June 19, 2017: Lobby lighting

McGough Construction crews and HGA architects did an early morning shift last week–arriving on campus at 4:30 a.m., before dawn, to position the main ceiling lights in the lobby to illuminate the 2-story elm wood wall. The photos below show the warm glow of the lights from inside the lobby and outside the building, a glow that will be much appreciated during the short days of winter!

Ceiling lights illuminate the wood wall in the lobby
Ceiling lights are positioned to illuminate the 2-story elm wood wall in the Hagfors Center lobby.
An exterior view of the illuminated Hagfors Center lobby.
The illuminated Hagfors Center lobby is visible from outside the building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Site Work

Ceiling grid and tile installation in progress in the lobby
Installation of the lobby ceiling grid, tile, and lights was completed last week.

Lobby ceiling. Last week, crews worked to install the lobby ceiling grid, tile, and lights and complete other work at the upper level of the lobby area (see photo at left). With the completion of this work, the temporary work platform around the suspended chapel will be removed this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A back hoe digs a footing for a screen post.
Crews continue to dig footings for the electrical yard screen on the north side of the building.

Electrical yard. Work continues on the screen that will surround the electrical yard on the north side of the building. The photo at left shows a back hoe digging footings for additional posts for the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exterior steps on the north side of the building
A new staircase connects the sidewalk along South 6th Street to the site.

North side stairs. Steps from the sidewalks on north and east sides have been poured. The photo at left shows crews working on the north stairs, along South 6th Street, last week. Digging also continues for the storm water basin on the south side of the building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior view of the mechanical room.
Mechanical equipment installed on the fourth level of the north wing.

Interior work. Crews continue with mechanical, electrical, and sheetrock installation on all levels of the building and in the skyway. The photo at the left shows an interior view of the fourth-floor boiler room, which was substantially completed several weeks ago.

 

 

June 12, 2017: Installation of the elm wood wall

Installation of elm wood panels on the lobby wall
Crews install elm wood panels on the two-story wall in the Hagfors Center lobby.

Construction Site Work

Interior

  • Interior corridor work.
    Interior work continues in the Hagfors Center corridors.

    Elm wood wall. Crews continue installation this week of the elm wood panels on the two-story wood wall at the center of the lobby. (See photo above.)

  • Lobby work. Electrical, mechanical, and sheetrock work continues in the lobby area of the building this week. Crews are also completing the work in the upper level of the lobby area, after which the temporary work platform around the suspended chapel (which was installed in early April) will be removed.
  • Skyway. Work has begun on the skyway tie-in to Lindell Library, which includes installation of a glass curtainwall and door system. For now, the work is visible only from the skyway side (not from inside the library).
  • Other interior work. Installation of electrical, mechanical and drywall is underway on all levels of the building (see photo of a corridor under construction, at right). Crews also are continuing lab casework installation on the second level, having completed this work in the basement and on the first floor.

Exterior

  • Outdoor stairs. Steps from the sidewalks on north and east sides of the site will be poured this week, weather permitting. Site plans ensure that all sidewalk areas of the site also have accessible entrances and exits.
  • Posts for the electrical yard screenwall is in progress
    Installation is underway of the posts for the screen wall for the electrical yard on the north side of the building.

    Electrical yard. Installation of the posts for the screen wall on the north side of the building is underway (see photo, at right). The wall will screen the electrical equipment on the site from view.

  • Site work on the south side. Crews began digging the storm water basin on the south side of the building this week. The long-term plan is to extend this basin to the east, creating a greenway across 21st Avenue South and into the center of campus. That extension requires the demolition of the existing science building and would be part of a future construction project. Until then, the basin will be located within the Hagfors Center construction site boundaries.
  • Color accent on the flexible classroom space. The color-accent fins — similar to those on the bump-out windows on the rest of the building — have been installed on the exterior of the flexible classroom space on the south side of the building.

June 5, 2017: Power and gas

Xcel Energy completed the final electricity connection to the Hagfors Center last week (see photo below), and the new gas meters have been installed (with gas connection expected in the next week or so). Meanwhile, construction work continues both inside the building and throughout the site — see below for this week’s updates.

Xcel connects power for the Hagfors Center.
Xcel Energy crews work on the site west of Oren Gateway Center to connect power for the Hagfors Center. Also visible in the photo are the footings for the screen wall, which will be installed later in the year.

Construction Site Work

  • East side exterior seating. Work continues on the concrete walkways connecting the circular seating areas on the east side of the building (see photo below, at left). Weather permitting, the sidewalk along 21st Avenue South also will be poured this week.
  • West side site work. Grading and preparations for concrete work are underway on the west side of the building. Bases for the light poles that will be installed in this area are also in place. (See photo below, at right.)
Concrete walkways are under construction to connect the outdoor seating area east of the building.
Work continues on the concrete walkways connecting the circular seating on the east side of the building.
Grading on the west side of the building.
Grading is underway on the construction site west of the building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Interior. Drywall installation continues on the first level of the building. In the photo below, at left, Norm (far left) and Vangie (second from right) Hagfors stand in the Religion Department home with HGA Architect Bill Blanski (second from left), and President Paul Pribbenow (far right).
  • Skyway. Work is underway on the mechanical, electrical, and drywall installation for the skyway’s recessed soffits (see photo below, at right).
The Hagfors tour the site with Architect Bill Blanski and President Pribbenow
[L to R] Norm Hagfors, HGA Architect Bill Blanski, Vangie Hagfors, President Paul Pribbenow.
Crews work on the interior soffits of the skyway.
Crews work on the interior soffits of the skyway.

 

 

 

May 30, 2017: Preparations for the elm wood wall

Crews have completed installation of the window fin extensions that add accent colors to the exterior of the Hagfors Center. The photo below shows several of those windows, as well as the perfect blending of the precast brick with the handset brick on the flexible classroom.

Handset and precast brick sections blend beautifully
The handset brick on the flexible classroom (right) blends perfectly with the precast brick installed on the rest of the building.

Construction Site Work

Frame of two-story lobby wall .
Elm wood panels will be attached to the two-story lobby wall and ceiling under the Gundale Chapel.
  • Elm wood wall. Preparations are underway for the two-story elm wood wall in the lobby area. The elm wood extends to the ceiling, marking the area of Gundale Chapel floor. Elm wood panels will be attached to the metal strips, shown in the top right photo.
  • Skyway. With the glass installation complete crews have begun roughing in the mechanical and electrical ceiling work this week.
  • Basement staircase. The final staircase — located just north of the lobby and running from the basement to the first floor — is being installed this week.
  • Lab flooring. Crews have begun installation of rubber flooring in the labs on first floor this week.
  • Exterior semi-circle concrete benches.
    Concrete for sidewalks and the circular areas connecting exterior seating benches will be poured this week.

    Exterior seating. Now that the circular seating areas on the east side of the building have been poured, crews are working on pouring the circular concrete areas and sidewalks that connect them together. This work also includes pouring the sidewalk along 21st Avenue South and is contingent on weather. See photo at right.

  • Cable installation. Many yards of network cabling are being installed as crews continue to sheetrock, tape, sand, and paint interior spaces. See photo, lower left.
  • Louvers for mechanical area. Installation of the louvers on the exterior wall of the rooftop mechanical area is wrapping up this week. The louvers allow for ventilation while screening the mechanical equipment from view. See photo, lower right.
Louver installation on the rooftop mechanical area
Louver installation on exterior of the rooftop mechanical area
Yards of networking cable ready for installation.
Networking cable is ready for installation.

April 24, 2017: Finals week and commencement

It’s the final week of the academic year at Augsburg College, with many celebrations marking the accomplishments of the year — culminating in the commencement ceremonies on Saturday, April 29, one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hagfors Center.

Street closure begins next week. A reminder that 21st Avenue South will be closed between South 6th and South 8th streets beginning next week and lasting throughout the summer. McGough Construction has received the permit from the City of Minneapolis for this closure, which is required in order to complete work on the skyway and the intersection of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street.

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.

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

front entrance of Hagfors Center

Construction Site Work

 

Fans and sunscreen shades have been installed in the rooftop greenhouse, which features some of the best views from the Hagfors Center!
Fans and sunscreen shades have been installed in the rooftop greenhouse, which features some of the best views from the Hagfors Center!

Green house. The fans and sunscreen shades have been installed in the rooftop greenhouse (see photo, at left). The remaining work in this area — installation of lights, tables, and the epoxy floor — will be completed during the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piles of insulation rest on the top of the skyway, awaiting installation.
Piles of insulation rest on the top of the skyway, awaiting installation.

Skyway. Crews will begin installing insulation and the final roofing for the skyway this week. The photo at left shows insulation materials stacked on top of the skyway, ready for installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view of the front entrance from inside the lobby.
A view of the front entrance from inside the lobby.

Front entrance. The hand laid brick has been completed on the front entrance. See photo at left for a view of the entrance from inside the building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crews prepare the pier footings in the electrical yard.
Crews prepare the pier footings in the electrical yard.

Electrical yard. Excavation and installation of the pier footings is underway in the electrical yard, on the north side of the building (see photo, at left). The electrical yard is where the main Xcel Energy power feed comes into the building and where the emergency generator will be located.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The framing and backing for the two-story elm wall is in place in the lobby.
The framing and backing for the two-story elm wall is in place in the lobby.

Lobby interior. The backer panel has been installed for the two-story elm wall that will be featured in the lobby. See photo at left to get a sense for how the lobby will feel when the elm wall is installed.

 

 

 

April 17, 2017: Framing for the elm wall in the lobby

A panoramic view of the south exterior of the Hagfors Center.
A panoramic view of the south exterior of the Hagfors Center.

Construction Update

It’s the last week of classes before finals and commencement, which is Saturday, April 29 — the one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hagfors Center. Following are updates on the scheduled construction work for the site:

  • Street closure beginning May 1. Beginning Monday, May 1, 21st Avenue South is scheduled to be closed to pedestrian and street traffic between South 6th and South 8th streets. The closure, which is required to complete work on the skyway and the intersection of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street, is expected to last through the summer. The timing of the closure was scheduled to begin after the completion of the spring semester to minimize the impact on the campus. 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. McGough Construction is working with the City of Minneapolis and Augsburg College to finalize the plans. Further updates will be provided in these weekly postings.
  • Crews have begun to frame the two-story wall on the interior of the lobby.
    Crews have begun to frame the two-story wall on the interior of the lobby.

    Framing of the interior lobby wall. Work has begun on the framing for the two-story elm wall that will be featured in the lobby. The picture at the right shows the progress as of this past Friday, April 14.

  • Exterior glass. Installation of the exterior glass is substantially complete (see panoramic photo of the south side of the building, above). Ongoing exterior work involves application of sealants on both the interior and exterior sides of the glass.
  • Green roof. The waterproofing work on the green roof above the flexible classroom space is substantially complete. Crews are now conducting flood and other testing to verify that there are no leaks.
  • Installation of casework continues in the basement labs.
    Installation of casework continues in the basement labs.

    Window accent color. Crews are preparing to begin installation of the accent-colored exterior fins on the bump-out windows. These fins extend out from the existing window mullions and increase the impact of the accent colors on the building.

  • Electrical yard. Site work has begun on the electrical yard north of the building. Excavation and installation of pier footings for the enclosure are underway. All of this work will be conducted inside the construction fence.
  • Interior work. Installation work continues on the two elevators and the casework for the labs. See the photo below of the progress on casework installation in one of the basement labs.

April 10, 2017: The Hagfors Center is nearly fully enclosed

A view of the Hagfors Center main entrance with the 3-story lobby fully enclosed.
A view of the Hagfors Center main entrance with the 3-story lobby fully enclosed.

Construction Site Work:

  • Crews install waterproofing to prepare the green roof on top of the flexible classroom space.
    Crews install waterproofing to prepare the green roof on top of the flexible classroom space.

    Lobby exterior. The glass panels on the Hagfors Center lobby and flexible classroom are all in place (see photo above), but work will continue for several weeks to fully complete the installation of the exterior of these spaces.

  • Green roof. Installation continues of the waterproofing for the green roof on top of the flexible classroom. (See photo at right.)
  • Community garden. An additional temporary fence has been installed in the community garden to mark wither grading work will need to take place this summer. The additional fence will help gardeners plant in areas this spring that will not be affected by grading activities during the growing season.
  • Window accent colors. Work continues this week on the color panels and the flashing on the bump out windows of the Hagfors Center. (See the photo above for a glimpse of the accent colors visible above the skyway.)
  • Skyway ramps. The concrete for the ramp inside the west entrance of the skyway will be completed this week, along with a smaller pour on the east end of the skyway.
  • Upper level lobby work. Crews are installing sprinkler pipes and lights in the upper level of the lobby, using the temporary work platform scaffolding referenced in previous weeks’ posts.
  • Installation is underway for the casework in a basement lab.
    Installation is underway for the casework in a basement lab.

    Interior work. Tile and ceiling grid installation continues in the basement and on the first level of the north wing. Sheetrocking is underway on the second level of the north wing; electrical and mechanical work continues on levels three and four.

  • Lab casework. Installation has begun on some of the lab casework. The photo at right shows the casework in a basement lab in the process of being installed.
  • Elevators. Installation is in progress on the hydraulic elevator in the north wing of the building and the main lobby elevator. See the photos below of this installation work in progress.
  • Street closure beginning May 1. McGough Construction is working with Augsburg College and the City of Minneapolis to confirm plans for closing 21st Avenue South between South 6th and South 8th streets for the summer. The closure is scheduled to begin immediately after commencement weekend and is expected to reopen before classes resume in September.
A view down the north elevator shaft.
A view down the north elevator shaft.
Installation of the hydraulic system on the north elevator is in progress.
Installation of the hydraulic system on the north elevator is in progress.

April 3, 2017: A year of construction work

Site preparation on the Hagfors Center construction site began one year ago — in April 2016. Today, as Augsburg heads into the final month of the spring 2017 semester, construction continues on both the exterior and interior of the building.

Glass installation continues on the exterior of the three-story lobby.
Glass installation continues on the exterior of the three-story lobby.

Construction Site Work

Work is underway on the back entrance to the Hagfors Center.
Work is underway on the back entrance to the Hagfors Center.

Exterior

  • Back entrance. With the tower crane removed, work on the back entrance — near the community gardens — is underway. (See photo at right.)
  • Window accent colors. This week, crews will begin installing the metal panels on the sides of the bump-outs on the Hagfors Center, providing an initial image of the accent colors on the building.
  • Main entrance. The hand-set brick work is in progress at the main entrance.
  • Green roof. Work has started on the waterproofing for the green roof that will be on top of the flexible classroom
  • Fourth-floor exterior. Installation of the metal panels and louvers is underway on the fourth-floor exterior walls.
  • Temporary fencing in community garden. Crews will begin installing an additional temporary fence in community garden area this week, marking where grading work will need to take place this summer. The grading work will affect several plots on the edge of the community garden. Campus Kitchen staff have met with McGough Construction about planned construction site work and will be coordinating with gardeners for the 2017 growing season.
This temporary work platform will support crews doing work in the upper level of the lobby over the next several weeks.
This temporary work platform will support crews doing work in the upper level of the lobby over the next several weeks.

Interior

  • Scaffolding in lobby area. Crews have installed scaffolding to create a temporary work platform in the upper level of the lobby (see photo at right). The work platform will enable work at the upper level of the lobby area. It is expected to be in place for one to two months.
  • North elevator. Installation of the hydraulic elevator at the north end of the building is in progress.
  • Tile work. Tile work is progressing in the basement and first-floor bathrooms and shower areas.
  • Lights and electrical conduit. The picture below, at left, shows the current status of the ceiling in a typical lab in the basement level, with lighting installed and conduit in place to support lab-station power needs.
  • Basement mechanical room. The basement mechanical room (temporarily being used as a lunch room for construction crew members) is shown in the picture below at right.
Ceiling work is in progress in the Hagfors Center lab areas.
Ceiling work is in progress in the Hagfors Center lab areas.

 

The basement mechanical room is a construction work of art.
The basement mechanical room is a construction work of art.

March 27, 2017: A final view from the tower crane

A view from the apex of the tower crane during its final week on the Hagfors Center construction site
A view from the apex of the tower crane during its final week on the Hagfors Center construction site

Construction Site Work:

  • Tower crane demobilization. Last week, the tower crane was removed from the Hagfors Center construction site, as it is not required for the remainder of the construction project. The tower crane had been on the site since May 2016.
A view of the Hagfors Center from the top of Mortensen Hall (Photo courtesy: Mark Chamberlain)
A view of the Hagfors Center from the top of Mortensen Hall (Photo courtesy: Mark Chamberlain)
The tower crane was demobilized during the week of March 20, 2017.
The tower crane was demobilized during the week of March 20, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Curtainwall framing. The final structural connections for the main lobby curtainwall framing will be completed this week (see photo at left). A majority of the
    The final framing of the exterior curtainwall, on the "prow" of the lobby area, is underway this week.
    The final framing of the exterior curtainwall, on the “prow” of the lobby area, is underway this week.

    glass installation on the lobby curtainwall will also be finished by the end of the week. Crews have begun installation of the exterior framing for the flexible classroom,as well. With the curtainwall framing in this area anticipated to be complete by the end of the week, the curtainwall framing for the entire building will be substantially complete. The only remaining curtainwall area is where the skip hoist is currently located on the north end of the building.

  • Hand-laid brick. Work is in progress on the hand-laid brick for the main entrance of the Hagfors Center.
  • Fourth-floor exterior. Installation of the metal louvers on the fourth-floor exterior walls is in progress this week.
  • North elevator. Installation work continues on the elevator at the north end of the building.
  • Scaffolding is being installed around the chapel this week to support work at the upper level of the lobby.
    Scaffolding is being installed around the chapel this week to support work at the upper level of the lobby.

    Scaffolding in lobby area. Crews are installing temporary scaffolding on the third level of the lobby area — around the suspended chapel (see photo at right) — to support interior work in the upper area of the 3-story lobby.

  • Interior work. Tile work has begun in the bathrooms, and installation of lights and electrical switches has begun in the basement level of the building.

March 20, 2017: Window fritting is first art installation

The installation of the window fritting on the 3-story lobby curtainwall is visible from the Gundale Chapel interior.
The installation of the window fritting on the 3-story lobby curtainwall is visible from the Gundale Chapel interior.

The glass fritting being installed on the 3-story lobby curtainwall is the first of the more than two dozen sponsored art projects in the Hagfors Center. To learn more about the artists and art works designed for the Hagfors Center, see the Art & Identity web site.

Construction Site Work:

  • The lobby curtainwall glass fritting features Martin Luther's handwritten score of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" overlaid with the cell structure of elm wood.
    The lobby curtainwall glass fritting features Martin Luther’s handwritten score of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” overlaid with the cell structure of elm wood.

    Glass fritting on the lobby curtainwall. Installation of the glass curtainwall for the Hagfors Center lobby is underway. This includes the first art installation: the glass fritting created by sculptor Andrea Stanislav and sponsored by Paul and Abigail Pribbenow.

    The pattern is Martin Luther’s handwritten score of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” overlaid with the cell structure of elm wood (see photo at right). For more information, read the gift announcement story: .

  • The rooftop greenhouse is taking shape, and boasts stunning views of Minneapolis.
    The rooftop greenhouse is taking shape, and boasts stunning views of Minneapolis.

    Rooftop greenhouse. Work continues on the structural aluminum framework for the rooftop greenhouse (see photo at right). Crews will also continue installing glass for the greenhouse this week.

  • Skyway painting. The final sections of the skyway painting will be completed this week. The sections over 21st Avenue South are finished, and the street has been reopened to traffic and parking.
  • Mechanical area. Crews are beginning to install the metal panel exterior for the mechanical area, now that all the mechanical equipment has been set into place in that area.
  • Freight elevator. Installation of the north elevator will begin this week.
  • Hand-laid brick. The hand-laid brick wall on the flexible classroom is complete. (The remainder of the south wall will be glass.) Crews are setting up scaffolding and framing for the brick work on the main entrance this week (see photo below, at left).
  • Tower crane retires. The work of the construction tower crane on the Hagfors Center site is complete. Crews are demobilizing the crane and removing it from the site this week. See photo below, at right, for a last look at the tower crane over the construction site.

 

This south view of the Hagfors Center shows the suspended chapel, lobby curtainwall work, and the hand-laid brick of the flexible classroom wall.
This south view of the Hagfors Center shows the suspended chapel, lobby curtainwall work, and the hand-laid brick of the flexible classroom wall.
This rooftop view of the chapel cupola shows the completed glass installation and the tower crane before it was retired from the construction site.
This rooftop view of the chapel cupola shows the completed glass installation and the tower crane before it was retired from the construction site.