Each Civil and Environmental Engineering team is responsible for developing a design that addresses environmental, geotechnical, hydrological, pavement, transportation, and structural issues for the project. A student project manager coordinates each team. Design reports are judged by the faculty; progress reports and the oral presentations are judged by a board of practicing professionals.
The Fall 2016 project and teams were:
CE 495 SENIOR DESIGN IN CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Michigan State University to Lake Lansing Trail Connector
Meridian Township has proposed a pathway linking Michigan State University to Lake Lansing. Ultimately this project would require about 5 miles of new pathways along a corridor that connects the MSU campus to commercial and employment destinations such as the Meridian Mall, Meijer, as well as other township and county park facilities. The first phase of this project consists of approximately 1.1 miles of pathway running mostly north along the Red Cedar River between Hagadorn Road and Park Lake Road. This phase of the project will include a new pedestrian bridge crossing the Red Cedar River, as well as two separate boardwalk locations.
The preliminary engineering design must identify infrastructure improvements necessary to procure this project for construction. At the west end of the project, the trail will connect to Hagadorn Road at Shaw Lane at an existing pedestrian crossing to the MSU Campus. The trail crosses the Red Cedar River just east of Hagadorn Road from the MSU Community Music School. From that point, the trail will be positioned north of the river banks along various residential (apartments), commercial, and industrial parcels. Initial plans call for approximately 1,200 feet of boardwalk at specified locations due to the topography and access constraints. The project is coupled with potential expansion of the operations at a local brewery near the midpoint of the trail. Ellison Brewery was evaluated for expansion of their production capacity with regards to their water use and wastewater production. These two projects were considered as occurring simultaneously with coordination mutual to the benefit of the public.
Key: E = Environmental, G = Geotechnical, H = Hydrology, P = Pavements, PM = Project Manager S = Structures, T = Transportation and WR = Water Resources
TEAM 1: HTGN ENGINEERING
Left to Right: Peiwen Wang (T), Sihao Gu (S), Stephanie Fierens (PM), Nolan Pacitto (H), Ryan Singles (P), Jacob Dolecki (E)
TEAM 2: GREEN LINE ENGINEERING
Left to Right: Emma Floyd (T), Eric Williams (PM), Drew Valentine (S), Xing Su (P), Mitchell Harvey (H), Erin McMachen (E)
TEAM 3: SPARTAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Left to Right: Mitchel Reed (E), Matthew Sylvester (H), Alyse Way (PM), Kemir Kouassi (P), Zhencheng Yang (S), Cole Moody (T)
TEAM 4: EMBER ENGINEERING
Left to Right: Sheng Chen (S), Brandon Vasher (T), Katie Haynes (E), Michael Stevens (PM), Jerome Rogers (P), Andrew Bertapelle (H)
TEAM 5: SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
Left to Right: Spencer Koblinski (H), Michael Bucrek (S), Alexandria Burtt (PM), Yuanpeng Wang (P), Dandre Walker (E), Jacob Swanson (T)
TEAM 6: ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Left to Right: Anna Nguyen, Anthony Dilernia, Nathaniel Weeks, Kelsey Khoury
Team 6 has a special project in cooperation with Engineers without Borders (EWB) working on the design of a Rainwater Collection and Purification System in Buyuni, Tanzania. Buyuni is a rural community located 40 kilometers from the city center of Dares Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. The completed system will include collection, storage, treatment, and distribution of collected rainwater. With the construction of the school and water supply, the children would no longer have to travel 3 hours a day to/from school. The scope of work includes the design of a rainwater collection system and purification system (including all piping, valving, and tanks). This project is scheduled for construction next summer.