and Parking Lot 6 reopen: July 2015
  • Parking Lot 11 and access drives reopen: August 2015 

Q: Are you doing this project under construction management?

A: Yes. We are using Granger. 

Q: What is the estimated cost?

A: 9.5 million

Q: Will the walkway from the library to the stadium be clear? 

A: Yes

Q: Will the library be okay to receive deliveries? 

A: Yes. 

Q: For the first 8 weeks the museum will not be able to receive deliveries? 

A: Correct. There will be no vehicle access to the front side of the museum but the north side will still be assessable. 

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 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.


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

Q: Are the contractors taking care of their own snow removal? 

A: We will take care of it on our own with maybe a little help from landscape services. The contractors will handle most of it. 

Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Nursing Care Unit Renovation

Project scope

  • Renovations include modernized Critical Care Unit via flexible floor plan.
  • Project will centralize observation for 24-hour specialized care.
  • Mechanical upgrades include ventilation and temperature control.
  • Project will provide natural light and will install roof monitors and windows.
  • This project is anticipated to include an open flexible floor plan to allow for centralized observations and 24-hour specialized care, along with mechanical upgrades and the introduction of natural lighting. It is a total of 2,800 gross square feet.


  • Construction start: June 2014.
  • Ready for occupancy: December 2014.

Kellogg Center – Replace Absorption Chilled Water System

Project scope

  • This project will replace the existing steam-absorption chiller plant that has reached the end of its useful life.
  • This project is necessary to provide the Kellogg Center with a reliable and efficient chilled-water cooling system.
  • It will involve removal of both 700-ton steam-absorption plants.
  • It will include installation of 680-ton modular chiller, in existing mechanical room.
  • It will include replacement of cooling towers on roof, existing location to remain.
  • Kellogg Center must remain in operation throughout chiller plant replacement.


  • Harrison Road single-lane closures will be limited to evenings.
  • Closures will not occur during athletic events.


  • Construction start: November 2014
  • Project completion: April 2015

Q: How old were the existing chillers? 

A: About 20 years old. They were about 5 years past life span. 

Q: Was all the metal from the chillers recycled? 

A: Yes 

Q: Is there any concrete or turf restoration?

A. Not at this point in the project. 

Chittenden Hall – Renovation

Project scope

  • This project involved a comprehensive renovation that respected 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 included, 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.
  • Plaza complete with lit handrails, real granite stone work on walls 


  • Construction start: November 2013
  • Substantially complete (with exception of plaza): Fall 2014
  • Plaza completion: November 2014

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

  • Jan. 8 (College of Law, room 471)
  • Feb. 12 (College of Law, room 343)
  • March 12 (College of Law, room 343)

Meeting presentation

Dec. 11, 2014 (pdf)