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Institutional | BARTON MALOW - MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
BARTON MALOW IS PERFORMING A $50 MILLION
RENOVATION ON MSU'S BRESLIN CENTER WHILE
IT REMAINS IN OPERATION. BY TIM O'CONNOR
t a time when public projects are driven to find the
lowest responsible bid, the impact of relationships
can be understated. But the familiarity among owner,
construction manager and contractors on the renovation
and expansion of Michigan State University's Breslin Student Events
Crews are modernizing the Breslin Student Events Center at MSU.
Center shows how critical trust can be in overhauling a facility that
must remain open throughout construction.
All of the subcontractors chosen for the project are based in
Michigan and many have worked on MSU projects before. "They
understand the culture and expectation of the university so it's not
a matter of educating the contractors every time they come on site,"
says Kevin Waldman, senior project manager for Barton Malow, the
construction manager for the renovation.
Barton Malow was selected to spearhead the project with MSU
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities because of the firm's long
history with the university and other arena projects around the
country. Those have included the 2005 expansion of Spartan Stadium and an addition to the north end zone that
was finished in 2014. The company also built the
university's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, the
Skandalaris Football Center expansion and the
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
* Project cost: $50 million
Waldman says Barton Malow's familiarity
* Location: East Lansing, Mich.
with the MSU's team benefited the construction
Employees on ite at peak: 175
process for the Breslin Student Events Center
Events Center. Work began in January 2016
renovation. To capitalize on those relationships,
and improvements on the north end were
the company brought back the superintendent
completed in October, before the basketball
who worked on Spartan Stadium.
season began. The second phase of construction, which consists of the south end
- Kevin Waldman, enior project manager
Enhancing the Experience
of the building, is on pace to be completed
The Breslin Student Events Center expansion
by September 2017.
The expansion will add more than
project, designed by Detroit architecture firm
50,000 square feet of space to the center - including a 28,000-squareRossetti, is the first major renovation since the facility opened in Nofoot Hall of History commemorating the success of Spartan athletics.
vember 1989. The facility is most famous for being the site of most of
The renovation will also add strength and conditioning space for
basketball coach Tom Izzo's 740 career wins, but it also hosts music
athletes and a recruiting lounge.
performers, commencement ceremonies, career fairs, blood drives,
The center's concourses are being widened and new materials
comic conventions and other functions.
incorporated to give the foyers a brighter look while making them
With so much going on, MSU wanted to overhaul the center to
more maintenance friendly. The concrete columns at the entrances
meet the needs of a 21st-century facility and enhance the visitor
are being wrapped with limestone and the tile flooring is being
experience. In October 2015, the university's Board of Trustees
replaced with terrazzo.
approved $50 million to renovate and expand the Breslin Student
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