Hagg-Sauer Hall named construction project of the year

Featured photo: Ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Hagg-Sauer Hall in November.

Bemidji State University’s newly constructed Hagg-Sauer Hall has been awarded the Government Construction Project of the Year by the Minnesota Construction Association at their 26th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala.

The 27,700 square-foot facility features three smart classrooms, four mid-size classrooms, a large classroom, an auditorium and second-floor study spaces that overlook Lake Bemidji.

The newly constructed Hagg-Sauer Hall replaced the 82,478 square foot original building built in 1970 and was named in honor of best friends and long-time colleagues Dr. Harold T. Hagg and Dr. Philip R. Sauer, with the building retiring in 2019.

At the September 2019 groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new building, Jay Cowles, chair of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees, praised BSU’s planning processes and perseverance to see the Hagg-Sauer project to fruition.

“In the 2000s, the university set out on a thoughtful, deliberate planning process that looked at how to best serve our students and enable them to achieve their fullest potential into the 21st century,” he said.

“The result is seen in the replacement of Hagg-Sauer with a smaller, far more flexible facility to house a full array of programs and courses well into the future.”


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