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September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 10 | 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.

MSU Bikes


  • Founded as volunteer-run program in 2003 by Gus Gosselin and Terry Link (Office of Campus Sustainability) with the purpose of repairing abandoned/donated bikes for loan to university faculty/staff to encourage bicycling.
  • Established as a university-funded operation summer 2006. Opened fall 2006 in the former canoe rental facility under Transportation Services.
  • Reorganized under Surplus/Recycling summer 2012.

Services officered

  • Services offered: bike rentals, sales, repairs and accessories.
  • Additional services: bike-related classes (maintenance, how-to clinics, etc.) during down-times and consulting on campus facility projects.
  • Rental transactions have gone from 25 in 2003, to 675 in 2013

Enhanced security bike parking facilities

  • University ID card access and logging
  • Covered, lit and fenced
  • Better bike racks for maximum capacity
  • Adds multi-modal options to car parking ramps
  • Reduces car parking congestion on campus
  • DIY bike repair stations in each

Bikes aren't just for students...they can be used by staff around campus to:

  • Reduce parking demand/congestion
  • Improve general physical and mental health
  • Reduce need for motor vehicles (delivering smaller packages, traveling across campus for meetings, etc.)
  • Quicker and easier for maintenance staff for many campus trips
  • Reduce green-house gases
  • Stretch tight budgets for alternative campus transportation (cost of leased parking spaces and leased vehicles)
  • MSU Bikes is now using bike trailers to transport materials, and assists in post-game recycling collection

There have been a number of projects on campus to improve bike paths, separating them from pedestrian walkways.

T.B. Simon Power Plant - capacity and future needs

Our challenge: MSU's energy imperatives

  • Facility for Rare Isotope beams (FRIB)
    • Requires a reliable 18-20 MW power source on a limited timeline
  • Reliability and cost
    • Low-cost, highly reliable energy strategy that is based on full costing of the infrastructure aned long-term cost of the operating budget. Preserve debt capacity
  • Energy Transition Plan (ETP)
    • Goals for renewable energy, health and the physical environment within constraints of maintaining reliability and capacity for growth
  • Tightening regulations
    • Current EPA coal regulations require an investment in sorbent injection by 2017 to provide short-term flexibility. Additional regulations expected

New electrical substation and switch-house on track to meet FRIB and campus needs

  • T.B. Simon upgrade utility substation
    • Larger substation with two 50 MVA transformers with space for a future third transformer
    • Underground  138kV transmission line
    • Connection to the new switch-house
  • FRIB/campus power Connection (switch-house)
    • Switch-house provides an interface point for connecting FRIB, the T.B. Simon Power Plant, new substation and the campus
  • Reliable power for FRIB by first quarter 2017
  • Potential for increased efficiency and cost savings by shifting a  portion of campus power load to the substation to improve the steam/electric balance of the T.B. Simon Plant
  • Ability to integrate future renewable energy and growth in support of the Energy Transition Plan
  • Update: Revised duct bank route allows for a redundant transmission line and is expected to reduce costs  ~$2M

Commitment to cease burning coal by the end of 2016

  • In April 2015 President Simon announced that MSU will stop burning coal by the end of 2016, with the majority of coal purchasing and burning ending in 2015.
  • MSU will switch to natural gas as the primary fuel source.
  • Planned sorbent injection to meet coal Boiler MACT regulations now not required, resulting in ~$4.5M avoided capital costs.
  • Clean fuel extends life of existing plant equipment

Steps are being taken to ensure the reliability and cost effectiveness of natural gas as the primary fuel source

  • Consumers Energy meter stand replacement –  Fall 2015
  • Consumers Energy upgrades to Lansing city distribution system to be complete Fall 2015. Will enable gas flow to meet MSU’s contracted demand.
  • Boiler 4 restoration to achieve full steam capacity with natural gas – Fall 2015
  • Second gas line increases reliability of delivery system.
  • Cost: MSU is working with U.S. Energy Services to utilize layered gas purchase contracts. Several million dollars have been saved with $1M re-allocated to MSU’s academic mission

Moving into solar with a proposed 10 MW carport solar solution

  • 10 MW carport solar project
    • Long term power purchase agreement (PPA) for renewable energy that would be generated from the construction of large scale solar arrays over five parking lots.
    • The university will purchase all power produced by these solar arrays at a fixed rate over the life of the agreement.
    • The university will have the option to purchase the arrays after seven years of operation
  • Financial benefits to MSU by allowing MSU to purchase power at a fixed price over the next 25 years. 
  • Advances the Energy Transition Plan by improving the environment, investing in sustainable energy research and development, and positioning MSU as a leader in the realm of sustainable energy.
  • Proposed solar carport locations: Parking Lots 83, 92, 91, 100 and 89

Proposed carport solar solution has financial benefits

  • PPA allows MSU to purchase power at a fixed price  of $98/MWh over the next 25 years.
  • 2015 public service commission utility rate $91/MWh, but will increase. (DOE-EIA projection: 2.3%/year; last decade: 3.35%/year)
  • Projected avoided costs ~$10M for MSU over the 25 year PPA period

Integrating to create a reliable and cost efficient energy portfolio near-term

  • At night purchase lower cost off-peak electricity through substation tie line to run  T. B. Simon Plant “in balance”  and
  • reduce costs
  • Solar powers up as the sun and campus demand rises.  Tie line purchases are  phased out to minimize on-peak energy and demand charges
  • As the sun sets the tie line is utilized again at off-peak rates to keep the T.B. Simon Plant in balance and ensure recoup of substation capex.

MSU continues on a path to meet energy imperatives and build to high performance

  • Substation to provide FRIB and campus electric power
  • Phase-Out coal and ensure reliable natural gas supply
  • Integrate 10MW solar project to create a reliable and cost efficient energy portfolio
  • Optimize the next set of investments in the T.B. Simon Plant
  • High performance
    • Lower cost
    • Highly efficient
    • Breakthrough technologies
    • Energy leader

MSU College of Law – north entrance site improvements

Project Details: 

  • Enhance existing main north entrance
  • Recognize the MSU College of Law history - and its origins as the Detroit College of Law. The College intends to name the new entry the DCL Plaza.

Project Scope

  • New entry canopy
  • New outdoor seating area, which replaces some bike parking
  • Relocation of two limestone friezes from Detroit, along with historical and donor recognition plaques
  • Improvements to lighting, wi-fi, pavement and landscaping are planned.


  • Construction deliveries and minimal walk construction will require intermittent single lane short-duration closures along west-bound Shaw Lane. 
  • Pedestrians will be impacted intermittently by shifting crosswalk locations for short durations. The main entrance to the building will not be closed.


  • Construction start: August 2015
  • Project completion: September 30, 2015

North campus infrastructure improvements – West Circle Drive 2015

Project details:

  • Replaced existing structurally deteriorating arch steam tunnels from the North Campus Substation to Steam Vault 376 (northeast corner of Library building), some of which were 87 to 102 years old.
  • Providing new steam services to Olds Hall and completing the north campus steam loop (which also includes steam distribution work in the NCS).
  • Installed new electrical duct bank from the NCS to north of Olds Hall and replaced deteriorated electrical vault lid by Olds Hall.
  • Road reconstruction of West Circle Drive (two 10-foot traffic lanes, one four-foot bicycle lane) from the east side of the MSU Library to the west side of the Auditorium Road and West Circle Drive intersection completed. Improved pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle safety.
  • Reconfigured Parking Lots 6 and 11 to meet current parking standards.
  • Replaced deteriorated cast iron water mains and improved fire flow capacity.
  • Decommissioned NCS electrical transformers.
  • Repaired/replaced deteriorated sanitary and storm sewer mains.


  • Construction early preparation: March 2015 – May 2015
  • Construction began: May 11, 2015
  • West Circle Drive (single traffic lane from MSU Library to Auditorium Road), Parking Lot 6 and access to Parking Lot 11 reopened: July 12, 2015
  • All roads, parking and pedestrian/bicyclist pathways reopened: Aug. 14, 2015

Duffy Daugherty Football Building – renovate locker room and training room

Project Details: 

  • Training facilities were last updated in the mid-1990s.
  • Major technological changes have occurred in training therapy delivery methods since then.
  • The installation of modern equipment necessitated reconfiguration of the existing space.
  • The locker rooms in the building were in need of functional, spatial and aesthetic refurbishment, as they no longer reflected Big-Ten-level facilities.

Project Scope:

  • Training room: Installed new therapy pools, reconfigured office area, reception/monitoring and treatment spaces.
  • Locker room: Reconfigured locker arrangement for a more open layout and installed new lockers, Redistributed ventilation system, Updated furniture, finishes and technology.


  • Start of construction: January 2015
  • Ready for occupancy: July 2015

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)

In December 2008, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Energy had named Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (SCL) as the new home to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project. 

Project updates as of September 10:

  • Metal panels are being installed on the north elevation
  • Interior painting has begun on the upper second floor
  • Masonry is ongoing at the perimeter, upper end and lower second floor
  • Tunnel lid concrete being placed this and next week
  • Half of first floor front end area concrete has been placed
  • Roofing installation continues
  • Nonconventional utilities piping is continuing in the pit area

Cyclotron Building - office addition - phase III


To expand the office portion of the facility to accomodate the new staff, faculty and students that are being hired in support of the FRIB project

Project Scope 

  • Partial demolition of the existing Cyclotron
  • Build out of electrical and mechanical systems
  • New six-story office addition, approx. 74,000 square feet
  • First floor features, 265 seat auditorium
  • Floors two through six will consist of perimeter office, with open space in center areas

Construction update

  • Underground utility work is complete
  • Structural steel to be complete by mid-September
  • First slab pour will occur at the end of September
  • Building will be enclosed by January 2016


  • Start of construction: February 2015 
  • Substantial completion: April 2016 

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

  • October 8, College of Law, room 343
  • November 12, College of Law, room 343
  • December 10 (TBD)

Meeting presentation

September 10, 2015 (pdf)