Massive Construction Projects Starting on MSU

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Go just about anywhere on campus and you'll hear the same sounds. Construction season is here, and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

"It's something that's always around. You just have to know where it's at in certain places, and you grow accustomed to it," said Andrew Belsito, a senior.

There are more than 18 major projects planned this summer, costing more than $150,000,000.

Spartan Stadium is getting a 55,000 square feet addition and media center. It's scheduled to be done by August 14th-- just in time for football season.

Munn Arena is getting heating, cooling and ventilation upgrades.

"[We're creating a high performance university and providing that experience and the lab space, the classroom space, the interactive space for everybody to continue to learn and grow," said Leisa Williams-Swedberg, a Construction Administrator at MSU.

Landon hall is getting a new dining area, and safety improvements.

Parking lots are getting upgrades and more spaces.

North, south, east, west, dozens of construction projects are happening all over campus, whether it's resurfacing roads or building brand new buildings.

For those in Bio Engineering, a brand new facility is being constructed.

"It's a great process to be able to see it from a concept into reality," said Williams-Swedberg.

Other buildings are getting infrastructure improvements and new wiring.

While the construction seems never ending, and can disrupt travel.

"It's nice--eventually when it's all done when it looks nice, but I'm not going to lie. It can be a pain sometimes trying to navigate," said Colleen Otte, a Sophomore.

"Specifically if you are not used to traveling around our campus, [the construction and detours] can cause some frustration. It's our responsibility to try to minimize that," said Williams-Swedberg.

The school has an interactive construction map, showing current detours and planned construction in the future. Click the link to check it out. The university wants to maximize the construction season, while minimizing headaches and delays.

"We apologize for the inconvenience. We do our very best to try to coordinate with our campus users to make the construction route as least impactful as possible," said Karen Zelt, a Communications Manager for MSU construction.

Many students don't seemed bothered by the construction. They are grateful to get the upgrades.

"I usually just take the long roads on the river trial because I like going down and seeing the natural beauty over there-- the scenery and what not," said Oscar Tnorio-Leyva, a Sophomore.

A good reminder that faster, isn't always better.


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