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Construction Update 04-19-19

Park District

Grade beams and pile caps are complete as the mixed-use building project heads vertical. The tower crane was erected and is not operational. Concrete pours for the second floor deck are planned for next week.

The foundation crew for the Graduate Hotel is on site and foundation work has begun with the removal of soil, soil retention work, and the installation of test piles. Once the tests are passed, work will begin to drill 72 auger cast piles.

Center City

On the Albert building, the entire building is now topped out, with roof work and window installation well underway. Framing and rough-ins for plumbing, mechanical, and electrical, and drywall continue to make their way up the interior as well. On the ground floor, work continues to prepare the retail shells for new tenants. Masonry work has continued on the northern facade and pedestrian link. The façade masonry is expected to be completed within approximately 3 weeks. Exterior panels are expected to be placed in the near future. The parking canopy has been installed, and work has begun to traffic coat interior surfaces. Striping of parking spaces is planned for the near future.

On the Grand River building, the exterior skin is complete on the South elevation, making it possible for the covered walkway to be removed, which occurred this week. The sidewalk work along Grand River Avenue will begin next week, weather allowing. Pour #1 of the second floor amenity deck was completed this week, with two more pours anticipated next week if weather allows. Alley utility and hardscape work continued this week as well (more info below).

AT&T Work

On Monday (04/22), AT&T will be working in the east end of the alley in the 100/200 block of E. Grand River Ave. The work will take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The alley will be closed to vehicular traffic. City staff will be visiting the business affected by the alley closure to make arrangements for vehicle parking during this work.

Center City Sidewalk and Road Closure

Beginning Monday (04/22) through Friday (04/26), from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Grand River sidewalk adjacent to the Center City Project and one lane of west bound Grand River Ave. will be closed during the concrete pours for the 2nd story deck on the Grand River side. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times. This work was postponed for one week due to weather delays.

Center City – West End Alley Concrete Pours

Due to weather related delays, Concrete Pour No. 1 for the west end of the 100/200 block of E. Grand River alley began on Friday, (04/19). Pour No. 2 is scheduled to begin on Monday, (04/22), weather permitting. It is anticipated the concrete work will be completed by Friday, (04/26).

Click here for a map that shows the pour sequence for the west end of the alley. The sequence of the pours allows for a pedestrian pathway. During Pour No. 1, the pedestrian pathway will be maintained in the area labeled “Pour No. 2”. During Pour No. 2, the pedestrian pathway will be maintained in the area labeled “Pour No. 1”.

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.

The Hub @ East Lansing

Drywall at level 7 is nearly complete and level 8 will begin as 7 is wrapped up. Level 9 will continue with MEP rough in inspections as the work is completed on that floor. Finishes continue at levels 3-5 and will be moving up as the drywall is completed on upper floors. Interior studs walls continue on level 10. Exterior masonry walls at podium level continues. Metal panels and masonry on the tower are ongoing. Roof is nearly complete at the high main roof, with the lower roofs continuing as weather permits. Level 1 storefront is ongoing and will be completed in the coming weeks. Concrete placement will be winding down until June/July when the site concrete work takes place. Deliveries will continue to increase, as Electrical, Mechanical, and Fire Suppression trades continue roughing in and the finish trades begin the fit out at first floor, mezzanine, and working their way up the building.

The contractor continues to monitor the site for safety and implement additional traffic control techniques as necessary based on delivery volumes.

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. As always, you can reach the City Construction Communication Team at or (517) 319-6930 with any questions.

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