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Monday, April 11, 2016: Preparation continues to ready the construction site

Preparation continues for construction of the Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Below is a summary of current and upcoming activities.

Parking restrictions and sidewalk construction on 8th Street South and 21st Avenue South

Utility work continues along 8th Street South and 21st Avenue South in preparation for construction. Sections of 21st Avenue will have parking restrictions in place this week to allow utility companies to continue relocating the wiring attached to the utility poles along 21st Avenue. Please follow the posted signage for parking. Additionally, some sections of sidewalk along 8th Street and 21st Avenue will be removed by the utility companies as they complete the underground portions of this work. These sections will be barricaded as needed. Once the underground work wraps up, these sidewalk sections will be repaired as soon as possible.

Cottonwood tree trimming scheduled, along with removal of other trees near Lot G

The large cottonwood tree near the community gardens is scheduled for trimming on April 12. Several parking stalls in Lot G will be blocked off to allow service vehicle access to the tree for this work. The arborist will also remove three trees east of Lot G this week as part of preparing the site for construction.

Initial construction fencing

Construction fencing near the community garden will be installed next week (the week of April 18). This section of the fencing will not impact any parking area. This portion of fencing is being installed early to ensure that the community gardens may be planted without disruption from fence installation at a later date.

Parking and street closure for groundbreaking and construction

On Friday, April 29, Augsburg will host a donor groundbreaking ceremony for the Hagfors Center. Lot G will be closed for this event. Following commencement ceremonies on Saturday, April 30, Lot G will close permanently.

Lot F and 7th Street South will remain open until noon on Monday, May 2, to accommodate the final student move-out from Anderson and Luther residence halls. As of Monday afternoon, May 2, Lot F and 7th Street South between 20th and 21st avenues will be closed permanently.

Construction of the Hagfors Center will begin the week of May 2, beginning with installation of the remainder of the construction site fencing. Over the first couple of weeks, construction activities will include trailer setup, excavation, hauling of soil offsite, parking lot and tree removal (note: the cottonwood tree near the community gardens will not be removed due to construction; see above), and demolition of the existing house at 623 20th Avenue South.