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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.

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With hard hats on and shovels in hand, nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors broke ground on Hamline’s new University Center on Monday, April 11, 2011. The official groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site where the new building will stand—on the southwest edge of Hamline’s Saint Paul campus at the corner of Snelling and Englewood avenues.

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From Lowell Bromander,
Associate Vice President for Facilities Services

It is the end of the first month of construction and we are on schedule with our plans. A few things that are complete at this time:

  • the fence is up
  • the pile driving to install the shoring along Snelling Ave was completed last week
  • the trees have been removed and delivered to “Wood from the Hood” for processing
  • the digging began this week and will continue for about six weeks

The hole that we are digging will be roughly 270 feet long by 120 wide by 20 feet deep. When we are completed we will have hauled about 45,000 yards of soil from the site.  A portion will be stored and brought back for reuse at the site. The rest is being used at other construction sites as well. Steps planned for April:

  • Reminder that the Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on April 11.
  • We will begin to pour concrete footings for the building during the week of April 18.

You can see images below taken throughout March as soil has been removed and trees have been removed and transplanted from the construction site.

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From Lowell Bromander, Associate Vice President for Facilities Services

I want to inform you that today, March 1, 2011, we will begin preparing the University Center construction site on the corner of Snelling and Englewood Avenues. The snow will be removed, fences will go up, and construction offices will be established on site. The contractors will also begin surveying and marking the grounds.

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During this early phase of construction, the asphalt path on the west end of Sorin Hall that leads into campus from Englewood Avenue will be permanently closed. Additionally, the sidewalk on the north side of Englewood from Snelling Avenue to Sorin Halll will be blocked off and will remain blocked off throughout the duration of the construction project.

Englewood Avenue will remain open, although there may be some traffic congestion due to the construction vehicles.

We have relocated twelve trees thus far to make space for the University Center. For the remaining trees that must be removed, we are working with a conservation group, Wood for the Hood, to determine how we can recycle or utilize the wood from the trees for furniture, trim, or other aspects of the University Center and other projects on campus.

We anticipate that by mid-March the excavation of the construction site will commence. This means removal of top soil, shoring up the west edge of the site, and digging. We expect this to take about six weeks. The Snelling Avenue sidewalk adjacent to the site will be closed for a portion of the excavation. There will also be heavy truck traffic in the area at that time, because of the soil removal.

Once it is safe to do so, the Snelling Avenue sidewalk adjacent to the site will be reopened for pedestrian traffic, though it may be temporarily closed again at various times throughout the project.

Construction work will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., whenever possible. We do not anticipate any late evening, overnight, or weekend construction at this time. There will, of course, be some noise related to the construction, particularly during one week in which the construction crews will be pile driving for the shoring of the west edge of the site. We have attempted to make the timing of that as nondisruptive as possible by tentatively scheduling it to happen during spring break week, as we know that many people will be away from campus during this time. Facilities Services staff has also met with leadership team members in Robbins Science and Sorin Hall to talk through any concerns.

Thank you for your support as we work to create this exciting new learning and gathering space on campus. Please let me know if you have any questions.