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Monday, May 2, 2016: Mobilizing for construction

Groundbreaking for the Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion took place this past Friday, April 29. The celebration included hundreds of Augsburg College alumni, students, donors, neighbors, faculty and staff members. To read more about the ceremony, see the article on the Augsburg News site, “Augsburg breaks ground on new academic building.”

Beginning this morning, crews will mobilize to begin construction. Below is a summary of activities expected to take place this week. During construction, both pedestrians and drivers should proceed with care to ensure their safety and that of others on campus.

Street and parking lot closures

Lot G is now permanently closed. Lot F and 7th Street South will remain open until noon today, May 2, to accommodate the final student move-out from Anderson and Luther residence halls. After that, they’ll be closed permanently as well.

In addition, Lots A and D will be temporarily closed beginning this week to accommodate the expansion of Lot D into the tennis court area and resurfacing of Lot A. This work is expected to take several weeks; additional updates will be provided as the project progresses.

Construction site work

The first week of construction of the Hagfors Center will involve demolition of parking lots, additional tree removal on the construction site (note: the cottonwood tree near the community gardens will not be removed due to construction), and excavation, installation of the remainder of the construction fence. Construction trailers (three main trailers plus several container-sized tool sheds) will begin to be set up Wednesday, May 4.

Utility work near Anderson Residence Hall and Oren Gateway Center

The concrete slab west side of Anderson Residence Hall will be demolished this week to create space for installation of an additional temporary power service for the construction site.

Reconstruction also continues west of Oren Gateway Center to create an expanded area for utilities support equipment. City of Minneapolis parking restrictions may remain in force along 21st Avenue South between 7th Street South and Riverside Avenue until this work is completed. A screening fence for the area will be added later during the summer.

Cable work scheduled Friday

Cable work is scheduled from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, May 6, and may result in potential temporary outages of the cable TV systems on campus.