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Monday, August 8, 2016: Gaining height

Rain and hot weather last week drove the need for adjustments in the weekly work activities on the Hagfors Center construction site. (As with any major construction project, changes in weekly work activities due to weather and other factors are to be expected.) Installation of the second-story concrete formwork, however, remained the top priority last week, so that the concrete pours for the second floor would remain on schedule. As this work progresses, please watch Amail and posted signage for activities that may impact pedestrian or vehicle traffic on campus.


Formwork on the Hagfors Center is complete and ready for the second-floor concretepours.
The Hagfors Center construction site, on Sunday night, August 7, is ready for the second-floor concrete pours.
  • Second-floor concrete pours. The first concrete pours for the second-story floor are scheduled this week. Formwork installation for this work was top priority last week so, despite the days of rain and heat, concrete pours for the second floor are still on track. (The photo from Sunday night, August 7, shows the construction site ready for the second-floor concrete pours to begin this week.) The concrete pours will involve closing parking along 21st Avenue South between South 7th and South 8th streets to allow for staging of concrete trucks in the area to enable a consistent concrete supply for each pour. Watch Amail and street signage for parking restriction information.
  • Street closures on South 6th Street and 21st Avenue South.  In coordination with the City of Minneapolis, two sections of street north and east of the construction site will be closed to parking and through traffic August 10-16 for sanitary and water utility work. South 6th Street between 20th and 21st avenues will be closed to parking and through traffic during those dates as will the south-bound lane of 21st Avenue South between South 6th and 7th Streets.
  • Second-floor columns. Following the second-floor concrete pours, second-floor columns will begin to be built on top of the slab.
  • Ground-level slab and footing work. The concrete pour for the remainder of the ground-level slab was pushed out due to rain and heat. That work is expected to occur this week. Additional concrete work for the footings will continue as well.
  • Utility pole removal. The utility poles along 21st Avenue South are still expected to be removed within the next few weeks. After the utility poles are removed, crews will proceed with the planned tree removal on the construction site. The City of Minneapolis-approved plan includes the removal of four trees along South 6th Street and the street trees on the west side of 21st Avenue South, which will be replaced during the summer of 2017 with seven new 3-inch oaks along South 6th Street and nine new street trees along 21st Avenue South.
  • Security lighting installation. Additional security lighting as been installed on the construction site and is ready to be turned on once power is cut to the utility poles along 21st Avenue South.


The utility work on the west side of Oren Gateway Center to relocate the electrical service is expected to be completed in conjunction with the power and utility pole removal along 21st Avenue South. Sidewalk closures and parking restrictions may continue on 21st Avenue South while that work is in progress.