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West Circle Steam Loop 2013

Project phase: Archived

Michigan State University uses steam to heat campus buildings. The steam is generated at the T.B. Simon Power Plant on south campus and distributed to most campus buildings via an intricate network of steam tunnels. Some of the steam tunnels are in need of repair to avoid failures of steam delivery to campus buildings.

The 2013 work on West Circle Drive is the second segment in a four-segment program to replace the deteriorating steam tunnels.

Additional core infrastructure improvements were made in conjunction with the steam upgrades, including water main, telecommunication and electrical upgrades.

West Circle Drive was also reconstructed with two traffic lanes and a bike lane to be consistent with current MSU transportation standards.


  • Work began in mid-January and was completed in August.

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