Following the Labor Day weekend, construction crews continue with exterior and interior work on the Hagfors Center.
Roundabout. With the roundabout at the intersection of South 7th Street and 21st Avenue South set to open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic this week, crews will continue landscaping on the east and south sides of the intersection (see photo above). Once the roundabout is open, some work will still need to be completed in the area, which may affect parking near the roundabout and skyway. McGough Construction will work close with Augsburg to coordinate any related any related parking impacts.
New sidewalk. A new sidewalk now runs between the Hagfors Center and Luther Hall, connecting 20th Avenue South and 21st Avenue South (see photo below). The sidewalk is within the construction site, so is currently not open for use, but once the building is complete, this new pathway will create an east-to-west connection for pedestrians crossing campus.
North parking lot. The parking lot north of the building is ready for asphalt installation this week — a portion of which will be porous asphalt that allows rainwater to filter through it, which is part of the plans to qualify the Hagfors Center for silver LEED certification. Crews previously ran electrical conduit below the lot surface and prepared the area for proper drainage (see photo at left), then installed curb and gutter and graded the lot (see photo at right).
West side of Oren Gateway. Installation of the steel structure and decorative metal panel around the utilities area on the west side of Oren Gateway will be substantially completed this week. Crews will also complete landscaping around the screen wall this week.
Interior work. Crews are beginning window shade installation this week. Completion of other interior work is now focused on the 3rd floor of the building, while final quality control checklists are beginning to be reviewed on the lower floors.
Additional sidewalk and bike lane closure. The sidewalk and bike lane on 20th Avenue South have been re-opened but will require another closing at some point after this week to complete concrete curb and sidewalk work around the construction site. McGough Construction is coordinating with the City of Minneapolis on the timing of the closure. Watch for posted signs indicating closures in that area.
Sidewalk and bike lane closures. McGough Construction has coordinated with the City of Minneapolis to close the sidewalk and bike lane on 20th Avenue South to accommodate concrete curb and sidewalk work around the construction site. Watch for signs indicating the closures in the area, and please continue to be safe around the construction area.
Lobby elevator. Crews are finishing the wall area surrounding the lobby elevator doors on each level. The photo below shows the doors of the lobby elevator on the second floor.
Lab equipment. Progress continues in the Hagfors Center labs. The photo at left, below, shows one-half of a teaching hood in a chemistry lab. Another unit — a mirror image of the currently installed unit — will be installed to the right of the current unit to complete the hood. In the grow room (see photo below, at right), lighting has been installed, which will simulate sunlight for the room.
Teaching hood in progress of being installed in a chemistry lab.
Chapel ceiling and walls. Crews continue work in the chapel this week. The framework for the stretched-fabric chapel ceiling has been installed. The photo below, at left, shows the framework, acoustical panels in the center, and plywood backing around the outside. Finishing of the chapel walls also is in progress, with crews installing elm wood on sections of the wall (see photo below, at right).
Sidewalk and bike lane closures. McGough Construction has coordinated with the City of Minneapolis to close sidewalks and bike lanes to accommodate concrete curb and sidewalk work around the construction site. The closures are expected to begin this week and will affect portions of the east side of 20th Avenue South, the south side of South 6th Street, and the west side of 21st Avenue S. Watch for signs indicating the closures in the area.
Planned power outage. During the week of the August 21, Xcel Energy is planning to remove a utility pole at the corner of South 6th Street and 21st Ave South. This work will require a power outage affecting residences and businesses north of South 6th Street. Xcel will be communicating with its customers to confirm the timing of the outage. The power outage does not affect the Augsburg campus.
Roundabout paving. In addition to the sidewalk and curb work noted above, crews will be paving the roundabout this week. See the top photo at right for a picture of the progress on the roundabout as of the end of last week.
North parking lot. This week, crews will be excavating and then paving the parking lot on the north side of the building. A portion of this lot will consist of porous asphalt, which allows rainwater to filter through it and is part of the plans to qualify the Hagfors Center for silver LEED certification.
West side of Oren Gateway. Installation of the steel structure around the utilities area on the west side of Oren Gateway — across 21st Avenue South from the construction site — will begin this week.
Interior glass installation. Crews are in the process of installing interior glass throughout the building. The middle photo at right provides an image of the glass walls on a fabrication/showcase lab on the first floor of the north wing.
Chapel ceiling. A stretched fabric ceiling will begin to be installed this week in the Gundale Chapel. The stretched fabric system provides acoustical support for the chapel space.
Carpet installation. Carpet installation is in progress on the first floor. The bottom photo at right shows an example of the carpet in a typical office space.
As students start to move back to campus and activity starts to gear up for the fall semester, it’s an important time to remind everyone about safety around the construction site. Only authorized personnel are allowed on the construction site until the building is open to the campus. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in keeping the site safe!
Construction Site Work
First floor – carpet, ceiling clouds, and more. Carpet installation is starting on the first floor of the west wing this week. Crews are also hanging ceiling clouds in first-floor corridors. (See photo at right.) Electrical wall plates, data ports, and emergency exits signs are also being installed throughout the first floor.
Second floor – ceilings and flooring. Crews are installing rubber lab flooring in the labs on the second level of the building. Ceiling tile installation is also underway in the second-floor offices.
Third floor – lab work and painting. Work in the labs is progressing throughout the building. The labs on the first and second levels are substantially done. The photo at right shows the status of a chemistry lab on the third floor. All lab casework will be delivered to the site by the end of this week, which is a significant milestone, and casework installation will be ongoing for some time. Painting is also in full swing on the third floor this week, as all offices have been taped and sanded in preparation for painting.
Mechanical equipment. Crews are flushing and filling the building’s mechanical equipment, getting it ready for operation.
Site work. Installation of the irrigation system is underway this week. Crews also are continuing to spread top soil throughout the site.
Roundabout. Pouring of the accent-color concrete sections continues on the roundabout this week (see photo, below). Crews will also start paving the roundabout this week, weather permitting.
Lobby. Finishing work completed in the Hagfors Center lobby at the end of July provided a stunning entrance experience for members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), who toured the building last week. (See photo above.)
The advantage of completing the intricate work of pouring the terrazzo floor earlier, rather than later, in the construction project is that it allowed time to address any issues that might have arisen. Now that the terrazzo art floor is complete, it has been covered up to protect it for the duration of the project. The photo at right shows a large portion of the terrazzo floor during the few days before it was covered.
Rooftop greenhouse. Crews are starting mechanical work in the rooftop greenhouse this week, with installation of fin tube heating.
Grow rooms. Work continues on the grow rooms this week, with the installation of environmental control equipment (see photo at right). The biology department will use the grow rooms to grow plants under controlled conditions.
Roundabout. Installation of the bollards ringing the roundabout — separating vehicle and pedestrian traffic — is in process. Plans call for 21st Avenue South and the roundabout to be re-opened for through traffic for the first day of fall semester classes, Wednesday, September 6. The roundabout is visible through the lobby windows in the photo below.
Finishing work in the Hagfors Center lobby is making rapid progress as continued wood panel installation, terrazzo art work, and lighting placement are being diligently undertaken by crews and supporting staff. For a look at last week’s progress and this week’s priorities, continue reading below.
Construction Site Work
The roundabout. A blend of regular and colored concrete will be poured this week to form the walkways circling the roundabout (photo, above).
Interior finishes. Work in interior spaces continued last week as bathrooms were tiled, acoustical ceiling tiles on the first level offices were installed, and lighting was hung in the main lobby (photo, right).
Grow rooms. 18-feet by 15-feet grow rooms (similar in form to walk-in freezers), were installed in the grow rooms for the biology department. In the next two weeks, the project will finish with the installation of special lighting and shelves (photo below, left).
Terrazzo. Finishes on the terrazzo floor are taking place this week (see photo of last week’s progress below, right). Next week we can anticipate a dramatic before/after picture highlighting the work done in the final phase to complete the installation.
Exterior work. Foundational landscape work continues as the sprinkler irrigation system for planting is embedded in the green space surrounding the Hagfors Center.
Mechanical missioning. Piping for the heating system was recently cleaned and is being filled with a water mixture. Testing, balancing, and commissioning of this system will then begin.
While the behind-the-scene work continues (electrical, grading, ventilation, etc.), this phase of construction tends to be even more exciting for onlookers. Much of the interior and exterior finishing work is taking place so rapidly that passers-by are able to more readily see concept become reality.
Highlights from this week and progress from last week include:
Terrazzo lobby floor. This week, crews are entering the completion phase for the Hagfors Center’s terrazzo art installation (see photo above – also, see last week’s update for a view of the progress and information regarding the concept). The process of grinding it with finer and finer stones, then finishing with a special sealer for preservation, begins this week.
The roundabout. Prep work and grading is complete, and concrete pours for the sidewalks circling the roundabout (see photo, right) will take place this week.
Stormwater basin. The construction trailers, used as offices for site supervisors and as a meeting point for touring donors, were removed last week to make room for excavation, allowing crews to finish grading for the stormwater basin.
Oren Gateway. Concrete pours surrounding Oren Gateway (pictured, below) are yet another finish that started last week and will continue through this week.
Grow rooms. Installation of grow rooms will begin this week. These rooms are climate-controlled chambers used for plant research.
Carpet installation. On the interior, flooring installation continues. Resilient flooring started previously and will be moving up to the second floor while office areas are being prepped for carpet installation.
Terrazzo lobby floor. Crews began pouring the terrazzo art installation on the floor of the Hagfors Center lobby (see photo above). The artist, Stan Sears, has been on site, working directly with the construction crews for this layout and installation work. Learn more about this art work in this video, narrated by Sears. Information about other art installations in the building, is available on the sponsored artwork page of the Art and Identity web site.
Terrace and sidewalk work. Concrete pours continue this week on the charcoal portions of the main terrace. (See photo, at right, of crews working on the terrace.) Concrete pours also are ongoing for the sidewalks in the rotunda area.
Transfer to permanent electrical service. The transfer from temporary power to permanent service for the building will be substantially completed this week.
Storm water basin. Digging continues on the south side of the building for the storm water basin. The second photo at right shows how the basin is taking shape. This week, three construction trailers will be removed from the site to allow for the final grading in the pond area.
Work begins this week to prepare the lobby floor for the terrazzo art installation. The artist, Stan Sears, will begin work on site to lay out the floor. To learn more about this and other art installations in the building, see the detail about the sponsored artwork on the Art and Identity web site.
Construction Site Work
Removal of 6th Street curb cuts and approaches. Existing curb cuts and former driveway approaches on the south side of South 6th Street are anticipated to be removed in the next couple of weeks, The construction fence will be temporarily modified as necessary to complete the work. The curb approaches are not needed on South 6th Street because the driveway to the parking lot on the north side of the building will be built on 21st Avenue South. Regular curb will be installed along South 6h Street at a later date.
Landscaping. Excavation work continues on the storm water basin on the south side of the site. The photo below shows a glimpse of the progress on digging the basin. Crews also are spreading top soil throughout the construction site in preparation for landscaping work.
Terrace work. Crews will also pour charcoal-color concrete bands on the building’s south terrace. The colored concrete is the darker color shown in the drawing of the main entrance plan (below). A similar pattern will also ring the rotunda area.
Rotunda. The curb that forms the inner ring of the rotunda has been poured, and crews now are working on the curb that will form the outer ring. (See photos below.)
Lobby ceiling. Crews have finished installing the elm wood that surrounds the chapel suspended over the Hagfors Center lobby. (See photos below.)
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.)
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.
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.