Board approves construction manager for Snyder/Phillips Hall renovations

Contact: Terry Denbow, University Relations, (517) 355-2262,

Jan 16, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees voted today to appoint the Christman Co. as the construction manager for the Snyder/Phillips Hall renovation project.

Renovations on the MSU residence halls will begin in May 2005 and are scheduled to be completed by July 2006. Built in 1946, Snyder/Phillips will be the third residence hall renovated within the past 10 years. Renovations to Mason/Abbott, built in 1940, were completed in August 1997, while work to Shaw Hall, built in 1949, was completed in August 2002.

The construction project is estimated at $18 million. The renovations are expected to be financed through a tax-exempt bond, with initial funding and debt repayment from the Auxiliary Activities Fund - Housing and Food Services.

"It is important that renovations upgrade our facilities so that they enhance safety while better meeting the needs and wishes of our students," said Charles Gagliano, assistant vice president for Housing and Food Services. "The renovations will also provide more privacy and space for students, and help the university maintain the residence hall for the next several years."

The Snyder/Phillips renovation project will include:

  • upgrading the community restrooms
  • replacing windows
  • restoring exterior masonry
  • replacing the fire alarm system
  • adding an indoor sprinkler system
  • updating the electrical distribution system
  • adding an emergency generator
  • upgrading the building ventilation system, and
  • upgrading building accessibility

Residence hall maintenance needs were identified through a comprehensive facility assessment that was completed for all University Housing facilities. In all of the renovation projects, fire alarm and sprinkler systems were upgraded along with improved accessibility and redesigned community bathrooms.