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IPF crews support 15,000-member national conference


Aug. 6, 2015

With a conference that spans several locations throughout campus and 32 acres within Cherry Lane Park alone, crews from Infrastructure Planning and Facilities have been on the move to ensure the success of one of the largest conferences in history held at Michigan State University.

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) has drawn nearly 15,000 Boy Scouts and leaders from across the country to campus during this first week of August. NOAC previously visited campus in 2006 and 2012, but in smaller numbers. 

“When you have this many people on campus for an entire week, there are a lot of pieces to put together,” said Michael Mitchner, IPF events coordinator. “Working with our MSU partners, MSU Conferences Services and MSU Police, and representatives from the Boy Scouts, IPF handled everything from transforming Cherry Lane Park into the center of activity (The Hub and OA Warrior complexes), to special setups in the Breslin Student Events Center and Munn Ice Arena (new flooring to cover the ice), to providing cleaning services in several campus classroom buildings.”

Crews from Landscaping Services, Building Maintenance Services, Custodial Services and MSU Recycling are providing services throughout the week. Looking after generators, water supply, safety regulations and more are part of the daily duties.

MSU Recycling’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is providing services to the outdoor venues, which include Cherry Lane, Breslin’s exterior, Munn Field, IM East and West, Ralph Young Field, Lot 89, Lot 63, all of the housing neighborhoods and the Wharton Center.

“We are also providing supplemental recycling containers in Jennison, Munn, IM West and Breslin,” said Dave Smith, MRF waste reduction coordinator. “We pretty much have just about every trash and recycling container we have in use.”