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Summer construction 2014


April 16, 2014

Summer will be here soon, 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

North Campus Infrastructure Improvement – West Circle Drive 2014

This project is the third segment of a four-segment program for north campus infrastructure. It involves replacing deteriorated steam tunnels and vaults, and reconstructing West Circle Drive from Auditorium Road to East Circle Drive. Construction began in November 2013 with substantial completion in August.

West Circle Housing Complex – Infrastructure Improvements (Phase 2 of 2)

The east side of the complex infrastructure (serving Mary MayoCampbell and Landon halls) was completed in 2009. This project will complete the infrastructure renewal for the West Circle Housing Complex. Construction began in March with substantial completion in August.

Chittenden Hall – Renovation

The renovations to Chittenden Hall will bring together the various functions and create a "neighborhood," or visible place, for the Graduate School and the students and faculty it serves. This project involves a comprehensive renovation that respects the historical features of the exterior and interior of the building. Construction began in November 2013 with substantial completion in August.

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

The U.S. Department of Energy has named Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory as the new home to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and applications for society. As the next-generation accelerator for conducting rare isotope experiments, FRIB will allow scientists to advance their search for answers to fundamental questions about nuclear structure, the origin of the elements in the cosmos and the forces that shaped the evolution of the universe. Construction began in March and will be complete in 2020.

Bio Engineering Facility

The construction of the Bio Engineering Facility will provide a unique opportunity to bring together research teams from engineering and biomedical research to promote the development of bio-engineering and engineering health sciences at Michigan State University. This project involves a four-story, 130,000-square-foot research laboratory building that is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research and interaction. The pavement in parking lot 97 has outlived its useful life and does not meet current pavement-system design standards. In addition, this zone of campus will need additional parking with the construction of the Bio Engineering Facility. Construction began in May 2013 with substantial completion in September 2015.

Kresge Courtyard Renovation

This project involves restoration of the courtyard area between the Kresge Art Center and the Auditorium Building including a permanent stage with terraced seating for MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre. Construction will begin in April with substantial completion in May.

Spartan Marching Band – Artificial Turf Field

The Spartan Marching Band requires a dependable, safe and available football field surface for band practice in the fall and a lighted field to provide increased safety. This project involves construction of a regulation-sized, artificial-turf football field in the same orientation as Spartan Stadium. Construction will begin in May with substantial completion in August.

Munn Ice Arena – HVAC Upgrades and Ice-Making System Replacement

The ice plant and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems at Munn Ice Arena are original to the building and have reached the end of their useful life. This project includes the replacement of the Munn Ice Arena ice plant and improvements to the HVAC system. Construction began in October 2013 with substantial completion in August.

Harrison Road Pavement Restoration

The existing pavement has deteriorated and is in need of repair. The project includes milling and repaving of all lanes of traffic from the Red Cedar River bridge north to approximately the loading dock of the Kellogg Center. Construction will take place for the duration of one week, from May 16 to 23.

Spartan Stadium – North End Zone Addition

This project includes a 55,000 square-feet two-level addition, adding recruiting rooms to the concourse level, building new locker rooms and team spaces, creating a media center on the lower level, adding restrooms on the concourse level, adding donor plazas at the J and K gates and renovating the gates to comply with homeland-security requirements. Construction began in July 2013 with substantial completion in August.

Butterfield Hall Renovation

The Residential and Hospitality Services Strategic Plan calls for the renovation of all Brody Neighborhood residence halls in order to create a desirable place for students to live and learn. Butterfield Hall is the sixth and final Brody Neighborhood residence hall to undergo renovations as part of this plan. Construction began in May 2013 with substantial completion in May.

Landon Hall – Dining Renovation, Building Life Safety and Accessibility

This project is coordinated with the Residential and Hospitality Services Dining Master Plan, which aims to align dining capacities with projected changes in housing capacity. This project is anticipated to include the creation of a signature first-floor 300-seat dining facility, including display cooking venues and changes to the loading dock. Construction began in June 2013 with substantial completion in July.

Akers Hall Dining and Life Safety Renovation

The Residential and Hospitality Services Dining Master Plan calls for creating an integrated approach to neighborhood dining across campus, aligning dining capacities with projected changes in housing occupancy to meet demands and needs for any given part of campus. The plan recommendations include the complete renovation of the existing Akers Hall dining room and serving area. Construction began in December 2013 with substantial completion in December.

Pathways - Red Cedar Greenway - Sparty to Farm Lane

The Red Cedar River corridor is the main east-west non-motorized transportation corridor for MSU, serving about 56,000 students, faculty and staff. The river corridor is being reconstructed according to the Red Cedar Greenway Master Plan, which will create a state-of-the-art non-motorized facility for the safe, efficient, and pleasant movement of people along the Red Cedar River. Construction will begin in May with substantial completion in July.

Parking Ramps No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 - Restoration

This project encompasses parking structures south of the Red Cedar River. In order to extend the life, maintenance and operations of the parking structures on campus, campus parking structures need new traffic coating to the parking surfaces and drive lanes. Construction will begin in May with substantial completion in July.

Parking Ramps No. 2 and No. 6 - Restoration

This project encompasses parking structures north of the Red Cedar River. It is necessary to perform routine testing and maintenance and to validate the continued structural integrity of the structures. Construction will begin in May with substantial completion in July.

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 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.


Interactive detour map with current closure information for motorists and pedestrians.

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.