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Construction roundup: July 2014


July 16, 2014

MSU IPF’s monthly Construction Junction meeting for July took place in the MSU College of Law. Construction Junctions are IPF’s monthly public meeting designed to update and inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction.

IPF representatives gave progress updates on a number of projects in construction, as well as introducing several new projects.

  • Summer Roadway and Parking Lot Asphalt Maintenance – Milling and Re-paving is occurring from July 11 to 27 at various locations on campus. IPF will coordinate contractor schedules to line up the equipment needed for the weekend work to minimize the inconvenience to the campus community.
  • Planning and design has begun for the Breslin Center – Berkowitz Basketball Complex Alterations to Basketball Offices. The men’s and women’s intercollegiate basketball programs have had extraordinary success. The coaches’ offices and meeting rooms no longer meet expectations for programs of this caliber and are in need of functional, technological and cosmetic upgrades.
  • The planning and design of the Engineering Research – Hulett Rd. – Addition No. 2 – Food Processing – Innovation Center has begun. The property is owned by Michigan State University. It is already set up as a food processing center, and will be renovated with a 3,000 square-foot addition to help the Michigan economy and to train new businesses and startups in food processing.
  • The Spartan Marching band – Artificial Turf Field project will incorporate turf comprised of recycled tires and also hold a band tower and bleacher seating with accessible walk to accommodate up to 300 spectators. Construction will be complete before marching band practice resumes in August.
  • The Clinical Center – C-Wing HVAC Replacement is in construction and will be substantially complete in December. The project involves replacement of existing aged HVAC systems with more energy-efficient systems, providing chilled water to the facility year-round and providing procedure space within the Clinical Center for researchers.
  • Updates to Landon Hall – Dining Renovation, Building Life Safety and Acessibility will consolidate West Circle culinary services to one large dining facility in Landon Hall. With completion in July, the building is starting to take on the form of the design renderings, which were shown side-by-side with current photos of the project in the construction junction presentation.
  • The Akers Hall – Dining and Life Safety Renovation is currently under construction implementing repairs to the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety infrastructure. The project will also provide a new dining facility for East Neighborhood as well as adding new active/quiet study lounges to Akers Hall.
  • North Campus Infrastructure Improvements: The project involves replacing outdated arch-style steam tunnels which are varying in age from 87 to 102 years old. This third phase of the project will be completed in August, clearing up the closures and detours for the start of the fall semester.
  • The Chittenden Hall renovation involves a comprehensive renovation that respects the historical features of the exterior and interior of the building. Chittenden Hall will officially become the new home of the MSU Graduate School in October, shortly after the project has been completed.
  • West Circle Housing – Infrastructure Improvements 2014: This is phase two of a two-phase project and will make improvements to the infrastructure serving Wills House and Yakeley, Gilchrist and Williams halls. The visible construction will be completed by August, with any leftover work being contained to mechanical rooms. Steam will be turned back on for these buildings by the end of July.
  • The Spartan Stadium north end zone addition, which will be completed in August. The 55,000-square-foot addition will create an all-sports recruitment facility, as well as a campus-wide media center, new football locker rooms, support spaces and additional restrooms.
  • The Wilson Hall – Creative Commons Renovation is a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and the Broad College of Business. The project will provide a student-based business incubator environment within Wilson Hall for the fostering of future employment opportunities and furthering Michigan-based businesses.

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