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Monday, July 25, 2016: Getting ready to start the second floor

Hagfors Center construction site on July 22, 2016, showing formwork preparations for the second-story floor.
Hagfors Center construction site on July 22, 2016, showing formwork preparations for the second-story floor.

Last week’s high heat index affected construction schedules on the Hagfors Center, as crews adjusted work plans to ensure safety during extreme heat conditions. Despite the heat, however, ground-level and second-floor construction work made progress during the week. (See photo from Friday, July 22, at right.)

As with any major construction project, weekly work activities may be affected by weather, crew availability, project sequencing, and other factors. Please watch Amail for any changed activities that may impact the campus community.


  • Backfilling basement walls. Backfilling soil along the outside of the basement walls will continue for the next several weeks, but the work will involve minimal truck traffic to complete.
  • Concrete pours for the remainder of the ground-level slab. The concrete has been poured for the ground-level slab of the east-west wing of the Hagfors Center. Additional, small concrete pours will continue this week for footings, foundations, and columns. The remaining ground-level slab–for the main lobby of the building–will be poured in early August.
  • Formwork installation for second-story floor. The formwork “tables” for the second-story concrete pours are being put into place by the tower crane. No large concrete pours are expected this week, so no parking restrictions are anticipated this week along 21st Avenue South. Watch Amail for future parking restriction information as concrete pours are scheduled in subsequent weeks.
  • Utility pole removal along 21stAvenue South. The utility pole removal along 21st Avenue South is still pending a confirmed date from Xcel Energy. Removal of the utility poles will also remove the city street lighting attached to them, so Augsburg is planning to install and maintain security lighting on the construction site for the duration of the project. Ultimately, the goal is to install permanent lighting, after Hagfors Center is complete, as the College has done along South 8th Street.


The utility work on the west side of Oren Gateway Center also is still in progress, as Xcel Energy works to reroute electrical service for the Hagfors Center. Sidewalk closures and parking restrictions may continue on 21st Avenue South as a result.