Construction roundup: May 2014
May 15, 2014
MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities’ 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 and introduced a new project involving the cooling system of the Kellogg Center. The meeting also included the formal introduction of the new IPF Transportation Services car wash through this video, as well as highlighting the additional features that have been added to the MSU interactive detour map. The map now allows for the user to filter detours by all projects occurring now or during a set of dates, as well as allowing search by project number.
The Kellogg Center project was introduced at construction junction for the first time. This project involves replacing the absorption chilled water system. The current system has reached the end of its useful life, so the two 700-ton steam absorption plants would be replaced with one 680-ton modular chiller. The modular system would allow for increased efficiency by only creating the required amount of cooling by utilizing only as much of the modular chiller as necessary. The current two cooling towers on the roof would also be removed and replaced with three new cooling towers. This project would begin construction in October and would be substantially complete by April 2015, pending approval by the MSU Board of Trustees.
Other projects discussed included:
- 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 West Circle Housing – Infrastructure Improvements 2014, which started construction in April. This project will improve the reliability of the utilities to the West Circle Neighborhood due to the old utilities systems having reached the end of their useful life. 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.
- The North Campus Infrastructure Improvements is currently in the third phase out of four, with the last phase being completed in summer 2015. The project involves replacing outdated arch-style steam tunnels which are varying in age from 87 to 102 years old. The MSU interactive detour map provides up-to-date information on campus navigation. 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. Interior spaces to support the Graduate School program will drive the design and layout of these rooms.
- Updates to dining renovation, building life safety and accessibility to Landon Hall 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 May construction junction presentation.
- Holden, Hubbard and Owen halls have been identified as in need of some masonry repairs and will have some work done to restore the integrity of the masonry, window curtain walls and building envelopes. The restoration is scheduled for completion by Aug. 1.
- The Life Science Building will have its roofs replaced, as the old roofs have reached the end of their useful life. Exhaust fans and fume hoods will be shut down during this replacement.
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