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Monday, August 22, 2016: Construction continues as summer break comes to a close

As the summer break winds down and the campus prepares for the start of the fall semester next week, it is important to remind everyone about safety in and around the construction site. You can help keep the construction area safe by ensuring that no unauthorized personnel enter the construction site at any time. Only authorized personnel–wearing hard hats and safety vests–should enter the site. We appreciate everyone’s help keeping the construction area safe for workers and the campus community!


Work expected on the construction site this week includes the following:

  • Third-floor concrete pours begin this week. The concrete pours for the third-story floor are scheduled to start this week. Again, these 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.

    Hagfors Center construction site August 19, 2016
    Hagfors Center construction on Friday, August 19, 2016, showing third-floor construction and the nearly complete ground-level slab.
  • Closure of 21st Avenue South. The southbound lane of 21st Avenue South north of 7th street will be closed August 22-25 for water and sanitary utility work. The goal is to have this work done before first-year student move-in day, this Friday, August 26, and the start of fall classes Monday, August 29.
  • Continued column construction. Following the third-floor concrete pour, construction of the third-story columns will start on the north wing of the building. The first-floor columns on the west wing of the building are visible from 20th Avenue South, providing a sense for the shape and footprint of the building on the west side.
  • Utility pole removal. Xcel has started the work to remove of the utility poles along 21st Avenue South. This work is expected to continue this week. After the utility work is complete, crews will proceed with the City of Minneapolis-approved tree removal on the construction site along the east side of South 6th Street and on 21stAvenue South. These trees will be replaced during the summer of 2017, in accordance with the City-approved plans.


In conjunction with the utility pole removal noted above, Xcel will continue the electrical utility work on the west side of Oren Gateway Center. Sidewalk closures and parking restrictions may continue on 21st Avenue South during this time.