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September 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.

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

Natural Science - alterations to rooms 137, 138 and 139

Project accomplishments

  • Renovated two adjacent teaching labs that served over 300 students from multiple College of Natural Science majors and programs.
  • Modernize the curriculum of ZOL320: “Developmental Biology”.
  • Expanded use of these rooms to as many as 600 students a year and supports the new PLS311 lab course: “Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals”.
  • Increased the room’s utilization by other courses and facilitate future course development.

Project scope

  • Partial demolition
  • Replace ceiling tile
  • New casework
  • New flooring
  • Data drops at tables
  • TV monitors and document camera
  • Security door hardware
  • Painting


  • Construction start:  June 6
  • Ready for occupancy: Aug. 19

Music – Alterations to rooms 135, 141, 145, 206 and 245

Project accomplishments

  • Updated the teaching and learning environment
  • Provided air conditioning to better control the environment
  • Installed new doors to provide better soundproofing.
  • The renovations now put these three classrooms on par with the others in the building.

Project scope

  • Partial demolition
  • New ceilings and floors
  • New lighting
  • Projection screens
  • Marker boards
  • Doors
  • Painting


  • Construction start:  May 9
  • Ready for occupancy: Aug. 19

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 2016:

  • Vertical transfer lines installed
  • Generators placed on north elevation
  • Framing and metal panel installation continues on west side of building
  • Continuing installation of warm side piping in the compressor room
  • Hot cell robotic crane rail installation continues
  • Paving north and south side of site
  • Cable tray is 67.4% complete, and non-conventional utilities are 74% complete
  • Vertical cold box installed with cat walk

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

  • Construction start: February 2015
  • Substantial completion: Aug. 1
  • Furniture installation complete: Aug. 12
  • Occupation of the phase three building: Aug. 29
  • Completion of punch list items: Ongoing

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 occupant setup: August
  • Final turnover date: Oct. 1

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Meeting presentation

September 2016 (pdf)