The H-STEM Building Project is progressing and is currently in the Design Development Phase. This phase spans many months, and the complexity and pace of the work keeps increasing. Updates will be provided on this page on the 1st of each month.
During the Design Development phase of the project, the design is significantly refined based on the floor plan and exterior concept approved in the Schematic Design phase. During this phase, we define and develop all the important aspects of the project, explore more specifically the interior layouts and functions, as well as the exterior materials and functionality. As we dial in on the layout of the indoor and outdoor spaces, we will refine the window and door placements, room sizes, equipment layouts, cabinet configurations, sidewalks, landscaping elements, and make any necessary adjustments to the building layout and form. The detailed structural engineering calculations and design issues are developed and documented in drawings. The HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems are also worked out and incorporated into the project design, and preliminary drawings of these systems are developed. During this phase we also review the project estimates, look in more detail at the costs for the various elements, and make refinements as necessary to maintain the project budget. The final deliverable will be a more detailed set of drawings and outline specifications that communicates the overall layout and volume of the building or space, all significant equipment, the type of material or finish for every surface of the project, and the engineering systems for the building.
During the Construction Document phase of the project the formal documents required to bid and build the project are developed. Based on the design details and information developed in the previous phase the building is fully described in drawings and specifications (written descriptions of the drawing elements describing what they are). These are legal documents that the contractors use to provide legally binding bids for the project, and then proceed to build the project with. As such they are highly detailed and descriptive documents providing the architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical information of the project.
During this phase, the H-STEM Steering Committee, Lab Design Team, stakeholders, and user-groups are meeting regularly with HED (the design firm) to work through the design details by discussing user needs, and narrowing down options as all design details are finalized. In August, the University received the formal approval letter from the State Department of Technology, Management & Budget on the Design Development Plan. Please note, final decisions on design details have not been made as these discussions are on going.
- State of Michigan Approval - On Friday, August 20, 2021 Michigan Tech received the formal approval letter from the State Department of Technology, Management & Budget notifying us of their approval of our Design Development Phase 400 report submittal with no exceptions or comments. The next step is to submit the Construction Documents to them for final planning approval, verifying that we are planning to build the project that they approved funding for.
- Construction Documents - The Team continues to work on finalizing the Construction Documents for the project. 50% complete documents will be released for review and estimating on September 2, with final documents for bidding being released in late October.
- Project Schedule - The Following milestone dates are anticipated as follows:
- October 2021: Construction Documents are completed
- November 2021: Project bidding and bid evaluations
December 2021: Final approval from the State and MTU’s Board of Trustees to proceed with construction.
January 2022: Contracts signed.
April 2022: Ground Breaking
May 2022: Construction commences
October 2023: Construction completed
November 2023: Furniture & equipment installs
December 2023: Ribbon Cutting and move-in
January 2024: Building Open and occupied
- State of Michigan Approval - On July 23, 2021 the Design Development Report was issued to the State Department of Technology, Management & Budget for review and approval. This review is simply to make sure we are still proceeding with the project in line with previous submittals, and that we are not making major deviations from what has been submitted and approved to date. We expect this review to be completed by mid-August.
- Construction Documents - In the meantime the Project Team is moving forward with developing the Construction Documents for the Project (see description above). We anticipate the completion of this work sometime around November 1, at which time the Project will go to contractors for bidding. We are still anticipating a construction start in Spring of 2022.
- Project Budget - The dramatic increase in material costs this year for copper, steel, and various manufactured items, has had an impact on our budget as it has across the country. As a result we have had to make some changes to the level of finishes and some design features. In addition, the project is carrying a fairly high contingency compared to normal to deal with market variables this year. The overall project design and intent however has remained the same with a strong team effort on the part of HED our Architects/Engineers and Granger our Construction Manager..
- Design Development Drawings - The final drawings have been completed and are undergoing final review with IT, EHS, Facilities Operations, and various other stakeholders.
- State of Michigan Approval - Preparations are underway for the Design Development Report that will be submitted to the State with an anticipated approval expected in early August. The project is on-track to go out for bidding in November 2021. A Trade Contractor Outreach Meeting is scheduled for July 12 at 10:30am.
- Space Discussions - The Steering Committee has begun detailed discussions regarding the impact of construction on existing spaces in the ChemSci Building. The details related to who, where, and how are being worked out, and projects to temporarily or permanently relocate affected persons and activities are being developed. All moves are scheduled to occur in May 2022.
- STEERING COMMITTEE PRESENTATION - On May 17, HED and the Steering Committee met to continue to review and discuss the design details. To learn more, view the
- EXTERIOR COLOR - HED provided three concept options which matched the surrounding buildings: red, dark bronze, or off-white (see below).
- LAB AREA CONCEPT PLANS - 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor plans for labs can be viewed here.
- FRITTED GLASS - The Pure Mid Iron offers improved clarity over standard glass. The vertical frit aligns with other vertical details on the existing Chem-Sci Building. Read more about "Why Fritted Glass Makes Buildings Even Better".