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July 2016

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

Summer parking lot restriping schedule

July 11 - July 22

  • Lot 79 Stadium (east side)
  • Lot 70 Old Faculty
  • Lot 55 Central Services
  • Lot 68 Breslin Loop
  • Lot 82 Purchasing Building employee
  • Lot 95 Power Plant (employee)
  • Lot 59 IPF
  • Ramp #5 Comm Arts

Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development

Project details:

  • The project is located in the city of Grand Rapids in the North Monroe neighborhood as part of the "Medical Mile"
  • The project site abuts both Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue and has additional land available for possible future additions
  • The project will create a bio-medical research building which wil build on the success of MSU parnerships and medical education in west Michigan

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


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

Abbott Road landscape rejuvenation project is complete

  • Norway maples in area were in poor health and present a safety hazard
  • They were replaced with native species Swamp White Oak (which are some of the oldest trees on campus)
  • Additional plantings (to include Sugar Tyme crabapples) will provide seasonal interest
  • Campbell Hall's historic masonry benches have also been resored

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


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

Breslin Student Events Center - facility upgrades 

Project details:

  • To enhance the student, alumni, fan and public experience by improving the functionality of the Events Center

  • Create a lasting legacy by integrating a sense of Spartan tradition throughout the facility

  • Extend the useful life of the building by improving services to the fans and implementing major maintenance items

Project scope:

  • Project will be divided into two phases: facility upgrades and athletics addition
    • Phases will be designed in a way that allows minimal rework
    • Phases will be fully coordinated throughout design and construction
  • Phase one:
    • 22,000 square foot addition around building
    • Expansion of concourse, renovate/upgrade restroom facilities, increase fixture count, renovate concessions stands
    • Improve entry vestibules to main concourse
    • Improve finish levels and experience on concourse
    • Improve site conditions for ingress and egress
    • Improve site security
    • Replace chiller system
    • Connect to East Lansing water system
  • Phase two: 
    • 30,000 square foot addition
    • Create sense of main entry; destination to the building
    • Create Hall of History
    • Club / meeting space / restaurant bar


  • Construction start: January 2016
  • Ready for occupancy: August 2017

Giltner Hall - alterations to rooms 39, 40, 41, 65, 67, 344A and 363

Project details:

  • Project is being completed utilizing the Faculty Readiness Project process, which strives to proactively plan for potential new hires, shorten the bidding process, and work closely with colleges to deliver a project that is of high quality, time and cost efficiant and supports the advancement of the university's research agenda.
  • The FRP team is designing and constructing a new zebrafish facility and various supporting lab/office spaces for two new Integrative Biology research recruits.

Project scope:

Rooms 39, 40 and 41

  • Security access (various areas)
  • Lighting controls
  • Cosmetic upgrades to room 39 office
  • Shoring of floor from subbasement
  • Connect to Aquaneering Fish Lab equipment including three large fish tank rows in the main fish room
  • New flooring, ceiling and furniture in the Developmental Lab
  • Quarantine Room
  • Changing Room for new fish facility
  • Infill of existing lab door
  • Add mechanical room with equipment for the labs own HVAC system to provide required air changes and temperature requirements for fish rooms
  • Exterior door/masonry work for entryway to new mechanical room

Rooms 65 and 67

  • Add wall in room 67 to separate imaging and injection areas

Rooms 344A and 363

  • Cosmetic upgrades to labs/office on third floor


  • Construction noise
  • Steam shutdowns


  • Construction start: March
  • Ready for occupancy: July

Hubbard Hall - exterior masonry repair and window replacement

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


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


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

Natural Science - alterations to rooms 137, 138 and 139

Project details

  • Renovate two adjacent teaching labs that currently serve over 300 students from multiple College of Natural Science majors and programs.
  • To modernize the curriculum of ZOL320: “Developmental Biology”.
  • The renovation will expand use of these rooms to as many as 600 students a year and support the new PLS311 lab course: “Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals”.
  • The renovation will increase the room’s utilization by other courses and facilitate future course development.

Project scope

  • Partial demolition
  • Replace ceiling tile
  • New casework
  • New flooring
  • Data drops at tables
  • TV monitors and document camera
  • Security door hardware
  • Painting


  • The labs below the work will be impacted with work on plumbing lines in the ceiling.


  • Construction start:  June 6
  • Ready for occupancy: Aug. 19

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

Meeting presentation

July 2016 (pdf)