HOW IPF LIVES ITS VALUES: STEWARDSHIP
INNOVATIVE BUILDING DELIVERY METHOD SAVES BUSINESS COLLEGE $800,000
MSU IPF and its Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion construction partners used an innovative project planning and delivery method that not only helped the building open on schedule but also come in under budget.
Called Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), the novel production method creates a team of stakeholders at the beginning of project planning to align partnerships, optimize project results, reduce waste, maximize efficiency and increase owner satisfaction. IPD uses partnerships among the project members for a collaborative process instead of more traditional approaches that sometimes create an adversarial relationship between the building owner and contractors.
One key part of IPD is that MSU set its requirements upfront, such as an open floor plan, glass walls with views of the river, and team and interview rooms, and allowed the contractors to provide solutions. More
SPARTAN 'WARRIORS' FIGHT TO REDUCE WASTE
Let’s face it, MSU is all about being green. From our beloved school colors to the beautiful landscape of campus, it’s our color. But there are some Spartans who take being green to the next level, the Waste Warriors.
Waste Warriors are faculty and staff members who are committed to help campus reduce, reuse, recycle and refurbish materials. Those who sign up for the program will be offered additional waste diversion services such as surplus item collection, composting, and glass and Styrofoam recycling. They also receive a newsletter with recycling updates, invitations to special events and fun zero-waste living tips. More
MSU HELPS BIG TEN ACHIEVE LARGEST COLLECTIVE GREEN ENERGY USE
Michigan State University is one of eight schools in the Big Ten Conference being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as national 2018-19 Collective Conference Champions for green energy use.
The EPA says the Big Ten schools collectively use more green power than any other conference participating in the 2018-19 College and University Green Power Challenge. MSU’s use of more than 17 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing nearly 7 % of its annual electricity usage, helped contribute to the winning conference effort. More
LANDSCAPE SERVICES USES DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK EROSION
Landscape Services recently embarked on a project started by an IPF student employee to restore the banks of the Red Cedar River using a drone to map existing erosion.
Using this new technology, the drone captures precise three-dimensional information about the area around the river including surface characteristics. This information will then be used to monitor and predict soil erosion. More
Red Cedar River Clean Up Event a success
On Saturday, July 13, members of Team IPF, along with Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife hosted the Red Cedar River Clean Up Event. Over 35 volunteers scoured the banks and shallows of the waterway running through northwest campus, removing four trailer bins full of debris. A special thanks goes out to the Landscape Services folks who helped coordinate the event, and to the volunteers who gave of their time and effort to improve the health of this vital habitat.