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December 10, 2015

Thursday, December 10 | 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.

2015-16 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

Safety

  • 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 ipf.msu.edu.

  • Snow and ice removal services: http://ipf.msu.edu/services/snow-and-ice-removal.html
  • Green practices for snow removal: http://ipf.msu.edu/green/practices/snow-removal.html

E-mail feedback, suggestions and comments to snowplan@ipf.msu.edu.

Meet one of our snow-removal experts: Matt Bailey

Music Practice Building

Project details:

  • The windows in Music Practice date to the building’s construction in 1968 and no longer provide adequate insulation or environmental protection
  • Humidity fluctuations increase the stress and maintenance costs of instruments within the building, and impact the operations of the College of Music

Project Scope:

  • Replacement windows with efficient, thermally broken windows will support humidity levels for the building without excessive condensation
  • Window surface finishes will also be restored

Impacts

  • Existing loading dock parking area may be needed for temporary staging area during construction
  • Possible temporary re-routing of pedestrian traffic during construction at adjacent sidewalk east of building

Timeline:

  • Construction start: May 9, 2016
  • Construction completion: August 2016

1855 Place

Project details:

  • Create a living environment that supports both single students and student families around the resources they need to be academically successful
  • Create an institutional asset to further our world class land-grant mission
  • Consolidate office spaces from across campus, freeing up space for academic programs while saving resources and improving communication
  • Create synergies between Residential and Hospitality Services and Intercollegiate Athletics

Project Scope: 

  • 102,000 square foot mixed use office building (LEED Silver): RHS offices, Intercollegiate Athletics offices and retail
  • 438,000 square foot student apartments: Single student apartments (Studio, 2BR, 4BR), Family housing apartments (1BR, 2BR)
  • Parking (2,075 spaces): Student (apartments), Event\staff, Deck
  • Funding Source – auxiliary funds: RHS, Intercollegiate Athletics, and parking

Timeline:

  • Construction start: Summer 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: Summer 2017

Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development

Project Scope:

  • Project designed with open\flexible labs for 33 principal investigators
  • Shelled floor for an additional 11 PIs
  • Vivarium built to accommodate 44 PIs
  • 162,680 gross square feet
  • Federal grant helped fund project

Timeline:

  • Demolition complete: May 2015
  • Construction start: June 2015
  • Substantial completion: July 2017

Children’s Garden – restroom and sewer line

Project accomplishments:

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

Impacts

  • Completed project will not affect existing pedestrian circulation.
  • Building is now winterized for the off-season, and will re-open in Spring

Timeline

  • Construction start:  June 2015
  • Ready for use:  October 2015

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 is 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.

Impacts

  • The north drive off of Service Road, east of the Life Science building has been removed.
  • Life Science loading dock access is now from the South off Woodlot Dr.
  • Construction traffic will decrease as project wraps up.

Timeline

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

Crop Science - field laboratory - addition 2 – greenhouse

Project accomplishments

  • Provides expansion for potato breeding and genetics program
  • Provides separation of GM potatoes and certified seed production
  • Provides spatial organization of research activities at field lab

Scope

  • Basic site work
  • Polycarbonate sidewall and Durafilm roof
  • Connection to existing field lab

Timeline

  • Construction start: July 1
  • Completion and fully operational: November 15

Crop Science – storage building 2 – construct original building

Project accomplishments

  • University was transitioning away from the annual Ag Expo which resulted in a significant loss of off-season storage
  • Project provides replacement storage space
  • Brings the storage into the operational area
  • Eliminates transportation issues related to multiple storage sites

Scope

  • Post-frame construction
  • 66 x 216 (14,256 square feet)
  • Site + Gravel Floor + Building (no utilities)

Timeline

  • Construction start: October 15
  • Construction completion: December 4

MSU Police Special Response Team operations center

Project accomplishments

  • Relocated existing facilities (former Michigan State Police) for 1855 Place project
  • Provides one building for equipment and vehicle storage plus personnel space
  • Serves as Regional Response Team Operations Center
  • Provides optimal location for incorporation with other trainings

Scope

  • High-bay wing for vehicle and equipment storage – drive-thru
  • Low-bay wing for personnel lockers, equipment and briefing
  • Site work, water, natural gas and septic

Timeline

  • Construction start: October 1
  • Ready for occupancy: December 1

Engineering Building – Chiller Replacement

Project details

  • Replace aging cooling equipment at the end of its useful service life.
  • Implement a comprehensive, long-range plan to create a regional chilled water loop among six buildings:
    • Engineering Building
    • Anthony Hall
    • Food Science
    • Natural Resources
    • Packaging
    • Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Create a chilled-water network serving the affected buildings as efficiently as possible.  

Scope

  • Chilled-water loop
    • Site excavation near Engineering Building south wing
    • Site excavation between Engineering’s Dow wing and Anthony Hall
    • New chilled-water main piping
  • Equipment upgrades in satellite buildings (phase two)
    • Addition of pumps and controls in Natural Resources, Packaging and Communication Arts and Sciences
    • De-commission aging electric chiller at Communication Arts
  • Chiller replacement at Engineering Building (phase two)
    • Replace steam absorption chillers with new electric chillers
    • Expand building electrical substation
    • New roof-mounted cooling towers

Energy and sustainability

  • New chillers at the Engineering Building produce chilled water using 60% less energy than the absorption machines currently installed.
  • New chillers will fit in the existing mechanical room, avoiding excessive site disturbance for a building addition.
  • Engineering chillers will be large enough to be “base loaded” vs. Anthony and Food Science chillers.
    • Most efficient machines in the loop will meet cooling demand at all six buildings for majority of the year.
  • Project will avoid investing in a chiller plant at both the Engineering Building and Communication Arts and Sciences.

Impacts

  • Pedestrian detours will be clearly marked during site construction.
  • Construction zones will be properly separated to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Building crane lifts will be coordinated in advance.
  • No adverse parking impacts.
  • Site access will require contractor coordination and just-in-time deliveries.
  • Pedestrian circulation on-site will be impacted in Summer 2015, with minimal impacts lasting until April 2016.

Timeline

  • Construction start: May 2015
  • Pedestrian circulation restored: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Substantial completion of chiller system: April 2016

New Intercollegiate Golf Building

Project details:

  • The existing intercollegiate golf facility was built in 1958.
  • Built with residential-grade construction, the building requires ongoing maintenance.
  • The conversion of the outdoor pavilion into an indoor practice area in 2006 served to extend the building’s functionality, but falls far short in comparison to competing Big Ten facilities.
  • A new facility is necessary to enable the recruitment, training and development of future athletes and to ensure continued success of the MSU Golf Team. 

Project scope:

  • 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

Henry Center for Executive Development – Alterations to Level A (Executive MBA)

Project details

  • Provide the Executive MBA program a more visible physical presence within the Henry Center for Executive Development.
  • Provide students more convenient access to the departmental office and the new business center.
  • Better utilize the limited remaining prime square footage within the building.

Project scope

  • Relocate and re-configure an existing walk-in cooler.
  • Re-route the building corridor through the interior space providing prime space for new offices.
  • Convert an under-utilized coat closet into a Business Center for staff and student use.
  • Construct approximately 900 square feet of offices, meeting space, work area and reception.

Impacts

  • Minor impact on availability of parking spaces.
  • Limited use of the service corridor during cooler relocation.
  • Temporary closure of the building corridor.
  • Brief fire alarm and fire suppression shutdowns.

Timeline

  • Construction start: July 13
  • Ready for occupancy: November 20

Natural gas distribution – new pipeline from Mt. Hope

Project details

  • To increase the reliability of the natural gas delivery system to the T.B. Simon Power Plant.

Project Scope

  • Installation of a new 12” natural gas pipeline from Mt Hope Road to a new meter stand at the Power Plant (previously installed by Consumers Energy)
  • The existing gas service to the Power Plant will remain connected for redundancy.
  • Augmentation to several miles of high pressure main in Lansing area.

Impact

  • Project site is isolated to the service district of south campus at the T.B. Simon Power Plant and adjacent areas.
  • Pipeline installation is being performed by Consumers Energy.
  • Site restoration will be performed by the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Landscape Services department.

Timeline

  • Construction start: October 2015
  • Gas service complete: December 2015
  • Project complete: June 2016

T.B. Simon Power Plant – Upgrade Utility Substation

Project details

  • To provide a substation with increased capacity and reliability to deliver power to FRIB and the T.B. Simon Power Plant.

Project Scope

  • The project consists of the following three elements:
    • Underground 138 kV transmission line from the existing Michigan Electric Transmission Company transmission line north to the substation.
    • Installation of a larger capacity substation consisting of two transformers with space for a future third transformer.
    • Connection to the new switch house being installed by FRIB.

Timeline 

  • Construction start: January 2016
  • Power available: March 2017

Construction Junctions presentations will be available online by the seventh of each month

Meeting presentation

December 10, 2015 (pdf)