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Michigan State UniversityMichigan State UniversityInfrastructure Planning and Facilities

Biochemistry - replace windows

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • The windows in Biochemistry date to the building’s construction in 1964 and no longer provide adequate insulation or environmental protection.

Project goals

  • Window replacement with efficient, thermally broken units to support occupant comfort without excessive condensation.
  • Selection of units that respect the dimensions, proportions and finish of the original design.
  • Replacement of existing solar screens on the south side of the building with gray tinted glass for an updated appearance.

Project scope

  • Replacement of 278 windows with new, fixed aluminum windows
  • Abatement of PCB caulking
  • Restoration of finish surface of plaster at windows as required
  • Replacement of interior stone sills where broken
  • Installation of new window blinds


  • Building to remain occupied during construction, except for brief scheduled phasing of individual rooms to complete the work
  • Barrier-free entrance will have a temporary overhead structure constructed to allow continuous safe access during the north stairwell phase
  • Temporary pedestrian walkway to be incorporated adjacent to existing path on north side of building during north stairwell phase
  • Six parking spaces at south of building to be closed off for a limited phase of construction; will be coordinated with MSU Police Dept.
  • Loading Dock to remain accessible throughout the project


  • Construction start: May 2018
  • Completion of work: October 2018


  • $2,400,000, including a $240,000 contingency
  • Source of funding is the general fund - capital renewal

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