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Construction roundup: June 2014


June 24, 2014

MSU IPF’s monthly Construction Junction meeting for May 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.

  • 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.
  • North Campus Infrastructure Improvements: The project involves replacing outdated arch-style steam tunnels which are varying in age from 87 to 102 years old.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.
  • The Butterfield Hall Renovation is the last in a series of renovations called for in the Residential and Hospitality Services Strategic Plan to update the Brody neighborhood. This project is nearing completion, as furniture has been installed throughout the new areas.
  • The Bio Engineering Facility involves the construction of a four-story research building designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research and interaction among occupants. The building will be physically connected to the existing Clinical Center C-Wing and Life Science Building B-Wing. The building will be complete in September 2015.
  • 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 Munn Ice Arena – HVAC Upgrades and Ice Making System Replacement project involves replacement of the ice plant, rink surface, dasher board system and glass, and also improvements to the HVAC system. The project will be completed in early August.
  • The Kresge Courtyard Renovation aims to provide a permanent space for MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre as well as create a venue for special events, including pre-function space for events held in the Auditorium building. The project was delayed, and will not be used for the Summer Circle Theater this season, but will be completed fall 2014.
  • Parking Lot 97 – Engineering Research project: Due to cost and funding concerns, MSU has reevaluated the Parking Lot 97 expansion project and rescheduled it for summer 2015. The project will be completed during summer 2015 without extending into the academic year.

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s campus sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517) 353-1760 for emergency service.


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