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March 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.

2015-16 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

Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development

Project details:

  • The project is located in the city of Grand Rapids in the North Monroe neighborhood as part of the "Medical Mile"
  • The project site abuts both Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue and has additional land available for possible future additions
  • The project will create a bio-medical research building which wil build on the success of MSU parnerships and medical education in west Michigan

Project scope:

  • Project designed with open\flexible labs for 33 principal investigators
  • Shelled floor for an additional 11 PIs
  • Vivarium built to accommodate 44 PIs
  • 162,680 gross square feet
  • Federal grant helped fund project


  • Demolition complete: May 2015
  • Construction start: June 2015
  • Substantial completion: July 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

MSU Scene Shop – construct replacement building

Project details: 

  • The existing Scene Shop location was displaced as part of the 1855 Place project, and thus required relocation of the shop to another site.

Project accomplishments:

  • Replaced Scene Shop and related storage located at former State Police Post site
  • 10,000 square feet (pole barn type construction)
  • Integral component of Department of Theatre course curriculum
  • Scene Shop supports construction of sets for Department of Theatre and Music Opera Program performances
  • Facility includes production areas, offices, mechanical room, restrooms and tool room


  • Start of construction: October 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: December 2015

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

Kellogg Center - alterations to rooms 61, 62 and Corniche Room

Project details:

  • To update both the aesthetics and technology in the rooms

Project scope:

  • Demolition of all room interiors
  • Installation of new flooring and wall coverings
  • Installation of new lighting and electrical
  • New technology
    • Television
    • Data/wireless


  • The Corniche Room and rooms 61 and 62 will be offline during construction.


  • Construction start: December 1, 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: March 1, 2016

Giltner Hall - alterations to rooms 39, 40, 41, 65, 67, 344A and 363

Project details:

  • Project is being completed utilizing the Faculty Readiness Project process, which strives to proactively plan for potential new hires, shorten the bidding process, and work closely with colleges to deliver a project that is of high quality, time and cost efficiant and supports the advancement of the university's research agenda.
  • The FRP team is designing and constructing a new zebrafish facility and various supporting lab/office spaces for two new Integrative Biology research recruits.

Project scope:

Rooms 39, 40 and 41

  • Security access (various areas)
  • Lighting controls
  • Cosmetic upgrades to room 39 office
  • Shoring of floor from subbasement
  • Connect to Aquaneering Fish Lab equipment including three large fish tank rows in the main fish room
  • New flooring, ceiling and furniture in the Developmental Lab
  • Quarantine Room
  • Changing Room for new fish facility
  • Infill of existing lab door
  • Add mechanical room with equipment for the labs own HVAC system to provide required air changes and temperature requirements for fish rooms
  • Exterior door/masonry work for entryway to new mechanical room

Rooms 65 and 67

  • Add wall in room 67 to separate imaging and injection areas

Rooms 344A and 363

  • Cosmetic upgrades to labs/office on third floor


  • Construction noise
  • Steam shutdowns


  • Construction start: March
  • Ready for occupancy: July

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

The April presentation will be held as part of our annual Construction Awareness Day event which will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the College of Law, room 474.

Meeting presentation

March 2016 (pdf)