CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK
Classes are out for the semester, but construction on the Hagfors Center continues. The work planned this week includes the following activities:
Partial street closure of 21st Avenue South. This week, 21st Avenue South will be closed to through traffic between South 6th and South 7th streets in order for McGough Construction to pour the floor of the skyway. The work is expected to continue until Friday, December 23, but the schedule is dependent on weather. The concrete work requires covering and heating the skyway 24 hours per day until the concrete is poured and cured. McGough Construction coordinated the timing of this work with Augsburg College and the City of Minneapolis, intentionally scheduling it during the holiday break to minimize impact on traffic and parking on campus. During the closure, appropriate signage will be set up. Vehicular traffic will be unable to drive through the closed area. However, safe sidewalk access on the east side of 21st Avenue will be maintained.
- Window frames and glass. Window frames continue to be installed this week. The window frames — and the mullion extensions that will be added in the future — add vibrant color to the Hagfors Center exterior. (See the photo at the right of the window frames being installed on the east side of the building.) Construction crews also will begin to set the window glass into the exterior windows this week.
- Precast exterior brick. Installation of the exterior brick precast panels continues on the west side of the north wing and will be completed in the area near the skyway on the east side of that wing this week, weather permitting. Once the precast panels are in place, construction crews will begin enclosing the space.
- Stairwells. Construction of the steel structure in the north stair will be completed this week, and work will begin on the west wing stair case, near 20th Avenue South.
- Roof work. The fourth-floor roof and the roof of the mechanical structure on the fourth level of the north wing will be installed this week, weather permitting. The work involves installing insulation, then rolling out the white, reflective roofing that is part of the LEED certification for the building.
- Interior wall framing. Installation of wall studs for the interior walls on the first level of the west wing continues this week. Wall framing for the exterior ring — the faculty offices and physics labs — on the first level of the north wing also begins this week.
- Fireproofing in the lobby. Fireproofing continues on the third level of the lobby area this week. This work requires that a minimum temperature be maintained. The plastic covering in the lobby area helps the construction crews heat the area to the required temperature for this work.