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March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12 | 8:30 a.m. | MSU College of Law room 343

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

2014-15 campus snow communications 

It’s snow season. Be snow safe!

  • Don’t rush – give yourself time to get to work
  • Drive carefully
  • Dress warmly
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Watch where you are walking
  • Shorten the length of your stride while walking
  • Check the forecast before heading outside


  • 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.

Salt and ice-melt compound

  • Dial 353-1760 to report icy spots on campus.
  • It takes time for the ice-melt compound to take effect

Sidewalks and parking lots

  • 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

Residence hall parking loops

  • Parking is prohibited in residence hall loops between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • With 65 people plowing, 26,000+ spaces must be cleared before 6 a.m.

To request services or to report dangerous spots on campus, call 353-1760.

If you can’t call, tweet IPF (@MSUFacilities) to report snow concerns (and to send photos). 

For more information on MSU’s snow-removal plans, visit

  • Snow and ice removal services:
  • Green practices for snow removal:

E-mail feedback, suggestions and comments to

Meet one of our snow-removal experts: Matt Bailey

Cold weather water intrusion events

Important points to remember:

  • With extreme cold temperatures, plumbing and HVAC infrastructure can be vulnerable to freezing and breakage.
  • Warmer temperatures do not mean the end of winter plumbing problems; many issues do not present themselves until after the thaw has begun.
  • As temperatures warm, snow and ice melt can also cause water intrusion into structures.
  • It is imperative to report any water intrusion events as soon as possible to IPF Dispatch at 353-1760.
  • We keep MSU running 24/7/365.

IPF’s goals:

  • Stop further intrusion of water
  • Limit damage
  • Provide the fastest service possible
  • Minimize displacement of staff and disruption of work

Event reporting and response

Customer calls IPF Dispatch 353-1760 with the following information at hand:

  • Building, room, lab?
  • Caller, phone number?
  • Is water puddled (standing)?
  • Is the water still flowing?
  • How many inches?
  • Carpeted floor?
  • Water on drywall?
  • Is it clear or does it have color?
  • Is there an odor?
  • Does the caller know the cause?
  • Source?
  • Is it due to departmental equipment (account number or department name)

Dispatch will then notify IPF First Responder

IPF First Responder assesses the situation, contacts the customer as necessary and dispatches appropriate personnel to area

Faculty Readiness Project


Create a positive experience for colleges and a welcoming environment for new faculty by delivering an outstanding project that is high quality, time and cost efficient, and supports the advancement of the university’s research agenda.

What will FRP do differently?

  • Proactively plan for potential new hires
  • Use various delivery methods to shorten bid periods and construction timelines
  • Dedicated team for these projects
  • Clear, consistent point of contact
  • Centralized coordination of internal and external service providers

Why are we doing this?

  • Improve timeframe of project completion for incoming faculty
  • Align project expectations with appropriate delivery method
  • Respond to Bolder by Design imperatives of increasing research opportunities and advancing our culture of high performance

How can we work together to expedite the project?

  • Early identification of space plan and program
  • Send in Service Request for renovation as soon as possible
  • Identify preliminary scope of work for estimating
  • Active involvement from Principal Investigator (PI) and department contact
  • Complete “Faculty Readiness Project Checklist” with PI involvement
  • Obtain photos of researcher’s current laboratory

Q: How many projects are currently underway?

A: About ten projects, all in different stages of completion.

Q: Have you shown this presentation at Engineering, yet?

A: No, we will be setting up a meeting.

Window air conditioner policy


To increase efficiency, cut costs, and provide campus customers with better service regarding window air conditioners.


  • Window air conditioner service requests will be routed to IPF’s Project Services team, which will manage the project from start to end (“one-stop-shopping”).
  • Cost estimates will be based on the past three-year history.
  • The cost structure, to be reevaluated on a yearly basis, will be as follows (for the 2015 calendar year):
    • 1 ton $2,000
    • 1.5 ton $2,200
    • 2 ton $2,400
    • 3 ton $4,800
  • Customer will be provided with a quote and a single bill for the project.
  • Installation will be performed by a contractor that has carpentry, electrical and sheet metal resources. This will provide one point of contact and will expedite the project timeline.
  • We will preorder and maintain an inventory of units, based on past need, which will further expedite the process.
  • Our goal is to execute the installation of window air conditioners within one month of receiving the approved request.
  • Upon the completion of a project, customer will receive follow-up from the team, warranty information and training on the system.
  • If a service request is received for repair, and it is deemed that replacement is necessary, the customer will receive an estimate for only the equipment replacement.


Implementation: March 2

Q: Is this based on windows? What if it's through a wall?

A: Doesn't happen too often, but we've encountered it before. We have methods to handle that.

GIS mapping tools

There are several websites that provide portals to an immense variety of information (including location services, wayfinding, construction and detours, aerial imagery, panoramic photography, art on campus, etc.) about MSU

If you need to report incorrect information, or would like further assistance, please call the FIS Support Hotline at (517) 353-3434

Q: Are off-campus buildings included on the map?

A: Yes, they're on there and accurate. We are working on updating KBS's floor plans.

Q: Can you look up a specific department, like Office of Admissions?

A: No, not yet.

Q: What's the best way to get the small scales correct?

A: Call us and we'll come out.

North Campus Infrastructure Improvement- West Circle Drive 2015

Project scope

  • Replace existing structurally deteriorating arch steam tunnels from the North Campus Substation to Steam Vault 376 (northeast corner of Library building), some of which are 87 to 102 years old.
  • Provide new steam services to Olds Hall and complete the north campus steam loop (which also includes steam distribution work in the NCS).
  • Install new electrical duct bank from the NCS to north of Olds Hall and replace deteriorated electrical vault lid by Olds Hall.
  • Improve pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle safety.
  • Reconfigure Parking Lots 6 and 11 to meet current parking standards.
  • Replace deteriorated cast iron water mains and improve fire flow capacity.
  • Repair/replace deteriorated sanitary and storm sewer mains.


  • Construction early preparation: March 2015
  • Construction start: May 11
  • West Circle Drive and Parking Lot 6 reopen: July 12
  • Parking Lot 11 and access drives reopen: August 14

Q: Have meetings with affected buildings been scheduled, yet?

A: We are working on scheduling those, but some buildings are declining.

Duffy Daugherty Football Building - Renovate Locker Room and Training Room

Duffy Daugherty’s training facilities were last updated in the mid 90’s. Since then, major technological changes have occurred in the training therapy delivery methods. The installation of modern equipment will necessitate reconfiguration of the existing space. Similarly, the locker rooms in the Duffy building are in need of functional, spatial and aesthetic refurbishment, as they no longer reflect Big Ten level facilities.

Project scope:

  • Training Room: Install new therapy pools, reconfigure offices area, reception/monitoring and treatment spaces
  • Locker Room: Reconfigure Locker arrangement for a more open layout and install new lockers, redistribute ventilation system, update furniture, finishes and technology 


  • Occasional road closures on Shaw Lane during portions of the project due to truck traffic. 
  • The building will remain open during the project, and alternate routes through the building will be provided for occupants


  • Construction start: January 2015.
  • Ready for occupancy: July 2015.

Spartan Marching Band – Artificial Turf Field

  • Artificial turf provides a safer and superior surface for the band. Intramural sports activities and other summer sports camps will also use the space.
  • The artificial turf field incorporates an improved drainage system and an infill system comprised of recycled tires.
  • Other improvements include a band tower, new fencing/gate and drive relocations, relocation of javelin and discus cage and bleacher seating with accessible walk to accommodate 300 spectators.
  • Construction began after spring commencement in 2014.
  • Completion was required to accomodate marching band practice mid-August.
  • A timelapse video of the field is online.

Q: What is the life span of the field?

A: 15 to 20 years.

Q: Is there a drainage system or is it crowned?

A: It's crowned North to South, and there's a drainage bed underneath that can carry 38 inches per hour without flooding. There's also a natural 14 to 15-foot bed of sand underneath, so that area already drained really well.

Munn Ice Arena – HVAC Upgrades and Ice Making System Replacement

  • This project involved replacement of the ice plant, rink surface, dasher board system and glass and also improvements to the HVAC system.
  • The project took advantage of energy-saving technology for the HVAC system and addresses deferred maintenance needs for this building.
  • Construction started on Nov. 11, 2013.
  • Project completed on Aug. 8, 2014
  • A timelapse video of the concrete surface pour is online.

Q: How long after the 15-hour pour did they start the second phase?

A: Two weeks later.

Q: How thick was the concrete slab?

A: The old one was six inches, the new one is eight inches.

Construction Junctions will continue monthly on the second Thursday of every month at 8:30 a.m.

  • April 9 - College of law, room 471 
  • May 14 - College of Law, room 343
  • June 11 - College of Law, room 343

Meeting presentation

March 12, 2015 (pdf)