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IM Sports - West - replacement of indoor turf surface in room 161

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • Recreation and fitness is a priority of the MSU campus community, as reflected in the Bolder by Design Framework and the Health Campus Initiative.
  • Consistent with that priority, the University invests in and supports a wide range of recreation and fitness activities, programs, and facilities that are accessible to students, faculty, and staff.
  • The level of demand, an aging infrastructure for the three primary intramural facilities, and an emphasis on creating and supporting a culture of health and wellness resulted in the need to undertake a strategic planning effort.
  • Over the past two years, efforts have been made to develop a broad-based approach to enhancing recreation and fitness opportunities.
  • The Provost initially established an exploratory committee with representation from students, faculty, staff, and external advisors to guide and inform planning.
  • Following this exploratory committee planning, consultants were engaged to assist with the development of a health and wellness framework plan to guide reinvestment that supports the Healthy Campus Initiative.
  • Projects that include reinvestment in existing intramural facilities, including fields, and Demonstration Hall were identified as priority improvements.
  • These improvements will replace systems and finishes that are beyond their useful life, provide additional capacity, and improve the user experience.

Project scope

  • Conversion of room 161 into an indoor artificial turf center for club sports, intramural sports, student use, and other campus activities to include:
    • installation of a new artificial turf flooring system
    • replacement of existing doors and installation of nine additional egress doors to accommodate campus/emergency operations
    • installation of ceiling circulation fans
    • fire suppression system
    • upgrade of existing HVAC units
    • installation of a lacrosse practice throwing wall and netting system
    • installation of a motorized roll-up curtain wall in the middle of the room
    • installation of an LED lighting system including emergency lighting
    • painting of walls and ceiling
    • miscellaneous architectural, mechanical and electrical items


  • Construction start: March 19
  • Ready for occupancy: Aug. 17


  • $4,300,000 ($3,300,000 for turf improvements and $1,000,000 for capital renewal), including a $430,000 contingency.
  • The project will be funded by the general fund or debt financing with debt repayment from the general fund - healthy campus initiative. 

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