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March 2017

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.

2016-17 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

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Water intrusion events

Important points to remember:

  • With extreme cold temperatures, plumbing and HVAC infrastructure can be vulnerable to freezing and breakage.
  • Warmer temperatures do not mean the end of winter plumbing problems; many issues do not present themselves until after the thaw has begun.
  • As temperatures warm, snow and ice melt can also cause water intrusion into structures.
  • It is imperative to report any water intrusion events as soon as possible to IPF at 353-1760.
  • We keep MSU running 24/7/365.

It is IPF's goal to

  • Stop further intrusion of water
  • Limit damage
  • Provide the fastest service possible
  • Minimize displacement of staff and disruption of work

When you report a water intrusion event, please have the following information available:

  • Building, room, lab?
  • Caller, phone number?
  • Is water puddled (standing)?
  • Is the water still flowing?
  • How many inches?
  • Carpeted floor?
  • Water on drywall?
  • Is it clear or does it have color?
  • Is there an odor?
  • Does the caller know the cause?
  • Source?
  • Is it due to departmental equipment (account number or department name)?

Wells Hall - replace induction units in building sections 6 and D

Project details:

  • Originally constructed in 1967, these units have exceeded their useful life and have become impossible to maintain.

Project scope:

  • Replacement of aging induction heating/cooling units throughout Wells Hall.


  • Each faculty office within “C” wing will need to be occupied for construction for a period of two to five days (actual time TBD), emphasizing the importance of coordination with the departments and schedule compliance by the contractor.


  • Construction start: May 8
  • Ready for use: TBD 

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

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

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

Meeting presentation

March 2017 (pdf)