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November 13, 2014

Thursday, Nov. 13 | 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.

Campus improvements video:

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

T.B. Simon Power Plant - Upgrade Utility Substation

The goal of this project is to provide a substation with increased capacity and reliability to deliver power to FRIB and the T.B. Simon Power Plant

Project scope

The project consists of the following three elements:

  • Underground 138 kV transmission line from the existing Michigan Electric Transmission Company transmission line following existing roadway easements north to the substation.
  • Installation of a larger capacity substation consisting of two transformers with space for a future third transformer.
  • Connection to the new switch house being installed under capital project CP14149.


  • Construction start: January 2015
  • Construction end: late 2016
  • Power available: May 2017

Q: Are the substations that were just completed south of campus related to this project?

A: Indirectly. These were Board of Water and Light and Consumers Energy projects, which we will tie into.

Cyclotron - Addition 16 - Office 

Project goal is to expand the office portion of the facility in order to accommodate new staff, faculty and students that are being hired in support of the FRIB project.

Project scope:

  • The project consists of the following three elements:
    • Partial demolition of the existing Cyclotron
    • New six story office addition envisioned
    • Build-out of electrical and mechanical systems


  • Parking is not affected and no additional on-site parking is required
  • This project is being coordinated with existing site utilities.


  • Construction start: January 2015
  • Projected occupancy: July 2016

Q: Is this project currently out for bid?  

A: No. The package isn’t completely ready yet so it is not out for bid.

Q: Did you have a large pour of cement yesterday?

A: Yes. We're currently working on pouring the tunnel lid. 

Akers Hall Dining and Life Safety Renovations

  • The building was constructed in 1964, and is in need of major repairs to the infrastructure for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety.
  • This project will provide a new dining facility for East Neighborhood and new active/quiet study lounges.
  • Phase 1 of the project was a life safety renovation and renovations to the towers. The infrastructure for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety was completed. The east and west towers have been renovated with new study areas.
  • The new dining area will have two interactive serving islands incorporated into seating areas.


  • Maintenance/recycling vehicles will have continued access.
  • Loading dock/parking lot will remain closed until Dec. 31.

Project update:

  • All food service equipment is on site.
  • Resinous flooring application in progress.
  • West corridor student bathrooms are complete 


  • Construction start (phases 1 and 2): December 2013
  • Life safety/quiet lounges (phase 1): Aug. 1, 2014
  • Dining facility (phase 2): Spring semester 2015

Other announcements

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

  • Dec. 11 (College of Law, room 343)
  • Jan. 8 (College of Law, room 471)
  • Feb. 12 (College of Law, room 343)

Meeting presentation

Nov. 13, 2014 (pdf)