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November 8, 2012 Meeting

Thursday, November 8 | 8:30 a.m. | 112 Brody Hall

Construction Junctions are the Physical Plant’s* monthly public meetings designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction.

Anthony Hall – Energy Conservation Measures

  • The plan for Anthony Hall is to implement energy conservation measures, improve the facility and address maintenance and repair items. These efforts will:
    • enhance safety,
    • reduce waste,
    • increase occupant comfort,
    • reduce greenhouse-gas emissions,
    • improve operations,
    • and improve energy efficiency.
  • About Anthony:
    • originally constructed in 1955,
    • major renovation in 1997,
    • 317,176 square feet,
    • building underwent retro-commissioning from November 2011 to May 2012,
    • ”Showcase Building” in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.
  • Scope of work:
    • Install variable-frequency drives on cooling-tower fans and on heating and process condenser pumps.
    • Install VFD on each lab exhaust fan for system static static-pressure control. Reduce exhaust-stack discharge velocity if feasible (without modification to stacks).
    • Replace existing terminal-unit pneumatic controls with new digital controls.
    • Provide occupancy sensors in each space to reset temperature-control set points and turn off lights when spaces are unoccupied.
    • Provide airflow tracking for space-pressurization control.
    • Install demand-ventilation control for auditoriums.
    • Install air-quality sensors in laboratories to reset the laboratory airflows based on air quality.
    • Install occupancy sensor at each fume hood to reduce fume-hood exhaust airflow when fume hoods are not being used.
    • Replace existing Modular Building Controller driven laboratory controls with latest laboratory room controllers.
    • Replace existing digital-control system field panels with latest version.
    • Install energy recovery run-around loops.
    • Upgrade of the Meat Lab.
  • Construction impacts
    • Project will touch nearly every space in the building.
    • Duration of project will be from February to November 2013.
    • All efforts will be coordinated to minimize disruption to occupants:
      • temporary system shutdowns (electrical, heating, cooling, ventilation),
      • access limitations,
      • noise,
      • dust,
      • construction personnel throughout building,
      • and equipment and materials storage (potential parking impacts).
  • Long-term impacts:
    • improve lab operations,
    • enhance end-user training and safety,
    • and meet University’s energy goals.
  • Schedule:
    • Board of Trustees Authorization to Proceed: December 2012
    • Release for bidding:  January 2013
    • Start prep work for construction: February 2013
    • Start construction in occupied spaces: May 2013
    • Substantial completion: November 2013
  • MSU’s Energy Transition Plan
    • Energy conservation measures are being made on Anthony Hall because of the Energy Transition Plan.
    • Energy Transition plan intends to reduce MSU’s greenhouse gas emission by 65 percent and use 40-percent renewable energy on campus by 2030
    • Step 1: Improve the physical environment
      • Aggressive investment in energy-conservation measures
      • Implement more stringent energy-related building standards
      • Connect energy- and space-costs/incentives to end-users
      • Promote behavior change for energy conservation
    • Step 2: Invest in sustainable energy research and development
      • Campus as a laboratory for developing, evaluating and demonstrating new technologies
    • Step 3: Become an educational leader in sustainable energy
      • Educate stakeholders about MSU’s commitment to sustainable energy
  • Better Buildings Challenge
    • The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to improve the efficiency of American commercial, institutional and industrial buildings by 20 percent or more by 2020.
  • Ways you can help
    • Energy saving to-do list for faculty and staff:
      • Lighting
        • Turn off lights when leaving an empty room
      • Computers and office equipment
        • Enable power-management features when computers are not in use
        • Turn off equipment at the end of each day
      • Heating and cooling
        • Thermostats should be set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit in heating season and 76 degrees for cooling
        • Wear clothing to customize your “thermal comfort’”
        • Too hot or too cold? Call Physical Plant at 3-1760
      • Everyday actions
        • Think carefully about what you use and what you buy
        • Reduce landfill, recycle more
    • Energy efficiency tips for labs:
      • For all lab equipment
        • Regular maintenance and repair is critical to efficiency
        • “Think Energy Star”; buy the most efficient models available
        • Turn off, unplug or decommission unused equipment
      • Fume hoods
        • Shut that sash: Lower fume hood sashes = lower energy use
      • Refrigerators and freezers
        • Defrost and clean coils annually to maintain efficiency
      • Washers, dryers and autoclaves
        • Consolidate items and run fuller loads.
      • Windows and doors
        • Keep lab doors and windows closed to prevent ventilation problems

Landon Hall – Dining and Building Renovation

  • Landon Hall renovations part of comprehensive plan that every neighborhood on campus will have a central dining place.
  • The goal is to consolidate dining for the residence halls in the North Neighborhood.
  • The project would include separate food-service areas into one.
  • There will be minor alterations at ground level.
  • There will be rooms in the basement for food prep, music practice rooms will be added, as well as community space and a game room
  • There will be a new main entrance on the north side of Landon Hall
  • A lot of natural wood will be used in the dining area.
  • Barrier free upgrades:
    • ramp added to main entry lobby (northeast exit),
    • multiple ramps connect the multiple levels of the dining areas,
    • add elevators to building to provide barrier-free access to all floors,
    • add Americans with Disabilities Act compliant unisex bathrooms to the second and third floors,
    • and estrooms are remodeled for ADA compliance.
  • Construction will start in May 2013 and will be handed to food service in June 2014

Q: Will the chiller capacity be for Landon only or will it be for other halls/buildings?
A: The chiller capacity will be designed for Landon's needs and will allow for mechanical space for future need.

Botany Greenhouse Demolition

  • Currently, this project is in design, and will be demolished along with Morrill Hall in spring of 2013.
  • The Botany Greenhouses and Headhouse are located east of Old Botany and next to Lot 7 in the north academic district.
  • The greenhouses and headhouse range in age from 81 to more than 100 years old.
  • Through review and analysis of the structures, it was determined that they are well beyond their useful life, present significant safety hazards, and are prohibitively costly to repair.
  • Currently the greenhouse is fenced off.
  • The west portion of the greenhouses has been removed.
  • Construction is planned to begin in October 2012, with substantial completion in July 2013, and final completion in December 2013.

Q: Any new buildings?
A: No new buildings planned

Shaw Hall – New Dining Center

  • New dining center will open when spring semester starts in January.
  • This project is on schedule.
  • Final name of dining hall: The Vista, because the rear of the new dining space is a window wall that has a view of the river.
  • Final names of the dining venues: Main Street, Garden Wok, Bread Box.
  • There is a raised platform in the center that will be used as a lounge area.
  • East and West lounges will be “flex dining” and will be opened when more seating is needed during peak dining times.

Q: Are there all new curtain walls around lounge area?
A: No.

Q: Have the fireplaces been taken out?
A: Yes, they have been removed and are now openings to allow for overflow dining.

Armstrong Bryan Halls Renovation

  • New curtain wall has been added to Armstrong to allow for natural lighting.
  • The curtain wall is being worked on for Bryan Hall; framing has just been added.
  • Metal siding has been installed at the penthouse in Armstrong Hall.
  • Light fixtures and ceiling grids have been added on fourth floor of Armstrong Hall.
  • Painting has begun on the fourth floor of Armstrong Hall.
  • Gaming stations have been installed on fourth floor of Armstrong Hall
  • New feature wall has been installed in Armstrong Hall, will feature art upon completion of project.
  • Quick facts about project:
    • interior demolition is complete,
    • roof installation nearing completion,
    • basketball hoops will be installed next week,
    • found “Lansing State Journal” from 1954 buried in the wall,
    • old milk bottles and cartons discovered during demolition,
    • over 450 windows were removed and replaced in seven weeks.
  • Project scheduled to be complete in May 2013.

MSU Union – Renovations to First Floor Lobby

  • This project is substantially complete.
  • Overall design was to improve the lower lounge and upper lounge and bring in light into the building.
  • Biggby’s Coffee will be close to west entrance of the Union.
  • Furniture for upper and lower lounge will be in by Monday.
  • All columns in the Union have been wrapped with wood.
  • New Spartan Green tread on the stairs that lead to the stage.
  • Sparty’s Express is now located where Biggby’s used to be.
  • All dining venues have been remodeled.
  • Grand opening will be Jan. 15.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

  • The new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10. Registration is full for Saturday's events except the founding director's reception. Contact Brenda Samson at or (517) 884-1038 to purchase your $150 ticket and RSVP. All Sunday events are free and open to the public - no registration required.

Spartan Stadium – Replace Existing Scoreboards and Sound System

Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.

Meeting presentation

November 8, 2012 (PDF)