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.

Partial Street Closure Next Week

Next 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 begin early Monday, December 19, and continue through the week until late 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.

Monday, December 12, 2016: Student Government Tours the Site

Last week, members of the Augsburg Day Student Government joined McGough Construction and President Paul Pribbenow on the first student tour of the Hagfors Center site. See the photos below of them riding up in the skip-hoist elevator and checking out one of the upper levels of the building.

Student Government Leaders in the Skip-Hoist Elevator on Tour of Hagfors Center
In the skip-hoist elevator to the fourth floor with McGough Construction, Augsburg Day Student Government leaders, and President Pribbenow on a tour of the Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion.
Student Government leaders tour the Hagfors Center
Student government leaders are the first Augsburg students to tour the Hagfors Center construction site.

CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK

The final concrete floor pour within the building was complete last week. Exterior concrete pours — for stair stoops and sidewalks — will begin next spring or summer. Construction work this week includes the following activities:

  • Window frames – a shot of color. Window frames will continue to be installed this week on the east side of the building — introducing the accent colors on the exterior of the building. The window frames will match the colors of the mullion extensions that will be added to the exterior windows in the future, a feature that adds vibrant color to the Hagsfor Center exterior.
  • Roof work. Sections of the permanent roof will be installed this week, weather permitting. This work involves adding insulation to the vapor barrier previously installed, then rolling out the white, reflective roofing, which is part of the LEED certification for the building.
  • Precast exterior brick. Installation of the exterior brick precast panels continues on the north side of the building and will  begin on the west side of the north wing this week. Construction crews will also begin interior and exterior caulking of the pre-cast panels this week.
  • Fireproofing and wall framing in the lobby. Fireproofing continues on the second level of the lobby area this week, while crews lay out the steel stud wall framing on the third level.
  • Interior wall framing. Wall studs for the interior walls on the first level of the west wing will begin to be installed this week. The layout of the interior spaces is beginning to take shape.
  • North stair. Installation of the north stair, near South 6th Street on the north wing of the building, will continue this week, with the work continuing up to the second level.
  • Partial street closure planned next week. McGough Construction is working with Augsburg College and the City of Minneapolis to close a portion of 21st Avenue South to through traffic next week — after classes end for the semester — to pour the floor of the skyway. The timing of this work is dependent on weather and involves covering and heating the skyway 24 hours per day until the concrete is poured and cured. The work is expected to take a week and was intentionally planned during the holiday break to minimize impact on traffic and parking on campus. McGough will work to maintain sidewalk access in the area during the project.

Monday, December 5, 2016: Roof and Stair Work

Last week there were thunderstorms (see photo, below). This week, snow. But construction of the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion continues.

Photo courtesy: Clara Higgins '20.
Photo courtesy: Clara Higgins ’20.

CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK

Construction work this week includes the following activities:

  • Roofing vapor barrier. Construction crews have begun putting down the vapor barrier–a tar primer–on the roof of both wings. That work will be completed by mid-week. In roughly a month, the same vapor barrier will be applied to the roof of the lobby area and skyway. That work will be completed within a week’s time as well, weather permitting. We will provide an updated timeline after the lobby and skyway roof work are scheduled.
  • Lobby roof. The final concrete pour for the lobby roof is scheduled this week.
  • North stair. Installation of the north stair, near South 6th Street on the north wing of the building, is anticipated to begin this week.
  • Precast exterior brick. Installation of the exterior brick precast panels continues and is scheduled to start on the north side of the building this week. Crews will also begin setting window frames into the exterior walls by the end of the week.
  • Fireproofing. Fireproofing in the main lobby area continues this week. The area has been sealed off with plastic to maintain the required temperature for this work.
  • Mechanical and electrical. Installation of mechanical and electrical works continues this week on all floors of the north wing.

Planned street closure after the end of the fall semester: During the holiday break, crews will close 21st Avenue South to through traffic between South 6th and South 7th streets to pour the floor of the skyway. The exact dates for this work are being affirmed and depend upon weather conditions.

Monday, November 28, 2016: Topping Off Ceremony and Skyway Installation

The skyway structure between the Hagfors Center and Lindell Library is installed
The skyway structure between the Hagfors Center and Lindell Library is installed

The Hagfors Center Topping Off ceremony was held just before Thanksgiving, and the skyway structure was set in place the weekend after Thanksgiving. Following are details about those two activities as well as activities on the construction site this week.

Topping Off Ceremony

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Augsburg students, faculty, staff, and neighbors gathered outside the Hagfors Center construction site to watch the final beam being lifted into place as the culmination of the Topping Off ceremony for the building. The beam will be installed as part of the chapel roof on the third level of the main lobby area of the building. See the timelapse video and photos below of the ceremony.

0:00 The crowd gathers on the corner of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street, and the crane is lowered to the beam, which is situated across the street from the construction site.

0:07 Crew members hook the beam to the crane, and the beam is lifted off the ground, with a potted tree on top (which will be planted elsewhere next spring) and a banner below that reads “We Are Called. Auggies.”

0:11 The crane flies the beam up to the top of the building and over the lobby area, with the suspended chapel on the third level.

0:19 The beam, tree, and banner are secured by crew members on the top of the building structure.

The beam, signed by members of the Augsburg community at the April groundbreaking ceremony, is hoisted into the air with a banner proclaiming, "We Are Called. Auggies." during the November 22, 2016, Topping Off ceremony.
The beam, signed by members of the Augsburg community at the April groundbreaking ceremony, is hoisted into the air with a banner proclaiming, “We Are Called. Auggies.” during the November 22, 2016, Topping Off ceremony.
The final structural steel beam was lifted into place at the top of the Hagfors Center during the November 22, 2016, Topping Off ceremony.
The final structural steel beam was lifted into place at the top of the Hagfors Center during the November 22, 2016, Topping Off ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skyway Installation

A section of the skyway is lifted by the tower crane
A section of the skyway is lifted by the tower crane

On Saturday, November 26, construction crews set the steel structure for the skyway in place across 21st Avenue South, setting, aligning, and bolting the structure in place. The skyway is scheduled to be connected to the west side of Lindell Library after the spring semester is over. See pictures below of the skyway structure on the construction site, before installation, and across 21st Avenue South during installation.

The third section of the skyway is lifted into place over 21st Avenue South
The final section of the skyway is lifted into place over 21st Avenue South

Construction Site Work

The following activities are scheduled on the construction site this week:

Close up view of the exterior brick cladding of the Hagfors Center
Close up view of the exterior brick cladding of the Hagfors Center
  • Precast exterior brick. Installation of the precast exterior brick continues on the east side of the building this week. Installation will begin on the north side after the east side is complete. (See photo at right.)
  • Lobby roof and chapel floor. The concrete pour for the roof of the main lobby area and the floor of the suspended Gundale Chapel are scheduled this week.
  • Fireproofing. The structural steel of the first level in the main lobby area will be sprayed with fireproofing this week.
  • Mechanical and electrical installation. Crews continue the mechanical and electrical installation in the north wing this week.

Monday, November 21, 2016: Tuesday’s Topping Off Celebration and Skyway Installation Schedule

The beam that was signed by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members, will be the last beam installed on the Hagfors Center in the topping off ceremony, November 22, 2016.
The beam that was signed by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members, will be the last beam installed on the Hagfors Center in the topping off ceremony, November 22, 2016.

On Tuesday, November 22, the Augsburg campus community and neighbors will gather to see the last beam being lifted into place on the building. The final beam will be the one signed by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members at the April groundbreaking ceremony (see photo at right). Tuesday’s event, known as a Topping Off celebration, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Due to the weather forecast for November 22, the ceremony will begin in Hoversten Chapel and move to 21st Avenue South, outside the main gate to the Hagfors Center construction site, to watch the beam being lifted into place. Portions of 21st Avenue South will be closed for this celebration.

CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK

Construction work this week includes the following activities:

  • Skyway installation. The steel structure for the skyway is being built, in three sections, on the construction site (see image, below). The skyway is secheduled to be set across 21st Avenue South after Thanksgiving. The work of setting, aligning and bolting the skyway structure in place will begin on Friday, November 25 (contingent on weather), and may continue through Sunday, November 27. Portions of 21st Avenue South may be closed during this work. Notification of the weekend construction work on November 26 and 27 was posted to this site last week.
  • Precast exterior brick. Installation of the precast exterior continues on the east side of the building this week (see image, below). The work will start on the north side of the building after the east side is complete.
  • Third floor of the lobby. The concrete pour for the third-level floor of the lobby area is scheduled this week.
The Hagfors Center construction site Sunday, November 20, showing the structural steel framework for the skyway and the precast brick exterior installed on the east side of the building.
The Hagfors Center construction site Sunday, November 20, showing the structural steel framework for the skyway and the precast brick exterior installed on the east side of the building.