The Focus - June 2020

The Focus e-newsletter from Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

IPF Communications

June 19, 2020

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Board of Trustees upcoming agendas (tentative, subject to change)

​​​​​June agenda

  • Nothing scheduled at this time for Step 2 (Authorization to Proceed).

​​​​​September agenda

  • Nothing scheduled at this time for Step 2 (Authorization to Proceed).
 
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MSU Construction Project Status List

The latest information on which construction projects are proceeding, and which have been deferred due to economic and other challenges.

 

Road closure information

Hagadorn Road (between Service and Wilson Roads), July 6 - 20

Service Road (between Linen Services and Parking Lot 83), June 1 - Aug. 28

 

T.B. Simon Power Plant - R.I.C.E. - construct original building (CP17197) - update

  • Project milestones:
    • Installations complete on oil/water separator, manhole, overhead door, transformer and switchgear.
    • Engine Hall and electrical room painting is complete.
    • Engine pads have been epoxy coated.
    • Tank farm is complete.
    • Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines have been received and installation has begun.
  • Impact updates:
    • Construction traffic continues around Power Plant site.

 

Photo of Chris Barnes

 

For comments, questions or concerns, contact project manager, Chris Barnes, at (517) 355-1628 or barne137@msu.edu

 

Photo of interior of engine hall showing three engine pads ready to receive engines

 

Photo of interior of engine hall ceiling

Photo of first gas exhaust silencer being installed

Photo of exterior of engine hall showing all three gas exhaust silencers installed

Photo of rail car bringing one of three reciprocating internal combustion engines to the power plant site

Photo of one of the RICE units being lifted off of the rail car and onto a ground transport vehicle using an unloading crane

 

Strategic academic development - STEM teaching, learning and interdisciplinary research facilties (CP17133) - update

Project milestones:

  • Returned to work in May with COVID-19 counter measures in place. 
  • Installation has begun on overhead grid system (to accommodate laboratory service columns).
  • Installation has begun on the Shaw Lane Power Plant section's historical windows and roof system.
  • Continued work on exterior envelope elements including framing, glazing and brickwork.
  • Hanging and finishing drywall in some interior sections.

Impact updates:

  • Deadline for completion has been extended to February 2021 due to downtime as result of COVID outbreak.
  • Construction traffic will continue in and around the construction site until February 2021.
  • Beginning in July, sidewalk redirection along the southeast side of the work site will begin, to accommodate concrete and lighting installations.

 

Photo of Ken Gottschalk, project manager

 

For comments, questions or concerns, contact project manager, Ken Gottschalk, at (517) 353-7234 or gottsc20@msu.edu

 

Photo of the exterior of the STEM building under construction

 

Photo of worker working on brick exterior of STEM facility

Photo of interior of new portion of STEM facility

Photo of interior of new portion of STEM facility

Construction workers working on glass wall section of STEM facility

Construction workers working on windows of the STEM facilities' old Power Plant section

 

University research containment - Biological Safety Level 3 Research Lab (CP18191) - wrap up

Project milestones:

  • Project is in final commissioning stages.
  • HVAC system start-up, functional testing and balancing complete.
  • Bio-safety cabinets have been installed and certified. 
  • Final punchlist items are complete.
  • Final fail check testing happening over the next two weeks

 

Photo of Alan Vanderstelt, project manager

 

For comments, questions or concerns, contact project manager, Alan Vanderstelt, at (517) 643-6763 or vande832@msu.edu

 

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Photo of facility equipment

Photo of interior corridor

Photo of facility equipment

 

Duffy Daugherty - S.A.A.C. - alterations to Skandalaris Football offices and Hall of History (CP18074) - update

  • Project milestones:
    • Substantial completion date has been moved to August 14, 2020 due to COVID-related delays.
    • Exterior finishes to be complete by the end of the month.
    • Interior drywall currently being installed and finished.
    • Rough-in of electrical and mechanical systems ongoing ahead of drywall work.
  • Impact updates:
    • Sidewalk running along the east side of Chestnut Rd., between Parking Lot 78 and Shaw Lane, will remain closed until completion of construction.

 

Photo of project manager, Jason Vanzee

 

For comments, questions or concerns, contact project manager, Jason VanZee, at (517) 432-2675 or vanzeeja@msu.edu. 

 

Photo of exterior envelope work at the Duffy Daugherty Building

 

Photo of section of Duffy Daugherty Building roof showing new air handling systems enclosure

Photo of interior work in the office portion of Duffy Daugherty Building

Photo of interior steel framing elements at Duffy Daugherty Building

Photo of exterior envelope work at the Duffy Daugherty Building

Photo of exterior envelope work at the Duffy Daugherty Building

 
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IPF VP Dan Bollman featured on Spartan Fireside

Dan discusses IPF's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, support of learning and research under the "new normal", the new Water Treatment Plant/Tower and more.

Watch video or listen to audio only.

 

 

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Consumers Energy giving away Nest thermostats

Consumers Energy has partnered with Google and Uplight to give away 100,000 free Nest E thermostats to qualifying customers.

 

 

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Energy conservation

Due to the reduced campus population, campus energy demand has been reduced by more than 18 percent in March and April, helping save the university energy costs during this challenging time.

To help further our energy conversation efforts while many MSU employees are not on campus for extended periods, we encourage units to close window blinds, set thermostats to 76 and to turn off or unplug:

  • Office machines
  • Printers if not needed for use by others
  • Monitors and desktop computers
  • Refrigerators if they are cleaned and emptied
 

 

Photo of Chris Hewitt at Recycling Center Drop Off

MSU Recycling Drop-Off Center reopens June 22

There have been a few changes made to the Drop-Off Center, and which materials are accepted, in response to COVID-19.

 
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Innovative landscaping practices promote sustainability

As thoughtful stewards of MSU’s resources, Landscape Services employs new technologies that help improve efficiency while keeping the campus looking beautiful, healthy and safe.

 

 

 

Photo of the Husqvarna autonomous mower at the ISTB facility

MSU Bikes - back in the saddle again

Seventeen years ago, the seeds were planted for what would become one of the most innovative university biking centers in the country. Even the COVID-19 outbreak couldn't stop this team from helping to keep the wheels spinning.

 

 

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IPF helps advance student engineers

Infrastructure Planning and Facilities once again sponsored several student teams, providing them access to our expertise, equipment and resources in completing their capstone projects for MSU’s College of Engineering Spring 2020 Design Day.

 

 

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IPF Custodial Services' James Miller employs one of the new portable disinfectant misting units as part of his cleaning routine in one of Bott Nursing Building's classrooms.
IPF Custodial Services' James Miller employs one of the new portable disinfectant misting units as part of his cleaning routine in one of Bott Nursing Building's classrooms. The units were purchased in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  

IPF's Mike McPherson using a lift and paint sprayer to apply shading concentrate to a greenhouse.
Team IPF was recently asked to assist Plant and Soil Science staff in spraying greenhouses with their annual coat of shading concentrate. Crew members from the IPF Paint Shop and Glass Shop applied the concentrate from a lift using the Paint Shop's commercial sprayer. They also got a chance to use the greenhouse staff's mega pump spraying equipment on three of the greenhouses.

  

Landscape Services' arborists recently removed both a downed cottonwood tree and a downed silver maple fallen across the Red Cedar River as a result of flooding and high winds from recent storms.
Landscape Services' arborists recently removed both a downed cottonwood tree and a downed silver maple fallen across the Red Cedar River as a result of flooding and high winds from recent storms. These removals were necessary to avoid buildup of debris that could jam the flow of water and result in flooding during times of high water.

  

Photo of new signage springing up around campus celebrating our designation as a Tree Campus USA university for the third year in a row
You may have noticed new signage springing up around campus celebrating our designation as a Tree Campus USA university for the third year in a row. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. A lot of hard work and dedication by IPF Landscape Services crews, as well as others, resulted in MSU achieving this prestigious recognition.

  

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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!

 

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