November 13, 2017: Occupancy

Stu Anderson in safety vest and hard hat standing in new office
Stu Anderson, associate professor and chair of the Physics Department, stands in his new office in the Hagfors Center

Last week, the Hagfors Center received the official certificate of occupancy, meaning that Augsburg now will take control of the building. There are a number of projects to complete within the building — including Installation of furniture, art, signage and information technology — before the campus has general access to the building and spring-term classes begin January 8, 2018. One of those projects is the installation of the multi-story murals in the stairwells. Work on that project will begin in the west stairwell later this week.

Following are additional photos and updates for the week of November 13:

Lobby. The protective plywood covering has been removed from the lobby, showcasing the terrazzo floor design in the space. Crews are installing the final elm wood window sills and will install the operable doors on the flexible classroom space in the next several weeks. See the photos below for a current glimpse of the lobby.

Lobby area
A view of the lobby from the ground floor, with the flexible classroom straight ahead and the glass donor wall to the right.
Lobby view from third floor
A view of the lobby from the third-floor overlook, showing the terrazzo floor and a couple of elm wood window sills ready for installation.















Furniture. Furniture deliveries and installation continue this week. The photo below shows an office with furniture partially installed.

Office with desk and shelves
Office furniture installation is underway.











Chapel doors. The door handles for the Gundale Chapel were custom made by Augsburg Facilities Director Dennis Stuckey. The project used wood reclaimed from the elm tree that stood just north of Anderson Residence Hall before it succumbed to Dutch Elm disease in the summer of 2016. The photo below shows the elm wood handles installed on one of the chapel doors.

Glass door with wooden dowel handles
The elm wood handles for the Gundale Chapel doors were made by Augsburg Facilities Director Dennis Stuckey.















Community garden. The community garden area north and west of the building has been graded, and this week, McGough construction will pour concrete beams in the ground, which will support new garden beds (see photo below). Plans call for a combination of raised beds and on-grade beds in the community garden. Additional sidewalks will also be poured on the south and east sides of the garden area. Timing of that work will be determined after the garden beds are anchored on the site.

Rectangle raised garden bed
Raised garden beds are being fabricated off site and will be installed in the community garden in time for spring planting.


November 6, 2017: Walls, floors, equipment

Text of donor names etched in window
The names of Hagfors Center donors are etched in a first-floor classroom window
Carpeted wall covering installation
Crews install carpet wall covering in the corridor seating areas.

McGough Construction crews continue to prepare for inspections and final walkthroughs of the Hagfors Center. Last week, windows etched with donor names were installed in a first-floor classroom off the main lobby. (See photo above.) Other construction site work this week includes the following:

  • Wall coverings in corridor seating areas. Crews are installing carpeted wall coverings above the built in benches in corridor seating areas. (See photo at right.)
  • Floors and sills. The installation of elm wood window sills continues this week. Crews are also installing flooring in the flexible classroom and base trim around the edges of the floor. In the main lobby, the plywood that has been protecting the terrazzo floor will be removed this week.
  • Mechanical air (HVAC) systems. Crews will continue air pressure balancing of the air systems in the building this week.
  • Signage. Regulatory codes require certain building signage to be installed before Augsburg can take possession of the building. These include stairwell signs, as shown in the photo below, at left.
  • Coffee shop operable wall. When the Hagfors Center coffee shop is not open for business, it will be enclosed by a wooden wall. The photo below at right shows the operable wall, folded into the open position to the left of the coffee shop. The skyway connection to Lindell Library is off to the right.
Stairwell sign
Wayfinding signage has begun to be installed in the building’s stairwells.
Coffee shop near skyway
An operable wood wall, shown here in the open, folded position, will close off the coffee shop when it is not open for business.












  • Grow tables and equipment. Along with additional furniture deliveries, equipment is being installed in the Hagfors center this week — including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, sterilizers, glass washers, and grow tables. Below, at left, are the grow tables in the grow room. At right are the grow tables in the rooftop green house.
Grow tables under grow room lights
Grow tables have been installed in the Grow Room.
Grow tables in the rooftop greenhouse
The rooftop and Minneapolis skyline are visible beyond the grow tables in the fourth-floor greenhouse.

October 30, 2017: Furniture and final finishings

Hagfors Center and snow flurries
The first snow flurries of the season fall on Hagfors Center site.

Construction Site Work

Elm window sill
The window sill in the flexible classroom is made from elm wood reclaimed from a tree that had been located north of Anderson Residence Hall before it was removed due to Dutch Elm disease.

The first snow flurries of 2017 fell last week (see photo above) as construction crews prepare for final walkthroughs and inspections in the Hagfors Center, which are expected to occur over the next couple of weeks.

  • Flexible classroom finishes. Inside the flexible classroom, crews have installed an elm wood window sill (see photo at right) using wood reclaimed from the elm tree that stood just north of Anderson Residence Hall before it succumbed to Dutch Elm disease in the summer of 2016. The window sill was glued together in one, single piece, and then installed in the space. The reclaimed elm wood will also be used for the window sills in the main lobby, which crews are installing this week.
  • Flooring. Installation of rubber tile flooring is underway in the fourth-floor corridors and labs.
  • Furniture. Office furniture deliveries and installation will begin this week. These deliveries may involve large truck traffic to the site.
  • Crew members installing carpet
    Crews completed carpet installation in the skyway last week.

    Skyway carpeting. Carpet installation in the skyway has been completed. The photo below, at right, shows crews in the process of laying the carpet last week.

  • Grow room lights. Light bulbs have been installed in the grow room. (See photo, below, at left.) When illuminated, the lights shine as bright as the lights of a tanning booth.
Grow room lights, illuminated
Light bulbs have been installed in the grow room.











October 23, 2017: Exterior walkway and interior walkthroughs

Sidewalk from 20th Avenue South into campus
With the construction fence removed, the sidewalk from 20th Avenue South provides a path from the west edge of campus to the entrance to the quad.

Construction Site Work

  • East-west walkway. The construction fence has been removed from the Hagfors site, and people are welcome to walk along the new sidewalks that provide an east-west connection to 20th Avenue South (see photo above). Final landscaping and other site work is still underway, so pedestrians are asked to remain on the sidewalks as they traverse through the site.
  • Final walkthroughs and inspections. While crews finish up some final mechanical and electrical work in the fourth-floor labs, McGough Construction continues with final inspections and walkthroughs. The second-floor walkthrough was completed last week, and the third floor is scheduled for this week.
  • Green roof canopy. The green roof has been installed on the canopy above the main entrance (see photo below).
Green roof on canopy over the main entrance.
The canopy over the main entrance to the Hagfors Center now sports a green roof.












  • Skyway and coffee shop. The doors between the skyway and the Hagfors Center have been installed (see photo below, at left). Also installed is the equipment for the coffee shop, which is just inside the building from the skyway (see photo below, at right).
Skyway interior facing the doors to the Hagfors Center
An interior view of the skyway, facing the doors to the Hagfors Center.
Corner coffee shop with counter and equipment
The second-level coffee shop counter and equipment are in place.












  • Flooring. Rubber flooring is in the process of being installed on multiple levels of the building, including the lobby overlook areas (see photo of the third-floor lobby overlook, near the Gundale Chapel entrance, below at left). Epoxy flooring installation is underway in the lower level mechanical room (see photo below, at right).
New floor in upper-level lobby overlook area
Rubber flooring is being installed in corridors throughout the building, including the lobby overlook areas.
Mechanical room with newly installed flooring
The lower level mechanical room flooring installation is in progress.

October 16, 2017: A look at the labs

Chemistry lab hoods
A view of the fully installed hoods in a chemistry lab.

Construction Site Work

  • Cabinets for flammable materials
    The flammable materials storage area is substantially complete.

    Lab work. Installation of stainless steel countertops is underway in the labs but with only weeks to go on the Hagfors Center construction project, many areas of the building are beginning to look complete. The photo above shows a completed chemistry lab; at right is a photo of the storage room for flammable lab supplies.

  • Mechanical and fire alarm systems. Commissioning of the mechanical systems and testing of the fire alarm system are in progress as we quickly approach occupancy of the building.
  • Flooring. Crews are working on the epoxy flooring in the mechanical room this week, having completed the work in the grow rooms. Work on the first-floor corridor flooring also is underway this week.
  • A crew member cleans a window
    Window cleaning is part of the preparation for final walkthroughs.

    Shades and final walkthrough on second floor. Crews are installing shades and doing final clean-up on the second floor this week in preparation for the final walkthrough of the second-floor labs, classrooms, and offices. The photo at right shows a crew member cleaning the windows as part of the final preparation work.

  • Skyway. Crews will be finishing installation of lighting and mechanical systems in the skyway this week.
  • Coffee shop. Equipment and counter installation is scheduled for the second-floor coffee shop this week.
  • Third floor plumbing and clean up. Bathroom plumbing installation continues on the third floor this week, and final cleaning begins on that level.
  • Exterior. The final sidewalk on the west side of the building (see photo below) and the final plantings will be completed this week, weather permitting.
Sidewalk on west side of the site
The final section of sidewalk on the west side of the building is ready to be poured.


October 9, 2017: Benches and High-profile Tours

Outdoor benches
Installation of benches is underway on the patio outside the flexible classroom.

Construction Site Work

  • Outdoor benches.The benches outside the flexible classroom (pictured above) are made from Brazilian Ipe hardwood, a dense and durable wood that is naturally long-lasting. Bench installation is also in progress along the east side of the building.
  • Plantings. Landscaping crews continue with plantings on the north and west sides of the site this week.
  • Movable room partitions
    Operable partitions allow for flexible use of classroom and lab space.

    Interior walkthroughs. The final walkthrough of the basement and first-floor classrooms, labs and offices was successfully completed last week.

  • Operable partition walls. The photo at right shows the operable partition wall installed in a lab, providing flexible use of the two adjoining spaces.
  • Epoxy flooring. The epoxy floor in the roof-top green house is complete, and crews continue to work on the floor in the grow rooms this week.
  • Ceilings. The wood ceiling in the flexible classroom is substantially complete. (See photo below, at right.) Installation work continues this week on the ceilings in the skyway and common areas.
  • Second-level lobby area. Work on the ceiling and the floor is in progress in the second-floor area overlooking the lobby. (See photo below, at left.)
Ceiling and floor under construction in second-level lobby area
Work is underway on the ceiling and floor in the second-level lobby overlook area.
Ceiling installation in the flexible classroom
Ceiling installation work continues this week in the flexible classroom.














  • Donor brick wall. The wall of donor bricks in nearing completion. The photo below at right shows the completed section of the wall on the third floor.
  • High-profile tours. Last week, members of the Augsburg Board of Regents toured the Hagfors Center as part of their fall 2017 Board meeting. (See photo below, at left.) On Monday this week, participants of the Society of College and University Planners North Central Regional Conference also toured the building.

    Donor brick wall
    The completed portion of the donor brick wall on the third level of the Hagfors Center.
Board of Regents Tour
President Paul Pribbenow addresses members of the Board of Regents during a tour of the Hagfors Center

October 2, 2017: Ceilings, walls, and floors

There is a lot going on inside the Hagfors Center this week (see below), but there also will be a bike lane and sidewalk closure this week on 20th Avenue South. McGough Construction has coordinated with the City of Minneapolis to effect this closure in order to complete some curb and sidewalk finishing work, dependent on weather, this week.

Construction Site Work

In the flexible classroom, crews continue installation of the ceiling, including lighting, electrical and mechanical fixtures.

Man in lift installing wood ceiling slats
A crew member installs lights in the flexible classroom area.











In the skyway, lighting, sprinkler and mechanical work is underway in the ceiling. Hand rails will also be going in this week.

Skyway with ceiling installation in progress.
Ceiling and handrail installations are in progress in the skyway











Installation of the donor brick wall continues this week. The photo below shows the progress of the ground-floor wall, near the main lobby area.

Nearly completed wall of donor bricks
The donor brick wall on the ground floor is nearly complete














Progress also continues in the labs. The photo below shows a basement-level lab with casework installed and installation of lab tables in process. The carriers overhead will provide power, data connections, and exhaust for the lab stations.

Lab with lab tables partially installed
Lab tables are begging to be installed in this basement lab area











The building’s air handling systems are also coming online. The photo below shows members of the construction crew commissioning the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for the building.

Crew members using machines to set the HVAC system
Crews setting the HVAC system for the Hagfors Center











Crews also are preparing the corridor floors for the rubber floor covering. The photo below shows the second-floor corridor, near the coffee shop, ready for floor covering installation.

Corridor with machinery
Second-floor corridor floors are being prepped for floor covering installation.

September 25, 2017: Watch for new trees, and follow standard roundabout traffic patterns

Caution when driving to and through the roundabout. The new roundabout at the intersection of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street is a one-way, with all vehicular traffic expected to travel around the circle in a counter clockwise direction. In addition, please remember that South 7th Street is a one-way street, from east to west. Vehicles should not enter South 7th Street from the roundabout, or they will be driving in the incorrect direction. Finally, the roundabout is a no parking zone. Please be sure not to park your vehicles in the intersection or blocking the fire hydrants in the area. Illegally parked vehicles may be subject to ticketing by the City of Minneapolis.

Construction Site Work

Landscaping. The Bur Oak tree pictured below, left is the second largest tree planted on the site. (The largest was the maple tree planted in the center of the roundabout and blessed in an interfaith ceremony as part of the September 15 Nobel Peace Prize Forum events.) The tree is located on the southwest corner of the building and will be blessed as part of Augsburg’s daily chapel service on Thursday, September 28. Additional trees and plantings will be added to the west side of the Hagfors Center site this week. (See photo below, at right.)

Bur Oak planted west of Hagfors Center
This Bur Oak tree is the second largest to be planted on the Hagfors Center site.
Plantings on the west side of Hagfors
Landscaping work continues on the west side of the Hagfors Center.














Other exterior work. This week, handrails will be installed on the exterior staircases on the site. Crews also are finishing the lower portion of the screening on the mechanical area north of the building.This work is contingent on weather conditions.

Skyway. Installation of the ceiling grid, fin tube radiation, and hand rails begins this week in the skyway.

Flex classroom ceiling
Wood panels in the flexible classroom ceiling are beginning to be installed.

Flexible classroom. Crews are installing the wooden ceiling of the flexible classroom space this week (see photo at right), along with electrical, mechanical, lighting and sprinklers.

Other interior work. Work is in various stages of progress on the different floors of the building:

  • Basement – Crews are cleaning up and getting ready for the final review by Augsburg and HGA Architects.
  • First floor – The first floor — except the corridors — is also being prepped for final review.
  • Second floor – Completion of lab casework and installation of rubber tile and epoxy flooring are underway. Doors and hardware installation also is in progress on the second floor.
  • Third floor – Work on the third floor includes rubber and epoxy flooring in the labs, lab casework, and electrical and mechanical finishes.
  • Fourth floor – Lab casework is in progress on the fourth floor. In addition, plumbing, humidification, electrical, and grow lights are being installed in the rooftop greenhouse.

Donor brick wall. Preparations are underway for the wall that will showcase the bricks purchased by donors. The display will be located in the main lobby area of the building, on all three floors. The picture below shows the area on the main level being prepped for the first bricks to be installed.

Wall ready for donor brick installation.
A corner wall in the main lobby area on the first floor of the Hagfors Center is ready for donor bricks to be installed.


September 5, 2017: Landscaping and site work

Crews grade the area around the new roundabout at South 7th Street and 21st Avenue South
Landscaping around the roundabout.

Construction Site Work

Following the Labor Day weekend, construction crews continue with exterior and interior work on the Hagfors Center.

Roundabout. With the roundabout at the intersection of South 7th Street and 21st Avenue South set to open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic this week, crews will continue landscaping on the east and south sides of the intersection (see photo above). Once the roundabout is open, some work will still need to be completed in the area, which may affect parking near the roundabout and skyway. McGough Construction will work close with Augsburg to coordinate any related any related parking impacts.

New sidewalk. A new sidewalk now runs between the Hagfors Center and Luther Hall, connecting 20th Avenue South and 21st Avenue South (see photo below). The sidewalk is within the construction site, so is currently not open for use, but once the building is complete, this new pathway will create an east-to-west connection for pedestrians crossing campus.

Sidewalk between 20th and 21st Avenues South
New sidewalk runs from 20th Avenue South to 21st Avenue South, creating an east-to-west pedestrian path












North parking lot. The parking lot north of the building is ready for asphalt installation this week — a portion of which will be porous asphalt that allows rainwater to filter through it, which is part of the plans to qualify the Hagfors Center for silver LEED certification. Crews previously ran electrical conduit below the lot surface and prepared the area for proper drainage (see photo at left), then installed curb and gutter and graded the lot (see photo at right).

Electrical and drainage work on the north parking lot
Electrical and drainage work beneath the north parking lot.
Curb and gutter on the north parking lot
Curb and gutter in place on the north parking lot.











West side of Oren Gateway. Installation of the steel structure and decorative metal panel around the utilities area on the west side of Oren Gateway will be substantially completed this week. Crews will also complete landscaping around the screen wall this week.

Utility screen wall by Oren Gateway Center
Screen wall west of Oren Gateway Center.











Interior work. Crews are beginning window shade installation this week. Completion of other interior work is now focused on the 3rd floor of the building, while final quality control checklists are beginning to be reviewed on the lower floors.

Additional sidewalk and bike lane closure. The sidewalk and bike lane on 20th Avenue South have been re-opened but will require another closing at some point after this week to complete concrete curb and sidewalk work around the construction site. McGough Construction is coordinating with the City of Minneapolis on the timing of the closure. Watch for posted signs indicating closures in that area.







August 28, 2017: Elevators, labs, and chapel finishing work

Sidewalk and bike lane closures. McGough Construction has coordinated with the City of Minneapolis to close the sidewalk and bike lane on 20th Avenue South to accommodate concrete curb and sidewalk work around the construction site. Watch for signs indicating the closures in the area, and please continue to be safe around the construction area.

Roundabout on 21st Avenue South
The roundabout on 21st Avenue South will open for through traffic on September 6, 2017.

Construction Work:

Lobby elevator. Crews are finishing the wall area surrounding the lobby elevator doors on each level. The photo below shows the doors of the lobby elevator on the second floor.

Second-floor lobby elevator doors.
Finished walls around the lobby elevator doors on the second floor.












Lab equipment. Progress continues in the Hagfors Center labs. The photo at left, below, shows one-half of a teaching hood in a chemistry lab. Another unit — a mirror image of the currently installed unit — will be installed to the right of the current unit to complete the hood. In the grow room (see photo below, at right), lighting has been installed, which will simulate sunlight for the room.

Special lighting in grow rooms
Grow rooms include special lighting to simulate sunlight.

Chemistry lab teaching hood

Teaching hood in progress of being installed in a chemistry lab.


Chapel ceiling and walls. Crews continue work in the chapel this week. The framework for the stretched-fabric chapel ceiling has been installed. The photo below, at left, shows the framework, acoustical panels in the center, and plywood backing around the outside. Finishing of the chapel walls also is in progress, with crews installing elm wood on sections of the wall (see photo below, at right).

Chapel ceiling
Crews have installed the framework for the stretched fabric ceiling.
Chapel walls
Elm wood is being installed on the chapel walls.