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March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13 | 8:30 a.m. | 1279 Anthony Hall

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

Campus Snow Plan

  • Snow Plow Video: Meet one of our snow-removal experts: Matt Bailey
  • Social media posts throughout storm/snow days:
  • Ongoing work:
  • Clearing sidewalks, parking lots and roadways to get down to bare pavement
  • Hauling snow piles from intersections and parking lots
  • Keeping an eye on potential flooding risks with warm-up this weekend
  • Your continued support is needed and appreciated:
  • Exercise extreme caution: Walk/ride/drive slowly and carefully
  • Thank you for your patience: storms = cleanup work
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parking is prohibited in residence hall loops between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Regarding bike lanes on campus: MSU clears the roads first and clears the bike lanes on subsequent pass.
  • Dial 353-1760 to request services or report icy spots on campus.

West Circle Housing Complex – Infrastructure Improvements – 2014 (Phase 2 of 2)

  • Second phase of a two-phase project.
  • New steam tunnel, electric service, communication ducts, and water main replacing 50-year-old services.
  • Adding an all new fire protection system and water service upgrades to all buildings.
  • Improved reliability for all utility services.
  • Some early work to be done April 7-21.
  • Visible construction will be complete by August 2014.
  • Behind the scenes work in mechanical and electrical rooms will continue until December 2015.
  • Some parking loss due to Delta Court (West Circle Housing Complex planned to be vacant for summer 2014).
  • 6-8 new ramps/ADA plates are going in.
  • The main work will be done during the 14 weeks of the summer where there will be no occupants in the West Circle residence halls.

North Campus Infrastructure Improvements – West Circle Drive 2014 (Phase 3 of 4)

  • The north campus arch-style steam tunnels are 87 to 102 years old and have significantly deteriorated.
  • The structural anchors, pipe supports and steam equipment within these tunnels are also severely deteriorated and require replacement or repair for safe and reliable operation of the steam-distribution system.
  • These will be replaced by concrete steam tunnels.
  • The project includes road reconstruction (pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicular safety improvements), communication, water and electrical-distribution improvements to the north campus region.
  • This is the third segment of a four-segment project.
  • Roads will be constructed and opened in time for classes in August.
  • Early project construction is scheduled for November 2013 through April 2014.
  • Site construction scheduled May 2014 through mid-August 2014.

Chittenden Hall – Renovation

  • Renovations to support and create a visible location for the Graduate School.
  • Consistent with comprehensive renewal projects completed at Eustace-Cole Hall and Marshall-Adams Hall.
  • Comprehensive renewal while preserving its historical character.
  • Building has been vacant since 1999 to present and is waiting renewal.
  • Over the next couple of weeks, there will be some digging around the hall and some paint/asbestos abatement inside of the building.
  • Chittenden Hall updates can be found on the MSU Graduate School website as well

Anthony Hall – Energy Conservation Measures

  • Part of the Department of Energy’s Better buildings Challenge.
  • Anthony Hall has been chosen to serve as the showcase of our campus.
  • With the new equipment and systems, energy consumption of Anthony Hall is anticipated to be reduced by 34%, or $536,000.
  • Completed with the construction phase of the energy management project.
  • Currently going through the calibration and controls of the new technology that has been installed.
  • Working with EHS and the contractors to get everything working as efficiently as possible.
  • The new Aircuity system installed samples air continuously and modifies the airflow to meet the needs of each room. If contaminants are present, airflow is increased. If the room is stable, airflow will be reduced to save energy.
  • Buttons have been added to rooms for a full room purge if a contaminants leak into the room, but the old purge buttons on the fume hoods are still present and should be used if the contaminant is only present in the fume hood.
  • Energy educators are present in Anthony Hall to teach people about their new equipment and how to interact with it.

Q: What does the Aircuity system monitor?

A: Continuously polling air throughout the system, it detects releases of potentially harmful substances and increases airflow as needed. Once the environment air is safe and stable, the system will ramp the airflow back down automatically. The emergency purge button is a new feature which will allow for quick venting of sudden releases in the general lab spaces.

Q: What did labs do previously when there was a release of harmful gases?

A: The old ventilation system would have still taken care of it. It would not have been as quick as the system will do it now. The new system just gets the volatile chemicals out more quickly by being able to detect chemicals in the air and modify airflow accordingly.

Q: Relative to the 2020 energy savings goal for the university, do we know how we are tracking towards that goal?

A: This link can be followed to track the progress.


New-and-improved detour information map is now available which will allow users to customize view based on start/end date and project.

Current work alert information is now available

Next month will feature the annual Construction Awareness Day - Ice Cream Cones and Construction Zones event, which acts as a summer construction roundup. It will be held Thursday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the MSU Union Ballroom. MSU Dairy Store ice cream will be available as well as other refreshments. Bring cameras for our special guests Sparty and Captain Construction.

Meeting presentation

March 13, 2014 (pdf)