Augsburg College’s $73 million, 135,000-square-foot Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion is the largest construction project underway at Twin Cities private colleges and universities. Finance and Commerce included details on the project’s scope, timeline, and funding in an article that outlined summer building and renovation projects on campuses across Minnesota.
Scheduled to open in January 2018, the Hagfors Center will be Augsburg’s newest and largest academic building. The facility — designed by Minneapolis-based HGA Architects — features a student-centered layout that will foster intersections among areas of study and encourage collaboration. As the Finance and Commerce article noted, the Hagfors Center was the focus of a successful $50 million fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal.
Comprehensive project milestone information is available through weekly updates on the Hagfors Center website.
Business newspaper Finance and Commerce recently published an article covering Augsburg College’s successful private funding campaign and future plans for building the Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. The article states that the Center will more than double the school’s capacity for physics majors as well as provide new facilities for their biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, psychology, and religion departments.
The article states that Augsburg hopes to begin construction in May and complete the building in time for spring semester classes in 2018. Currently, the building’s design is being developed. While preliminary drawings have been made available on the college’s website, a final design has yet to be approved by the school’s board. The building will be built on Seventh Street South between 20th and 21st avenues.
Community reactions to the proposed project have been positive, though the article indicates that issues such as traffic flow and pedestrian access have been raised as concerns. The article quotes Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon, whose ward includes Augsburg College, as saying, “Generally speaking, people are supportive.”
Read: Augsburg preps for $73M multi-discipline center on the Finance and Commerce site (subscription required).