June 26: Suspended chapel

Gundale Chapel hangs above the lobby area
A view of the Gundale Chapel suspended over the Hagfors Center lobby area.
Ceiling of the lobby
Crews will install elm wood panels on the ceiling of the lobby beneath the suspended chapel.

Last week, the temporary work platform around the Gundale Chapel was removed. The photos above and to the right now show how the suspended chapel soars over the Hagfors Center lobby.

Construction Site Work

Lobby ceiling. With the removal of the temporary platform around the suspended chapel, the 3-story lobby ceiling is now visible (see photo at right). Crews will install elm wood panels beneath the chapel this week.

Chapel window framing. Crews are also working to install aluminum window framing for the chapel. (See photo below.)

chapel window frames
Crews install window frames on the Gundale Chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen fence for the electrical yard
Crews continue work on the screen for the electrical yard on the north side of the site.

Electrical yard. Work continues on the north side of the construction site, where crews are nearing completion of the the screen fence for the electrical yard (see photo at right).

Skyway and rotunda. Crews will be installing metal panels underneath the skyway this week. Surveyors also will visit the site this week to survey the radius of the roundabout area at the intersection of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street.

Site work. Excavation for the storm water basin on the south side of the building resulted in several large piles of dirt on the construction site (see photo below) — some will be reused on the site, other piles will be recycled.

Dirt piles
Dirt from site digging will be reused or recycled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth of July holiday. Construction crews will continue work during the week of July 3 – 7, except for the Independence Day holiday. There will be no construction update next week. The next update will be the week of July 10.

 

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.

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.

April 24, 2017: Finals week and commencment

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.