Nick Fransted, PE
CMET Division Manager
As the economy has transitioned over the last few years, higher education has become a significant topic of discussion in communities around the State. Whether you are a student evaluating your future goals, a young professional bettering yourself for your career, a business owner looking for the most qualified candidate to hire or an education professional, the one thing in common is the value of higher education. Materials Testing Consultants, Inc. has its own appreciation for higher education as we offer professional services to our clients from our team consisting of geotechnical engineers, civil engineers, environmental & asbestos professionals, structural steel inspectors, and certified engineering technicians.
This past year MTC provided services at a considerable number of colleges and universities around the State of Michigan including Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Central Michigan University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Michigan (U of M).
Our staff members are trained to work as an independent testing agency while providing services as part of a team with the design and construction members to arrive at a high quality product in the best interest of the Owner. We want to be an active member of the team that imparts quality to the project while not reducing the responsibilities of the individual trades to provide quality materials and work as part of the project.
We have focused on two of those projects. The first is the $60 million renovation of the nine-story South Quadrangle at the University of Michigan where Clark Construction is the General Contractor. The project includes a central dining area, new bathrooms, new community lounges and study rooms and renovation of existing ones, and the construction of two-story additions to the front and back of the building. The south addition includes two levels below grade to support the chiller plant and HVAC upgrades. A cooling tower is being constructed at the roof level requiring additional piping throughout the building. We provide daily on-site testing and inspection services on the project by our lead technician Rainer Frisbie and steel inspector Mike Holston consisting of subgrade soils, concrete, soil density, masonry, steel, fireproofing, roofing, anchor bolts and waterproofing.
We also have been providing the complete construction materials testing for the $25 million North End Zone addition to Spartan Stadium on Michigan State University’s campus where Barton Malow is the Construction Manager. The twostory, 51,000 sf addition includes new locker rooms for the 2013 Big Ten Champion and Rose Bowl Champion football team and offices for the athletic department in the lower level while the second level will house the new recruiting room and additional offices. Renovations within the existing stadium locker rooms and offices are also underway. MTC monitored the installation of the soldier pile and lagging in addition to the augercast tangent pile earth retention up to 18 feet tall near the existing structure. Our testing and inspection services provided by our lead technician Jason Sheridan, field engineer Jon O’Brock and steel inspector Mike Holston included monitoring of the pile load tests, grout, foundation subgrade soils, concrete, soil density, steel erection, and masonry.
Both of these projects among the many other projects are important to everyone involved with the schools. More importantly, they are critical to the advancement of future generations in our communities. While football may not be a priority to everyone, there is nothing better than a little college rivalry among your community members, office peers, friends and family.