The glassy, terra cotta-colored and zinc-paneled center sits on the most prominent piece of real estate on the Hamline University campus.

The student center shows off a curving, two-story section of windows above a campus entrance and garden on the southeast corner of Snelling. On one side, a narrow two-story array of solar panels indicates a focus on sustainability.

Visitors entering from campus side will find a two-story atrium study area with modern red, black and gold chairs. Behind the so-called “forum” is an open commons that can be subdivided. The floor features two high tables filled with computers overlooking a section with seating, a fireplace and a Starbucks coffee shop.

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The new Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center will open August 11. The furniture is moving in and offices are getting ready for the big opening!

During Hamline’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, there will be time to explore this new building on campus which houses event and meeting venues, a meditation room, a fireplace and lounge areas, campus dining, campus life offices, a Starbucks coffee shop, a convenience store, an outdoor terrace, and underground parking.

  • Anderson Center Dedication, Tours, Reception
    Friday, October 5 from 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Anderson Center Open House
    Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune

Planting green space on roofs, such as this one at Hamline, is a growing trend — and a growing market for Bachman’s.

Photo: Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune
Ken Dehkes, who led the green roof project atop Hamline University’s new Anderson Center, secured the rooftop garden area last week on the school’s St. Paul campus.

There’s a quiet creep of green moving across the rooftops of the Twin Cities, with succulent sedum, purple plugs of allium and other hearty plants replacing rock and tar.

Recently, Twin Cities garden giant Bachman’s Inc. and a Michigan firm called LiveRoof installed an 1,800-square-foot green roof atop the new student center at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The Anderson Center’s green roof is a swath of hearty perennials that hugs a third-floor terrace. “It’s functional, but for us, there’s a distinct aesthetic value,” said Ken Dehkes, Hamline’s director of facilities operations and horticultural services.

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Hamline is pleased to announce it has raised more than $20 million for construction of the Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center. This meets the university’s financing benchmark goal for the project. The university will continue to raise funds with the aspiration of reaching an even higher number by the building’s official grand opening and dedication, which takes place October 5, 2012.

“Through their generous leadership gift, alumna Carol Young Anderson and her late husband Dennis Anderson allowed us to begin to realize the dream for this new university center,” Hamline University President Linda Hanson said. “We have been inspired by their generosity and by the gifts of many other donors, including trustees, alumni, friends, and Hamline community members who have stepped forward to participate in this transformational effort to build the Anderson Center. Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Tony Grundhauser and his entire staff have my profound gratitude for their persistence and professionalism in reaching this goal.”

Pledges and gifts for the Anderson Center ranged from $1,000 by those who donated a permeable brick to Alumni Way to the $10 million contributed by the Andersons, for whom the building is named. Of the bricks, 332 are in place on Alumni Way, and another 115 bricks will be engraved on site over the next few weeks.

“I would like to thank each staff and faculty member who participated in the campaign this past year and those who donated a brick to Alumni Way. We are also grateful for the overwhelming support of the Board of Trustees and the Campaign Steering Committee, led by Campaign Chairman Dick Hoel ‘69, a longtime Hamline Board member who was recently named an emeritus trustee,” said Tony Grundhauser, vice president of development and alumni relations. “The trustees and the steering committee continue to do an outstanding job of keeping us on track throughout our fundraising efforts. They have been instrumental in the success we have achieved, introducing our staff to many donors and personally asking for gifts.”

“I am elated we are able to give a substantial portion of our accumulated estate to Hamline University,” Carol Anderson said. “Hamline has been very much a part of our lives. My memories of Hamline are intertwined with memories of World War II, as the war impacted our college years from start to finish. One effect may have been that women had opportunities for leadership we might not have had in more normal times. I am so thankful for the years I had at Hamline; they were like no other years in my life. I feel blessed that we are able to give back to this university that has served Dennis and me so well. I feel this university center is an incredibly worthy investment.”

More on the Andersons
Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson are longtime supporters of Hamline. After graduating from Hamline University in 1946 with a degree in sociology, Carol married Dennis Anderson, and they farmed and managed a ranch in South Dakota for the next several decades. Over the years, Carol Anderson volunteered her time and talent as a member of the South Dakota State Board of Social Services and the State Board for the League of Women Voters. Twice she was named the Democratic Party candidate from Pennington County for the South Dakota State House of Representatives, and she has held a unique position as the first female president of the YMCA board of directors in Rapid City, South Dakota. Carol served on the Hamline University Board of Directors from 1993-2001 and as chair of the estate planning and endowment committee for the New American University Campaign. Carol resides in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Andersons have made a previous gift of $1 million to endow the Carol Young Anderson and the Dennis Anderson Chair in the Social Sciences. Added to their gift for the University Center, and their 50+ years of annual support, their total giving to Hamline University exceeds $10 million.

More on the Anderson Center
Resting on the southwest edge of Hamline’s Saint Paul campus at the corner of Snelling and Englewood avenues, the Anderson Center is a 75,000 square foot building that will serve as the anchor gathering place on campus for commuter and residential students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The three-level glass and terra cotta building includes solar panels and a green roof. It has large and small meeting spaces, a computer bar, dining facilities, a coffee shop, a meditation room, an outdoor terrace, and an underground parking garage. Architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch designed the building, and Roseville-based McGough constructed it.

“Our exceptional design and construction teams, in collaboration with our outstanding staff in Facilities Services made this building a reality,” said Doug Anderson, Hamline’s vice president for finance. “The project is on time and on budget.”

The use of green building techniques and technologies will maximize the energy efficiency of the Anderson Center. Included in the building design are roof top solar panels that will generate up to 17 kilowatts of electricity and a green roof to help reduce water run-off and heat loss. The building also features the extensive use of windows to increase the amount of natural light inside. The green roof is now planted and installed around the terrace of the Anderson Center with a total area of plant coverage of 1800 square feet. This will not only provide energy and sound insulation, but it creates beautiful and lush surroundings on the third-floor terrace.

Watch the construction of Alumni Way and see the final touches made to the Anderson Center via a live streaming camera on the construction site.

The Anderson Center will open for students arriving as early as August 11.

The green roof is now planted and installed around the terrace of the Anderson Center. The total area of plant coverage is 1800 square feet. This will not only provide energy and sound insulation, but will also create beautiful and lush surroundings on the third-floor terrace.

Benefits of the Green Roof:

Helps mitigate urban heat island effect of traditional rooftops and provides additional insulation for energy savings and sound insulation. In addition, the green roof reduces storm water runoff by absorbing a significant amount of rainfall and filters, cools, and slows excess water runoff which improves water quality of natural water resources (Mississippi River and underground aquifers).

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About the Green Roof:

This green roof uses the LiveRoof tray system and is 6 inches deep. The Anderson Center roof represents the first installation in Minnesota to use the 6 inch trays. The plants were started or ‘propagated’ in a greenhouse 20 miles south of campus last August with two varieties of low growing Sedum varieties. In March, highly drought tolerant native and adapted non-native perennials and grasses were added into the mix. The trays were delivered on four truckloads and lifted to the top of the roof by crane for final installation. Each tray can weigh up to 90 pounds. Removable sides of the trays allow the coarse soil and rooting to grow together to creates a seamless appearance and plant system. The green roof system was integrated into the design with the proper interface of structural engineering, waterproof systems, soil and water considerations, and rooftop microclimates.

See the Construction Live:

We have a live streaming camera on the construction site of the Anderson Center, it can be found at (scroll to the bottom of the page).

After spending the summer removing 45,000 cubic yards of dirt and the fall building the steel frame and pouring concrete, construction of the Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center is well underway. The external walls are getting close to completion. The interior of the center is now being fitted for air ducts, electrical systems, and dry wall. This year’s unusually mild winter has helped the project stay right on schedule.

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“You factor a couple extra days into the timeline for bad weather, but we haven’t had to use them,” Lowell Bromander, associate vice president for facilities services, said. “The good weather has been helpful.”

The use of green building techniques and technologies will maximize the energy efficiency. Included in the building design are rooftop solar panels that will generate up to 17 kilowatts of electricity and a green roof to help reduce water run-off and heat loss. The building also features the extensive use of windows to increase the amount of natural light inside.

According to Bromander, the project is currently on schedule and should be done by August 2012. Learn more about the construction project and watch the live construction camera.

Hamline’s new University Center is continuing to take shape as we turn to December and the winter months. In March, Hamline broke ground on its new building, the Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center, and now the center is on track to complete the exterior walls.

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All winter long interior work will continue and by next fall this new facility will bring new  casual dining facilities, roof terraces, flexible event space, and student organization offices to Hamline’s Saint Paul campus.

You can keep up with the construction in real time on our University Center Webcam, watch the construction now!

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In March, Hamline broke ground on its new building, the Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center, and now the center is truly beginning to take shape. The $36 million building will feature casual dining facilities, roof terraces, flexible event space, and student organization offices.

Over the summer, McGough Construction removed 45,000 cubic yards of dirt—creating the required 20-foot deep hole. In August, the installation of the steel frame of the building began. That component is expected to be completed by early October. By February of 2012, the exterior walls will be finished, and interior construction will commence.

“The University Center is on schedule,” said Lowell Bromander, associate vice president for facilities services. “By late-August of next year, we plan to have the building furnished and ready for use.”

While construction continues, Hamline’s fundraising campaign advances to its second phase. After raising $15 million in leadership gifts, Hamline kicked off its “Make a Difference” campaign during Alumni Weekend in September. As part of this campaign, Hamline will host fundraising events in the Twin Cities and across the country. Watch for event information throughout the year on the Alumni Relations website.

“We are excited to begin this phase of the campaign,” said Tony Grundhauser, vice president for development and alumni relations. “We hope to draw participation from donors large and small.”

Over the next year, alumni who give $1,000 or more ($500 or more for graduates from 2001-2011) to the Make a Difference campaign will have their name engraved on a brick on the main campus pathway to the University Center. Donors may also choose to honor a loved one by having that person’s name engraved.

Hamline’s goal is to raise $24 million for the University Center project. Learn more about the Make a Difference campaign and other engagement opportunities.  Learn more about the construction project and watch the live construction camera.

Tina VanSteenbergen ’09

I was involved with the Master Planning Committee and the University Center Task Force (UCTF) as a part of my job responsibilities as President of HUSC (Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress). I was in no way expecting either of those roles to be ones I would come to be invested in, as I largely expected that the work of either committee would be over my head, and of the logistical nature. However, I very quickly found quite the opposite to be true.

Working with the UCTF was one of the most rewarding experiences I had as student body president. Engaging with dedicated faculty, staff, and administration in conversations about the needs of the Hamline community yielded what I believe is a plan for a University Center that we can be proud of. Prospective students, current students, faculty and staff, and alumni can all be proud to be a part of a community that is building a University Center that truly speaks to the character, innovation, and pride of Hamline. While it may be difficult to see the necessity of this building at this point, especially for those not involved in the committee work from the beginning, I do believe that each and every member of the Hamline Community will see the benefits when we have one common space on this campus that we may each call “home.”

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