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January 8, 2015

Thursday, Jan. 8 | 8:30 a.m. | MSU College of Law room 471

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

Public Art on Campus Committee - Art Installations 

Steve Troost of the Public Arts on Campus Committee gave a brief overview of the goals and responsibilities of the committee. This presentation included several examples of art installations that have been done dating back to 2004. More information about this committee and the work it does can be found on  

Children's Garden - Restroom - Construct Original Building

The Michigan 4-H Children's Garden has been operating since 1993 to promote an understanding of plants and provide a place of enrichment and delight for children of all ages. Constructing permanent restrooms at the Children's Garden location would provide an improved visitor experience.

Project scope:

  • Increase safety for children. (The nearest restrooms are in the Plant and Soil Sciences Building and require walking through the parking lot.)
  • Encourage efficiency of programs with nearby facilities.
  • Accommodate ADA needs for all garden visitors and staff.
  • Facility to be easily cleaned and maintained


  • Sanitary sewer extension will run from the Plant and Soil Sciences Building through both parking lots. This portion of construction will occur after the garden’s busy elementary school season.
  • Completed project will not affect existing pedestrian circulation


  • Start of construction: March 2015
  • Substantial completion: June 2015

Q: Will this be a year round facility? 

A: The restrooms will close when the garden closes. The garden is open from April 1st to Halloween. 

Q: Will garden be accessible during construction? 

A: Yes, the garden will be accessible, although there will be some disruptions during the month of June while excavation is in progress to install new sewer line. 

Duffy Daugherty Football Building - Renovate Locker Room and Training Room

Duffy Daugherty’s training facilities were last updated in the mid 90’s. Since then, major technological changes have occurred in the training therapy delivery methods. The installation of modern equipment will necessitate reconfiguration of the existing space. Similarly, the locker rooms in the Duffy building are in need of functional, spatial and aesthetic refurbishment, as they no longer reflect Big Ten level facilities.

Project scope:

  • Training Room: Install new therapy pools, reconfigure offices area, reception/monitoring and treatment spaces
  • Locker Room: Reconfigure Locker arrangement for a more open layout and install new lockers, redistribute ventilation system, update furniture, finishes and technology 


  • Occasional road closures on Shaw Lane during portions of the project due to truck traffic. 
  • The building will remain open during the project, and alternate routes through the building will be provided for occupants


  • Construction start: January 2015.
  • Ready for occupancy: July 2015.

Q: Will there be restoration on the north end of the building?  

A: No. The restoration will only be to the south side of the building.  

Q: What is the timeline for the lane closures? 

A: Monday January 12 to Sunday March 1 the south-most lane of east-bound Shaw Lane will be closed. More detailed detour information is available on the MSU detour site.  

Akers Hall - Dining and Life Safety Renovation

Akers Hall, originally constructed in 1964, required major infrastructure repairs to the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current life-safety and accessibility code requirements. Additionally, the Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) 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 consolidating culinary services.

Project scope:

  • The complete renovation of the existing Akers Hall dining room and serving area.
  • Life-safety upgrades in the student wings.
  • Alterations to student lounges on all living-wings floors.
  • Barrier-free modifications to the first-floor restrooms.
  • A new elevator from the ground floor to the dining level.
  • Replacement of the HVAC system and lighting in lecture room 137.
  • A new chiller to serve the dining hall.
  • New water service.
  • Replacement of the exterior curtain wall on the south side of the first and second floor.


  • Construction start: December 2013
  • Project completion: December 2014

Q: How many people does this dinning hall hold? 

A: Currently it holds about 550 - 600 people. 

Q: When does this officially open? 

A: It officially opens Saturday January 10th

Clinical Center - C Wing HVAC Replacement

Project scope:

  • To replace existing aged HVAC systems with more energy-efficient systems.
  • To provide chilled water to the facility year-round.
  • To provide procedure space within the Clinical Center for researchers.


  • Building is ready for use 

Clinical Center - Clinical Wing -Suite A112 Renovations

Project scope:

  • To consolidate the College of Nursing at the Life Sciences Building
  • Complete demolition and interior renovation of approximately 6,300 square feet fro the College of Human Medicine 


  • Building is ready for use 

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

  • Feb. 12 -  (College of Law, room 343)
  • March 12 -  (College of Law, room 343)
  • April 9 - (College of law, room 471) 

Meeting presentation

Jan. 8, 2015 (pdf)