March 14, 2013 Meeting
Thursday, March 14 | 8:30 a.m. | 112 Brody Hall
Construction Junctions are Infrastructure Planinng and Facility’s monthly public meetings designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction.
- Original plan was approved by the state government, but plan has had to be doubled in scope and is currently going back through the state government approval process.
- Level One will maximize interdisciplinary research space, allow for sharing of lab space and equipment (which will increase both work and energy efficiency), allow for a great deal of natural lighting, have collaboration space on the west end, and have mechanical room space on the east end.
- Level Two will be similar to Level One, but will not have the imaging space.
- Levels Three and Four will shelled at this time, but will have basic mechanicals installed.
- At this time, there are no plans to add additional parking as part of the project but there is a study looking at adding parking as a separate project.
Q: When will project begin?
A: July 2013
Q: What are the materials on the east/west elevations?
Q: Where will loading dock be located?
A: At connector between the clinical center and the new building.
Q: How many rooms can switch from positive to negative air pressure?
A: Lab areas will have slightly negative air pressure. Corridors and office spaces will be slightly positive.
Q: Who is the architect?
A: Integrated Design Solutions.
- This new electrical duct bank will tie FRIB to the university power plant.
- Existing power feeds are not sufficient to cover facility’s needs.
- The duct route will pass through the Farm Lane/Service Road intersection. To minimize traffic disruption, 30-foot holes will be dug on each side of intersection, and then a tunnel will be bored under the roads. This will also occur where the duct route passes under the existing train tracks.
- Project will start mid-late May and will be done by start of the fall semester.
Q: Just how much power is 25MW?
A: In comparison, the entire university uses about 60MW, so this is a significant amount.
- Nearing completion
- Finishing work will include construction of the loading dock, hand rails and bike paths.
- The section that heads south of music practice is currently in the process of being backfilled.
- Will be similar to last summer’s work, will start at Beal Street and end at the library.
- Beal Street is now closed, and pavement is being removed. This is also in conjunction with the MDOT project. Street closure will continue through mid-June.
- A "traffic flip" will occur this weekend to divert traffic to the south side of the road.
- At Kalamazoo Street bridge, there has been some asbestos remediation, as well as construction of a new crosswalk to keep foot traffic safe.
- Substation at IM Circle has been backfilled, and is ready for surface work
- This will involve construction of two new steam vaults, one at the northwest quadrant, and one in front of Owen Hall
- Some metered parking has been taken away in front of Owen Hall to accommodate construction
- Sidewalk will be closed at the northwest quadrant to allow for a steam-tunnel extension into the existing vault.
- This has been primarily an acoustical treatment of the theater.
- New orchestra pit lift will have three positions: house level, level for "loose" seating, and stage level. The concrete base for the lift is four-feet thick and has over six tons of rebar.
- The proscenium will be rectangular and a bit narrower.
- Walls will be made of several layers of gypsum wall board.
- Ceiling will be open, and extend to building roof.
- There will be barrier-free access changes to the northeast corner, which will include the addition of an elevator.
- There has been a webcam installed in the interior construction area, which will shoot pictures every hour. This is accessible at webcams.christmanco.com.
- Auditorium Road – Between Farm Lane and Physics Road construction
- Utility work to include repair of storm sewer, installation of new water main and installation of new gas lines.
- Work will begin May 13 and end June 3.
- Southside of Parking Lot 9 will be closed during this time
- Original utilities were put in place when the building was erected in the 1950s.
- Vault 347 at south side of Emmons Hall is in the process of having concrete poured into forms.
- Harrison Road lane closures are scheduled to reopen by graduation weekend.