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February 12, 2015

Thursday, Feb. 12 | 8:30 a.m. | MSU College of Law room 343

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

2014-15 campus snow communications 

It’s snow season. Be snow safe!

  • Don’t rush – give yourself time to get to work
  • Drive carefully
  • Dress warmly
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Watch where you are walking
  • Shorten the length of your stride while walking
  • Check the forecast before heading outside


  • Do not dart out in front of or behind snow-removal equipment. It is large, loud and difficult to stop quickly.
  • Make eye contact with a snow-removal equipment operator before crossing in front of him/her.

Salt and ice-melt compound

  • Dial 353-1760 to report icy spots on campus.
  • It takes time for the ice-melt compound to take effect

Sidewalks and parking lots

  • Do not park so close to the sidewalk that your car’s bumper hangs over it.
  • Avoid parking in the part of a lot that has not yet been cleared.
  • Park where it’s plowed or wait a few minutes for the driver to finish and then park freely in the cleared lot

Residence hall parking loops

  • Parking is prohibited in residence hall loops between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • With 65 people plowing, 26,000+ spaces must be cleared before 6 a.m.

To request services or to report dangerous spots on campus, call 353-1760.

If you can’t call, tweet IPF (@MSUFacilities) to report snow concerns (and to send photos). 

For more information on MSU’s snow-removal plans, visit

  • Snow and ice removal services:
  • Green practices for snow removal:

E-mail feedback, suggestions and comments to

Meet one of our snow-removal experts: Matt Bailey

Q: How does brining compare to snow melt? 

A: Snow melt is faster and provides grit for traction. Brine is meant to hinder adhesion.

Q: The plowing schedule does not appear to be on-line any longer. Where is it? 

A: We are working to improve the plan which identifies where essential employees park and prioritizes plowing schedule. Once done, there will be something posted on-line. 

IPF’s Ken Dawson to hike 3,100 miles to raise funds for at-risk youth

Summer Circle Theater dedication

Spartan Treasure Hunt

What is a Treasure Hunt?

  • Building occupants and facilities experts tour buidings, making observations, asking questions and recommending solutions.
  • Observations and solutions are reviewed, quantified and evaluated during the Commissioning process

What is the purpose?

  • Understand and improve how buildings work for user comfort and efficiency
  • Build relationships between building residents and facilities staff
  • Support MSU energy goals

How it benefits the customer

  • Knowledge of how the buildings work
  • Understand the mechanism for problems to be addressed
  • Collaborative approach to idea generation between customer and IPF - customer can help guide IPF to make sure solutions are realistic and have an impact
  • Fast track critical observations for immediate attention

Q: The memo that went out from the AVP indicated no space heaters were allowed, but the note from Sustainability seemed to contradict this. What is the policy? 

A: Space heaters cannot be purchased with university funds. Some space heaters may be allowed depending on special circumstances, but they will have to be approved by IPF prior to use. Sustainability recommends low-wattage options (seat warmer, foot warmer) in place of heaters.  

Owen Graduate Hall - Elevator Replacement

Project scope

  • To replace aging controls and elevator cars


  • Periodic impacts to accessibility in east residence tower.
  • Cars are being replaced one at a time - impacts to accessibility should be minimal


  • Project start: December 15, 2014
  • Ready for use: March 31, 2015

Biomedical Physical Sciences - Lab Monitoring Aircuity Optinet System, Implement Energy Conservation Measures

Project scope

  • Building laboratory controls upgrades, and indoor air quality monitoring system installation, will facilitate energy conservation.
  • Updating the controls will allow the building automation system to setback the air exchange rate within the building laboratories, to save energy when the indoor air quality system indicates that a safe environment is being maintained.


  • Each lab is being taken offline for a three-day period while new equipment is installed and then turned back over to researchers.


  • Project start: Aug. 1, 2014
  • Project completion: Dec. 31, 2014

Olin Health Center - Alterations fo Rooms 216 and 217, Restrooms B1 and B54

Project scope

  • Creation of a new, updated reception area for primary care.
  • Update to staff locker and shower rooms.


  • Minimalized by maintaining corridor access around the work area


  • Work began at end of Spring 2014 session
  • Reception area completed: Aug. 18, 2014
  • Remaining work completed: Dec. 31, 2014

Kellogg Center – Replace Absorption Chilled Water System

Project scope

  • This project will replace the existing steam-absorption chiller plant that has reached the end of its useful life.
  • This project is necessary to provide the Kellogg Center with a reliable and efficient chilled-water cooling system.
  • It will involve removal of both 700-ton steam-absorption plants.
  • It will include installation of 680-ton modular chiller, in existing mechanical room.
  • It will include replacement of cooling towers on roof, existing location to remain.
  • Kellogg Center must remain in operation throughout chiller plant replacement.


  • Harrison Road single-lane closures will be limited to evenings.
  • Closures will not occur during athletic events.


  • Construction start: November 2014
  • Project completion: April 2015

Q: How old were the existing chillers? 

A: About 20 years old. They were about 5 years past life span. 

Bio Engineering Facility

Project scope

  • This project involves a four-story research lab building that is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research and interaction among all occupants.
  • The building will be physically connected to the existing Clinical Center C-Wing and Life Science B-Wing, with proximity to the Radiology Building to facilitate the sharing of core research resources.
  • Substantial completion is scheduled for September 2015, with substantial completion entailing the first two floors of the building. The third and fourth floor will be shelled out, and will be fully constructed as a separate project once the funding is made available.
  • The building underground utilities have been completed.
  • The HVAC and sprinkler piping has also been put in place.
  • Duct work is complete.
  • The Board of Trustees recently approved build-out of the third and fourth floors.


  • The two east doors on the southeast side are for emergency excess only (directional fencing in place).
  • The north drive off Service Road will be closed to on-street parking and open to construction traffic and deliveries only.
  • Increased construction traffic will be occurring in this area as the construction of this building continues.


  • Construction started in Sept. 2013.
  • Project completion date: September 2015

Construction Junctions will continue monthly on the second Thursday of every month at 8:30 a.m.

  • March 12 -  College of Law, room 343
  • April 9 - College of law, room 471 
  • May 14 - College of Law, room 343

Meeting presentation

Feb. 12, 2015 (pdf)