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Summer construction 2013


June 5, 2013

Summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about the seasonal campus construction at Michigan State University. This summer, there will be a variety of projects happening all over campus.

There are a few ways to stay ahead of the curve and know what projects are taking place.

Attend the monthly Construction Junction meetings dedicated to informing the MSU community about construction projects going on around campus. Every month, project representatives give presentations regarding the progress of construction on campus. There are also updates on detours around campus.

Construction Junctions take place the second Thursday of every month. Check for more details regarding times and location. Can’t make the meetings? The meeting minutes and presentations are posted the Tuesday following the meeting and are filled with all of the information provided by the presenters.

Other online resources on the website include regularly updated detour maps. The maps are always up-to-date and are posted ahead of time for summer construction.

Be sure to use all of the resources that MSU provides to make the commute around campus as efficient as possible.

Campus projects this summer

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FRIB Utility Relocation—Phase 2
Site preparation activities for construction of the conventional facilities have been completed. Final design of the technical systems—accelerator and experimental equipment—is underway and anticipated to be complete in 2014. Project completion is expected in 2021, managing to a goal of early completion in 2019.

Brody Neighborhood—Utility Improvements—Phase 5
This project involves replacing the steam and condensate distribution system and creating a loop from the Harrison Road bridge to Brody Hall. The loop provides redundancy so the complex can continue to be fed steam if there is a line break. Construction began in April, with substantial completion in August.

West Circle Steam Loop Segment 2
The 2013 work on West Circle Drive is the second segment in a four-segment program to replace the deteriorating steam tunnels. Work began in mid-January and will continue through Aug. 16.

Michigan Avenue and M-43 Road Work—MDOT Project
Construction will stretch from Harrison Road to Park Lake Road. During construction, at least one lane of traffic will be open in each direction. Access to business and residents will be maintained at all times during the project.

Infrastructure Improvements on Kalamazoo Street—East Lansing Project
Kalamazoo Street was completely closed to traffic from Clippert Street to the west entrance of the University Village Apartments (east of Marigold Avenue) from April 1 to May 5. Kalamazoo Street is completely closed to traffic from Clippert Street to Harrison Road from May 6 to Aug. 23.

Bogue Street and Shaw Lane Intersection Reconstruction and Steam System Repairs
Work began in mid-January, but no roads will close completely at this time. Some one-lane closures will be needed for construction vehicles. Complete closure of the Bogue Street/Shaw Lane intersection began May 5. It will reopen in time for student move-in before the fall semester, Aug. 16. Bogue Street between Shaw Lane and Wilson Road will be permanently closed to accommodate Facility for Rare Isotope Beams expansion.

Auditorium Road Construction
Utility work will include repair of storm sewer, installation of new water main and installation of new gas lines. Work begins May 13 will end June 3.

Butterfield Hall—Major Renovation
Green space will be added between Butterfield and Brody halls. Additional study rooms, lounge space and gaming areas will be added as well.

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Stay up-to-date on construction projects:

Visit the IPF construction pages for information on construction projects around campus:

Created for MSU visitors, neighbors, students, faculty and staff, this site is designed to:

  • help inform about upcoming construction projects and their impacts;
  • help users navigate campus during construction projects;
  • explain what goes into designing and constructing projects and the corresponding approval processes; and
  • offer an opportunity to comment on upcoming projects and ask questions.