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May 8, 2014

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

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.

Kellogg Center – Replace Absorption Chilled Water System

  • This project will replace the existing steam-absorption chiller plant that has reached the end of its useful life.
  • This project is necessary to provide the Kellogg Center with a reliable and efficient chilled-water cooling system.
  • It will involve removal of both 700-ton steam-absorption plants.
  • It will include installation of 680-ton modular chiller, in existing mechanical room.
  • It will include replacement of cooling towers on roof, existing location to remain.
  • Kellogg Center must remain in operation throughout chiller plant replacement.
  • Harrison Road single-lane closures will be limited to evenings.
  • Closures will not occur during athletic events.
  • The new chiller will use of heat recovery for domestic hot water.
  • Efficient multi-stack unit consisting of eight small chillers connected together allowing for on-demand cooling load.
  • Through the use of a heat-exchanger, winter will allow for free cooling.
  • The University Hazardous Materials Report for this building will be referenced for design.
  • There will be an overall reduction in steam use.
  • There will be an increase in electrical use, but the new system will be much more efficient than before.
  • Confirmed electrical capacity available at current building electrical substations, so no utility improvements will need to be made.
  • There will be no disruption to the Kellogg Center cooling due to how the project is phased, so cooling will be available to the building for the duration of the project.
  • The chillers will be placed in existing mechanical space, which will minimize disruption.

Q: Will there be any disruptions during the athletic season?

A: There will be some lane closures on Harrison Road for the removal of the two old cooling towers and the installation of the three new cooling towers to the roof of the building. These will be coordinated to take place at the most optimum time and minimize the disruption.

Spartan Stadium – North End Zone Addition

  • The purpose of this project is to provide an all-sports recruitment facility, campus-wide media center and new football locker rooms and support spaces.
  • This project includes a 55,000-square-feet two-level addition, adding recruiting rooms to the concourse level, building new locker rooms and team spaces, creating media center on the lower level of the addition, adding public restrooms on the concourse level, adding donor plazas at J and K gates and renovating gates to comply with Homeland Security requirements.
  • Red Cedar Road closure: May 12 to 23
  • Stadium loading dock closure: April 28 to May 16
  • Various pedestrian detours
  • Construction start: July 2013
  • Substantial completion: August 2014 (before that start of the football season)

Q: Will Lot 62 East stay open?

A: Yes, the west and east lots will both stay open.

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

  • This is the second phase of a two-phase project.
  • New steam tunnels, electric service, communication ducts and water mains will replace 50-year-old services.
  • Theis project will improve reliability for all utility services.
  • Construction start: April 7
  • Substantial completion: December 2014
  • Early work took place from April 7 to 18.
  • Visible construction will be complete by August 2014.
  • Work will continue behind-the-scenes within buildings and underground through December 2014.
  • West Circle Housing Complex will be vacant for the summer.
  • Delta Court is closed east of the Wills House driveway with no access from Delta Court to Williams Hall, Gilchrist Hall, Yakeley Hall, Mary Mayo, Landon Hall and Campbell Hall for the duration of the project.
  • Maintain construction access to the Landon Hall construction site (via West Circle Drive between Landon Hall and Yakeley Hall).

Q: Will Campbell and Mary Mayo halls remain open?

A: All of the West Circle Housing Complex will be closed for the duration of the project.

Q: Will the new utilities go off of well water?

A: Yes, it will remain on the wells and will continue to use all MSU water.

North Campus Infrastructure Improvements – West Circle Drive 2014

  • This project is the third of a four-phase program to replace the deteriorating north campus arch steam tunnels.
  • It involves removing and replacing existing steam tunnels and building service leads, increasing the steam distribution mains to the region, increasing line capacity for high-pressure steam distribution mains, converting the condensate return from a vacuum system to a pressure return and upgrading the MSU Museum’s steam service to high-pressure steam and pressure condensate return.
  • Construction start: November 2013
  • Substantial completion: Fall 2014
  • During construction, all the buildings in the zone of influence will be converted to high-pressure steam and pressure-condensate return lines, improving energy efficiency.
  • West Circle Drive will be replaced with two traffic lanes and one bike lane (one-way traffic), providing appropriate vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements.
  • Pedestrian detours are in effect around the project site.
  • There will only be one entrance to Old Botany open during construction.
  • There will be some impacts to the parking on West Circle Drive. Due to the temporary two-way traffic, the parking spots directly along the road in the two-way traffic area will be closed, as they are angled the wrong way.
  • Information posters with fliers are available at all three entrances of this project.

Q: What is phase four of this project?

A: Phase four is going to cover a very small section of West Circle Drive, and will occur during summer 2015. Phase four will be very similar to this phase as far as impacts and road detours are concerned.

Chittenden Hall – Renovation

  • This project involves a comprehensive renovation that respects the historical features of the exterior and interior of the building.
  • Interior spaces to support the Graduate School program will drive the design and layout of these rooms.
  • Renovations will include building infrastructure, addressing needs such as plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical, life safety and data.
  • Renovations will also include the building envelope, foundation and accessibility, including addition of an elevator and restrooms.
  • Lot 7 (south of Old Horticulture) is partially closed for duration of project.
  • The building is currently vacant.
  • Construction start: Nov. 19, 2013
  • Substantial completion: Fall 2014
  • The graduate school will be moving into the building in October.
  • There is temporary sidewalk in place for access to Cook and Marshall-Adams halls.

Landon Hall – Dining Renovation, Building Life safety and Accessibility

  • The plan recommendations include consolidating West Circle culinary services, and it has been determined that Landon Hall is the best location for the neighborhood.
  • The building was originally constructed in 1947 and requires major infrastructure repairs to the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current life safety and accessibility code requirements.
  • Project start date: June 17, 2013
  • Project substantial completion: July 3, 2014
  • Toilet fixtures, partitions, and sinks have been installed in bathrooms.
  • Drywall is complete.
  • All tile in bathrooms and showers are complete.
  • Air-handling units are starting to be commissioned.
  • Window demolition is nearing completion.
  • Case work is starting to be placed in the dining and kitchen areas.
  • The building is closed duration of project.
  • Loading dock/Landon Hall parking lot will remain closed along with the parking loop until July 3, 2014.

Holden, Hubbard and Owen Halls – Masonry Restoration

  • This project is necessary to maintain the integrity of the masonry, window curtain walls and building envelopes.
  • Construction start: May 5
  • Substantial completion: Aug. 1
  • Note: Timeline has been coordinated for each of the residence halls with their sports camps and conference schedules
  • The impacts of this project are noise and dust.
  • The outsides of the buildings will be washed when the masonry repairs are complete.

Q: Are the buildings being restored concurrently or will it be staggered?

A: The masonry restorations will be taking place concurrently.

Life Science – Replace Roofs 4-6, 8-10 and 13-16

  • The existing roofs have reached their useful life.
  • Complete removal and replacement of the roofing materials.
  • This project needs to be coordinated with a future Life Sciences exhaust replacement project to minimize the impact to the building occupants.
  • Exhaust fans and fume hoods will be closed.
  • There will be an odor present during the construction.
  • There will be a staging area taking some of the parking spots in the lot.

Q: Are you taking all of the roofing materials off down to the deck?

A: Yes, this will cause some odor. We will try to minimize this odor as much as possible.

Other announcements

The new transportation services car wash is open. A video of the car wash can be viewed here.

Q: Do they wash MSU vehicles there?

A: Yes, the car wash is strictly for MSU vehicles under 7 feet. You cannot take private vehicles there. There is also a power wash for vehicles taller than 7 feet. A staff member occupies the car wash during operational hours.

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

  • June 12 (College of Law, Room 343)
  • July 10 (College of Law, Room 343)
  • August 14 (College of Law, Room 343)

Meeting presentation

May 8, 2014 (pdf)