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 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.

March 13, 2017: Construction progresses during spring break

This view of the south side of the Hagfors Center shows the progress of the hand-laid brick on the flexible classroom and the structural framework for the lobby curtainwall.
This view of the south side of the Hagfors Center shows the progress of the hand-laid brick on the flexible classroom and the structural framework for the lobby curtainwall.

It’s spring break at Augsburg, but construction on the Hagfors Center continues this week. Below is a summary of scheduled construction work this week.

Construction site work

  • Skyway painting and street closure. The steel structure for the skyway between the Hagfors Center and Lindell Library is scheduled to be painted this week. This work requires the closure of 21st Avenue South between South 6th and South 7th streets. McGough Construction scheduled the skyway painting during spring break in order to minimize the impact on traffic and parking on campus. Depending on weather, the painting project could possibly continue into the weekend of March 18-19. As a result, an afterhours work permit is required from the City of Minneapolis. Notification is part of this permit process. Any complaint regarding this work can be received by Minneapolis Information and Services at (612) 673-3000 or by calling 311 for phones with a 612 area code.
  • Lobby curtainwall. Installation continues this week on the structural framing for the lobby curtainwall. Crews are also installing the aluminum curtainwall framing (see photo above) for the three-story exterior of the main lobby.
  • Rooftop mechanical area. Crews have completed installation of the exterior insulated finish on the wall between the fourth story and the rooftop mechanical area. The duct work for the air handlers will be set in place on the roof this week, which is the last of the major installations in the mechanical area. (See photo below, at right.)
  • Greenhouse. Installation of the structural aluminum framework for the rooftop greenhouse is in progress. This work can be seen on the south side of the building, above the chapel roofline. (See photo below, at left.)
  • Brick wall on the flexible classroom. The hand-laid brick wall on the flexible classroom is scheduled to be complete this week (see photo above). Crews will then begin setting up scaffolding and framing for the brick work in the main entrance area.
Crews install the structural aluminum framework for the rooftop greenhouse.
Crews install the structural aluminum framework for the rooftop greenhouse.
Installation of the duct work for the air handlers will be the final major installation in the rooftop mechanical area.
Installation of the duct work for the air handlers will be the final major installation in the rooftop mechanical area.

March 6, 2017: Installation of framework for lobby curtainwall is underway

It’s the week before spring break at Augsburg, and progress on the Hagfors Center continues to advance, with exterior work on the lobby and suspended chapel providing a vision for how the main entrance to the building will enhance the campus.

The signed beam is visible (for now) in the ceiling of the chapel. Glass installation on the cupola of the chapel is complete.
The signed beam is visible (for now) in the ceiling of the chapel. Glass installation on the cupola of the chapel is complete.
An early morning view from the tower crane.
An early morning view from the tower crane.

Construction Site Work

  • Installation of the framing for the lobby has begun on the south side of the building.
    Installation of the framing for the lobby has begun on the south side of the building.

    Framing for lobby curtainwall. Crews have begun installing the framing for the glass curtainwall on the three-story lobby area of the building.

  • Stairwell work. Curtainwall glass installation is underway on the north stairwell this week.
  • Framing and glass for the chapel. The glass installation around the cupola of the chapel is done. The photo at right shows the beam that was signed at the ground breaking ceremony and was lifted into place during the November topping off ceremony. When construction is complete, the beam will be hidden from view by the chapel ceiling, but McGough Construction strategically placed it in a location that did not require covering the signatures with fireproofing.
  • Brick wall on the flexible classroom. Work on the hand-laid brick wall on the south side of the building continues this week. After the wall around the flexible classroom is complete, brick work will continue near the main entrance.
  • Interior work. Interior work this week includes drywall installation on the second floor of the north wing and ceiling grid installation in the basement.
  • Skyway painting and street closure scheduled next week. The steel structure for the skyway was installed last year. Beginning Monday, March 13, McGough Construction will be painting the steel structure for the skyway that was installed last year. Depending on weather, the painting work could possibly continue into the weekend of March 18-19. This work will involve the closure of 21st Avenue South between South 6th and South 7th streets. Given that some of this work may need to be completed on the weekend, an afterhours work permit is required from the City of Minneapolis. Notification is part of this permit process. Any complaint regarding this work can be received by Minneapolis Information and Services at (612) 673-3000 or by calling 311 for phones with a 612 area code.

February 27, 2017: Reaching the Halfway Point in the Construction Timeline

We have reached the halfway point in terms of the number of days for the Hagfors Center construction project, and progress continues on time, under budget and with a good safety record.

In this picture: [1] Crews install window frames on the circular structure extending above the ceiling of the suspended chapel. [2] The vapor barrier is complete on the lobby roof. [3] The base of the greenhouse can be seen to the left of the chapel. And [4] the flexible classroom roof, visible to the right, is being readied for the green roof to be installed in the summer.
In this picture: [1] Crews install window frames on the circular structure extending above the ceiling of the suspended chapel. [2] The vapor barrier is complete on the lobby roof. [3] The base of the greenhouse can be seen to the left of the chapel. And [4] the flexible classroom roof, visible to the right, is being readied for the green roof to be installed in the summer.

Construction Site Work

Below is a summary of construction work for this week as well as plans for a street closure the week of March 13:

  • Stairwell work. Glass installation on the west stairwell is complete and will begin on the north stairwell this week.
  • Framing and glass for the chapel. Crews have begun framing the windows for the chapel (see photo above).
  • Roof work. The final roofing layer — the white roof — is complete on the north and west wings. The vapor barrier has been installed on the roof of the lobby area (see photo above). The final layer will be installed in that area after the lobby curtainwall is in place.
  • Brick wall on the flexible classroom. The hand-laid brick around the flexible learning space on the south side of the building is is anticipated to be substantially complete by the end of the week. Brick work will then move to the main entrance area.
  • Window frames and glass. Installation of window frames and glass continues this week on the west wing, with a majority of the work focusing on the third level.
  • Planned closure on 21st Avenue South. McGough is working to obtain approval from the City of Minneapolis to close a portion of 21st Avenue South — between 6th and 7th streets — as of Monday, March 13, for skyway painting work. The closure is planned to coincide with Augsburg’s spring break. Additional details will be posted over the next two weeks as plans are confirmed.
Future chemistry labs on the third level of the north wing.
Future chemistry labs on the third level of the north wing.
The mechanical area on the fourth level of the north wing, as seen from the tower crane.
The mechanical area on the fourth level of the north wing, as seen from the tower crane.