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Monday, May 23, 2016: Concrete pouring begins for footings and foundations

Concrete pours for footings and foundation walls begin this week. Members of the campus and the community are reminded that no unauthorized personnel — including pedestrians, cyclists, or vehicles — should enter the fenced area of the construction site, even when the construction site gates are open during the work day.

This includes the gates on 20th and 21st avenues at South 7th Street. That 1-block section of South 7th Street is permanently closed and is part of the construction site. Only authorized personnel, wearing hard hats and safety vests, should enter the site at any time.


Parking lots A and D are scheduled to be striped after June 1; the lots will remain closed until that work is complete. Once an opening date is confirmed for the lots, Facilities will communicate the date via Amail.


Activities expected this week on the construction site include the following:

  • Footings and foundations. Concrete pouring for the footings and foundation walls will begin this week. This will involve frequent concrete pours and ongoing truck traffic on and around the construction site.
  • Drilling for installation of elevator hydraulic shaft. Drilling will begin this week to prepare for installation of the freight elevator hydraulic shaft. Construction crews will use a rig similar to a well-driller to drill to the required depths for this work.
  • Utility pole removal. Xcel Energy will be disconnecting and removing power poles on South 7th Street in the next few weeks. As noted above, South 7th Street is permanently closed between 20th and 21st avenues. For everyone’s safety, pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles should not attempt to traverse the construction site on that street.  
  • Demolition of the house at 623 20th Avenue South. Utility disconnection is still pending on the house located on the construction site. Once the utility providers complete the disconnection work, the house will be scheduled for demolition.
  • Tower crane installation complete. The tower crane has been installed. As previously noted, it will not be locked in position when not in use, but will be allowed to rotate (as a weather vane does) with the wind. This is done for safety purposes, and it means that the crane may rotate even when there is no operator.


Reconstruction and equipment installation continues on the west of Oren Gateway Center, and City of Minneapolis parking restrictions may remain in force on 21st Avenue South during this time. The utility work on the west side of Anderson Residence Hall is largely complete.


As a member of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, Augsburg is committed to hiring businesses based in the ZIP codes surrounding the central corridor, minority-owned businesses, and women-owned businesses for a minimum of 10 percent of total construction costs of the Hagfors Center project. Local, minority-owned and women-owned construction businesses can contact Karin McCabe, director of outreach for McGough Construction, at 651-634-4615 or for information about McGough’s pre-qualification process for sub-contractors.