September 13, 2012 Meeting
Thursday, September 13 | 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.
- The project is funded by MSU Athletics.
- It is a permanent video-filming tower between the two outdoor practice fields.
- The coaches’ viewing platform is at 35 feet.
- The video-camera platform is at 50 feet.
- Tower has lightning protection on it.
Q: How much wind is it rated for?
A: The tower is rated for 115 miles-per-hour wind. It’s important to note that it is the coaches’ decision to film or not to film in the tower based on the weather conditions.
- Construction set to begin in early May, immediately following this school year’s commencement ceremonies.
- This project involves the removal of the last remaining traffic circle on campus.
- Over the last decade, MSU has removed the roundabouts and traffic circles; while effective for vehicles, they create an unsafe environment for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
- A dual intersection will be created, similar to the configuration at Shaw Lane and Red Cedar Road.
- The project will also replace direct-buried steam piping and install a new steam tunnel to serve the area and will eventually service future projects as well.
- Five-foot bike lanes will be added to both east- and west-bound Shaw Lane.
- River-trail pedestrian signal will be interconnected to the dual traffic signal to make that corridor safer for pedestrians.
- The existing heirloom trees will remain. The landscape architects created this design to save the trees and to create a balance of a safe intersection and
- Since the construction will require closing the intersection and setting up detours, MSU will work with the Capital Area Transportation Authority and the City of East Lansing to coordinate.
Q: Is Bogue Street going to reopen between Shaw Lane and Wilson Road?
A: That portion is not part of this construction; that will be discussed as part of the new FRIB highbay project. This construction will allow the Wharton Center loop to be reconnected to the north.
Q: Can you go into more detail about how you will control pedestrian traffic?
A: The pedestrians will be funneled to where the pedestrian signal is located. The new boulevard will have plenty of room for pedestrians and bikes. We’re working out the final details with MSU Police.
Q: How will the CATA buses make their routes?
A: By splitting the intersection instead of forcing the bus to move in a very tight circle, the bus will have more maneuverability compared to the roundabout.
Q: At Shaw and Red Cedar, there isn’t a sign warning that you’re in a left-turn lane. Will that be an issue at this intersection?
A: A representative from MSU Police is on our design team. We have two lanes moving north, and in the left lane you can turn left at the signal or continue straight.
- Anthony Hall is located along Shaw Lane.
- Concrete between the first and second floors has been removed to create a more open feeling in the lobby.
- Gaming pods on the fourth floor will have soft furniture, TVs and gaming-system shelving.
- An accessible ramp will replace steps on the first floor of Bryan Hall.
- Window installation is on schedule; windows should be completed by Oct. 1.
- A window wall will be constructed from October through Thanksgiving.
- It is a LEED-certified project.
- The penthouse work is nearly done.
- The reflexology garden is a walking path that brings a therapeutic design. The walk has guardrails and is created with raised stones; there will be signs to explain how to use the walk.
- The building’s office space uses natural light and does not have private offices on the exterior against the windows.
- A special dedication is scheduled for Nov. 2.
- New artwork is going in sometime during October.
- Music Building is located on West Circle Drive across from IM Sports.
- There will be acoustical improvements, fire alarm and additional safety equipment upgrades, seating replacement, theatrical systems improvements, and mechanical system upgrades.
- The mechanical systems are almost complete.
- It will be named Cook Recital Hall.
- Located on the Northeast side of campus along Grand River Avenue and Farm Lane Road.
- Some exterior lighting has been installed.
- Starting next week, there will be some hydro-seeding and tree installation.
- Signage in the courtyard area will be installed over the next month, as well as lights for the signage.
- Granite seating area in the courtyard has skateboard deterrents.
- There is a Sparty’s Café in the museum.
- The reception desk is over 30 feet long.
Q: What kind of lightning protection is in place? Will the building cause problems with electronics in the area?
A: There are lightning rods on the building; we can’t speak to any electronics interference.
Q: Is there outdoor artwork as well?
A: Yes; we’ve installed one piece and two more are coming.
Q: Is it still on track for completion?
A: Yes, the dedication is going to take place Nov. 9.
*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.