February 20, 2017: Warm weather helps advance roof work

Unseasonably warm weather helped advance construction work on the Hagfors Center last week. Below is a view from the tower crane of the roof work on the west wing.

Crews install the final roofing layer on the west wing and around the suspended chapel.

Construction Site Work

  • A view from the tower crane of the finished fourth-floor roof and adjacent mechanical area.

    Roof work. Installation of the final layer of the roof is more than half done. The high roof (the roof of the fourth floor on the north wing) is complete (see photo at right), and work continues on the third-floor roof on the west wing (see photo above).

  • Lobby. Balcony railings will begin to be installed in the lobby this week. Crews also continue the work of laying out the horizontal steel support that will be attached to the concrete columns in the lobby and support glass lobby enclosure.
  • The main entrance to the Hagfors Center in the early dawn light.

    Brick wall on flexible classroom. Brick laying continues on the south side of the flexible learning space. The exterior wall now reaches about 15 feet high. Work will continue on this wall for several weeks, then brick laying will begin on the front of the main entrance.

  • Stairwell work. Installation of the glass curtainwall on the west stairway is scheduled for this week.
  • Window frames and glass. Window frame and glass installation continues on the west wing this week, with crews focused on glass installation at the third-floor level.
  • Precast exterior. Precast installation is completely done except where the skip hoist is currently located. Installing the final precast brick in that area, once the skip hoist is removed, will require only a couple of days’ work. The mobile crane used for the precast installation has been demobilized and removed from the construction site.
  • Interior work. Crews are installing drywall on the first floor of the north wing. In the basement, ceiling grid installation has begun, and interior painting is ongoing.

February 13, 2017: Stairwell curtainwall installation this week

 

Crews prepare the steel structure on the west staircase to support installation of the glass curtainwall.

As the weather helps construction crews make progress on the final layer of the Hagfors Center roof, crews prepare the steel structure on the stairwells and lobby for installation of the glass curtain wall in the coming weeks. Following is a summary of construction work expected on the Hagfors Center this week.

Construction Site Work

  • The base of the rooftop greenhouse is under construction.

    Stairwell work. Crews will begin installing the glass curtainwall on the west stairway this week. (The photo above shows crews welding the frame on the west stair in preparation for this work). Crews are also staring work on the frames on the north stair this week.

  • Rooftop greenhouse. Construction of the base for the rooftop greenhouse (see photo, at right).
  • Lobby exterior. Work continues this week on the horizontal steel support for the three-story glass lobby enclosure. The concrete columns will be uncovered for this work, and then recovered after the horizontal steel support installation is complete in order to protect them during ongoing construction work in the lobby area.
  • Installation of the white, reflective roof is underway, weather permitting.

    Roof work. Weather has slowed installation of the final roofing layer, but some progress was made last week, The high roof (the roof of the fourth floor) should be done this week. The photo at right shows crews working on installation of the white roof layer, which reflects sunlight and heat and is part of the building’s LEED certification requirements.

  • Window frames and glass. Window installation on the north wing is complete except for areas around the stairway and the skip hoist. Installation work continues on the west wing.
  • Precast exterior. Crews will demobilize the mobile crane the mobile crane this week. It is no longer needed for installation of the precast exterior; the remaining remaining precast installation can be completed without the crane.

February 6, 2017: A spell of dry weather helps roof work advance

An external view of the Hagfors Center lobby area, pre-dawn
The main entrance, lobby, and suspended chapel of the Hagfors Center.

Construction Site Work

  • Sections of precast exterior brick are ready for installation.

    Precast exterior brick. Crews are installing the final section of the precast exterior brick on the south side of the west wing. Precast installation should be substantially complete by the end of next week. The photo at right shows several sections of precast ready to be installed. Completing the precast installation is a significant milestone in the construction project. Once that work is done, the mobile crane will be taken down and removed from the construction site.

  • Lobby exterior. The plastic covering of the lobby area has been removed to allow crews to begin installation of the horizontal steel support for the three-story glass lobby enclosure. The steel supports will be attached to the tall columns in the lobby area. The columns, which have been covered for protection since they were poured last October, will be uncovered for this work. After the horizontal steel support installation is complete, the columns will again be covered to protect them during ongoing construction work in the lobby area.
  • Glass installation is nearing completion on the west side of the north wing.

    Brick wall on flexible classroom. Brick-laying for the exterior wall of the flexible classroom space continues this week on the south side of the building.

  • Roof work. With a bit of dry weather, crews were able to get started late last week on installation of the final roofing layer. Progress on this work continues to be weather-dependent.
  • The exterior of the flexible classroom space, pre-dawn.
    The exterior of the flexible classroom space.

    Window frames and glass. Installation of window frames and glass continues this week, with work underway on both of the wings that face the community garden area on 20th Avenue South.

January 30, 2017: Mechanical and interior work continues

A view of the mechanical area on the top of the north wing.
A view of the mechanical area on the top of the north wing.

Construction Site Work

This image, inside the lobby area of the Hagfors Center, shows the floor of the suspended chapel and the ceiling above it after fireproofing has been completed.
This image, inside the lobby area of the Hagfors Center, shows the floor of the suspended chapel and the ceiling above it after fireproofing has been completed.

Following are the Hagfors Center construction activities for the week of January 30:

  • Cooling towers. Weather permitting, the cooling towers for the Hagfors Center will be set in place in the mechanical area on top of the north wing this week. (The cooling towers will be located in the open spaces in the center of the mechanical area pictured above.)
  • Interior work. Steel stud framing is being installed on the third floor of the west wing this week. Crews are also starting mechanical and electrical installation on the first level of the west wing and in the lobby area this week. Drywall installation begins this week on the first floor in the north wing. See the image at the right for a glimpse of how the Hagfors Center lobby area currently looks.
  • Roof work. Due to wet weather, no roof work was completed last week. If weather permits this week, installation of the final roofing layer will begin.
  • Window frames and glass. Glass and window frame installation will be substantially completed on the east side of the north wing this week (including the area south of the skyway). Installation on the west side of the north wing continues and preparation work — which involves installation of the color-accented framing — will begin on the north side of the west wing this week as well.
  • Brick exterior on the flexible classroom. Construction of the brick exterior for the flexible classroom began last week and is expected to continue through February.
  • Precast exterior brick. Crews are installing precast exterior brick on the final side — the south face of the west wing — this week. Precast brick exterior installation should be substantially completed by the end of next week.

 

A crew member works on the south end of the fourth floor roof, where the roof-top greenhouse will ultimately be located.
A crew member works on the south end of the fourth floor roof, where the roof-top greenhouse will ultimately be located.
A panoramic view of the Hagfors Center east facade.
A panoramic view of the Hagfors Center east facade.

Monday, January 23, 2017: Wet weather shifts construction crews to interior work

Construction crews continue mechanical, electrical, wall framing and drywall installation.
Construction crews continue mechanical, electrical, wall framing and drywall installation.

Construction Site Work

Hagfors Center construction remains on schedule. Wet winter weather this week and last week has slowed some of the exterior work, causing crews to focus on advancing interior work. A look at the interior of the third floor on the north wing is above. Below is a summary of work scheduled for this week, depending on weather conditions:

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are in place in rooftop mechanical are on the fourth floor. Crews are beginning to construct the structure that will cover the area.
    Heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are in place in rooftop mechanical are on the fourth floor. Crews are beginning to construct the structure that will cover the area.

    Rooftop mechanical area. Construction crews are building the support of the screen wall that will cover the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units in the rooftop mechanical area on the north wing. The top photo at right shows the mechanical area from the west side.

  • The north face of the west wing is shown hear on an early winter morning.
    The north face of the west wing is shown hear on an early winter morning.

    Precast exterior brick. The precast exterior is now being installed on the final side of the building — the south side of the west wing. Crews will also install the precast exterior brick on the south end of the north wing’s partial fourth floor this week. The bottom photo at right shows the precast brick installed on the north wall of the west wing.

  • Brick installation. Work begins this week to lay the brick exterior of the flexible classroom on the south side of the building. The flexible classroom connects with the lobby area to form a learning commons.
  • Window frames and glass. Glass and window-frame installation continues on the first three floors of the north wing. Crews are preparing the west wing for installation as well. The sealants used in this work require dry conditions, so the installation schedule is weather-dependent.
  • Roofing. Installation of the final roofing layer is ready to start, but also is dependent on dry weather conditions.
  • Interior work. As noted above, mechanical, electrical, wall framing and drywall installation continues this week. In addition, painting has begun in the mechanical rooms in the basement.

Monday, January 16, 2017: Continued Exterior Work

With the installation of the precast exterior, window frames and glass, the east face of the Hagfors Center is looking much like the finished building will look.
The east face of the Hagfors Center has much of its pre-cast exterior brick, colorful window frames and window glass installed.
The mechanical area on the fourth-level of the north wing is visible from the north gate of the construction site.
The north staircase will be wrapped in glass in the near future, and the area behind the construction elevator (to the right of the stairwell) will be infilled with precast brick after the elevator is no longer needed and is removed.
The building's two heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units were installed last week in the mechanical area on the fourth-level rooftop of the north wing.
The building’s two heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units were installed last week in the mechanical area on the fourth-level rooftop of the north wing.

With the continued installation of the pre-cast exterior, window frames and glass, the north wing of the Hagfors Center is looking much like the finished building will look. (See the two photos, at the right, of the east and north sides of the building’s north wing.)

Construction Site Work

Construction work scheduled this week on the Hagfors Center includes the following activities:

  • Roof-top mechanical yard. Exhaust fans will be installed this week in the mechanical area on the fourth floor of the north wing — near the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units that were set into place last week on roof of the north wing (see third photo, at right).
  • Fireproofing and roofing. Fireproofing work was substantially completed as of last week. Installation of the the final roofing layer, for both wings, will begin this week.
  • Precast exterior brick. Installation of the precast exterior is finishing up on the north side of the west wing and will be wrapping around to the west and south sides of that wing this week. Precast installation may continue on additional Saturdays this month. All Saturday work will be completed within the construction fence. An after-hours work permit is required from the City of Minneapolis for this weekend work, and notification is part of that permit process. Any complaint regarding this work may be submitted to Minneapolis Information and Services at 612-673-3000 or by calling 311 for phones with a 612 area code.
  • Window frames and glass. Glass installation continues this week on the first three levels of the north wing.
  • Main lobby stairwell. The concrete pour for the stair treads of the main lobby stairwell is scheduled this week.
  • Interior work. Drywall installation continues this week in the basement level of the building.

Monday, January 9, 2017: Classes Resume and Construction Continues

The main gate of Hagfors Center construction site, January 9, 2017.
The main gate of Hagfors Center construction site, January 9, 2017.

Construction Site Work

As the spring semester of 2017 commences, construction on the Hagfors Center continues. This week, the work on the construction site includes the following:

  • Installation of air handlers. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units will be trucked in this week, and lifted by the tower crane into place to the fourth-floor mechanical area.
  • Construction of the stairwell in the main lobby is nearly complete.
    Construction of the stairwell in the main lobby is nearly complete.

    Main lobby stairwell. Work on the main staircase in the lobby area (see photo at right) will be finishing up this week.

  • West stair. The concrete pour of the steps for the west staircase is scheduled this week.
  • Precast exterior brick – installation extended to weekends. Installation of the exterior precast brick continues on the north side of the west wing. Exterior precast installation may be taking place on upcoming Saturdays this month. All work will be completed within the construction fence. Since this work will be completed on weekends, an after-hours work permit is required from the City of Minneapolis, and notification is part of that permit process. Any complaint regarding this work may be submitted to Minneapolis Information and Services at 612-673-3000 or by calling 311 for phones with a 612 area code.
  • Window frames and glass. Crews continue glass installation on the second floor of the north wing, and will move to level three, after the second level is complete.
  • Interior work. Work continues on the mechanical, electrical, and interior wall framing installation. Crews also will begin drywall installation this week.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017: The New Year Dawns on the Construction Site

 

Sunrise on New Year's Day on the Hagfors Center
The sun rises on the Hagfors Center construction site January 1, 2017.

Construction on the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion enters its ninth month, and a new year! Below is a summary of the construction work scheduled for the first week of January.

CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK

  • Learning Commons interior facing the staircase
    Learning Commons facing the staircase. The elevators are behind the two-story wood wall.

    Main lobby stairwell. Steel work begins this week on the staircase in the main lobby area. As shown in the architectural drawing, the staircase (at the right, in the image) is open to the lobby area and provides access to the skyway entrance on the east side of the building. (Note: the elevator in the main lobby area will be located directly behind the two-story wood wall in the lobby area.)

  • West stairwell. The concrete pour for the steps of the west staircase is anticipated to be completed lat this week or early next week.
  • Precast exterior brick.The final precast brick panels will be installed on the north wing this week, and installation of the precast panels will commence on the west wing.
  • Window frames and glass. Installation of the exterior accent-colored window frames and the glass continues this week on the north wing.
  • Interior work. Mechanical, electrical, and interior wall framing installation are ongoing in the building.

Tuesday, December 27: Work Continues In the Final Week of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, construction crews continue work on the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Last week, the final concrete pour for the floor of the skyway was completed, and 21st Avenue South was re-opened for through traffic.

CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK

Construction work this week includes the following activities:

  • Window frames and glass. Installation of window frame and glass continues on the north wing this week. (See photos below of the east and west sides of the north wing.)
    Construction crews continue installation of window frames on the east side of the north wing.
    Construction crews continue installation of window frames on the east side of the north wing.

    Installation of window panes continues on the ground-level window of the north wing.
    Installation of window panes continues on the ground-level windows of the north wing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The structural steel installation of the west wing staircase is nearly complete.
    The structural steel installation of the west wing staircase is nearly complete.

    Precast exterior brick. There are just a few precast brick panels remaining to be installed in the stair area on the north side of the north wing. Those panels will be installed next week, completing the precast work on that wing of the building–with the exception of the skip hoist area; precast panels will be installed in that area after the skip hoist is removed.

  • Stairwells. The concrete pour for the steps in the north stairwell is complete. Structural steel construction of the staircase at the end of the west wing is expected to be completed this week as well. (See photo at right.) The concrete pour for the steps in that stairwell will take place Friday or Tuesday, depending on weather.

Monday, December 19, 2016: Partial Street Closure for Skyway Concrete Pour

CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK

Classes are out for the semester, but construction on the Hagfors Center continues. The work planned this week includes the following activities:

  • Construction crews install the accent-colored window frames on the Hagfors Center.
    Construction crews install the accent-colored window frames on the Hagfors Center.

    Partial street closure of 21st Avenue South. This week, 21st Avenue South will be closed to through traffic between South 6th and South 7th streets in order for McGough Construction to pour the floor of the skyway. The work is expected to continue until Friday, December 23, but the schedule is dependent on weather. The concrete work requires covering and heating the skyway 24 hours per day until the concrete is poured and cured. McGough Construction coordinated the timing of this work with Augsburg College and the City of Minneapolis, intentionally scheduling it during the holiday break to minimize impact on traffic and parking on campus. During the closure, appropriate signage will be set up. Vehicular traffic will be unable to drive through the closed area. However, safe sidewalk access on the east side of 21st Avenue will be maintained.

  • Window frames and glass. Window frames continue to be installed this week. The window frames — and the mullion extensions that will be added in the future — add vibrant color to the Hagfors Center exterior. (See the photo at the right of the window frames being installed on the east side of the building.) Construction crews also will begin to set the window glass into the exterior windows this week.
  • Precast exterior brick. Installation of the exterior brick precast panels continues on the west side of the north wing and will be completed in the area near the skyway on the east side of that wing this week, weather permitting. Once the precast panels are in place, construction crews will begin enclosing the space.
  • Stairwells. Construction of the steel structure in the north stair will be completed this week, and work will begin on the west wing stair case, near 20th Avenue South.
  • Roof work. The fourth-floor roof and the roof of the mechanical structure on the fourth level of the north wing will be installed this week, weather permitting. The work involves installing insulation, then rolling out the white, reflective roofing that is part of the LEED certification for the building.
  • Interior wall framing. Installation of wall studs for the interior walls on the first level of the west wing continues this week. Wall framing for the exterior ring — the faculty offices and physics labs — on the first level of the north wing also begins this week.
  • Fireproofing in the lobby. Fireproofing continues on the third level of the lobby area this week. This work requires that a minimum temperature be maintained. The plastic covering in the lobby area helps the construction crews heat the area to the required temperature for this work.