Construction Planning and Progress Meeting
B122 Wells Hall
March 8, 2012
Construction Junctions are the Physical Plant’s monthly public meeting designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction. Agenda items included:
Q: How big is a vault, and what is in there? Are there electrical and communication lines inside?
A: It isn’t good to have electrical and communication lines in the steam vaults, so we are trying to keep just steam in there. The size of steam vaults vary, but these are about the size of a two-car garage.
Q: Are you replacing the tunnels that feed those vaults, too?
A: In some areas we are just replacing the pipes, and in others we are replacing the whole tunnel.
Q: Is there talk about putting in a chilled water plant?
A: There has been talk on and off about it, but this project has ramped interest in installing the infrastructure in case we want to use one in the future, but it is not part of this project.
Q: What voltage is in vaults?
A: It is 1,3200 volts and goes through two transformers.
Q: So the coffee seating area will be over that?
A: Yes, there are thick slabs of concrete above the vault, so there is no danger.
Q: Is geothermal energy supplemented with steam?
A: No, but we have gas that powers the hot water heaters and a generator that is gas powered.
Q: How will Spartan Village residents get in and out?
A: They will have access through the flipped traffic section of the road.
Q: Will pedestrian access on Harrison Road be available?
A: Yes, pedestrian access will be maintained.
Q: When will the project start?
A: It will begin the second week of May and be done by July 27. There is not a ton of utility work to be done, so we hope to finish early.
Q: Will you be communicating with the campus community about closures?
A: Yes, we will be communicating with the Physical Plant Communication office about the best option is to avoid the area.
Q: Will this mess up the bus routes?
A: Yes, but we are working with CATA on how we are going to reroute the bus system.
Q: Do you think it will be a problem from April through August?
A: It will probably only be an issue April to mid-July. CATA will determine where they think the stops would be best placed.
Q: If you are widening bridge over Michigan Avenue, will Michigan Avenue be closed?
A: We weren’t planning on any long-term road closure, but there may be intermittent short-term road closures for bridge demolition work and setting of new bridge beams.
Q: Will the pedestrian crossing have audible signals?
A: All new signals are being designed to incorporate visual countdown pedestrian signals, but the designs do not currently include audible signals. MDOT will follow up on this request.
Q: Will there be sequencing of the traffic lights?
A: Yes, the modernizations to traffic signals will help with that.
Q: You said the shared bicycle and car lane will be between Bogue Street and Hagadorn Road, but it will not go to Abbott Road? That would be beneficial to bicyclists.
A: That’s a good point. We will have to look into that.
March 4, 2013— Infrastructure Planning and Facilities is the new unit under the governance of Ron Flinn, recently appointed Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. In upcoming months, this website will change to reflect the name and structure of the new unit. For more information on the reorganization, visit ipf.msu.edu/neworganization.