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October 8, 2015

Thursday, October 8 | 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.

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

Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development

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

Munn Ice Arena – seating updates

Project scope

  • To update old bench seating with new benches on the east and west ends and seat backs on the north and south ends
  • Provide new barrier-free seating
  • Install new drink-top bars


  • Seating will be unavailable until new seats are installed
  • Small areas around the concourse will be periodically blocked off throughout the duration of the project


  • Construction Start: May 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: June 2015

New Intercollegiate Golf Building

Project details:

  • The existing intercollegiate golf facility was built in 1958.
  • Built with residential-grade construction, the building requires ongoing maintenance.
  • The conversion of the outdoor pavilion into an indoor practice area in 2006 served to extend the building’s functionality, but falls far short in comparison to competing Big Ten facilities.
  • A new facility is 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 is anticipated to include:
    • 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 project is located within the Forest Akers Golf Course, with an entrance on Harrison Road, in the athletic and recreation district. 


  • All areas of the west course to remain open
  • Periodic traffic impacts to facilitate material deliveries


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

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.


  • The north drive off of Service Road, east of the Life Science building has been removed.
  • Life Science loading dock access is now from the South off Woodlot Dr.
  • There will be increased construction traffic.


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

Berkowitz Basketball Complex – alterations to basketball offices

Project scope

  • The Men’s intercollegiate basketball program has had extraordinary success, including multiple NCAA tournament appearances, Final Four appearances, and the 1979 and 2000 Men’s National Championships.
  • The coaches’ offices and meeting rooms no longer met expectations for programs of this caliber and were in need of functional, technological and cosmetic upgrades.
  • Renovations included:
    • Furniture replacement
    • Finish upgrades
    • Increasing storage space
    • Display improvements
  • Focus was on reception area, circulation corridors, film viewing room, coaches conference room and copy room.


  • Construction start: May 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: August 2015

Children’s Garden – restroom and sewer line

Project scope

  • Provide accessible, family restrooms adjacent to children’s garden, replacing the portable units.
  • 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
  • Building will include two restrooms and a mechanical room; approximately 360 square feet.
  • Occupancy sensors, as well as natural light, are planned.
  • Building will automatically lock, accommodating seasonal hours.
  • Two drinking fountains will be located on entry exterior.


  • 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.


  • Construction start:  June 2015
  • Ready for use:  October 2015

MSU Community Music School - Reconstruct Parking Lot

Project details

  • Reconstructed and reconfigured the existing parking lot to meet MSU standards, including:
    • Safety
    • Accessibility
    • Re-use of existing site lighting
    • Pavement design
    • Storm water management
  • Demolished existing house


  • Project completion – September 2015

Parking Lot 97 – (Engineering Research) Expansion


  • Provided additional parking capacity near the new Bio Engineering Facility.
  • Added approximately 260 parking spaces to the existing 201.
  • Reconstructed lot to meet current standards for safety, accessibility, storm water management, lighting efficiency and pavement.
  • Existing and new parking lot lighting is LED.
  • Entire lot, excluding perimeter drive, is pervious pavement. Aggregate allows for water to escape more easily, and filter to groundwater more slowly. Also aids with snow melt. Requires more cautious maintenance

Q: Are the parking meters that were on the north side of the lot going to be replaced?

A: Not sure, she will check with DPPS

Q: Why was fencing installed?

A: To prevent pedestrian traffic on landscaping

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

  • November 12, College of Law room 343
  • December 10, TBD
  • January 14, TBD

Meeting presentation

October 8, 2015 (pdf)