MSU board approves contracts for Sparty project, new parking ramp

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281, oswald@msu.edu

Feb 10, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Contracts for two major on-campus construction projects were awarded by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees at its meeting today.

One contract, valued at $2.9 million, is for reconstruction and steam service replacement at the intersection where the Spartan statue currently resides.

That contract was awarded to the Kares Construction Co. of Charlotte.

The other contract, valued at $15.2 million, is for the construction of a new, 725-space parking ramp on the north side of the MSU campus. That contract was awarded to the Granger Construction Co. of Lansing.

The Spartan statue project will re-configure the intersection and move the existing terra cotta statue to a new location inside the new addition, currently under construction, to Spartan Stadium.

A new bronze Spartan statue will be placed at the north end of Demonstration Hall field and the Red Cedar-Chestnut-Kalamazoo intersection will become two "T" intersections.

Work on the project, which will temporarily close the intersection, will begin in May.

The new parking ramp will be located at the site of the surface parking lot behind Morrill Hall, adjacent to Grand River Avenue. The ramp will contain seven parking levels. It's been designed to look similar to the other buildings in the area.

Work on the project will begin later this month and is expected to take about two years to complete.

MSU faculty and staff who usually park in the existing lot will be asked to park in the expanded lot behind Agriculture Hall - where the old greenhouses were located - or in the ramp near Bessey Hall, which is often underutilized.

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