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April 2016

Construction Junctions are Infrastructure Planning and Facilities’s monthly public presentations designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction.

Summer roadway and parking lot asphalt maintenance

The following road sections are scheduled for milling and repaving between May 13 and 15

  • Kalamazoo Street from Harrison Road to Birch Road
  • Auditorium Road between Physics Road and Bogue Street
  • Shaw Lane between Chestnut Road and Red Cedar Road
  • Science Road between North and South Shaw Lanes

Parking lot restriping schedule:

May 23 - June 10

  • Lot 56 Reservoir
  • Lot 71 Wonders Hall service area/loops
  • Lot 79 Stadium (west)
  • Lot 81 Building 88
  • Lot 40 Faculty
  • Lot 49 Packaging Lab
  • Lot 72 Case Hall N and S
  • Lot 85 Manly Miles (west)
  • Lot 60 IPF (south)
  • Lot 38 Erickson (gated)
  • Lot 50 International
  • Ramp #5 Comm Arts

June 13 - June 24

  • Lot 39 Commuter/visitor
  • Lot 58 Speech/Audiology
  • Lot 73 Wilson Hall service area/loops
  • Lot 86 Manly Miles (east)
  • Lot 42 Dairy
  • Lot 43 North of Food Science/Anthony
  • Lot 93 Nisbet
  • Lot 74 Holden Hall service area/loops
  • Ramp #5 Comm Arts

June 27 - July 8

  • Lot 98 Tennis Facility
  • Lot 48 Natural Resources
  • Lot 62 IM West (faculty)
  • Lot 99 University Stores (Angell)
  • Lot 77 DPPS south
  • Lot 52 Comm Arts (sm lot)
  • Lot 62 IM West (west)
  • Lot 57 UPLA/IMC
  • Lot 78 Duffy FB Building
  • Lot 59 IPF
  • Ramp #5 Comm Arts
  • Engineering barrier-free loop
  • Visitor Center

July 11 - July 22

  • Lot 79 Stadium (east side)
  • Lot 70 Old Faculty
  • Lot 55 Central Services
  • Lot 68 Breslin Loop
  • Lot 82 Purchasing Building employee
  • Lot 95 Power Plant (employee)
  • Lot 59 IPF
  • Ramp #5 Comm Arts

Parking lot renovation

  • Lot 89 (Commuter) - southeast section and bus loop will be closed May 9 - June 30
  • Lot 83 (Student) - partial eastern section closure May 9 - June 6
  • Lot 88 (Linen Services) - partial northern section closure April 18 - June 6

Classroom remodels and renovations

Classrooms scheduled for summer work:

  • Bessey Hall 113
  • Case Hall 337 (conversion to REAL classroom)
  • Chemistry 138 (complete renovation) and 183
  • Communication Arts and Sciences 165
  • Engineering 1220 (conversion to REAL classroom) and 2320
  • Erickson Hall 128, 130, 226 and 228
  • Holmes Hall E26A
  • Hubbard Hall G28, G29, G30, G31, G32, 129 and 132
  • IM West 203 and 215
  • Music Building 135, 141, 145, 206 and 245
  • Plant and Soil Science A148 and A158
  • Wells Hall A216, A218, A316 and A318

Abbott Road landscape rejuvenation project

  • Norway maples in area are in poor health and present a safety hazard
  • They will be replaced with the native species Swamp White Oak (which are some of the oldest trees on campus)
  • Additional plantings (to include Sugar Tyme crabapples) will provide seasonal interest
  • Campbell Hall's historic masonry benches will also be resored

Hubbard Hall - exterior masonry repair and window replacement

Project details

  • Restore the structural integrity of the masonry building envelope that has serious structural problems identified in a 2013 masonry investigation.
  • Building windows will be replaced since the existing windows need to be removed to perform the masonry repairs.
  • This project will be completed in four phases:
    • Southeast façade – 2016
    • Southwest façade – 2017
    • Northeast façade – 2018
    • Northwest façade – 2019


  • Summer programs using residence halls–project limits use of Hubbard Hall to one living wing each summer 2016-2019.


  • Construction start:  May 2016
  • Phase one completion:  July 31, 2016
  • Phase four completion: August 2019

1855 Place

Project details:

  • Create a living environment that supports both single students and student families around the resources they need to be academically successful
  • Create an institutional asset to further our world class land-grant mission
  • Consolidate office spaces from across campus, freeing up space for academic programs while saving resources and improving communication
  • Create synergies between Residential and Hospitality Services and Intercollegiate Athletics

Project Scope: 

  • 102,000 square foot mixed use office building (LEED Silver): RHS offices, Intercollegiate Athletics offices and retail
  • 438,000 square foot student apartments: Single student apartments (Studio, 2BR, 4BR), Family housing apartments (1BR, 2BR)
  • Parking (2,075 spaces): Student (apartments), Event\staff, Deck
  • Funding Source – auxiliary funds: RHS, Intercollegiate Athletics, and parking


  • Construction start: Summer 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: Summer 2017

Breslin Student Events Center - facility upgrades 

Project details:

  • To enhance the student, alumni, fan and public experience by improving the functionality of the Events Center

  • Create a lasting legacy by integrating a sense of Spartan tradition throughout the facility

  • Extend the useful life of the building by improving services to the fans and implementing major maintenance items

Project scope:

  • Project will be divided into two phases: facility upgrades and athletics addition
    • Phases will be designed in a way that allows minimal rework
    • Phases will be fully coordinated throughout design and construction
  • Phase one:
    • 22,000 square foot addition around building
    • Expansion of concourse, renovate/upgrade restroom facilities, increase fixture count, renovate concessions stands
    • Improve entry vestibules to main concourse
    • Improve finish levels and experience on concourse
    • Improve site conditions for ingress and egress
    • Improve site security
    • Replace chiller system
    • Connect to East Lansing water system
  • Phase two: 
    • 30,000 square foot addition
    • Create sense of main entry; destination to the building
    • Create Hall of History
    • Club / meeting space / restaurant bar


  • Construction start: January 2016
  • Ready for occupancy: August 2017

Natural gas distribution – new pipeline from Mt. Hope

Project details

  • To increase the reliability of the natural gas delivery system to the T.B. Simon Power Plant.

Project Scope

  • Installation of a new 12” natural gas pipeline from Mt Hope Road to a new meter stand at the Power Plant (previously installed by Consumers Energy)
  • The existing gas service to the Power Plant will remain connected for redundancy.
  • Augmentation to several miles of high pressure main in Lansing area.


  • Project site is isolated to the service district of south campus at the T.B. Simon Power Plant and adjacent areas.
  • Pipeline installation is being performed by Consumers Energy.
  • Site restoration will be performed by the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Landscape Services department.


  • Construction start: October 2015
  • Gas service complete: December 2015
  • Project complete: June 2016

T.B. Simon Power Plant – Upgrade Utility Substation

Project details

  • To provide a substation with increased capacity and reliability to deliver power to FRIB and the T.B. Simon Power Plant.

Project Scope

  • The project consists of the following three elements:
    • Underground 138 kV transmission line from the existing Michigan Electric Transmission Company transmission line north to the substation.
    • Installation of a larger capacity substation consisting of two transformers with space for a future third transformer.
    • Connection to the new switch house being installed by FRIB.


  • Construction start: January 2016
  • Power available: March 2017

Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center - Agricultural Education Center Phase l

  • Project Details: 

    • Strengthen public/private industry relationships
    • Enhance regional community education and outreach
    • Agricultural industry meetings/training's
    • High-tech distance learning, field-oriented education

    Project Scope 

    • 11,200 square foot facility – 4,500 sqft exhibition hall
    • Updates to classroom and commons area
    • Gallery hall for regional ag initiatives and history


    • Expect  2,000 – 5,000 visitors to SVREC annually
    • Public water, natural gas, fiber extensions – neighbor access
    • Industry funded – industry board input – local input


    • Construction start: July 2015
    • Ready for occupancy: May 2016

Engineering Building – Chiller Replacement

Project details:

  • Replace aging cooling equipment at the end of its useful service life.
  • Implement a comprehensive, long-range plan to create a regional chilled water loop among six buildings:
    • Engineering Building
    • Anthony Hall
    • Food Science
    • Natural Resources
    • Packaging
    • Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Create a chilled-water network serving the affected buildings as efficiently as possible.  

Project scope:

  • Chilled-water loop
    • Site excavation near Engineering Building south wing
    • Site excavation between Engineering’s Dow wing and Anthony Hall
    • New chilled-water main piping
  • Equipment upgrades in satellite buildings (phase two)
    • Addition of pumps and controls in Natural Resources, Packaging and Communication Arts and Sciences
    • De-commission aging electric chiller at Communication Arts
  • Chiller replacement at Engineering Building (phase two)
    • Replace steam absorption chillers with new electric chillers
    • Expand building electrical substation
    • New roof-mounted cooling towers

Energy and sustainability:

  • New chillers at the Engineering Building produce chilled water using 60% less energy than the absorption machines currently installed.
  • New chillers will fit in the existing mechanical room, avoiding excessive site disturbance for a building addition.
  • Engineering chillers will be large enough to be “base loaded” vs. Anthony and Food Science chillers.
    • Most efficient machines in the loop will meet cooling demand at all six buildings for majority of the year.
  • Project will avoid investing in a chiller plant at both the Engineering Building and Communication Arts and Sciences.


  • Pedestrian detours will be clearly marked during site construction.
  • Construction zones will be properly separated to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Building crane lifts will be coordinated in advance.
  • No adverse parking impacts.
  • Site access will require contractor coordination and just-in-time deliveries.
  • Pedestrian circulation on-site will be impacted in Summer 2015, with minimal impacts lasting until April 2016.


  • Construction start: May 2015
  • Pedestrian circulation restored: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Substantial completion of chiller system: April 2016

Engineering Building - alterations to suite 2015

Project Details: 

  • In order to support the teaching, learning and research efforts of the newly created Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering as well as the College of Engineering, creation of new functional offices in the Engineering Building is needed.

Project Scope

  • Renovation of suite 1515, including creation of a second floor within the space to facilitate the program
  • Creation of an office suite for the department chairperson and staff, including a workroom
  • Twenty-five faculty offices, three visiting scholar shared offices, ten post doc workstations, one hundred twenty graduate assistant workstations and one academic specialist office
  • Shared space to include conferencing areas, collaboration enclaves and study rooms


  • Library will be permanently closed and study space relocated to another part of the building (east wing).
  • Pedestrian access to courtyard from the south will be restricted through construction.
  • Short duration crane lift activity to bring new equipment into the mechanical penthouse.


  • Construction start: Jan. 1, 2016
  • Ready for occupancy: Aug. 1, 2016

New Intercollegiate Golf Building

Project details:

  • The old intercollegiate golf facility was built in 1958.
  • It was built with residential-grade construction and required ongoing maintenance.
  • The conversion of the outdoor pavilion into an indoor practice area in 2006 served to extend the building’s functionality, but fell far short in comparison to competing Big Ten facilities.
  • A new facility was necessary to enable the recruitment, training and development of future athletes and to ensure continued success of the MSU Golf Team. 

Project scope:

  • The project included:
    • a more prominent entry;
    • parking;
    • utilities;
    • landscaping;
    • coaches’ offices;
    • locker rooms;
    • indoor practice green;
    • public and player lounges and gathering spaces;
    • public restrooms;
    • small weight training area;
    • club repair;
    • display space.
  • The facility is located within the Forest Akers Golf Course, with an entrance on Harrison Road, in the athletic and recreation district. 


  • Start of construction: May 2015
  • End of construction:  February 2016

Construction Junction presentations will be available online by the seventh of each month

Meeting presentation

April 2016 (pdf)