University Name Change: Monument Signs, Top of Mortensen

This is a rendering of the new design for the Augsburg University monument signs that will be built at key locations on the Minneapolis campus.

In fewer than 60 days, we officially will be Augsburg University.

Last week, department heads received email information specific to their department about the University Name Change. Please be sure to undertake this work so that our campus is transformed by September 1. Some of the major steps that department heads need to implement on behalf of the community include blocking time on calendars between August 28 through September 1 to implement the changes for which your department is responsible and reviewing your department’s University Name Change Checklist and download the University Name Change Master Task Tracker to track your implemented name changes

This is a rendering of the new design for the monument sign at the Rochester teaching site.
The sign on top of Mortensen Hall will look like this on the North and South sides.
The East and West sides of Mortensen Hall will feature the new Augsburg A.

Two University Name Change Help Sessions remain and are a chance to get a project update and to ask any questions about your Department Name Change Checklist, or for any other name-change related queries. Sessions are:

  • August 2, 2017 at 1 p.m.—OGC 100
  • August 23, 2017 at 1 p.m.—OGC 100

Now, here’s a look at what’s new and what’s underway right now!

Monument Signs

Deconstruction of the monument signs began this week. The size and deconstruction of the monument signs requires use of some heavy equipment to remove sign footings, prepare sites for the new signs, and more. For instance, jackhammers are needed to break up the footings and surrounding cement pads and the preparation for new signs may require the use of trenching equipment for electricity to the new signs, which will be lit. The most complex monument sign removal and installment is at the intersection of 8th Street and 20th Avenue, by Luther Hall. This site requires some regrading of the land near and around the sign.

Once the old signs are removed, new footings will be installed and is anticipated to take several weeks. Of course, this kind of work is weather dependent.  

A monument sign at the Rochester teaching site also will be replaced and work is underway to coordinate the removal of the current sign and installation of the new one.

Please be careful, as always, when approaching any construction area and use extreme caution if you are in the area of any construction work. We all have a responsibility to look out for our own safety and with so much construction throughout campus, this is as important as ever.

Top of Mortensen Hall

The current letters on top of Mortensen Hall and that say “Augsburg” and “Augsburg College” are anticipated to be removed by the end of the week of July 17. This work may require the use of a crane to safely take the letters off the building and to load  them into a truck for removal from campus.

Once the letters are removed, the facing will be repainted maroon. Then the new signage will be installed, again with the use of a crane.

At this time, we do not have firm dates for when this work will take place. Just know that if you see the crane near Mortensen Hall, it is on campus for this work. As with the monument sign work, this work is weather dependent and cannot be done in rain or if there are high winds.

Thank You

The University Name Change Project is a major undertaking that depends upon the full community’s support and participation. Thanks to all who have participated in the University Name Change Information Meetings and to department heads for their leadership of their individual community in carrying out the tasks required to meet our goal of transforming to Augsburg University by September 5.