Posted: Jul 29, 2013 9:07 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Looking at MSU's campus, you may not realize how much construction is underway this summer.
But when students return this fall they can expect changes.
"Essentially we run somewhere between 150-200 projects a year," said MSU Facilities Director, Walt Banziger. "Many of them occurring over the summer."
Construction crews are tackling several big projects at MSU.
"We have Linfield renovation that's occurring on the other side of campus, where we're installing elevators, a new entry, updating the bathrooms for ADA compliance," said Banziger.
"We're doing work across the street from that at the creative arts complex where we're doing seismic upgrades to the building's structure to today's standards for earthquake resistance," he added.
Crews are also extending the sprinkler system on campus and paving new parking lots near the field house and stadium.
"There's a lot of things to be excited about on campus," said Banziger. "Probably the college of business is the most exciting right now."
A huge hole in the ground will eventually be the new business school. The new facility will house 11 classrooms and be one of the most efficient buildings on campus.
Students can look for it to be up and running in two years.
Construction workers will take a break to let the students get settled when they return for fall classes.
"We'll gradually ramp back up in the fall working on projects that do not interfere with classes and limit the impact on faculty the best that we can," said Banziger.
He says construction projects are always in the works.
Next year, officials are planning on renovating the dining halls and building a 300-room residence hall.