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February 9, 2012 Meeting

Thursday, February 9 | 8:30 a.m. | B122 Wells Hall

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.

Hannah Administration Building – Renovations to Ground and First Floors and North Entrance

  • The exterior and interior Hannah Administration Building projects were combined to expedite construction.
  • Project goals:
    • to unite departments to increase efficiency (Office of the Registrar, for example, is divided into two locations),
    • to provide space for growing departments,
    • to enhance accessibility to the building.
  • Improvements need to be made to waterproofing on the north foundation wall:
    • water is getting in just below the north entrance steps;
    • some steps will be removed to access the foundation wall and waterproof it;
    • this will prevent water damage in the interior areas that will be renovated.
  • The current barrier-free ramp is constrictive, and it is hard to see if the ramp is clear from the bottom
  • Snowmelt will be provided from the barrier-free ramp to the barrier-free parking to allow safe accessibility in the winter
  • The barrier-free access will remain at north entrance throughout project:
    • The temporary ramp currently in use at the MSU Library will be used for this project.
  • There will be some pedestrian detours while the snowmelt is being installed
    • Appropriate signage will direct pedestrians.
  • Exterior work will be done before the fall semester
  • Office of the Registrar has a conference room in the back of their suite that other departments use:
    • The conference room will be moved to create easier access for the other departments and visitors.
  • New private offices will be created to unite the Office of the Registrar
  • Room 2 on the ground floor is currently open office space.
  • There are more offices in suite 50.
  • There is a row of conference rooms on the ground floor that will be shared by different departments.
  • Exterior construction will begin in mid-summer, most likely June.
  • Exterior construction will be complete in August 2012.
  • Interior construction will being in June 2012.
  • The project will be substantially complete on Nov. 16, 2012.

Steam Distribution – West Circle Steam Loop - 2012

  • Ground broke on the project on Feb. 7.
  • Some tree removal and intermittent lane closures are happening.
  • The steam tunnels are over 100 years old.
  • This is stage one of multiyear project that will last from 2012 to 2015.
  • The project will include road reconstruction, steam work, new communication lines, new electrical lines, new water mains, new storm systems and sanitary work.
  • Cowles House will have temporary vehicle access that goes around the Music Building.
  • There will be temporary access to Olin Health Center connecting to Grand River Avenue for emergency vehicles.
  • Access to lot 7 will be maintained through a temporary drive from lot 8 behind the Old Horticulture Building from mid-July to mid-August.
  • Three vaults are currently being built and mechanical work is being done within the tunnels.
  • Phase two will include work to the Beal Street intersection.
  • Duct bank work by ramp 2 will be done during spring break.
  • Access will be maintained throughout this project.
  • Phase one will be stopped before finals and after finals phase two will begin.
  • Access to Abbott Road will be maintained during phase two..
  • After the art fair, phase three will begin and Abbott Road access will be closed
  • There will be temporary two-way traffic on West Circle Drive during phase four.
  • There are communication materials available for impacted buildings.
  • Contact for brochures or display boards.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths will be put in place to maintain pedestrian flow during projects.
  • There will be construction site signs around the project.
  • There are public outreach meetings coming up.
  • The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 in the Old Horticulture Building.

Bailey and Rather Hall Renovations

  • There are four months left until the project is substantially complete on May 30.
    • Students will occupy the halls in June for summer school and camps.
  • Penthouse work is being done on the roof.
  • There is office space on the second floor.
  • There will be a gaming area with couches for students to relax.
  • The student rooms have been renovated:
    • the walls are repainted and new windows, lights and electrical work have been installed,
    • new fire alert systems have been installed.
  • Restroom construction is underway.
  • Next week, the restroom walls will be tiled.
  • The penthouses on the roof hold air handlers:
    • they are being enclosed with metal panels.
  • The roads in front of Bailey and Rather Halls are closed.
  • In May, the road closures will move for Bryan and Armstrong Hall renovations.

Q: Students are bringing more electronics. Are you improving electrical system?
A: There are extra circuits in the rooms so the students will not overload the system.

Case Hall Renovations

  • The student rooms have been renovated:
    • new fire alert systems and lighting have been installed,
    • and new carpet has been installed in student hallways.
  • There is an interactive panel in the lobby that shows bus schedules, campus maps and emergency exits.
  • New furniture has been added to the lobby.
  • There is a new Sparty’s on the north side of the hall, it offers Combo-X-Change and pizza from the dining hall
  • The new dining hall is called South Pointe, and it has five venues:
    • Bliss is the dessert station with homemade crepes,
    • Brimstone has made-to-order grill items,
    • Ciao has pizza and subs,
    • S2 has sushi and salad,
    • Great Lakes Plate has local foods.
  • There are 650 seats in the dining hall.
  • A new addition expands the space.
  • Antique doors from Mary Mayo Hall hang in the space.

All University Traffic and Transportation Committee’s 2012 Draft Recommendations

  • The AUTTC reports to Vice President Fred Poston.
  • The committee creates recommendations based on the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, moped riders, drivers.
  • The committee meets monthly.
  • The AUTTC’s first recommendation is to implement a scramble or diagonal intersection for busy locations to improve safety for pedestrians, especially between class changes or other large events.
    • This kind of intersection would include a third phase of crosswalks that allows pedestrians to cross diagonally across the intersection.
    • This would help pedestrians get through the intersections faster and safer.
    • The “scramble” phase is generally push-button activated to minimize frustrations of motorists.

Q: Would the traffic move first and then the pedestrians move?
A: Some “scramble” intersections allow for normal pedestrian crossings during the green light phases, but there would be a third unique phase where the signals would be red for every direction if the “scramble” phase were activated.

  • The AUTTC’s second recommendation is to establish a bike parking space formula and fund more parking as necessary.
    • There has been a significant increase in the bike population in the last few years leading to overcrowding at the bike parking areas.
    • Some universities have a formula to determine how many biking spaces are needed.
    • The recent student transportation survey conducted by the Campus Planning and Administration Office has shown that students need more bike parking.
    • Other bikes get damaged as students cram them together in spaces and walk on top of other bikes to access their own.
    • Bikes are being locked to signs and trees.
    • Older multi-bike racks seem to work better than newer bike loops in holding bikes upright.
    • The lightning rack design by Creative Pipe may work better (this is the preferred rack at UC Davis).
    • This design has a wheel tray that holds the wheels and stops them from tipping over.
  • The AUTTC’s third recommendation is to plan and fund lined and signed moped parking areas.
    • People are parking mopeds by the entrances of buildings.
    • Ordinances are posted saying that mopeds should be parked at bike parking areas, but the ordinance is often ignored.
    • Mopeds on the sidewalks create problems for pedestrians.
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison created lined parking spaces for mopeds and it seems to be working.
    • MSU should consider studying moped parking.
    • If the moped use trend declines, the space could be converted to more bike parking.
    • The University should install signage to remind mopeds to stay off the sidewalks.
  • The AUTTC’s fourth recommendation is to build a transportation hub on the Morrill Hall site.
    • Bikes could be stored in a closed-in facility to encourage biking for commuters that park in the Grand River Ramp.
    • The facility could have swipe cards to access the bike area, lockers and showers.
  • The AUTTC’s fifth recommendation is to install some covered, secure bike parking facilities at the commuter parking lots.
    • The Campus Master Plan encourages people to park on the perimeter of campus, so having secure bike facilities at the commuter lots would encourage more bike use by faculty and staff who may not be willing to leave their more expensive bikes exposed to the weather and potential theft or vandalism.
    • One brand that the University could consider is called the Bike Hut.
      • The manufacturer claims it can hold 70 bikes for less than the cost of 10 bike lockers.
    • They can be solar powered and have secure access (card swipe), lighting, security cameras, and  management software for controlling access to allow for a pay-to-use system.
    • Facilities could also be made out of fencing and roofs could be added, but it will not be as protected from the weather.
      • This option would be less expensive.
  • Final recommendations will be presented to VP Poston in April.
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*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.

Meeting presentation

February 9, 2012 (PDF)