September 18, 2017: A very green week

After hosting a successful tree-planting service toward the end of last week, the landscaping and implementation of many “green” design features continues to take place on the interior and exterior of the Hagfors Center.

Read more about the specific developments that took place last week and those that will continue this week.

the green roof seen through the glass fritting in the atrium windowConstruction Site Work

Greenhouse, September 18, 2017“Live Roof”– Trays with various species and shades of sedum were installed last week on the new, green rooftop garden resting above the Hagfors Center’s flexible classroom (pictured, above).  

Greenhouse- Mechanical equipment is being installed in the greenhouse (pictured, right) to manage humidity, heating, and cooling.

Bur Oak, September 18, 2017
The Bur Oak stands by, but will be planted yet this week.

Landscaping- Exterior landscaping work continues after the successful placement of a mature State Street Maple in the roundabout. Another of the largest trees, second to the maple, is the Bur Oak (pictured, right), which will be planted to the west of the building this week.

Sod- The entire plot south of the Hagfors Center, near Anderson Hall, was covered with fresh sod (pictured, below).

Parking lot- Finishing work took place in the newly paved parking lot as crews painted striping lines to mark the parking spaces.

Skyway- Final metal panels will be installed on the underside of the skyway.

Corridors- Rubber floor tile is being installed and, aside from the base trim that has yet to be placed, first floor corridors are nearly complete.

Christ Learning Commons- Wood-slat ceilings are being installed, and audio visual for the projection system in the Hagfors Center’s flexible classroom are being worked on this week. The aforementioned “Live Roof” rests above this learning space.

Aquarium room– Epoxy will be laid as a moisture barrier on the floor of the aquarium room this week.

Chemistry labs– Plumbing is being finalized and copper lines will be tested in chemistry labs on the third floor.

Sod by Anderson Hall, September 18, 2017
Sod being placed near Anderson Hall.
Gundale Ceiling
The Gundale Chapel ceiling is substantially complete.

Gundale Chapel– The chapel ceiling was finished last week. All that remains at the chapel ceiling is the installation of artwork (taking place in late November), which will hang from the cables (pictured, right). Other work in the chapel includes the installation of carpet along with the installation of a glass panel, which will be placed between the two wood panels comprising the feature wall.

September 11, 2017: Urban arboretum in time for the fall

Significant landscaping, sidewalk, and road work have been finished just in time to welcome the newest class of Auggies! With the reopening of 21st Avenue, students, faculty and staff, and members of the community (and their dogs!) are now able to walk and drive through our newly constructed surroundings and admire the work that’s been accomplished over the summer.

Read more about the specific developments that took place last week and those that will continue this week.

Landscape and roundabout almost complete, September 11, 2017
The landscaping and roundabout are taking shape.

Construction Site Work

September 11, 2017, Porous Pavement
Porous pavement was completed this week in the north parking lot.

Roundabout: Last week, for the first time, the new Hagfors Center roundabout and sidewalks were open to vehicular traffic and pedestrians. McGough is still coordinating additional work in this area with Augsburg and the city, so please be mindful of speed while passing through (photo, above).

Tree planting: Augsburg’s vision to host an urban arboretum is currently being realized with the planting of various species of trees near the entrance and along the east side. This Thursday and Friday, 21st Avenue and 7th Street will be closed to make room for the delivery of a mature State Street Maple that will be planted in the roundabout – and for the gathering centered around this event. The tree-planting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m., following the Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s final plenary session on Friday, September 15. NPPF guests will be led by Campus Ministry, Interfaith Fellows, 4 Dakota Riders and Ojibwe Water Walkers in an interfaith communal blessing.

Finished labs, September 11, 2017
Other than final cleaning, the labs on the first floor are almost ready for our students to conduct experiments.

Landscaping: Additional landscape work will continue to take place as crews lay sod at the beginning of this week in the south and east portions of the site.

Pavement and lighting: Porous pavement has been installed in the north parking lot, and light poles have been erected (photo, right).

Labs: The labs on first floor along the east side of the building are almost complete (photo, right).

Flooring and corridors: Rubber tile flooring in the first floor corridors will be placed this week, while work to complete door installation continues. On the first and second floor, epoxy flooring is being poured in areas requiring a higher level of water resistance (photo, below).

Mechanical: Specialists will begin to test the mechanical heating and cooling equipment this week. This equipment was placed early in the construction phase due to its size and will finally be operationalized in the next few days.

Doors and Corridors, September 11, 2017
Doors have been installed and rubber flooring will be placed in the main corridors.

July 31, 2017: The lobby finish line

Finishing work in the Hagfors Center lobby is making rapid progress as continued wood panel installation, terrazzo art work, and lighting placement are being diligently undertaken by crews and supporting staff. For a look at last week’s progress and this week’s priorities, continue reading below.

July 31, 2017, roundabout sidewalk
The roundabout being prepped for concrete pour.

Construction Site Work

July 31, 2017, lighting installed in lobby
Lights (white cylinders hanging next to concrete columns) were placed last week.

The roundabout. A blend of regular and colored concrete will be poured this week to form the walkways circling the roundabout (photo, above).

Interior finishes. Work in interior spaces continued last week as bathrooms were tiled, acoustical ceiling tiles on the first level offices were installed, and lighting was hung in the main lobby (photo, right).

Grow rooms. 18-feet by 15-feet grow rooms (similar in form to walk-in freezers), were installed in the grow rooms for the biology department. In the next two weeks, the project will finish with the installation of special lighting and shelves (photo below, left).

July 31, 2017, terrazzo finishes
Final stages of terrazzo art installation.
July 31, 2017, Shells for grow room freezers
Grow rooms take shape as shells are installed.

Terrazzo. Finishes on the terrazzo floor are taking place this week (see photo of last week’s progress below, right). Next week we can anticipate a dramatic before/after picture highlighting the work done in the final phase to complete the installation.

Exterior work. Foundational landscape work continues as the sprinkler irrigation system for planting is embedded in the green space surrounding the Hagfors Center.

Mechanical missioning. Piping for the heating system was recently cleaned and is being filled with a water mixture. Testing, balancing, and commissioning of this system will then begin.

July 24, 2017: Dream and design rapidly becoming a reality

While the behind-the-scene work continues (electrical, grading, ventilation, etc.), this phase of construction tends to be even more exciting for onlookers. Much of the interior and exterior finishing work is taking place so rapidly that passers-by are able to more readily see concept become reality.

Highlights from this week and progress from last week include:

July 21. Terrazzo Finishing
Sanding and sealing will complete our terrazzo art installation.
July 21. Roundabout sidewalks.
The way has been paved for sidewalks to take shape circling our roundabout.

Terrazzo lobby floor. This week, crews are entering the completion phase for the Hagfors Center’s terrazzo art installation (see photo above – also, see last week’s update for a view of the progress and information regarding the concept). The process of grinding it with finer and finer stones, then finishing with a special sealer for preservation, begins this week.

The roundabout. Prep work and grading is complete, and concrete pours for the sidewalks circling the roundabout (see photo, right) will take place this week.

Stormwater basin. The construction trailers, used as offices for site supervisors and as a meeting point for touring donors, were removed last week to make room for excavation, allowing crews to finish grading for the stormwater basin.

Oren Gateway. Concrete pours surrounding Oren Gateway (pictured, below) are yet another finish that started last week and will continue through this week.

July 21. Oren Gateway Surround
Concrete pours surrounding Oren Gateway will make product delivery a breeze.

Grow rooms. Installation of grow rooms will begin this week. These rooms are climate-controlled chambers used for plant research.

Carpet installation. On the interior, flooring installation continues. Resilient flooring started previously and will be moving up to the second floor while office areas are being prepped for carpet installation.

May 22, 2017: Then and now

Construction, May 2016
Laying the groundwork in May, 2016
May 22, 2017
Progressing toward the finish line in May, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last May, the building crews for the Hagfors Center were just beginning to break ground and lay basic foundations. This side-by-side comparison of the construction site from last year to this year shows how much progress can be made in twelve short months. Read below to learn more about last week’s highlights and this week’s priorities.

Construction Site Work

  • Closure of 21st Avenue South; restricted parking in Lot A. In order to accommodate the next phase of construction, a portion of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street are now closed to pedestrian and street traffic through the summer. Pedestrians are still able to cross 21st Avenue South to access Anderson and Luther residence halls to the south of the construction site; and vehicles can still
    Concrete bench seating, May 22, 2017
    The concrete bench seating is almost complete.

    access South 8th Street and the parking lots south of it. Vehicles and pedestrians are able to use the north end of 21st Avenue South to access Riverside Avenue, South 6th Street, the driveway adjacent to Oren Gateway Center, and the private home south of Oren. Augsburg also has designated Lot A as construction-related parking only. Special permits are required to park in that lot.

  • Seating. The site’s three, gray-toned, concrete benches took form last week (pictured, right) after being formed and poured. Crews will now focus on backfilling and leveling the ground around the perimeter of the curved structures.
  • Glass Art Installation, May 22, 2017
    Teri Kwant’s artwork has created a new lens through which to see campus and downtown Minneapolis.

    Sidewalks. Crews are continuing to develop the walkways along the east side of the building and 7th Street this week by forming and pouring the concrete for sidewalks (weather permitting).

  • Skyway. Artist Teri Kwant’s glass art instillation was finally set in place and now offers a uniquely layered perspective of downtown for those passing through (pictured, right). Now that the artistic glass has been set, work can begin on sealing up the skyway – which will start with installation of the spray foam at the head of the skyway.
  • Main entrance. Crews are beginning to install the window system flanking the center’s west entrance.
  • Main lobby. Recessed lighting was installed and strategically positioned to illuminate the elm walls in the lobby while shade pockets in the learning commons and main lobby are being placed along the windows (see design, bottom right).

    Rendering of lights, May 22, 2017
    The recessed lighting pictured on the ceiling of this design were aimed to highlight the feature wall last week.
  • Basement flooring. The installation of a few colors of flooring for the building’s basement level began and will continue through this week. The flooring includes colored rubber at classroom and lab entry alcoves that coordinates with the color of the exterior fins (pictured, bottom left).

    Basement flooring, May 22, 2017
    Rubber and concrete flooring have been installed in the basement and science labs.

May 15, 2017: On schedule and under budget

Roofs, generators, drywall, and seating… Yet another week of progress was made on schedule and under budget thanks to the hard and thoughtful work of our crews and contractors. Read more about last week’s accomplishments and this week’s plans:

Construction Site Work

  • Drywall delivery, May 15, 2017
    Bird’s eye view of drywall delivery. Four sheets of drywall are being transferred through a second story window.

    Closure of 21st Avenue South; restricted parking in Lot A. In order to accommodate the next phase of construction, a portion of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street are now closed to pedestrian and street traffic through the summer. Pedestrians are still able to cross 21st Avenue South to access Anderson and Luther residence halls to the south of the construction site; and vehicles can still access South 8th Street and the parking lots south of it. Vehicles and pedestrians are able to use the north end of 21st Avenue South to access Riverside Avenue, South 6th Street, the driveway adjacent to Oren Gateway Center, and the private home south of Oren. Augsburg also has designated Lot A as construction-related parking only. Special permits are required to park in that lot.

  • Drywall delivery. The classrooms, hallways, meeting rooms, and more are coming together as the crews continue to drywall the interior. The crane (pictured, right) is transporting sheets of drywall to the second level as members of the crew wait to receive and install. 
  • Generator set. Prep work on the generator set continues this week. Weather permitting, the Hagfors Center will have permanent power by the end of the month.
  • Concrete seating, May 15, 2017
    Forms for concrete seating being poured this week.

    Site work. Progress on the concrete seating continues this week. The crews are completing the pour with a (grey) colored concrete that will shape the benches. Prep work for the sidewalks along 21st Avenue will also begin weather permitting (photo, right).

  • Last precast, May 15, 2017
    Last panel of precast is set and exterior is finished.

    Precast finished. A milestone was reached as the last precast panel was set last week finishing the exterior facade (photo, bottom right) .

  • Skyway. Spray foam was installed under the skyway last week. The installation of bird-safe glass walls and final framing along the sides of the skyway will be completed this week.
  • Roof. Metal panels around the curtain wall (glass wall of the chapel) and the perimeter of the roof are being installed (photo, bottom left).
  • Site utility work. The city will be connecting and installing water mains along the west side of the site, along 20th Avenue South.

    Roof metal panels, May 15, 2017
    The metal panels (along the right) are being installed along the roof. The glass on the left is the ceiling of the chapel.

May 8, 2017: Some concrete changes

New sidewalks, new seating, a new roundabout, and sunny skies. The work being done this week around Hagfors will offer a more concrete vision (literally and figuratively) of the new, emerging landscape for campus pedestrians.

See below for additional updates on this week’s construction work.

Skyway and sidewalk excavation, 5.8.17
Work on the underside of the skyway and sidewalk excavation begins making room for the roundabout.
Skip Hoist and Mobile Crane
The skip hoist (left) is removed this week as the mobile crane (right) takes its place for precast installation.

Construction Site Work

  • Grow Room Chambers, 5.8.17
    Equipment for “grow rooms” has been placed.
    The Freight Elevator, May 8, 2017
    The freight elevator passed inspection and will now be used to transport construction personnel and materials.

    Closure of 21st Avenue South; restricted parking in Lot A. In order to accommodate the next phase of construction, a portion of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street are now closed to pedestrian and street traffic through the summer. Pedestrians are still able to cross 21st Avenue South to access Anderson and Luther residence halls to the south of the construction site; and vehicles can still access South 8th Street and the parking lots south of it. Vehicles and pedestrians are able to use the north end of 21st Avenue South to access Riverside Avenue, South 6th Street, the driveway adjacent to Oren Gateway Center, and the private home south of Oren. Augsburg also has designated Lot A as construction-related parking only. Special permits are required to park in that lot.

  • The roundabout. Site work for what will be the roundabout at the intersection of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street — just outside the main entrance to the building — is underway. Crews are removing sidewalks and starting excavation to prepare for this work (see photo).
  • Outdoor seating. Concrete pours for seating areas along the east side of the building (21st Avenue South) are scheduled this week. 
  • Skyway. Final framing and for the exterior glass will be completed on the skyway walls, as framing and insulation for the underside of the skyway begin (see photo).
  • Skip hoist. The skip hoist on the north end of the building has been removed, crews will begin installing the precast brick panels where the skip hoist used to be. A mobile crane has been erected on site for this work (see photo).
  • Emergency generator pad. Crews will begin to pour concrete for the emergency generator pad in the electrical yard on the north side of the building.
  • Rooftop. Installation of the louvers on the screen wall for the rooftop mechanical area is underway this week The louvers allow for air circulation to the the mechanical area while hiding the mechanical equipment from view.
  • Grow rooms. Some of the equipment has arrived for two of the biology “grow rooms” (see photo).
  • Freight elevator. The freight elevator at the north end of the building has passed inspection and is now operational (see photo from last week).Going forward, crews will use this elevator, instead of the external skip hoist, to move equipment and materials to upper floors.

May 2, 2017: New starts and new finishes

Skyway Roof is complete! May 1, 2017
In spite of the snow, the skyway roof was finished.

Last week was an exciting one at Augsburg! With events ranging from commencement and baccalaureate to moving-out, there was no shortage of busy activity. And, while students were lifting and loading their belongings out of the dorms, the lifting and loading continued at Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion.

CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK

  • Skyway interior installations, May 1, 2017
    Crew installs flashing in advance of framing.

    Closure of 21st Avenue South; restricted parking in Lot A. In order to accommodate the next phase of construction, a portion of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street are now closed to pedestrian and street traffic through the summer. Pedestrians will continue to be able to cross 21st Avenue South to access Anderson and Luther residence halls to the south of the construction site; and vehicles will continue to have access to South 8th Street and the parking lots south of it. Vehicles and pedestrians will also continue to be able to use the north end of 21st Avenue South to access Riverside Avenue, South 6th Street, the driveway adjacent to Oren Gateway Center, and the private home south of Oren. Augsburg also has designated Lot A as construction-related parking only. Special permits are required to park in that lot.

  • Skyway. Skyway construction reached a milestone last week as crews finished the insulation and final roofing.
    Last Bath for Hagfors Center, May 1, 2017
    The crew gave the building its last rinse before exterior walkways and work around the perimeter begins.

    Crews also began installing the framing for the skyway glass and will begin framing for the metal panels on the underside this week. See photos at right.

  • Window fins. Noticeable progress has been made on the exterior, as crews have begun installing the colorful
    The coffee shop is coming, May 1, 2017
    Frames and headers for what will soon be the coffee shop.

    fins on the bump-outs framing the windows, adding a splash of color to the building.

  • A bath for the building. Work on the walkways surrounding the building will be underway soon, so crews took this last opportunity to bring heavy equipment and vehicles near the building to give it a quick wash (see photo at right).
  • Skip hoist removal. The skip hoist on the north side of the building is scheduled to be removed this week. Exterior finishes in that area will be installed following removal of the skip hoist.
  • Hagfors Center coffee shop. Though not immediately apparent from the picture to the right, a new header and framing now provide the basic structure to continue working on the coffee shop that will be located near the skyway entrance on the second level.
  • Interior. Laboratory casework is being installed on first level, and painting is underway on both the first and second floors.