After a one month period of gathering input from students, staff, and alumni, Michigan State University officials have decided to tear down the historical MSC smokestack and preserve the white bricks that make up the lettering, MSC.
The university received more than a thousand comments regarding the future of the smokestacks. The university posed three options. The first option of tearing down the smokestack completely would cost $800,000, and the second option of repairing the smokestack would cost $1.4 million plus additional costs to maintain it. Most people agreed on the last option of dismantling the smokestack, but preserving the white letter bricks, which would cost about $850,000.
The university will begin the demolition process this summer. Though university officials are not certain how the smokestack should be commemorated, they will save as many of the 100 white bricks that make up the MSC letters as possible. Each brick weighs six pounds. The demolition contractor estimates 50 percent of the white bricks can be preserved.
The MSC smokestack was built in 1945. It has not been used in more than 3 decades after the old Shaw Lane Power Plant ceased operation. There are no current plans to tear down the Shaw Lane Power Plant adjacent to the site.