The mission of Facilities Management is to support the vision of the University by being responsive to the needs of the community and providing a safe, clean, and comfortable learning, working and living environment in a fiscally sound manner with focus on customer service and quality.

Two New Wall Structures in the Dining Commons

Two new wall structures are being constructed in the Dining Commons as part of this summer’s remodeling project.

At the top of the central staircase, a “welcome wall” is being installed to create an arrival space for the Dining Commons. The wall will channel traffic to the new check-in kiosk during meal service and provides a space for registration check-in during special events.

Frame for a "welcome wall" installed to create an arrival space at the top of the main staircase entrance to the Dining Commons
A new welcome wall will create an arrival space at the top of the central staircase entrance to the Dining Commons.

 

In the servery, crews are building a vertical wall on one side of the service area to create a designated serving location for food with non-halal protein (e.g., bacon, pepperoni or sausage pizza, other pork dishes or non-halal meats, etc.). The intent is to separate non-halal food and serving utensils from the rest of the food served in the Dining Commons, including dishes prepared with halal proteins.

Vertical separation wall built into the servery to separate non-hallal proteins from other food served in the Dining Commons.
A new separation wall in the servery creates a designated station for non-halal proteins, keeping them separate from other food served in the Dining Commons.

Flooring Installation Underway

As part of the Dining Commons renovation project, new vinyl flooring is being installed this week throughout the Dining Commons and East Commons area.

Photo facing the west windows (toward Old Main) with new vinyl flooring installed
The new vinyl flooring will be installed throughout the Dining Commons and East Commons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rendering of Dining Commons area at the top of the stairs, near the check-in kiosk. Floor shows wide stripes with different grayscale shade.
The new flooring in the Commons features wide stripes of varying shades of gray.

Flooring and Wall Preparation in Dining Commons

A thin coat of concrete covers the existing floor in the Dining Commons.
A concrete coating levels the existing floor and provides a foundation for installation of new flooring.

Renovation continues this week in the Dining Commons, with preparation of the floor and framing new partial walls in the space.

The floor is being covered and leveled with a thin coat of concrete. New flooring will then be installed on top of the old floor.

Framing for a 3-foot wall has been installed between two square, exposed pillars in the Dining Commons.
A half-wall will be built between the area for the new salad bar and a row of banquette seating.

The frame for a half-wall is also in progress in the dining area. The wall will separate the salad bar, which will move out of the servery to improve access to food service, and new banquette seating similar to the seating against the walls in the Oren Gateway Center lobby. (See rendering below.)

Architects rendering of banquette seating against a half wall, complete with tables and stools.
Banquette seating along the new half wall will be similar to the seating in Oren Gateway Center lobby.

Main Level of Christensen Center Set for Summer Group Meals

With renovation underway this summer in the Dining Commons, camps, conferences, and SOAR participants will use the main level of Christensen Center for food service and dining.

High-top lunch tables set up in the Christensen Center lobby
Dining tables are set up throughout the main level of Christensen Center.

Dining tables are set up in the lobby, Einstein’s, the student art gallery and “fishbowl” area, along the edges of hallways, in the student lounge and the Marshall Room. Outdoor seating on the quad will also be available, as weather permits.

A reminder that regular dining service is not available for faculty and staff during the renovation.

The Augsburg Room, the University Events office, and the Dining Services kitchen remain open on the upper level of Christensen Center. Please use the south staircase or elevator to access the upper level of the building. The main Christensen Center staircase is closed for the renovation project.

Dining Commons Renovation: Summer 2024

Included in Augsburg’s 2023 dining services contract is a commitment of $1.4 million from Aladdin, our dining services partner, to remodel the Dining Commons and servery of the campus dining space on the upper level of Christensen Center. That construction is taking place this summer, and the Commons will be closed until mid-August for the project.

Dining Commons demolition underway. Machines in the open space, floor being prepared for new flooring, old ceiling tiles removed
Dining Commons demolition underway.

During the summer, camps and conferences will use the main level of Christensen Center for food service and dining. Outdoor seating will also be available, as weather permits.

Areas of 2nd floor Christensen that will remain open during construction include the Augsburg Room, the University Events office space, and the Dining Services kitchen. The main Christensen Center staircase is closed for the renovation. Please use the south staircase or elevator to access the 2nd level of the building. The restrooms on the 2nd level also will remain open this summer except for a short period during which the doorways will be under construction to bring them into alignment with ADA requirements.

Renovation of the Dining Commons includes:

  • Remodeling the servery, including moving the salad bar into the dining area to create more space for food service.
  • Construction of a designated station where pork is served, in order to keep the serving dishes and utensils used for pork separate from the rest of the food serve area.
  • A mix of new furniture, including some soft-seating similar to the Oren Gateway Center lobby.
  • An expanded beverage counter and separation between the beverage service and the dish return area.
  • New flooring, ceiling, and window shades.

Additional details and updates will be posted on the Facilities web site as the renovation project progresses over the summer.

 

 

Heat and Hot Water Shut Off Monday, April 24

Since mid-April, we’ve had issues with the steam pressure valves in Urness Tower, which affects the hot water system in Urness, Mortensen Hall, Christensen Center, Old Main, and Anderson Residence Hall. We had hoped to delay scheduling the repair of this issue until after the end of the semester, but determined we need to be proactive because if the pressure valves fail to function, we would need to do an immediate shutdown of all heat and hot water on campus, with potentially a multi-day outage while we scheduled contractors for an emergency repair.

In order to repair the valves, our steam provider will need to shut off the steam system that provides heat and hot water to all buildings on campus except Hagfors Center, Luther Hall, and Oren Gateway Center. The buildings should maintain residual heat during the shut down, but students, staff, and faculty may want to plan to wear additional layers that day.

Below is a rough schedule of the repair timeline:

  1. At 6 a.m. Monday, we will shut off the steam to the campus.
  2. Our contractor will install isolation valves in key locations on campus in order to restore steam to the portion of campus not affected by the valves in Urness. This will take approximately six hours.
  3. Once the isolation valves are installed, steam will be restored to all buildings except Urness, Mortenson, Christensen, Old Main, and Anderson Residence Hall.
  4. Our contractor will then replace the pressure valves in Urness, which they anticipate will take roughly another six hours or so. Once the valves are replaced, steam will be restored to the remaining campus buildings.

Facilities Management has coordinated with several departments, including Residence Life, Dining, Athletics, and University Events, to plan ahead as much as possible for this needed repair. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s efforts to accommodate this maintenance work.

Why’s It So Hot in Here?

With temperatures reaching the 80s the past few days, many campus buildings have been uncomfortably warm this week. Unfortunately, when sudden hot weather arrives in spring, there isn’t an immediate way to switch from heating to cooling on campus. This transition is a multi-day process involving HVAC systems in buildings from very different eras, from Old Main to Hagfors.

We are currently targeting the week of April 24 to switch to cooling, pending temperatures at that time. The forecast for this weekend and next week involve significantly cooler and more seasonable temperatures. Thanks for your patience and understanding in the meantime.

‘Til Next Year, Dome

Spring is officially here: Augsburg’s dome is coming down next week. Contractors from Yeadon will be on campus Monday through Wednesday, April 18–19, 2023, to remove the dome and ready Edor Nelson Field for spring and summer use. Working with Augsburg Facilities and Athletic Facilities staff, crews will remove lighting and other fixtures on Monday, take the dome down on Tuesday, and re-install bleachers, wind screens, field pads, and goal posts on Wednesday. On-street parking on streets bordering the dome (Butler and 23rd) will be unavailable Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19.

Grounds Crew’s Priorities for Spring Campus Maintenance

A student lies reading a book and drinking an iced coffee under a tree with bare branches in Murphy SquareNow that temperatures largely are remaining above freezing, Augsburg’s groundskeeping team has begun a variety of spring maintenance work on campus. Due to staff vacancies on the maintenance team, Augsburg did not have dedicated grounds staff during January and February. We were pleased to welcome Justin Wells as our new groundskeeper earlier this month and look forward to an assistant groundskeeper joining Augsburg in early April. Following are some of the near-term priorities for their work:

First, this winter’s repeated thaw and refreeze cycle has left roadways in the region with a significant number of potholes. Augsburg’s facilities team used the City of Minneapolis website to report many of the large potholes on city streets in and around campus. A number of those have already been repaired, and Augsburg’s groundskeepers have started repair on potholes located on Augsburg-managed streets.* Facilities will continue to report potholes as needed this spring, but please note that anyone can use the link above for reporting potholes in need of repair on Minneapolis city streets.

In addition to the street work, the grounds crew is planning turf repair in areas where snow removal equipment dug up the turf near sidewalks across campus. The combination of significant snowfalls and soft (unfrozen) ground this year increased the areas where turf maintenance is needed this spring.

Finally, as the snow continues to melt, the Augsburg grounds team will continue to treat walkways in order to reduce ice forming from refreezing melted snow and will work throughout campus to remove litter that melting snowdrifts leave behind.

 

*Which streets on campus are City of Minneapolis streets and which are Augsburg streets? Most streets throughout campus are owned, maintained, and monitored by the City of Minneapolis. All streets with meters, Minneapolis parking signs, or signs indicating the even or odd side of the street are City of Minneapolis streets. Augsburg streets include those marked for Augsburg commuter parking, including 8th Street South between 20th and 21st avenues and 21st Avenue S from the roundabout in front of Hagfors Center to the freeway wall.