MSU Board of Trustees roundup

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Jan 27, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At its Jan. 27 meeting, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees gave the administration the go-ahead to plan for or proceed on a number of campus construction projects, including the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

Under a resolution passed by the board, site preparation and excavation for the nuclear research facility can begin, probably in the spring.

The board also authorized the university to proceed with the replacement of the scoreboards and sound system in Spartan Stadium. Installed in 1998, the scoreboard and sound system are being replaced because the technology has become outdated and more difficult to service. The project is being funded by Intercollegiate Athletics.

Following are other actions taken by the board at its January meeting.

  • The board authorized the university to proceed with a major steam-tunnel replacement project on north campus. The steam tunnels, many of which are more than 100 years old, are needed to provide heat and cooling to many buildings. Work on the project is scheduled to begin in February.
  • The university was given the authority to begin planning for two major roadway projects. The first one includes reconstruction of the intersection of Bogue Street and Shaw Lane from a circle to a traditional intersection. The other plans for the extension of Wilson Road to Hagadorn Road.
  • The appointment of Robert Caldwell as university ombudsperson was approved by the board. The ombudsperson is a senior faculty member who assists students in resolving conflicts or disputes with the university.
  • The board authorized the administration to begin planning for the demolition of several buildings that were once part of the Michigan State Police Post on Harrison Road.
  • Authorization to plan for a number of renovations to the first floor lobby of the MSU Union was approved by the board. Renovations will affect the Union’s main lounge, the Union Central Store, the post office, and the food court.