Construction on the Hagfors Center has begun! Below is a summary of activities expected to take place this week.
PARKING LOTS A AND D REMAIN CLOSED
Lots A and D remain closed for work to expand Lot D into the former tennis court area and to resurface Lot A. Next week’s update, Monday, May 16, will include a timeline for completion of this work and information about when people can park in those lots again.
CONSTRUCTION SITE WORK
Activities expected this week on the construction site include the following:
- Construction site safety. The construction site fence installation is complete. For everyone’s safety, people should stay outside of fenced area at all times. The construction site gates will be open during the work day, but only authorized personnel should enter the site at any time. All authorized personnel on the site will wear hard hats and safety vests.
- Truck traffic for excavation and concrete pouring. There will be significant truck traffic on the site and to/from the site this week as excavation and dirt hauling proceed. Pouring the concrete for the tower crane pad is also scheduled this week and will result in significant truck traffic over the course of several hours during that work. A police officer will be on site to monitor truck traffic and provide traffic assistance as needed during soil export. As always, pedestrians and drivers should proceed with care around the construction site to ensure their safety and that of others on campus.
- Tree removal. Additional trees will be removed for the construction project this week. As previously noted, the cottonwood tree near the community gardens will not be removed due to construction.
- Construction trailers. Additional construction trailers and metal tool sheds will be installed on the construction site this week.
- Preparation for demolition of the house at 623 20th Avenue South. Planning will be underway over the next two weeks to ensure proper safety precautions are taken for removal of the house located on the construction site.
UTILITY WORK NEAR ANDERSON RESIDENCE HALL AND OREN GATEWAY CENTER
Xcel Energy will install equipment on the west side of Anderson Residence Hall this week to support 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 on 21st Avenue South until this work is completed. A screening fence for the area will be added later during the summer.