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July 11, 2013 Meeting

Thursday, July 11 | 8:30 a.m. | 147 Communication Arts and Sciences

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

Amtrak – Redevelopment study

  • This project will include the demolition of four buildings to build a new station, expand parking, interior roadways and non-motorized pathways.
  • The goal is to make station more visible and safe for customers.
  • A new CATA multi-modal building will be built.
  • The project will build new parking facilities – approximately 150 spaces.
  • Demolition is anticipated to begin in August 2013.
  • Construction is anticipated to begin January 2014.

Q: Who is going to own the building, MSU or another entity?
A: CATA will own the station.

Spartan Marching Band – Artificial Turf Field

  • The turf field will have a drainage system.
  • The infill system is comprised of recycled tires.
  • A new band tower will be installed on the field.
  • Bleachers will be installed to accommodate up to 300 spectators.
  • Construction is expected to take place after spring 2014 commencement.

Q: Will this displace parking for family tailgating?
A: Yes, 600 parking spaces will be displaced.

Q: How long do you expect the artificial fields to last?
A: The field is expected to last up to 15 years and afterwards. After 15 years, it can be replaced to update it.

Olin Health Center - Chiller Replacement

  • The project will replace aging equipment at the end of its useful service life.
  • It will provide an energy-efficient system for a mission-critical facility.
  • The project involves demolition of equipment in the building, existing cooling tower and enclosure.
  • It will install new equipment, piping, pumps, and a new aesthetic enclosure.
  • Ambulance access will be maintained throughout the project.
  • Construction begins October 2013.
  • Substantial completion set for April 1, 2014.

Clinical Center – C- Wing HVAC Renovation and Procedure Space Addition No. 1

  • The project will provide chilled water to the facility all year round.
  • It will provide procedure space within Clinical Center for researchers.
  • Construction will begin February 2014.

Q: What offices are going to be displaced?
A: The entire building will be unoccupied because the work involves completely renovating the building in order to make the changes.

Parking Ramps 5 and 6 – Bike Storage Enclosures

  • This project allows the public and students to ride bikes on campus without worrying about weather, theft or vandalism.
  • The ramps have bike fix-it stations for bikes that need to be fixed immediately.
  • The project is completed so there are no impacts taking place.

Parking Ramps 2 and 3 Restoration (2013)

Wharton Ramp work:

  • This project will only impact the outside of the Wharton Ramp.
  • For two days, the helix ramp will not be accessible from Shaw Lane. Access will be maintained from Wilson Road.
  • The project is going on right now and will be completed July 22.

Bessey Ramp work:

  • All Bessey Ramp work is internal.
  • There will be isolated parking space closures.
  • All work is weather-dependent.
  • Final construction must be completed by Aug. 23.

Q: What is the remaining life span of Bessey?
A:  Great question. This structure will eventually have to be rebuilt.

Morrill Hall – Demolition

  • Salvage and abatement was completed May 2013.
  • The full demolition of the building has been completed.
  • Some of the salvaged stone from Morrill Hall will be used to create the masonry on the commemorative terrace.
  • Items from Morrill Hall such as desks, lamps, tables and chairs may be purchased through the MSU Surplus Store.

Steam Distribution and Road Reconstruction – West Circle Steam Loop 2013


  •  Closures
    • West Circle Drive is closed from the Beal intersection east to MSU Library.
    • Two-way traffic is maintained from Auditorium Road to the MSU Library so that the MSU Museum, MSU Library and Olds Hall are accessible.
    • Beal Street and Kalamazoo Street opened to traffic June 12. The bridge is now open by Sparty Statue.
    • Beal Street is now completely open to Michigan Avenue for eastbound and westbound traffic.
    • Construction started in January 2013 and will be substantially completed Aug. 16, 2013.

Steam and Road Reconstruction – Bogue and Shaw Intersection

  • The Shaw Lane and Bogue Street intersection is completely closed to traffic and pedestrians and will not be opened until Aug. 16.
  • The project is near completion. Now that the underground work has been completed, asphalt is being laid.

Q: Is the finished product concrete or pavement?
A: The finished paving product will be asphalt.

Parking – Lot 67 (Jenison) – Reconstruction


  •  Closures
    • Parking lot: Complete closure of Lot 67 is from May 6 until mid-August.
    • Driveway to ramp: Closure is from the south driveway to the Kellogg Center parking ramp.
    • Loading dock: The Jenison Field House dock is closed duration of project.
  • Access maintained to:
    • Jenison Field House for pedestrians,
    • parking loop on the east side of Jenison Field House, and
    • Red Cedar Greenway for pedestrians and bikers.

Meeting presentation

July 11, 2013 (PDF)