MSU STEM Receives Top Build America Awards

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MSU STEM Receives Top Build America Awards

Lansing, Michigan – March 30, 2022 | This week, team members for the Michigan State University (MSU) STEM Teaching and Learning Facility received an Associated General Contractors of America 2022 Construction Risk Partners Build America Award. In addition to this prestigious honor, the team was also selected to receive this year’s Grand Award.

 

Awards Overview:

Build America Awards honor AGC members who “build the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions.” Winning projects are selected from among regional winners, with recent years also including a single, Grand Award recipient. Projects are selected based on demonstrated achievements in state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation in construction techniques or materials, safety record, client service, community relations, environmental sensitivity and partnering excellence.

Project Overview:

MSU’s STEM Teaching and Learning Facility merged adaptive reuse with flexible learning infrastructure and sustainable mass timber materials to transform the long-abandoned Shaw Lane Power Plant into a state-of-the-art learning space for science, technology, engineering and math. Encompassing 120,000 square feet of new construction with 40,000 square feet of renovated space, this project is the first building in the state of Michigan constructed with a newer mass timber framing product called cross-laminated timber (CLT).

 

“The technical detail and collaboration that went into designing and constructing this building make it a timeless STEM masterpiece itself,” noted Bill Bofysil, Granger Construction Senior Project Manager. “We had modern tradespeople working alongside artisan skills and masonry from the 1940s. I couldn’t imagine building this building without the technology we have today. For instance, Building Information Modeling (BIM) was essential for being able to visualize and plan for merging mass timber needs with existing artifacts and complex mechanical, electrical and plumbing requirements. The end result is a learning space that literally embodies applied STEM from its foundations to finish work.”

 

In addition to the AGC Build America and AGC Grand Awards, this project also received an AGC Build Michigan Award, along with an Engineering News-Record Midwest Best Project Award of Merit, Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Award, Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Magazine Special Feature Project Award and the CAM Magazine Project of the Year Award. Click here to read more.

 

About Granger Construction Company:

Founded in 1959, Granger Construction is an ENR Top 400 company headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, specializing in design-build, construction management, integrated project delivery and general contracting services for the commercial, industrial, K-12, higher education, healthcare and public sector market segments. Granger fosters an atmosphere of integrity, inclusiveness and ingenuity. The company has been ranked among the top workplaces in Michigan, and places the utmost value on relationships and community.

Winning Project

STEM Teaching Facility
Michigan State University

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Additionally, the project repurposed former high school features to create the new facilities, such as converting the high school band room into a new community black box theater and creating a fitness center near the gymnasium, complete with group fitness rooms and a large dance studio.

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Additionally, the project repurposed former high school features to create the new facilities, such as converting the high school band room into a new community black box theater and creating a fitness center near the gymnasium, complete with group fitness rooms and a large dance studio.

Winning Project

Community Center Renovation
City of Farmington Hills

MSU Mass Timber STEM Teaching and Learning Facility wins 2022 U.S. WoodWorks Wood Design Award

Contacts:
Sandra Lupien, Director, MassTimber@MSU; lupiensa@msu.edu; 510-681-3171
Kristen Campbell, Integrated Design Solutions; kcampbell@ids-michigan.com; 248-823-2120

 

East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded the WoodWorks Wood Design Award for Wood in Schools for using mass timber in its state-of-the-art STEM Teaching and Learning Facility.

The new STEM Teaching and Learning Facility features an abundance of natural light, exposed ceilings, and a mix of modern and repurposed architecture, including a mass timber and steel structural system. Tucked inside the sustainably glamorous building are spaces for students to collaborate and learn.

The STEM Teaching and Learning Facility is Michigan’s first mass timber building. Mass timber is an umbrella term for a variety of panelized, engineered wood building materials such as large cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and glue-laminated (glulam) columns and beams with an array of structural and decorative uses in buildings.

“Humans have been building with wood, for centuries,” said Sandra Lupien, Director, MassTimber@MSU, “But not with wood like this. By creating super-strong panels and beams from layers of dimensional wood, we can build bigger and higher than ever with timber. And that’s a good thing – wood is a renewable resource and building with it has many sustainability benefits. Mass timber emits comparatively less carbon dioxide during production than many common building materials and it stores carbon absorbed by trees while they’re in use in the building, keeping that carbon from releasing into the atmosphere where it would contribute to climate change.”

The 3,000 cubic meters (105,000 cubic feet) of mass timber in the MSU STEM facility store a volume of carbon equivalent to not driving the average vehicle at least 4.7 million miles or not burning at least 2 million pounds of coal. The mass timber comprises Forest Stewardship Council black spruce from northern Quebec in Canada, and with sustainable forestry practices, North American forests can replace the volume of wood used in the building in just 8 minutes.

Integrated Design Solutions (IDS – Architect of Record/MEP) along with Ellenzweig (Design Architect), Michigan State University, WoodWorks, and an array of stakeholders worked hard to make MSU’s vision for the state’s first mass timber building a reality.

“The vision for a wood structure was championed by the entire team, especially Michigan State University and was not without risk,” said IDS’s Kevin S. Marshall, AIA, the Project Architect for the MSU STEM facility. “As the first structure in the state to utilize CLT, we were breaking new ground.  But by exposing as much of the timber as possible along with careful design of the building systems, the team was able to put ‘science on display’ for the roughly 7,000 students who take classes in the building every week. The conversion of the long-decommissioned power plant gave the design team a way to create a hub of activity in the center of the complex and brought the wonderful structure out of hibernation. The deliberate mix of new and old throughout the complex creates a seamless unity celebrating the University’s STEM curriculum.”

This process led to categorizing the building as a Type IIIB construction, using a hybrid mass timber and steel structural system as well as a steel exoskeleton to support the brick, cast stone, and glass to fit MSU’s campus-wide aesthetic.

Seeking to ensure high visibility for the first new MSU building in decades exclusively to classrooms and laboratories, MSU opted to renovate the decommissioned Shaw Lane Power Plant located right next to Spartan Stadium. The project team advanced an open design that would be open, inviting, and inspirational to emphasize the leading-edge teaching pedagogies that would be housed there. The building complex consists of 121,290 square feet of new construction split across north and south wings built around the original 48,531 square foot power plant structure.

The finishes in the new construction consist of the mass timber – glulam columns and beams, CLT floor decks, and CLT wall panels in the stair towers – combined with polished concrete walking surfaces, glass, and gypsum board creating a warm yet industrial aesthetic. The power plant was carefully renovated to preserve as many items from the original building as possible while interweaving floor plates in the 4-story volume. Since the power plant is a structural steel framed, mass wall masonry structure, the renovated center section consists of steel beams connected to existing steel columns. New floor surfaces in that section use the same CLT structural floor decks which, this time, are topped with a natural maple wood floor surface that maintains the original motif of the Power Plant while tying it to the modern mass timber

The WoodWorks Award recognizes excellence and innovation in mass timber, heavy timber, traditional wood-frame and hybrid buildings. A non-profit dedicated to helping project teams design, engineer and construct successful wood buildings, WoodWorks has been hosting its award program for 15 years as a way to recognize developers and design teams whose creativity and emphasis on quality continue to expand the possibilities for wood buildings.

 

Architect of Record/MEP- Integrated Design Solutions (IDS)

Design Architect- Ellenzweig

Contractor- Granger Construction

Mass Timber Supplier- Chantiers Chibougamau, Nordic Structures

Erectors- Christman Constructors, Inc.

Winning Project

STEM Teaching Facility
Michigan State University

MSU STM Facility Named 2021 CAM Magazine Project of the Year

CAM Magazine President Kevin Koehler made the announcement that MSU STEM Teaching and Learning Facility won the 2021 Project of the Year at the CAM Annual Meeting On Wednesday, February 16th. Congratulations to the Construction Manager Granger Construction Company, Architects/Engineers Ellenzweig and Integrated Design Solutions, and Michigan State University

Winning Project

STEM Teaching Facility
Michigan State University

2021 Leadership Award Winner

Michigan State University, Christman Constructors, Inc., Granger Construction Company, Integrated Design Solutions, LLC, Ellenzweig, and Les Chantiers Chibougamau Ltee were awarded a 2021 FSC Leadership award for using 99% FSC-certified wood in the 120,000-square-foot, mass timber structure MSU STEM Teaching and Learning Facility as a demonstration of innovation and leadership.

Congratulations Team!

See what MSU’s team had to say about receiving the FSC Leadership awards!

 

Winning Project

STEM Teaching Facility
Michigan State University

ENR Top Regional Project Awarded to MSU STEM

Michigan State University STEM Teaching and Learning Facility and Shaw Lane Power Plant Renovation and Classroom Addition, East Lansing, Mich. won the Award of Merit in the Higher Education/Research category from ENR Midwest Best Projects of 2021!

Congratulations Team!

Winning Project

STEM Teaching Facility
Michigan State University

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Located in the heart of Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan campus, the Michigan Union is an iconic building, rich in Michigan tradition and history. The original building was designed in 1919 with additions in 1930’s and 50’s. The design team of IDS, Workshop Architect and Hartman Cox along with the dedicated Students of the Michigan Union Board of Representatives, Building a Better Michigan and others spent many hours developing a concept with a focus on transforming and restoring the Union to serve the needs of students better while maintaining the historic nature of the building. The Michigan Union houses study and meeting spaces, six eateries, shops and student services. The Union is home to the IdeaHub, a collaborative space designed to support the University of Michigan’s over 1500 student organizations.


For more information on The Michigan Union, go to our website or follow this link https://ids-michigan.com/projects/michigan-union/
Photography 📷 by: Jeff Garland

Winning Project

Michigan Union Renovation
University of Michigan

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To read more about Shinola Hotel or the other projects on the CAM Special Issue, click here.

Shinola Hotel

Shinola Hotel Receives ENR Midwest Best Projects Award

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