Augsburg College

Minneapolis, MN

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The urban Minneapolis school Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion is a $73 million, 135,000-square-foot multidisciplinary complex.  The integrated-discipline collaborative learning space includes 24 labs and 6,000 square feet of student-faculty research facilities such as biology, business, chemistry, computer science, physics, psychology, math and statistics, and religion.

The intention behind Hagfors is to encourage mixing among branches of academia. “First, the building is student-centered. Everything about the Hagfors Center is meant to support learning experiences from the formal to informal spaces,” Augsburg spokesperson Stephanie Weiss said, “It’s meant to encourage collaboration among disciplines.”

Augsburg broke ground on the project in April 2016. To date, Hagfors is on budget and on schedule. The project reached its halfway point this past February; it should open in January 2018 as planned. The center was the focus of a successful fundraising campaign, which met and exceeded its goal of $50 million by last May.

The exterior façade features Endicott thin brick embedded in precast concrete to provide the visual appeal of traditional masonry with the durability and economy of precast.  Wells Concrete provided 294 pieces of 10 1/2″ insulated precast panels with cast in Versa-Brix® 3D thin brick inlay system from Architectural Polymers.

The compact campus is located across Riverside Avenue, across from the West Bank of the University of Minnesota in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Augsburg, founded as a Lutheran seminary in 1869, cites its strengths as its urban location, diversity, and being a small institution with strong ties to the community and around the globe. It also sponsors the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum in America.