Facilities Focus - Volume 1 - May 2019

Collage of various IPF staff members at work

May 14, 2019

Greetings, and welcome to the first edition of the IPF Facilities Focus newsletter.

This newsletter is designed to provide you a quick overview of IPF projects, initiatives and processes, including:

  • construction project information (which will replace the Construction Junction YouTube videos);
  • instructional items designed to make IPF processes more transparent;
  • and stories highlighting what IPF is doing to continually improve stewardship to the university.

We thank you for taking the time to review the newsletter, and providing feedback on how we can improve.

Welcome to Facilities Focus!

Dan Bollman, Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

Stories from Team IPF

IPF staff holding Tree Campus USA award

MSU earns 2019 Tree Campus USA Award

2019 marks the second year in a row that MSU has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA institution.

Fire department staff climbing ropes at the power plant

Local fire departments learn the ropes at the Power Plant

The T.B. Simon Power Plant was recently transformed into something right out of a Hollywood blockbuster, as 117 fire fighters from five metro-area fire departments set up shop for Confined Space Rescue and Rescue Rope Training exercises.

Tiaha Johnson holding her student employee of the year award

IPF's Tiaha Johnson wins Student Employee of the Year Award

Out of just 40 MSU students nominated, IPF Human Resources student Tiaha Johnson’s positive attitude and strong work ethic set her apart and made her the 2019 Student Employee of the Year for MSU and also the state of Michigan.

 

 

Valuable information for our campus customers logo

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Facilities Coordinator Work Group

IPF staff have been facilitating regular meetings with building managers, coordinators, contacts and experts across MSU’s campus since 2016. As the group has gained momentum, the coordinators want to share meeting content with a broader audience.

The Facilities Coordinator Work Group (FCWG) meetings allow participants to present ideas and discuss solutions around facility related topics including industry best practices, sustainability, long range planning, maintenance, operations, renovations and campus facility coordination.

Campus customers and administrators network, develop relationships and share lessons learned. The meetings also provide an opportunity for members to present best practices so others can see MSU specific and real-world application examples that pertain to daily work activities.

Photo of one of the FCWG meetings

Some past meeting topics include:

  • IPF online resources
  • Water quality on campus
  • Interdepartmental communication tools
  • Campus Master Plan
  • IPF project workflow
  • IPF estimators
  • Key tracking application
  • Capital renewal – formerly J-I-T
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Facility Condition Assessment pilot program
  • MSU Police: Secure-In-Place Program
  • Pest management in IPF Custodial

Future meeting topics include:

  • MSU Police: parking/safety concerns 
  • Energy savings/green initiatives 
  • Telecom vs. IT Service Requests 
  • Equipment management/preventative maint. 
  • Facilities Information Tool
  • Office 365 – communication tools
  • Faculty Readiness projects
  • Promapp
  • Building envelope/environment maintenance 

If you would like to be part of this exciting group, contact IPF Planning, Design and Construction operations coordinator, Tiana Carter at carte282@msu.edu. Please include the following information in your email:

  • Name
  • Building you represent
  • Email address
  • Campus phone number

 

 

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IPF Sign Shop

When you hear the words “skilled trades,” chances are you imagine occupations like plumbers, welders, mechanics or locksmiths; but what about sign makers? 

Sign creation involves more than just design work. This hands-on trade requires precision, math skills, carpentry, an in-depth knowledge of building codes and MSU branding standards and compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Their work ranges from room signage to life-sized Sparty cutouts; they even create billboard-size visuals. It is common to see sign makers team up with other trades workers such as carpenters, painters, sheet metal workers and glaziers.

Photo of IPF Sign Shop room sign

At MSU, we have our very own Sign Shop dedicated to visual and graphic design, located in room 126 of the Communication Arts and Sciences building. This one-stop shop is staffed by IPF crew members Kim Piper and Kay Steele, who together, have 60 years of combined work experience.

The number of services they offer is immense, and includes consultation, design, production and installation of:

  • Donor walls
  • Historical displays
  • Trophy, award and plaque plates
  • Engraved signage
  • Nameplates
  • Nametags
  • Wayfinding
  • Room numbering
  • New building signage
  • ADA compliant signs
  • Conference displays
  • Large format posters
  • Table top displays
  • Banners (interior and
  • exterior)
  • Exterior construction
  • signage
  • Yard signs
  • Custom matting and
  • framing
  • Vinyl graphics
  • Window graphics
  • Privacy film
  • Vehicle graphics
Examples of some of the sign shop's work

Kay and Kim can provide whatever your budget, space and imagination allow for; with quality and promptness in mind. 

Examples of some of the sign shop's work

You can call the Sign Shop directly at (517) 432-2468 with any questions you have, or to set up an appointment. If you already know what services you need, simply submit a service request or call Contact IPF at (517) 353-1760.

 

 

Graphic of Barry the Barrel and wording Construction Junction

You can also view the May 2019 YouTube video. However, new videos will only be produced through June 2019. After that, CJ information will be available via this newsletter exclusively. Older videos can be viewed via our YouTube channel.

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Board of Trustees upcoming agendas

June agenda

  • Step 2: Authorization to proceed:
    • T.B. Simon Power Plant – R.I.C.E. – construct original building.
    • Munn Ice Arena – Addition 3.
    • I.M. Sports – West – refurbish outdoor pool.

September agenda

  • Step 2: Authorization to proceed:
    • Veterinary Medical Center – replace HVAC-1 and HVAC-21
    • T.B. Simon Power Plant – install medium pressure steam boiler
    • Hannah Administration – alterations to third floor

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Food Science Fruit and Vegetable Lab renovation - update

  • Project milestones:
    • Ductwork installation is 90% complete.
    • Mechanical piping installation is 85% complete.
    • Plumbing installation is 95% complete in the Pilot Plant.  Installation of new sanitary piping and floor sinks has begun.
    • New wall construction is complete in the Pilot Plant. 
    • Stainless steel overhead doors will arrive May 21. 
    • Process cooling chiller installed, with start up scheduled July 10.
  • Impact updates:
    • Continued demolition noise.
    • Scheduled exhaust tie-in will impact north side of building.

For comments, questions or concerns, contact project manager, Bryan Anderson, (517) 432-0583 or ande1101@msu.edu

New concrete masonry wall separating Pilot Plant from classroom
New concrete masonry wall separating Pilot Plant from classroom
New concrete masonry wall separating Pilot Plant kitchen from classroom
New concrete masonry wall separating Pilot Plant kitchen from classroom
Electrical service panels in the new Pilot Plant electrical room.
Electrical service panels in the new Pilot Plant electrical room.
Pilot Plant – opening to new loading dock
Pilot Plant – opening to new loading dock
Pilot Plant – utilities to equipment bays, and overhead ductwork
Pilot Plant – utilities to equipment bays, and overhead ductwork
Pilot Plant – new opening to equipment wash area
Pilot Plant – new opening to equipment wash area

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Hannah Administration fourth floor renovations - wrap up

  • Project accomplishments:
    • Creation of a more collaborative office environment.
    • Enhancements to security.
    • Creation of a shared reception space for the entire floor.
    • Creation of an accessible restroom.
    • Upgrading of finishes.
    • Technological updates.
    • Brightening of interior spaces utilizing natural light.
    • Project completed ahead of schedule.

For comments, questions or concerns, contact project manager, Brian Mullen, (517) 353-3112 or mullenb1@msu.edu

Fourth floor waiting room
Fourth floor waiting room
Fourth floor reception desk
Fourth floor reception desk
Main conference room
Main conference room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Office corridor
Office corridor
Executive conference room
Executive conference room

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Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion - update

  • Project milestones:
    • Carpeting and painting are complete on the first and second floors.
    • Terrazzo flooring installation is complete throughout the building.
    • Exterior hardscape installation has begun on the north and south sides.
    • Punch list (last-minute, small details to be finished in a construction job) has begun on the first and second floors.
  • Impact updates:
    • Sidewalks traveling north and south between Shaw Hall and Business College Complex remain closed.
    • Sidewalk north of Shaw Lane will be closed through summer.

For comments, questions or concerns, contact project manager, Tony Rhodes, (517) 432-7104 or rhodesa1@msu.edu

Second floor looking towards the river
Second floor looking towards the river
Second floor interior walkway
Second floor interior walkway
View north from the atrium stairs
View north from the atrium stairs
Site logistics plan
Site logistics plan
Project webcam
Project webcam

Feedback

We welcome any comments, questions or suggestions on how we can improve communications with you, our campus partners.

Please forward your comments to the IPF Communications department at IPF.Communications@msu.edu

Thank you!