The Physical Plant’s Landscape Services department will install white plastic tree fencing on site, which is strictly used for tree protection during demolition. This is the largest tree-protection effort for a single project that Landscape Services has ever done, underscoring Michigan State’s commitment to keeping campus green.
Landscape Services will remove 24 on-site trees and temporarily relocate four, which will then be returned upon project completion. Trees slated for removal are either diseased or not of high quality. Two trees will be commemorated on site. Tree protection fencing will be erected to protect them.
June: Construction fence and soil erosion control fencing will go up around the entire demolition site, but it will not block sidewalks and driveways. Fences are used to protect as much of the surrounding landscape as possible from disturbance. On July 6, the project start date, any gaps in fencing (i.e. driveways and walks) will be sealed to secure the entire site.
June 15: Buildings will be completely vacated by tenants.
June-August: Asbestos abatement – a standard step in nearly all other campus renovation projects – will begin as soon as buildings are vacated. Asbestos abatement will occur before each building is demolished. It will be carried out in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved method, with a third-party air-monitoring consultant on-site; The Physical Plant and the Office of Radiation, Chemical & Biological Safety (ORCBS) will also partner to ensure MSU/EPA standards are enforced.
Road closures: As a result of the Harrison Road Reconstruction project by the City of East Lansing, Wilson Road will be closed at Birch Road starting June 27.
The area is divided into four sections. Demolition buildings will move from north to south based on each building’s physical position on the site.
Sept. 2: The contractor must be complete with demolition from sections one and two so the construction fence can come down on Wilson, north to Shaw. The erosion fence will remain and Landscape Services will remove tree protection fencing as progress permits.
Wilson Road: Will be open by the time of MSU move-in; Wilson will only be closed during the Harrison Road Reconstruction project.
Nov. 1: Substantial completion date. All buildings will be removed and the contractor will be gone.
Site restoration will continue through spring 2012.
The contractor will take down all building numbers, building names and apartment numbers of the Cherry Lane buildings and box them by building. MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center will store them and sell portions as requested. However, Faculty Bricks apartment numbers are painted on the doors and so cannot be salvaged.
The MSU Museum may want some commemorative pieces for display.
Memorial picture: The memorial picture currently in Building 802 of Faculty Bricks shows each person who is commemorated in Faculty Bricks for exceptional meritorious service to the country during World War II. It will move to Demonstration Hall.
Cupola: The contractor is required to remove the cupola on the roof of Building 802 for inspection by Physical Plant roofers. If materials are salvageable, they could be incorporated into a memorial feature on site.
Historical marker: A historical marker will be installed on site to commemorate the Faculty Bricks apartments.
Materials will be reused/recycled:
Mechanical/equipment will be recycled.
Existing appliances, mechanical pumps and mechanical equipment will be reused in other buildings on campus, sold at MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center or salvaged by the contractor.
Playground equipment will be taken to the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center.
Bike racks will be taken to the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center for public sale.
Some roof insulation will be salvaged by the Physical Plant’s Building Services and reused elsewhere on campus.
The contractor is required to recycle/reuse at least 75 percent of building materials from the site.
Tree protection: There will be surgical demolition on site to protect trees.
Dust control: The contractor will control dust with water during demolition. Dust will continue to be controlled until the project is handed over to the university.
Hydro-seeding/mulching: This will stabilize the soil to eliminate dust and grow grass.
Limited construction trucking: Trucks will be limited to the site, crossing Wilson Road and building a temporary access road out to Trowbridge Road for contractor entry/exit. There will be no construction traffic on Wilson Road, Birch Road or Shaw Lane. Trucks will use Farm Lane and Trowbridge Road to access the site when hauling soil from Beaumont Nursery to site. When hauling materials off site, trucks will solely use Trowbridge Road and a temporary access road through site.
No construction traffic will be allowed on Trowbridge Road between 4:30 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday and on football Saturdays in the fall.
Sights, sounds, smells:
No explosives will be used to demolish the buildings; excavators will be used instead.
Dust-control measures will be in place prior to and during demolition.
Demolition is not expected to be very loud; the demolition equipment will be the loudest sounds (back-up beeps, excavators, etc.)
Hours of demolition work:
July 6 – Aug. 29: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Aug. 29 – Nov. 1: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
General contractor in charge of project:E.T. MacKenzie, of Grand Ledge.
Post-demolition site improvements:
The site will become green space.
Site restoration will begin as buildings are demolished and will run through spring 2012, including grading, grass seeding, mulching and removing tree protection.
Construction fencing and soil erosion control fencing will remain until grass begins growing in spring 2012
Reduction in rainwater runoff from the site is a goal, so the amount of catch basin inlets will be reduced and monitored.
Reconstruction will include two temporary lighted pathways through the site, which will direct foot traffic to the shopping plazas off Harrison Road. Walks will weave around trees on site and include emergency green phones.
Driveways off Shaw Lane and Wilson Road will be removed. New sidewalks will be added along Wilson Road’s south side to match existing walk its north side and a full sidewalk will be added on Shaw Lane’s south side.
Two segments of sidewalk near Trowbridge Road will be replaced with standard 8-foot-wide lighted walks.
The small parking lot across from Wonders Hall will be retained to maximize staff parking opportunities. New lighting will be installed for safety and security.
New streetlights will be added on Shaw Lane and Wilson Road for safety and security.