Aug 31, 2012
Michigan State University is a university filled with history. Many buildings on campus were created to commemorate people important to the university and the country.
The Faculty Bricks Apartments, built in 1948, provided housing for many MSU students, faculty and staff until they were demolished in 2011 due to the increasingly prohibitive cost of continued maintenance.
The apartments were named after men that served in the U.S. Army that were also MSU alumni. During demolition, a large frame was found that included individual photos of all of the veterans for whom the buildings were named. It was decided that the frame would be relocated to Demonstration Hall, the location of MSU’s Department of Military Science and the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
Since the apartments themselves served as a commemorative site for the servicemen, it was believed that a new commemorative effort was necessary. The Department of Military Science worked with the Physical Plant* and Residential and Hospitality Services to create a new memorial.
Phys Planters* from several departments worked on the project, creating a shadow box to complement the existing photo collection.
Lt. Col. Jeff McDonald of the Department of Military Science, who worked closely with Phys Plant* employees to ensure the commemorative project accurately represented the servicemen, said, “Creating the new shadow box was a collective process to come up with the elements to tell the full story about what the pictures mean.”
The box contains a description of the servicemen and the medals and awards they received, a brick from the apartments and photos of how the apartment complex originally looked.
“Anyone that enters will be able to learn about the sacrifices these young men gave in service to our country,” said McDonald.
*Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.
Employees involved in this project:
digital content strategist
visual communications manager
construction planner/inspector/analyst II