Brody Building - Brody Neighborhood

Brody Reconstruction

The Brody Complex is undergoing dynamic renovations that will create an exciting new environment, complete with inviting community spaces and new dining features for our Spartans to enjoy. The renovation will transform the existing space into a one-of-a-kind residential experience that celebrates student life, and embodies MSU’s commitment to accessibility and sustainability. The initial phase began in January of 2009 with Brody Hall.

Brody Hall’s first floor will be closed for renovations from spring 2009 through spring 2011. The new dining facilities opened fall 2010 to rave revues. The new dining area, Brody Square, features 9 venues: Homestyle, Brimstone Grille, Cayenne's, Boiling Point, Pangea, VegOut, Dolce, Ciao! and S2 Salad & Sushi.

The renovations for Sparty's at Brody Complex will include a retail sales space along with a coffee shop atmosphere. As Brody Complex is renovated, Sparty's will also be included in those changes.

Emmons Hall will be the first residence hall in the Brody Complex to undergo renovations, which began in May 2010. Among other upgrades, planned improvements include redesigned entrances, a two-story main lounge and improved community spaces on all floors. Similar renovations are planned for Bailey and Rather Halls, where construction is slated to begin in May 2011.

For more details, please download the brochure "The Future of Brody." (PDF)

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September 15

With the new Sparty’s Café at Brody, study areas and classrooms completed, construction at Brody Hall is now finished. Included is the Engagement Center which houses the Olin Health Services Center providing two examining rooms as well as an office and waiting room, Math Learning Center, and writing center services and academic advising areas.

An especially attractive touch to the hall is the multi-color sculpture in the entrance lobby by Ed Carpenter called “Filament,” part of the Public Art on Campus program.

Brody Renovations
June 26

The office area at Brody Hall’s Olin Health Services Center has newly installed cabinetry and countertops in what was once a storage room but has since been repurposed for the nurse’s office. Elsewhere throughout the hall, furniture installation continues in all offices and classrooms.

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June 19

The study counter near lobby classroom entrances of Brody Hall has been lowered to a more appropriate, accessible height for users. In addition, the metal fences that had been in place to prevent people from walking through the engagement center have been replaced with barrier posts.

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June 5

Brody Phase II

Ed Carpenter’s “Filament” glass artwork is now in place in the lobby of Brody Hall and can be seen throughout the front lobby as well as from outside.

Appliances have been installd in the break room area of the Facilities and Guest Services offices, completing the office for team member move-in. Lastly, Brody’s Olin Health Services Center now has wood-toned vinyl strip flooring and the nurse’s office has plumbing in place for its sink.

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May 31

Brody Phase II

Workers have been sealing all classroom flooring in preparation for furniture installation. Over at the Facilities and Guest Services offices, furnishings are now in place and the space is just about ready for staff to move in.

In the Brody Hall entrance lobby, all pieces are in place for the lowering of the current countertop across from classroom entrances. In addition, boxes containing the artwork for the grand staircase have arrived and installation is set to take place this week. Finally, curtains have been installed in the high-tech classroom to provide privacy for inhabitants as well as to help darken the room when using projection systems.

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May 16

Brody Phase II

Metal framing is now in place at Brody Hall’s Olin Health Services Center area making way for the installation of a new door and window for the new office space. Outside, all concrete is now dry and the south side is well on its way to mirror the north. Also outside, the rain garden surrounding the grotto has a new metal guard rail installed.

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May 9

With school out of session for the week and the weather finally shaping up, much of the recent work at Brody Hall has involved the pouring of concrete around the perimeter. Inside, however, quite a bit of furniture has arrived and is now installed, namely in the Guest Services offices.

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April 24

Inside Brody Hall, the Olin Health Services Center area expansion is underway and workers have demolished sections of the waiting room wall, forming holes to frame the office window and door. In what was formerly the nurse’s office, workers have patched the window and removed the original door, forming the second examination room.

Bathrooms throughout Brody’s main level are now equipped with stall fixtures, hand dryers and soap dispensers. Also, furniture is being delivered and installed throughout the first floor. Outside, the south sidewalks have been framed and workers have begun to pour concrete. In addition, all north bike racks are now installed.

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April 17

As Brody Hall nears completion, construction progress is slowing down. Workers continue to map out demolition plans at the Olin Health Services Center area of Brody and are expected to move forward on the expansion within the week. Throughout the building, wireless routers are being installed. Additionally, the temporary construction walls have been removed yet fences and caution tape will remain in place to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the construction zone.

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April 3

The flooring for Brody Hall’s divided classrooms is complete and work has moved to the installation of panel dividers. After receiving approval from the fire marshal, workers are free to demolish the temporary walls that separate the front of Brody from the Engagement Center.

Workers are prepared to replace the wall with a temporary fence, preventing guests from wandering through the construction zone. The Sparty’s Café booths now have overhead lighting and finishing touches have been added to all lighting and ceiling work throughout the store and cooking areas.

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March 27

Brody Phase II

Workers are currently in the process of laying the linoleum flooring throughout the divided classrooms. New light fixtures are installed above Sparty’s Café benches as well as in the reception area of the Guest Services offices. A small countertop is now in place that lays half inside Guest Services and half in the hallway. Demolition is not yet underway at the Olin Health Services Center.

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March 20

Brody Phase II

Mirrors are up in all bathrooms throughout Brody and flooring is complete in the team member locker areas. The six classrooms doors, which open up to the lobby of Brody Hall, are in place and have been framed with final decorative elements (wall tiling and paint). The south stairwell has been reinstalled after bars were added to its frame and looks brand new.

Semi-private study areas have received chain-style curtains, creating malleable barriers to the hallway. Due to a recent change in design, major updates are scheduled to be made to the Olin Health Services Center at Brody Hall, namely the addition of a second examination room. To do this, workers will need to demolish one wall within the center, turning a previous space into the nurse’s office and eliminating the space that was to be used for team member gathering.

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March 13

Brody Phase II

As Brody’s second phase nears completion, progress has become much more gradual. All carpeting is now installed throughout the main level, except the area encompassing the new Sparty’s Café. Columns within the hallways have new metal treatments with rounded edges to ensure safety.

Finally, as a result of new sustainable practices being taken in the Brody Square kitchen on the second floor, staff have added more full recycling areas throughout.

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March 1

Phase II

The divided classrooms within Brody Hall are being prepped for upcoming floor installation throughout the large space. The installation of lighting across the main level is complete. Finishing touches continue to surface at Brody’s Sparty’s Café, namely the installation of more benches, wood paneling and design accents, and a glass wall near the convenience area.

Across from Sparty’s, the framework for a bench outside the restroom is in place and awaits cushions. Finally, the Facilities and Guest Services offices are rapidly taking shape with doors and kitchenette cabinetry in place.

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February 14

Brody Phase II

A lot of progress has been made at Brody Hall in the past week. The computer lab has all framework in place for doors (wooden doors were even installed over the weekend) and its flooring has been installed. Carpet installation has continued and is nearly finished. In addition, throughout the classroom, office and Olin Health Services Center areas, almost all ceiling work and lighting installation has concluded.

Crews have started installing cabinetry and counters, especially in the Olin Services area. Meanwhile, Brody’s Sparty’s Café continues to make progress and now has a wood paneling accent between the seating and convenience area.

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February 8

Brody Phase I

Though Phase I of Brody Hall is basically wrapped, a few updates are in order due to minor changes since its opening. First of all, the mural surrounding the planter near Boiling Point is in place and looking great. Second, workers have repainted the Veg Out sign from dark brown to taupe with light green along its back.

Brody Phase II

Since our last update, more offices and study rooms have new glass window walls. Further, much of the ceiling tiles throughout, especially in the classrooms, are either installed or about to be installed. While Sparty’s Café received its marble-like flooring more than one month ago, these past weeks saw the installation of carpeting throughout one third of the remaining space.

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January 24

Phase II

Now that most plaster is on the walls and dry, workers have begun to paint throughout the main level of Brody Hall over the past week. In addition, many of the offices and study rooms have received their glass window walls. The Olin Health Services Center bathroom tiling is complete and currently radiators are being installed in the different rooms.

Construction of the Sparty’s Café continues to move along smoothly. Sparty’s now has a significant amount of its seating installed, namely booths.

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January 12

Phase II

Since our last update in December much has happened throughout Brody Hall’s Phase II. The south, center and north bathrooms throughout the hall’s main level have completely transformed. Each has been painted and all hardware is now installed. Workers have further begun putting up ceiling frames in many of the rooms and nearly all plaster work is complete. Throughout the hallways, light fixtures are now in place. On another note, all painting and electric work has followed environmental standards set by the University.

Sparty’s Café is also taking shape, with all cabinetry in place and most appliances on hand. Across the building, the Olin Health Center is now equipped with its entry door, both external and internal walls, and lighting installed.

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December 3

Brody Phase II

In the south end of Brody Hall, workers have begun putting up the board in the already-framed Guest Services and Facilities offices. Throughout the main level Phase II area, scratch coats are being applied to all boarded walls in preparation for more plastering.

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November 30

Brody Phase I

The planter at the main level, front entrance of Brody Hall is now filled with plants. All that is left to finish as a part of Phase I now is the installation of the mural around the planter near Boiling Point.

Brody Phase II

Sparty’s has received new marble flooring. The base of the Sparty’s condiment counter is now in place. Workers continue to plaster the walls and overhangs around all classrooms, and the bathrooms near Sparty’s have new floor tiling to accompany the tiled walls.

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November 12

Door frames are now in place in at least two of the classrooms and workers have installed ceiling radiators in the hallways near window walls to help retain building heat.

At the new Sparty’s, platforms are now in place where booth seating will soon exist and the gate runner has been enclosed.

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November 3

Brody Phase I

The rail along the main-level ramp leading to the Grotto has been replaced and is now made of metal with a faux-wood backing. Plants have yet to arrive to complete the planter.

Brody Phase II

Tracking and metal studs have been constructed, shaping the private study rooms near the Phase II offices. In addition, wall and door framing is in place and one wall has been completely boarded. At the Sparty’s Café, a runner is in place for the gate, many walls are up and counters have begun to be installed. New tracking is in place opposite the seating wall, which also has booths in the process of receiving their final touches. Lastly, the bathrooms have new wall tiling.

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October 28

Brody Phase I

Lining has been placed in the ground-floor planter at the base of the grand staircase, making way for plants, which are scheduled to arrive soon.

Brody Phase II

Tracking is in place and wall studs are up surrounding the three divided classrooms. In addition, wall board has been secured along the top of the high-tech classroom. The biggest event of the past week was plastering. Everywhere there was a wall, there is now plaster drying and nearly ready to be painted. The men’s and women’s restrooms near the Sparty’s Café are coming along rapidly. The plumbing in each restroom is secure. In the women’s restroom, the ceiling has been plastered and the individual stalls have been marked off.

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October 21

Brody Phase II

Construction on the second phase of Brody is moving quickly. All classroom-area walls have been demolished and new wire frames are in place. Staff offices in the north wing have been boarded. Walls within the side entrance have been painted.

The new Sparty’s Café is really taking shape, not only are wall treatments up, but the walk-in cooler and freezer frames are in, as well as those for the convenience store area. In addition, plumbing is in place making way for the upcoming appliance installation.

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October 14

Phase I

Outside Brody, the new banners are in place and all plantings are complete.Inside, the final furnishings have arrived and are in place.

Still to come with Phase I: the planter mural inside near the cereal bar, and the glass artwork that will hang in the lobby. Stay tuned.

Phase II

Door and ceiling frames are now in place throughout the classroom and office wing. The frame for the hallway overhang is also in place. Some light fixture bases have been strung in mini-study areas outside offices.

Finally, much of the framework has been laid throughout the new Sparty’s Café.

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October 7

Brody Phase I

A lot is new this week with regard to Phase I of Brody Hall. The grand opening is less than one week away and things are turning around very quickly. Paisley carpeting has been laid on the main floor. “Brody Square” signage is in place at the base of the grand staircase as well as above the elevator on the second floor. Furnishings are in place both at the interior and exterior of the Grotto. The Alice M. Creyts training center mural is complete. New trees, plants and bushes are have been planted throughout the grounds, and lampposts and banner poles have been installed.

Brody Phase II

Phase II at Brody Hall continues to move along. The window wall gone up on the south side, framework is in place for awnings above all restroom entrances, and, at the north end, workers have begun to put up part of one wall.

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September 30

Brody Phase I

The grand staircase is officially complete, glass siding and all. The remainder of glass railings on both the first and second floors is nearing completion as well. Ground level bench-style furnishings have been installed near the elevator and similar furniture is to be placed inside the Grotto next week. The interior doors of the entrance have arrived and were subsequently installed as well.

Brody Phase II

The framework for offices near the Brody Hall Sparty’s Café is now in place. Progress is slowing on Phase II as contractors have to wait for electrical wiring to be completed; however, most framework is in place.

 

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September 24

Phase I

All glass for railings and accents in the front lobby of Brody Hall has arrived, bringing the grand staircase project near completion. The Grotto continues to receive final touches as wood and tile finishings have been applied to the center fixture and the framework for the round-the-room bench is in place.

Brody Phase II

The second phase is still progressing, though a little more slowly at the moment with the grand opening (of Phase I) to be held in two weeks. All walls have been wired for electricity and equipped with electrical sockets, including at the Olin Health Services Center. In addition, contractors have finished preparing a classroom wall that will be demolished.

 

 

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September 16

Brody Phase I

The main lobby of Brody Hall is quickly beginning to take shape as the Brody Grand Opening, on October 13, gets closer. The interior of the Grotto walls have been finished. In addition, lighting fixtures, windows, paneling and the base for the fireplace are all in place.

A second study countertop near the grand stairwell has been installed and outside the grass is growing rapidly.

Brody Phase II

The second phase of Brody Hall is really beginning to take shape now that construction has nearly wrapped on Phase I. The steel bases are in place on the first floor, laying the groundwork for offices, classrooms, the all-new Sparty’s, private study lounges, Olin Health Services Center, and even Brody Square team member locker rooms.

Outside, the final window wall is also in place and top soil has been laid down for the planting of flowers near the north bike rack. Check back throughout the year as we continue to update on the building’s progress.

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August 26

Phase I

The first phase of the dynamic Brody Hall renovations is nearly complete with the Grotto and the surrounding ground level estimated to be done in early October. All stations in Brody Square are now equipped with signage and the dining hall has officially been opened for business. Card swiping stations are in place along with a small seating area at the dining hall’s entrance. The grand stairwell is mostly finished though awaits glass siding.

Televisions used for both menu and information displays are installed throughout Brody Square, including at the visiting chef station meant to allow patrons to watch a grand chef’s handy work. North Brody Hall has received additional bike racks as well as a completely new sidewalk in anticipation of an influx of summertime guests resulting from the closing of Case Hall for 2011. Doors are now in place at the main entrance and private dining rooms. Most planting throughout the hall, both inside and out, is complete and the lawn in front has been hydroseeded.

The pulper is now working, shown here is the second part (on the ground level near the loading dock) which ultimately spits out the pulped waste product. Lastly, the tray accumulator is in full working condition to help lesson drop-off traffic.

 Phase II

Classroom doors that face the main lobby interior are taking shape as a preview of what is to come in the remainder of Brody Hall renovations. Duct work continues throughout and the structure for the employee locker rooms is intact. In other news, the foundation for part of the Olin Health Service Center branch and educational offices has been constructed.

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August 5

The
planter outside of Cayenne’s is now full of cacti and various southern plants,
the first of many of Brody Square’s “natural” touches to be complete. The
Homestyle food station is nearly complete and will soon have signage, and the
grand staircase railing is now in place.

The Grotto patio is fully enclosed and
truly starting to take shape along with the front walkway, which is in the
process of having the last of its concrete poured. Inside the Grotto, a
fireplace has been installed and the remainder of the area is being cleared out
so that workers can get started. Finally, garage doors are now in place at the
hall’s back dock area and the curtain walls (floor-to-ceiling windows) are almost
complete.

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July 26

All food stations are working and cleaned with most final
touches complete. Large planters scattered throughout the dining hall now have
finished tile siding but have yet to be filled with plants. The rooftop garden
is coming along nicely, having acquired the majority of its greenery and
decoration. 

The grand staircase
railing has arrived and is being prepped for installation within the week. The mini
wall surrounding the outdoor patio area of the Grotto is complete. Furniture and
final concrete will be added soon. The inside lobby is quickly taking shape as
counters have been installed and are being both sanded and painted.

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July 19

With the Divisional Fall Kickoff on Friday, July
23, workers are nearing completion and beginning to clean up construction
debris, for a tour of Brody Square during the event. The food venue, Homestyle,
which will serve contemporary entrees, carved meats and sides, received the
final touches on its design, making it the last food venue to be completed.
Furniture throughout the dining hall has been delivered and placed at the
appropriate food venues.

Outside, plants for the green balcony have arrived and
some have been planted. The patio surrounding the Grotto and large plant area
planned for the front of Brody have both received concrete bases and are
awaiting furniture and plants, respectively.

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July 13

Final touches to Brody Square are in the works, and office furniture has
been moved into the office spaces and team member training room. Signage for Boiling
Point (which will serve fresh-made pasta and Italian fare) has been installed
and other food venues are being cleaned of construction debris for the grand
opening, scheduled for the fall.

Outside, concrete is being laid at the loading
dock area and bases for the three planned flag poles in front of the building
are being installed.

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July 5

The grand entrance staircase is nearly finished and
is only missing the tracking strips on the end of each stair to ensure guest
safety. The siding on the outside of the Grotto is nearly completed. Five of
the nine food venues in Brody Square have received signage including: Cayenne’s
(southwest cuisine), S2 (salad + sushi), Pangea (international cuisine), Ciao! (subs,
pizza and oven-baked sandwiches) and Dolce (desserts). Little is left to be
done in the dining hall before the fall 2010 opening.

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June 21

Brody Square is nearing completion, with most of
the remaining work being final touches. Soft, booth seating and light fixtures
have been installed throughout the dining hall. Window walls to enclose both
the small and large, high-tech conference rooms have also been installed and in
the grand entrance, half of the staircase is completed.

Outside, half of the
grotto received the copper paneling. Additionally, a water tank to collect rain
water from the rain garden surrounding the grotto has been delivered and will
soon be installed. The water collected will be recycled and reused throughout
the Brody building in the dish room.

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June 14

The first step of the grand staircase leading to
the Brody Square dining hall was installed this week. A large portion of the
patio surrounding the grotto was laid and even more siding was applied to the
grotto itself. Hand rails from before construction were refurbished and
reinstalled in the stairwells.

Booth seating was installed in the raised
seating area of the dining hall and hanging light fixtures were installed in
pre-existing booths. The rotating dish rack that automatically brings dishes
into the dish room was also completed. A pulper machine was installed, which
will separate the food deposits and dirty dish water from the dish rack to be
reused both in farming and future dishwashing cycles. Additionally, carbon
dioxide monitors were installed to monitor for high levels of carbon dioxide
and pump in clean air when levels are too high.

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June 7

With
the last of the windows being installed, balcony rails being removed and
paneling being installed on the grotto and entryways, the exterior of the
building is nearing completion. Inside, the temporary separation wall to
separate the phase I construction, which is scheduled for completion in fall
2010, from phase II construction, which will be completed for fall 2011.

Brody
Square is coming together with most of the food venue equipment and booth
seating in place, and tile and paneling being installed. The design elements of
the dining hall continue to flourish with new paint colors and wall patterns. 

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May 31

The
final touches on the building’s exterior are in motion with the last of the old
windows being removed in preparation for new ones. Inside, booth seating pieces
have been delivered, and curved ceiling tiles, lighting and pillar covers have
been installed. The offices and team member computer training room are looking
nearly finished with new paint and carpeting. Meal stations are continuing to
flourish with additional colors and appliances in the dining room area.

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May 24

Demolition of the temporary kitchen is complete and most construction efforts are now being directed to Brody Square. The food stations are beginning to reveal themselves with additional colors, cabinets and equipment being added every day. A fireplace has been installed in the raised seating area and a rotating tray placer has been installed in the dishwashing section of the kitchen. Kitchen and bathroom tiling is mostly complete with the exception of a protective coating which is being applied to the bathroom floors to prevent cracking.

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May 9

The temporary kitchen used during the school year is being demolished in preparation for the opening of Brody Square in fall 2010. Workers are priming and painting the ceilings, and some of the walls within the dining hall and offices are beginning to see some of the 52 colors planned for the building. The Sparty’s convenience store entrance and outdoor patio are starting to take shape. Cabinets are being installed in the smaller conference room and tile is being installed in the cafeteria bathrooms. Stations and machinery within Brody Square are being laid out and tested.

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May 2

Inside the Brody Building, ceiling tile is being installed throughout various sections of Brody Square dining hall and in the manager’s office and training room. In the Brody Square’s north end, countertop was installed at the grill and drink stations. Coca-Cola Company has been on site and will install the necessary pipes to run the soda machines. At the south end, crew members have built a duel-sided fireplace between the raised dining area and the Boiling Point pasta station’s dining area. Outside, the moat-like rain guard in the front of the building is complete. Crew members are now building a retaining wall that will eventually semi-enclose the outdoor seating area.

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April 27

The walk-in refrigerators have now been installed in Brody Square’s kitchen and food-prep areas. In the dining area, more walls have been painted in vibrant colors and artistic design details have been added to various food stations. On Brody’s first floor, a dividing wall is being built to separate the main entrance area from the rest of the unfinished first floor. Outside, an entrance near the back dock is being redone to be handicap accessible. The concrete ramp will be heated to ensure safety in the winter months.

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April 20

The hanging ceiling is just about ready to be installed in the Brody Building’s spacious grand entrance area. The ceiling will add architectural appeal and will complement the mammoth student artwork that eventually will be displayed in this space.

In Brody Square, more countertop has been installed. The pizza and subs, dessert and international foods stations are really taking shape. Tile has been added to the employee restrooms on the second floor and will also soon be added to the second floor student restrooms. Outside, the moat-like rain guard surrounding the grotto is almost complete.

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April 11

Inside Brody Square, food venue countertops and work stations are being fixed into place and more sections of acrylic flooring have been laid. More countertops are being lifted into the dining hall through the second floor cutout on the building’s north side.

In the front of the building, crew members are installing soffits to the Brody Building’s new sloping roof. Crew members have also been working on the moat surrounding the grotto. The concrete foundation for the moat is almost ready to be poured.

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April 4

In the Brody Building’s back dock area, crew members recently unloaded several crates of windows to be installed on the building’s exterior. More windows are being installed on the building’s south side. In the front, back hoes are digging a trench around the grotto that will eventually hold water, forming something similar to a moat. Inside, industrial ovens, stove tops and massive countertops and work stations await installation. Brody utility project crew members are re-boring a hole, at a shallower level, and will soon pull new pipe through the new underground path they carved.

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March 28

Brody Square is looking more colorful as each food venue is getting painted a different color. A large section of the dining hall has received its new acrylic flooring. More floor sections are being prepped for the same process. In the main entrance area, more studs are being installed for the ceiling and the accent wall to the left of the staircase. The rooftop is now accessible through the back dock stairwell, and the window-wall around the greenery area is now complete. Bryan, Armstrong and the Brody Building are now connected to city water as a result of the Brody utility project.

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March 16

More wall studs have been installed throughout the Brody Building’s second floor. The studs frame the new accent walls, which will enhance Brody Square dining hall’s unique architectural design. A large portion of the second floor is also being prepped for acrylic flooring installation. Outside, almost all of the windows on the front of the building are in place and more metal siding has been added to the rooftop penthouse. The Brody utility project is moving along. Crew members are using a directional boring machine to pull pipe through the underground path that was drilled last week.

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March 10

The Brody Building’s glass facade is being installed. Inside, some progress can be seen on Brody Square’s grand entrance staircase. Painters are now using high-volume, low-pressure paint sprayers to finish painting the exposed ceiling grey. More heating and cooling machinery and pipes have been installed in the rooftop penthouses.

In Emmons Hall, Campus Living Services is testing new window installation. If approved, the new double-paned window will be installed in every resident room throughout the hall.

Part two of the Brody utility project has started. The utility project requires a directional boring machine to install underground pipes around the neighborhood circumference. Crew members use a surface launched drilling rig to bore the underground path, generating the least amount of impact on the surrounding area. Once the underground path is carved, crew members use the same machine to pull the new pipe through the drilled hole.

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February 22

Subtle changes can be seen this week at the Brody construction site. Several more walls have been plastered and prepped for paint primer, and more hood vents await installation. Sections of Brody Square’s ceiling will remain exposed concrete. In those areas, painters have begun painting the bare concrete grey. Crew members are also working on leveling off more portions of the dining hall floor.

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February 17

Another flight of stairs was added to the back dock stairwell. The stairwell addition provides Brody Building staff with easy roof-top access. Progress has been made on Brody’s first floor, as concrete walls are constructed to form the outline of new maintenance and storage areas near the back dock. On the second floor, the crew is using a pressure-gage machine to conduct “leak tests” on each new pipe to ensure proper installation. More double-paned windows have been installed on the building’s south end, and the front of the building is being framed and prepped for its window installation.

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February 8

The Brody Building is showing curb appeal as pedestrians on Harrison Avenue are taking notice of the building’s morphing facade. The front of the building, still wrapped in tarp to insulate the interior, shows signs of progress with sheets of siding and insulation on the grotto and the roof’s penthouse. On the south end of the building, workers are constructing the window–wall frames that will separate the Brody Square dining hall from the second-floor greenery area. Another flight of stairs will be added onto the back dock stairwell to provide easier rooftop access. The stairwell has been prepped and the welding machine is in place to begin the process. In the dining area, more of the food venue stations have been dry walled and reinforced with a thick layer of plaster, more hood vents have been installed and more doorframes have been set in their final positions.

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Brody Renovation
February 1

Several outdoor tasks were completed on the Brody Building. Double-paned windows were installed on the first floor of the building’s south end. In the back, the two colossal chillers were lifted and set in place on top of the back dock addition.

In the front, the grotto received a layer of fiberboard to help insulate the indoor area. Inside, two huge hood vents were lifted into one of the kitchen areas and await installation. The concrete platform for the raised dining area has received some final touches and the drywall ceiling on the pizza station is now complete. Some work also has been done on the grand stair entrance.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
January 25

Inside the Brody Building, crew members are focusing on the pizza station – installing hood vents, lighting and soon, ceiling tiles. Once the majority of the pizza venue is complete, attention will be turned to one of Brody Square’s other eight venues. On the second-floor addition, a platform is being built that will eventually form a raised dining area. The obscurely shaped cut-out on the building’s south end will soon be enclosed with glass walls, allowing students to view the second-floor greenery area. Eventually, potted plants will sit on the six concrete platforms the crew recently poured in this area.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
January 20

The construction on the Brody Building’s back dock is near completion after the installation of its new second-story windows. Inside, the food venues are continually taking shape as more walls are constructed and dry-walled.

Some hood vents and recessed lighting are also being installed. The cement for the first floor and second floor additions has been poured and smoothed.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
January 11

Much progress was made on the Brody building over winter break. An extensive amount of duct work was installed through out the first floor and the three back-up incinerators were installed in the new first-floor maintenance room. On the second floor, the food stations are being dry-walled and prepped for their acrylic tile installation. The concrete walls forming the back of the house, i.e. food preparation, dry storage and office areas, are complete.

The first and second floors of the large front addition have been prepped to pour their concrete flooring. Preparation included enclosing the space with sheets of plastic to maintain a warm enough temperature to pour concrete in both the grotto and second floor welcome area. On the roof, the new penthouse received insulated metal siding. Several machines were installed in this penthouse to manage the air that will circulate through the building’s renovated first-floor classrooms.

December 16

Inside, concrete walls form the main food preparation area on the second floor. The employee training room and back offices on the second floor have been dry-walled, along with several of the food stations. Plumbing is being installed for the employee bathrooms, as well as the men’s and women’s bathrooms on the north end of the building.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
December 2

On the south side of the building, crew members are digging footings for the window wall shades, which will be installed to help block the sun’s heat and glare. In the front of the building, workers are getting ready to install the flooring in the grotto area. The floor will contain a heating system that pumps hot water through pipes to conduct warmth to the floor’s surface. Inside, concrete walls are being built to designate office and storage areas and sheets of drywall are being hung on metal wall frames throughout the second floor. On the roof, the new penthouse awaits its metal sheet siding and installation of its major mechanical components.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
November 25

On the south side of the Brody Building, the crew has finished cutting away the concrete beams that once supported a section of roofing. This rectangular cut-out will allow sunlight to shine on the second-floor greenery area. Inside the building, crew members are working on the demo kitchen. The demo kitchen area will be home to visiting chefs who will create culinary specialties for students, faculty and staff. Crew members have also started dry-walling sections of the new venue areas. A large dry storage area is being built in the middle of the second floor to store the dining hall’s dry goods. In the back dock area, a crane was used to lift the three back-up incinerators into the new maintenance room.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
November 18

Crew members completed laying brick on the back dock addition, but work on the front addition’s steel frame continues. Window walls are being installed on the south side of the building where crew members are also working on dismantling a section of concrete roof to make way for the outdoor “greenery” area on the second floor. Small plants, trees and grass will be planted in this space closer to the project’s completion.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
November 11

More steel has been installed to the front of the Brody building, revealing the structure’s new facade. A layer of steel is being placed on the first level of the new structure to serve as its concrete form. After concrete is poured into the form, flooring for Brody Squared dining hall entrance will be laid. The roof will also receive a layer of steel forms and once the concrete is dry, roofing material will be installed on top of the concrete layer. The window walls on the north end of the building are complete.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
November 4

Much progress can be seen on Brody Hall from Harrison Ave. On-lookers can now see the shape of Brody’s new addition. In the back dock area, the crew began to lay bricks on the new addition to match the rest of the building. Inside, the crew continues to build the walls for future offices and special dining areas. The crew also began building some food venue stations. The pizza and burger station is no longer a sketch on the ground. Crew members followed the station’s chalk lines, drawn weeks prior on the floor to mark specific venue locations, to build the steel wall frame that will enclose the station’s kitchen.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
October 20

Much progress has been made on the Brody Complex. The back dock addition is now fully enclosed and is ready to be layered with brick. In the front, a steel frame has been constructed, which outlines the building’s sloping roofline and the main components of the grotto. Concrete has been poured for the main stairwell entrance into the dining hall. On the second floor, crew members are using a coring machine to make holes in the concrete floor for drains and other necessary pipes for the dining hall’s new food venues. Wall frames for specialty rooms and for business offices can be seen on the second floor. On the roof, workers are adding several exhaust fans; one fan is needed for each food station requiring a hood vent.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
October 6

In the front of the Brody building, workers are making sure the foundation is level. The concrete that will be poured on top of the concrete footings must be completely flush to assure building support. Other crew members are removing the form work, a system of support for freshly poured concrete. The steam tunnel is complete and awaits backfill. Inside, brackets to carry electrical work through out the second floor sit in crates on the ground. Crew members will start installing these brackets as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the concrete floor continues to be smoothed over and topped with fresh layers of concrete to ensure it is level.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
September 29

The crew constructed the steel frame for the back dock’s addition. Each steel piece was strategically placed to form the structure of the new maintenance room. The galvanized steel beams were placed at the top of the structure and will eventually support the chillers, each weighting at least 15 tons. In the back, the crew is waiting to pour the concrete footings for the grotto. Inside, steel templates now take the place of chalk marks to help the crew visualize Brody Square's new floor plan. Since each food station in the new Brody cafeteria will need a hood vent, the crew will continue stretching the new vent system across the second floor ceiling. This installation is almost halfway complete.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
September 22

Crew members are working hard to unload the heavy steel that will frame the walls of the back dock’s addition. Each steel piece is marked with white chalk to signal exactly where it belongs in the frame. The lighter colored steel pieces have been galvanized and will be placed on the addition’s roof to mount the chillers for the new air conditioning system. In the front of the building, the steam tunnel is almost complete and the concrete is almost ready to be poured into the grotto’s wooden frame. On the second floor, the crew used chalk to draw a life-size floor plan of where future counters and work-stations will stand in the new Brody cafeteria. Plans to start building a fifth penthouse on the building’s roof are underway.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
September 10

Not too much has changed at the Brody construction site. Inside, crew members continue to re-route ceiling duct work and level-off the last few sections of concrete flooring. Outside, the crew continues working on the base layers of the new front entrance.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
September 3

Things are moving along outside at the Brody construction site. Near the back dock, steel frames are being added to the first-floor addition’s foundation. The exterior of the new utility room will soon take shape visibly. All entry ways have been stripped of their awnings and concrete porches. In the front of the building, crew members are still working on routing electrical wires out of the building through the duct bank and wooden beams now hold the shape of the soon-to-be grotto. Inside, the second floor is almost completely level. Crew members are smoothing concrete over gaps left in the flooring when the old walls were removed. More duct work has been installed on the second-floor ceiling, but much more is still needed for the future Brody Squared dining hall.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
August 25

The foundation for the first-floor addition near the back dock is set. This addition will eventually house maintenance equipment and will provide additional storage space. In the front of the building, the crew began backfilling the concrete foundation walls. The backfill dirt will create pressure on the walls, providing extra support for the concrete slabs. The contractors dug a duct bank in order to route electrical conduits and conductors out of the building. The electrical wires running through the conduits need to be a safe distance below the earth’s surface in order to avoid the weight of the building’s new addition. On the second floor, demolition is complete and the crew began rerouting the ceiling duct work. Crew members are re-roofing sections of the second-floor balcony, which will eventually become a solar terrace.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
August 18

Progress is visible on Brody’s exterior. Concrete was poured into the front addition’s foundation. Metal grates and concrete were the only materials used to construct the foundation. Pipes and gas lines have been lowered into the building’s basement, and crew members are working in a five-foot crawl space to assemble the pieces. Old awnings were removed from outdoor entrances, and will eventually be replaced. On the second floor of the building, the last of the one-paned windows have been removed, making the temporary wall the only structure separating the exterior from the interior. Inside, the incinerator has been removed from the first floor and a floor-to-ceiling oven is carefully being removed from the old kitchen upstairs. Crew members were using machines to level out the concrete floor in order to prepare the floor for a new, even layer of concrete.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
August 11

The second floor of the Brody Complex is almost entirely stripped of its old materials. All that remains to be removed are the one-paned windows and a few feet of steel frame left from the old serving tray conveyor belt. Temporary walls will shield the interior while the old windows are removed and replaced with stronger two-paned windows to better insulate the space. Since the buildings elevators are out of commission, a second floor receiving dock will help get construction equipment and materials up to the second floor. Outside, pipes are being lowered into the building’s basement through a cut out in the concrete wall. These pipes will remove any waste and rain water accumulation. The concrete bearings are now ready to be poured for the front addition.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
August 3

The transitional first floor dining hall and kitchen are complete. Carpet has been laid and tables have been set up in the dining area, and all appliances and buffet counters have been installed. Nothing more will be done to this space before the students move in. Most of the demolition is finished on the second floor. Crew members are concentrating on removing the old serving tray conveyor belt’s steel frame to complete the second floor demolition. In the front of the building, the steel foundation has been set and is almost ready for the concrete to be poured.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
July 21

The new steam pipes are now connected to Bryan Hall, and crews are working on getting them connected to Armstrong Hall as well. All of the recycling bins that were located near the back dock have been moved to the south side of the building in preparation for the health and fire inspections that will take place next week. Earlier this week, the electrical and plumbing inspections took place, and the hall was given partial approval for both. Outside near the back dock, crews are preparing to remove the addition that once housed Puffin’s Pastries. In front of the building, crews are in the process of digging a large hole that will serve as the foundation or the grotto. Inside, the transitional kitchen and dining room are nearly complete. The old telecommunications room that was located in the middle of the dining room has now been removed, as AT&T has completed the necessary procedures to make the new telecommunications room operational. Upstairs and throughout the rest of the first floor, crews are continuing with demolition, hoping to finish the majority of the noisy work before students return for the school year.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
July 16

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the transitional kitchen and dining room in preparation for inspections by the Health Department and Fire Marshall which are scheduled for the end of July. The new exhaust valve for the hood in the kitchen is being installed, and serving equipment has begun to arrive. Doors are being installed on the dining offices just outside the transitional dining room. Upstairs, demolition continues and the space that was once contained a kitchen and several dining rooms is becoming very open. Outside, crews are finishing up work with the steam vault and are currently working on routing the steam pipes to the surrounding residence halls.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
July 9

Lots of demolition is happening throughout the Brody Building, especially in the former kitchens upstairs and the areas downstairs not occupied by the transitional kitchen and dining room. Crews are tearing down walls, removing walk-in coolers, plumbing and duct work and working on removing the old mechanical systems in the building to make way for upgraded systems. In the transitional kitchen, workers are using pieces from the previous kitchen to piece together a new pot and pan dishwashing station. Electricians are working on preparing the new fiber optic communications room for the switchover from the old room. Outside, the laydown area has been completed, and there is now a large area covered in blacktop on the south side of the building. On the east side of the building, along the driveway to the back dock, crews are replacing the sidewalks and curbs that were removed for the water and steam system upgrades.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
July 1

Work is progressing steadily at Brody. Outside, a cover has been installed over the steam vault and the area around the vault is being filled in with dirt. On the south side of the building crews are setting up a “lay-down area” by laying down a tarp and covering it with gravel. This will serve as an area to place trailers, heavy equipment and supplies without damaging the soil underneath. On the front of the building workers are in the process of sawing off the second-story balcony. The concrete pieces are lowered to the ground with a crane and will be sent to a recycling facility.

Throughout the Brody Complex concrete is being poured to replace the sidewalks that were torn up to install new water mains. Inside the building, crews are painting the walls of the dining managers’ offices on the south side of the building. In the transitional kitchen, flooring has been laid and walk-in coolers have been installed. In the hallway outside the kitchen, crews are installing light fixtures that were removed from the North Dining Room upstairs. Electricians are finishing up the wiring for the transitional kitchen and dining room.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
June 18

In the transitional kitchen, crews have hung ceiling tracking and are beginning to install ceiling tiles around the periphery. The walls of the hallway outside the kitchen are complete, and crews are getting ready to paint them. The heaters that will serve the transitional kitchen and dining room have been installed on the outside of the building. The circuit breakers and fuse boxes for the kitchen have also been installed. Next to the old Sparty’s store, crews are working on a new communication room. Brody will be the first building on campus to be served by a communications room that combines both the fiber communications for internet and the communications for the phone lines. Upstairs, the windows along the wall that faces Harrison Road have been completely removed, temporarily creating an open-air space. Workers are currently installing tracking from which drywall can be hung to create transitional walls that will keep out the elements during construction. In the other dining room, demolition has begun. Outside, crews have poured concrete to form walls around the steam vault which will serve the main Brody building as well as the residence halls in the complex. On the north side of the building, the trailer containing the bathrooms for the transitional kitchen and dining has been put in place.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
June 11

Outside, a steam vault is being installed underground behind the main Brody Building. Inside, fiberglass reinforced walls, which are easier to clean than drywall, have been installed in the transitional kitchen. Along the south side of the building, walls have been erected to form offices for the dietary staff. Crews have just begun installing wiring for a stand-alone fire suppression system for the transitional kitchen and dining room. Upstairs, the final asbestos abatement is being completed in the old bakery area. In one of the dining rooms, demolition is taking place and crews are removing the heating units that were formerly in place along the wall with the windows facing Harrison Road. Crews are also working on removing old drywall from one of the dining rooms. Throughout the construction process thus far, over 5000 pounds of carpeting have been recycled.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
June 4

On the first floor, in the front of the building, crews are working on installing heating and ventilation ducts. They are also are in the process of adding transitional walls that will divide the end of the transitional kitchen space from the construction area. On the second floor, abatement is ongoing in one of the dining rooms, and workers are continuing to gut the kitchen and the other dining room.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
May 26

Outside, workers are almost finished installing new water main pipes to meet East Lansing city water requirements. Inside on the main floor, workers are hanging drywall in the area that will become the transitional kitchen. Upstairs asbestos abatement continues in the one of the dining rooms and in another dining room, carpet has been ripped up, abatement has been completed and light fixtures are being removed to go to Salvage. In the upstairs kitchen, workers are removing the large metal hood for installation in the first floor temporary kitchen. All kitchen equipment has been evaluated and will either go in the first floor transitional kitchen, will be installed in other dining services across campus, or will go to Salvage. A portable restroom trailer will be placed outside on the north side of the Brody Building next week. The trailer is currently on site.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
May 13

Now that students have left for the summer, construction on the main Brody building has gone into full swing. On the first floor, crews are working on installing framing for the transitional kitchen and dining room. Upstairs, workers are preparing for asbestos abatement by installing showers and changing rooms and moving furniture and equipment from the existing kitchen and dining rooms to the open spaces downstairs. Outside, water pipes are being installed underground.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
April 23

Demolition is continuing throughout the first floor of Brody, preparing space for the transitional kitchen and dining room. Outside, crews are working on the storm sewer system and Grounds crews are removing shrubbery to be ground into mulch.

Brody Construction
Brody Construction
April 16

Now that asbestos abatement has been completed on the first floor of the Brody Building, demolition has begun. Crews are in the process of tearing down walls to create open spaces and removing overhead ductwork. Outside, crews are preparing to begin utility work. Currently they are in the process of creating a manhole to allow underground access. Since the Brody building will be LEED certified, crews are taking special care with recycling, separating different types of materials into different recycling containers.

Brody Renovation
March 31

Asbestos abatement on the first floor of Brody is nearing completion. Throughout the building, crews are making preparations for the major construction projects that will begin in the coming weeks. From a planning perspective, crews have been working on testing various floor covering materials for stain resistance and durability.

Brody Construction
Brody Construction
March 17

Asbestos abatement continues at Brody. All other non-abatement areas on the first floor, which are still part of the renovation, have been stripped of flooring and ceiling coverings, leaving pipes and electrical outfitting exposed.

February 27

Asbestos abatement continues at Brody. Crews have finished the north wing first floor and are currently working in the classrooms along the east side of the building. The ceilings have been removed at the loading dock and in the compactor room. Temporary walls have also been built to separate the work areas from the occupied areas.

Brody Renovation
Brody Renovation
February 20

The transitional Brody Sparty’s is set up in the area that used to be the old Puffin’s Pastry Shop and is open for business from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. Asbestos abatement continues and the classroom near the main floor women’s restroom now has an exposed concrete ceiling and no carpeting.

Brody Construction
Brody Construction
February 6

The main hallway and northwest entrance of the Brody Building are now closed for construction. Workers are abating areas for asbestos throughout the space, carpet has been torn up in the main hallway (revealing the floor tiles below), and work has begun within the office spaces.

December 29

H&FS employees are removing furniture and other items from the Brody Building for salvage in anticipation of construction.

Brody Renovations
Sparty's at Brody Complex
December 18

With authorization to proceed from the MSU Board of Trustees, the Brody Complex will undergo dynamic renovations to create an exciting new environment, complete with inviting community spaces and new dining features for Spartans to enjoy. A renovation of the main Brody Building will transform the existing space into a one-of-a-kind residential experience that celebrates student life, and embodies MSU’s commitment to accessibility and sustainability. Brody will be H&FS’ first LEED certified construction project.

Sparty’s Convenience Store is relocating from the main floor of the Brody Building to a second floor location near where Puffin’s Pastries used to be located. H&FS and academic/advising staff have vacated their main floor offices and cleared the spaces for the upcoming renovation.