Is the Hagfors Center worth your parking spot?


If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a rather modern-looking building in place that used to be a parking lot. Some may see this as an issue while others beg to differ. Whether you prefer the building over parking, or vice versa, may depend on a few factors.

Augsburg’s new addition to campus, the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion, is currently under construction and is set to be open to the Augsburg community in January 2018. Although it is a beautiful new addition to campus, how does the Augsburg community actually feel about it?

Upon interviewing a handful of people on campus, there have been two ever-present opinions on the building’s new presence. Many say that the building is wonderful, and that its modern architecture is refreshing in comparison to the older feeling of many of the other buildings on campus.

On the other hand, however, many would say that the issue of parking has been exacerbated by the loss of parking from the Center’s construction. It must be asked: why are there such different views on the Hagfors Center’s usefulness or lack thereof? As it turns out, most of the time, whether or not someone supports the Hagfors Center is based on whether or not they live on campus.

It seems that there is a trend in the Augsburg community where those who own cars, particularly commuters, find themselves struggling to find parking spaces on campus. Consequently, these people tend to agree that the Hagfors Center is a problem due to their inability to find parking after its construction. This doesn’t mean that they don’t find the building to be a nice addition to campus (most agreed that it was visually appealing), but just that they feel there are pros and cons to the building, and that they are directly impacted by one of the cons.

If one doesn’t find themselves struggling with parking because they don’t have a car on campus, they tend to find the building to be a nice addition to Augsburg. Now, it is important to make clear that these are merely general trends observed from general data. Each individual will have their own opinion on the Hagfors Center, and it will never be clear whether or not the Augsburg community approves or disapproves of the construction of this new building. However, whether or not one approves of the building, there is no turning back now. We, as the Augsburg community, have to embrace the new building and appreciate the benefits that it brings to our campus and our community.

This article first appeared in the Friday, October 20, 2017, Edition of The Echo.