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Construction Update 03-08-19

Park District

On the Albert/Grand River portion, the BWL duct bank removal/ replacement project has completed, as well as the removal of the underground foundation walls that were discovered during excavation. Work is completing on the auger cast piles, and transitioning to forming the concrete caps for the piles.

Plans are being made for the removal and re-alignment of Albert Avenue, along with new sidewalks, curb and gutter, and pedestrian amenities. This work will necessitate the closure of Albert Ave. at the west side of Abbot Rd. this spring. More information will be made available when details are finalized.

Permits are expected to be issued soon for the foundation work at the Graduate Hotel (Grand River at Evergreen). Work will begin to drill the auger cast piles shortly thereafter.

Center City

On the Grand River building, the windows and exterior skin are nearly complete on the south elevation. Throughout the interior, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and drywall continues to be installed on higher floors, with inspections following up the building. Finishes such as flooring, paint, and cabinets have made their way to the 5th floor with appliances now being installed as well. Some units are largely complete up to the 4th floor. The tenant Improvements for Target continue their progress towards an anticipated opening in early to mid-summer.

On the Albert building, the eastern 2/3rds has been topped out, as work now continues on the roof. Framing and rough-ins for plumbing, mechanical, and electrical continue to make their way up the interior on levels 6-9. On the west side, wall panels were completed this week for the 7th floor as work continues towards a full top out for the end of March. On the ground floor, work continues to prepare the retail shells for new tenants. Masonry work will continue on the northern facade and pedestrian link as weather allows. Work to place windows and exterior panels is expected to begin in the near future.

City staff is monitoring area roadways to ensure proper cleanup occurs, especially as weather changes can cause muddy conditions that need to be managed properly. The construction company also continues to examine the site to mitigate any impacts to the local community.


Abbot Road and Albert Ave Road Closure Update

The Underground Utility work is nearly complete. Asphalt restoration began this afternoon (03/08).

Game Day, Saturday, March 9: Abbot Rd. will re-open by 2 p.m. on Saturday (03/09), to accommodate game day traffic. The road is expected to be closed again on Sunday, (03/10) until 8 p.m. to complete the final restoration.

The Hub @ East Lansing

Roof level floor pours are complete. The pool terrace level wall panels and deck are being installed and should be complete early next week. Stair core and elevator over runs will be topped out this week. Drywall at level 4 is complete, nearly complete at level 5 and will be moving up to level 6 late next week. Interior and exterior walls at the podium levels continue (both stud and masonry walls). Windows continue to chase the walls up the building. Metal panel will be visible on the exterior of the building in the coming weeks. Concrete placement will continue on a regular basis, utilizing closed roads or the alley directly adjacent to the project to minimize impacts to traffic/pedestrians. Deliveries will continue to increase, as Electrical, Mechanical, and Fire Suppression trades continue roughing in the garage, first floor, and mezzanine, and working their way up the building.

Spence Brothers continues to monitor the site for safety and implement additional traffic control techniques as necessary based on delivery volumes. The southern alley is closed and parking has been relocated to East Café across the street.

Thank you for your patience during the construction downtown. Please remember to sign up for downtown East Lansing construction alerts by texting ELBUZZ to 38470. You can also visit to find the latest information about the construction in downtown East Lansing. As always, you can reach the City Construction Communication Team at or (517) 319-6930 with any questions.

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