Steam Outage Update

Facilities has been working with Metropolitan Mechanical (MMC) to repair the steam leaks on Riverside Avenue. A steam outage originally planned to allow for repairs on October 13 needed to be moved up because the leak was worse than expected. The outage instead began at 2:30 p.m. on October 12. Repair work will continue through the night with the intent of restoring steam service the morning of October 13.

A list of buildings that are affected because of the steam shutdown follows. This only affects hot water; cold water will still be available for toilets, sinks, drinking fountains, and showers.

  • Ice Arena – No hot water for the zamboni area, sinks, vanities, and showers
  • Si-Melby – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers
  • Urness Hall – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers
  • Mortensen Hall – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers
  • Christensen Center – No hot water for sinks, upper floor kitchen, dishwasher, and mop sink

Steam Outages on Wednesday, October 6, and Wednesday, October 13

Facilities has been working with Metropolitan Mechanical (MMC) to develop a plan to repair the steam leaks on Riverside Avenue. After careful consideration, the recommended plan requires two campus-wide steam shutdowns. The first outage, scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, will be an inspection to determine where the leak is. The work will be completed during the second shutdown, scheduled for 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, October 13. 

A list of buildings that are affected because of the steam shutdown follows. This only affects hot water; cold water will still be available for toilets, sinks, drinking fountains, and showers.

  • Ice Arena – No hot water for the zamboni area, sinks, vanities, and showers
  • Si-Melby – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers  
  • Urness Hall – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers 
  • Mortensen Hall – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers
  • Christensen Center – No hot water for sinks, upper floor kitchen, dishwasher, and mop sink 

Science 123 Classroom Remodeling Progress

Progress continues on the Science 123 classroom remodeling project. Carpeting will be installed October 11-15. We will announce the room’s availability for use as soon as we can do so with reasonable accuracy.

Sverdrup 208

Sverdrup 208 Remodeling Is Complete

All remodeling to Sverdrup 208 has been completed. The room can be reserved through University Events. It will be added to the online booking system soon, but in the meantime, you can contact the events office at events@augsburg.edu or x1104 to reserve the space.

Revised Date for New Dome Installation

Weather permitting, the new dome over the athletic field will be installed during the week of November 21.

MnDOT Closures 

MnDOT has had the 25th Avenue bridge fully closed for several weeks after a truck struck one of the beams. MnDOT opened the north side to traffic but the southbound side will remain closed at least until mid-October. It will require a more significant repair. In addition, I-94 west is closed between Highway 280  and 25th Avenue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly Wednesday, September 15, to Wednesday, October 6, for repairs to 25th Avenue bridge. This includes weekends. MnDOT apologizes for the inconvenience.

Air Filtration

We continue to operate HEPA filters in classrooms, common spaces, and in offices in buildings with central HVAC systems. In buildings with central HVAC, we continue to use MERV-13 filters circulating fresh air 24 hours a day.

Science 123 Classroom Remodeling

Work has begun on the tiered platforms and is going well. That phase of the project should be completed by Wednesday, September 29. The next phase will be carpet installation; once that is scheduled, we should be able to announce when the classroom will be available for use.

Date Set for New Dome Installation

Weather permitting, the new dome over the athletic field will be installed on Saturday, November 20.

Return to Campus Updates: 

  • What to know about cleaning office spaces.
  • Buildings with HVAC systems were upgraded with MERV-13 filters circulating fresh air 24 hours a day. In buildings without central HVAC systems, HEPA filtration units have been added in office spaces. There are also HEPA filtration units in classrooms.
  • MnDOT has had the 25th Avenue bridge fully closed for several weeks after a truck struck one of the beams. MnDOT opened the north side to traffic but the southbound side will remain closed at least until mid-October. It will require a more significant repair. In addition, I-94 west is closed between Highway 280  and 25th Avenue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly Wednesday, September 15, to Wednesday, October 6, for repairs to 25th Avenue bridge. This includes weekends. MnDOT apologizes for the inconvenience.

Science 123 Classroom Remodeling

There are no updates to report on the Science 123 classroom remodeling this week. A timeline should be available in the next couple of weeks.

Return to Campus Updates:

  • What to know about cleaning office spaces.
  • Buildings with HVAC systems were upgraded with MERV-13 filters circulating fresh air 24 hours a day. In buildings without central HVAC systems, HEPA filtration units have been added in office spaces. There are also HEPA filtration units in classrooms.
  • Staff and faculty in Memorial Hall who want to request a window air conditioner should make a Facilities request. Facilities will provide and install the unit, since the building doesn’t have central air conditioning.
  • MnDOT has had the 25th Avenue bridge fully closed for several weeks after a truck struck one of the beams. MnDOT opened the north side to traffic but the southbound side will remain closed at least until mid-October. It will require a more significant repair. In addition, I-94 west is closed between Highway 280 and 25th Avenue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly Wednesday, September 15, to Wednesday, October 6, for repairs to 25th Avenue bridge. This includes weekends. MnDOT apologizes for the inconvenience.

Mortensen Hall Laundry Repairs Completed

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  • The Mortensen Hall laundry room that closed for repairs of clogged dryer vents has reopened.   
  • T-Mobile soon will be on campus doing antenna updates on the roof of Oren Gateway. The work may limit access to outside parking areas near Oren Gateway. Facilities will reach out to those impacted.

Ongoing reminders: 

  • Please put in a custodial request to refill gel hand sanitizer in building dispensers if they’re empty as well as for more disinfectant wipes, towels, and spray for cleaning up common spaces in offices and similar shared spaces after use.
  • Hand sanitizer tip: Use an eighth of a pump to avoid getting too much hand sanitizer.
  • HEPA Air Purifiers are being used in classrooms and run 24 hours daily. These are not required and can be turned down or off during class and turned back on afterward.
  • HVAC systems are bringing in fresh air 24 hours a day.

Work at Oren Gateway Center to Include Sheetrock, Paint, and Carpet

  • OGCSheetrock, paint, and carpet are being installed and that work will continue into next week in Oren Gateway Center 114 and the offices in 115. On February 19, a clogged kitchen sink overflowed into a residence hall apartment on the second floor and leaked to the first floor. Repairs to the apartment also are underway. 

As previously noted:

  • The final phase of mechanical HVAC work at Christensen Center continues.
  • Two lights in front of Sverdrup will be removed in spring and an LED light will be mounted above the entrance after the ground thaws.