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September 29, 2016


Building 3 and 10
Building 4
Buildings 4 and 8
Buildings 4, 8 and 10
Building 6
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 9
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 24
Building 31
Building 39
Building 46
Building 68
Building E17
Building E18
Building E19
Building E25
Building E40
East Campus, Kendall Square
Park adjacent to W11
Building W20
Building W59
Building W97
Campus Parking
Steinbrenner Stadium
Utilities work: Amherst Alley steam upgrade
Utilities work: West Loop steam upgrade
Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot
Main Street
Longfellow Bridge

Building 3 and 10

Two renovation projects are underway in Building 3 - the creation of the Toy Maker Design Space in rooms 3-003 and 3-004, and renovation of the corridor in that area. Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through September 2016 with crews working Monday-Saturday, 6 AM - 3 PM. Some weekend and evening work is expected.

The hallway renovation will include installation of new energy efficient lighting and an upgrade of sprinklers and fire alarms. While this work is underway, a temporary partition wall will be set up in the corridor outside rooms 3-003 and 3-004 and will narrow the hallway. Occasionally the hallway will be closed. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities. Any activities generating loud noise will be scheduled to conclude by 7:30 AM.

The freight elevator is scheduled to be closed for construction activities on Wednesday, September 7 from 6 AM through 2 PM. The loading dock and stairs will remain accessible in Building 3, and passenger elevators will be available in Buildings 3, 7 and 10. Signage will be posted.

Signage will be posted directing occupants around the work.

Questions about this work may be directed to Biss Teelucksingh.

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Building 4

Renovation of the music classrooms in Building 4 (Rooms 148, 152, 156, 162, and 364) is underway and scheduled to continue through August. Work hours are scheduled for Monday-Friday, 6 am - 3 pm.

The first floor and third floor corridors in Building 4 are scheduled to be painted from Monday, August 29 through Wednesday, August 31. Work is scheduled from 11PM to 7AM daily, during which time the hallways will be inaccessible. Occupants will be directed to use the corridor on the second floor of Building 4. Signage will be posted. The water-based paint will generate some mild odors in the vicinity.

A temporary partition wall has been set up outside the classrooms on the first floor which has narrowed a small section of the hallway.

Questions about this work may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

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Buildings 4 and 8

A renovation of the Ortony Lab on the fourth floors of Buildings 4 and 8 is underway and is expected to conclude at the end of August 2016. (Rooms 4-413, 8-402, 8-404, and 8-406.) Crews plan to work 6 AM - 4PM Monday - Friday, with occasional evening and weekend work.

While the renovation is underway, some infrastructure work will be conducted on floors 1, 2, 3 in these buildings. Some noise will be expected during demolition and construction, and the loudest activities will conclude prior to 8AM. Hallways in the area will remain open.

Questions about this work may be directed to Doug Tuttle.

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Buildings 4, 8 and 10

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, Facilities is planning to study the existing conditions of the north façades of buildings 4, 8 and 10 which face MIT.nano. Investigation is scheduled to start on Saturday, September 10.

Activities are scheduled Monday through Saturday, from 5AM – 2PM through mid-October. Boom lifts will be on site to explore the façades throughout this phase. Low- level noise from the lift is expected throughout the day, with the potential for higher levels of noise from chipping and brick removal between the hours of 5AM and 9AM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani or Jennifer Gonsalves.

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Building 6

Facade Renovation

A Building 6 façade renovation is complete. The renovation work included restoring masonry, rebuilding of fourth floor façade and parapet, and replacing all windows along the west façade of Building 6 (facing the courtyard).

In the weeks ahead, crews will be completing roofing work, cleaning up and removing debris in the courtyard.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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Buildings 8 and 16

The basement ramp between Buildings 8 and 16 closed temporarily in September 2015 and is scheduled to remain closed for approximately 12 months. The ramp with stairs beside this location will remain open.

View a map indicating available pathways in the area.

Signs in the area will direct pedestrians to stairwells and elevators nearby. Floors above the closure will remain open for travel.

Contact Andrew Corson with any questions.

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Building 9

A major renovation of Building 9 is underway and expected to conclude by the beginning of September 2016. The renovation will establish a home for the new Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab. The STL Lab has been charged with educating a new generation of socially-responsible entrepreneurs and academics within the field of urban development and real estate. Work hours are daily 6AM to 2:30 PM and 5PM to 1AM with some weekend work.

While this work is underway, Building 9 will be closed and access will not be available through the building. Please use sidewalks on Massachusetts Avenue to circumvent the building. A construction fence will surround the construction area. The sidewalk on Massachusetts Avenue in front of Building 9 will remain open with occasional temporary closures to allow for materials movement at the site. Cranes will occasionally be positioned in front of the building and at the back between Buildings 13 and 17.

The driveway between Buildings 9 and 33 off of Massachusetts Avenue is scheduled to close evenings 5PM to 1AM through the beginning of July. Note that the alleyway between buildings 17 and 31 is also closed during this same evening time, however, it may be used for emergency egress.

Demolition activities will generate noise. The activities that generate the loudest noise will be scheduled for prior to 9 AM. Please note that intermittent noise may occur during the day. Work hours will be 6AM - 3PM Monday - Friday with some weekend and regular evening work expected. The driveway between Buildings 9 and 33 off of Massachusetts Avenue is scheduled to close evenings 5PM to 1AM through the beginning of July while this work is underway.

From Friday, September 16 through Saturday, September 17, please note the corridor stairwell leading from the first floor of Building 7 to the second floor of Building 9 is scheduled to be temporarily closed for construction. Work will commence at 6 PM on Friday evening and continue until the end of day Saturday. This section of the corridor will be inaccessible during this time. Signage will be posted directing occupants around this work.

The six-story structure currently houses both the Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Center for Real Estate. The renovation will establish dedicated space for the STL Lab, while integrating it with the existing uses to create a multi-purpose hub of planning and development activity. In addition to energy-efficiency and accessibility upgrades and overall modernization of both classroom and office spaces, the centerpiece of the new configuration will be an interactive "city arena" on the second floor, where students, faculty, and guests will be able to work together in an interactive, flexible work-space supported by cutting-edge communications and presentation technology.

Questions about this construction work may be directed to Joe Collins.

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Building 12: MIT.nano

Subscribe to construction activity forecasts for the MIT.nano project by emailing mitnano-info@mit.edu, or view updates online. Please direct any questions to Andrew Corson.

The installation of the West Tower Crane outside Buildings 10 and 13 is complete. Please note that when the cranes are in operation, the construction crews will issue an audible air horn warning which is required for safety purposes. When the tower crane is not in use, note that it will move with the wind, and this is normal for cranes like this.

Waterproofing application (underway June 6, duration 4-6 weeks)

Crews are applying a waterproofing material to the exterior of the MIT.nano building. This material has a strong asphalt-like odor. It will be applied at ground level. This nuisance odor may continue to migrate indoors during normal business hours. The application is expected to continue through July and the location will change daily as the installation progresses. Work hours are 6AM - 4PM.

Building 13 sidewalk

Crews have demolished a section of sidewalk on the eastern side of Building 13 (facing Building 16). This section of sidewalk is scheduled to remain closed through Fall 2016.

Emergency egress routes for Building 13 occupants will be maintained throughout the closure. Updated emergency egress maps have been posted in the building.

Main Lot gate change

In January 2015 the parking gate at the driveway between Buildings 35 and 37 was relocated to the driveway between Buildings 9 and 13. All remaining authorized Main Lot permit holders, maintenance and delivery vehicles should enter and exit the Main Lot via the Building 9 driveway on Mass Ave.

Heavy driveway usage

Truck traffic at and around the MIT.nano construction site is scheduled for August 29 - September 24. Please be alert and use caution when walking in the area. Police will be stationed along Vassar Street to assist with traffic and pedestrians. This activity should not impact the Building 32 parking garage.

Delivery trucks are scheduled to enter the site from Vassar Street using the driveway between Buildings 35 and 37. They will proceed to the MIT.nano site entrance located between Buildings 13 and 31. They will exit the site onto Mass Ave via the driveway between Buildings 9 and 33.

Trucks are scheduled to use this route from Monday through Saturday each week, from 6AM to 3PM.

Questions can be directed to Andrew Corson.

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Building 24

Work is underway to renew and modernize the elevator in Building 24, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday - Friday and is expected to conclude at the end of August 2016.

The elevator will be out of service for the duration of the project. During this time the third floor will be accessible by using elevators and access from Buildings 34 and 36. View this map for alternate elevator access during this time.

The scope of work includes renewing the elevator by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft. During the first month of construction some noise is expected on the sixth floor directly under the elevator machine room while crews conduct the demolition of the elevator machine. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

This renewal project is part of a broader effort to renew and modernize the elevators in several different buildings. Modernizing the elevators will replace obsolete equipment, protecting the safety of the MIT community while improving the day-to-day experience of building occupants and visitors.

On Monday, August 29 the pavement on the north side of Building 24 is scheduled be restriped. The anticipated hours are from 7AM to 3PM. The alleyway will be accessible during this time.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building 31

The renovation of Building 31 will modernize its structure and systems while also addressing programming needs for Aero/Astro and Mechanical Engineering.

A section of the walking path around the MIT.nano construction site adjacent to Building 31 will be closed during the renovation project which is expected to conclude in fall 2017. Signs will direct pedestrians around the path closure. Emergency egress will remain available for Building 31 and updated signage will be posted in the building.

Please note that while the driveway between Buildings 17 and 31 will remain open during the day, pedestrians are advised to avoid the driveway which has a heavy volume of construction vehicles.

Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

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Building 39

Work is underway to renew and modernize elevators in Building 39, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays). Drilling activities during the installation of the new elevator machines may be heard on the first and second floors. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is taken out of service, and the project will take place in two phases:

  • The larger elevator (Car #2): December 2015 to mid-April 2016. The elevator that provides access to the basement will be modernized first. Preparations are being made to accommodate building occupants during the time when access to the basement is limited.
  • Car #1 modernization is expected to last mid-April 2016 to mid-August 2016.

The scope of work includes renewing both elevators by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building 46

On August 1, work will begin on a 3 phase sidewalk replacement project for Building 46 that will culminate with the installation of a sculpture in front of the Main Street entrance of the McGovern Institute, to be dedicated October 28.

Phases are illustrated here.

Crews are scheduled to begin work Monday, August 1, on the sidewalk in front of Building 46 on the Albany Street side, from the loading dock area to the corner of Albany and Main St. Work hours are 7 AM to approximately 3 PM. The work area will be secured with a construction fence, and the sidewalk will remain closed throughout phase 1 of construction, from August 1 through August 19. Pedestrians will be diverted to the opposite side of the street.

The entrances and the egress points within Building 46 will be temporarily closed during the demolition and the placing of the concrete. Interior signage will be installed to divert the normal foot traffic within the building.

See a map of the work area and alternate entrances.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Building 68

From June through November, subbasement and roof work is scheduled in Building 68. Noise, vibrations and dust will be present throughout construction, and will be mitigated as much as possible. The construction team will be using both the E19 loading dock to bring materials through the basement level and the garage door on the south side of the building as needed.

A crane is scheduled to be located along Ames Street on Saturday, August 27 from 7AM to 5PM. The crane will be parked in the southbound lane of Ames Street. The sidewalk will be closed southbound and pedestrians will be routed to the other side of the street next to Buildings E17 and E18. One exterior door will be inaccessible throughout the day except as emergency egress.

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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Buildings E17, E18, E19

Several substantial renovation and renewal projects are underway in Buildings E17, E18, and E19. The project's overarching goals are to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements, and renovate office space for programs moving to these buildings from E38 and E39. The office renovation work is expected to wrap up in late Fall 2016, while Building E19 infrastructure renewal work is expected to continue through early 2018. Construction activities are planned for Monday through Friday, 6 AM - 3 PM, with occasional work on Saturdays.

Renovation work is planned for the following floors (March 2016 - early 2017) -

  • E17: Floors 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • E18: Floor 2, 3, and 4
  • E19: Floor 2 (all), Floor 6 (two office suites), and Floor 7 (Ames Street side)

Demolition activities will generate some noise. The activities that generate the loudest noise will be scheduled for prior to 9 AM. Please note that intermittent noise may occur during the day. Questions about this renovation work may be directed to Joe Collins.

Building E17 Atlas Center (September 2016 - Summer 2017):

In the spring of 2017 MIT will open the new Atlas Service Center in Building E17. The new center will create a one-stop shop for services that currently reside in offices across the MIT campus that serve MIT employees and students. To prepare for the new center, construction activities are underway in Buildings E17. Construction work is scheduled for Monday through Friday, 6 AM – 3 PM, with occasional work on Saturdays.

Upcoming activities include:

  • Main entrance closed through December: The entrance to Building E17 on Ames Street is scheduled to be closed temporarily through December. During this time, the foyer and lobby will be renovated and accessibility will be upgraded. A protected pedestrian pathway on the first floor from E18 through E17 will remain available throughout construction with occasional closures. See attached map of the area.
  • Phase 1 demolition is scheduled through the end of September. Noise and vibration are to be expected throughout the process with the most disruptive work being completed during off-peak hours.

See the map for more information.

Questions about this work may be directed to Bill Mackie or Doug Tuttle.

Building E19 infrastructure renewal (March 2016 - mid 2018):

While the renovation work is underway, MIT will also upgrade several major systems in Building E19 and will make changes to enhance accessibility within the building. Infrastructure upgrade activities will include:

  • Upgrade heating and cooling system. This work will resolve issues with leaking pipes and will improve the system to comply with current codes and standards. Benefits of this work include improving occupant comfort through enhanced temperature controls, as well as improving the energy efficiency of the system and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the building.
  • Replace air handling system which is reaching the end of useful life, improving the efficiency of the system.
  • Renovate restrooms to improve accessibility and sustainability. Restrooms will close temporarily during this work. Signs will be posted noting alternate restrooms available nearby.
  • Renovate E19 entrance on Ames Street to improve accessibility.
  • IS&T will replace and upgrade data closets.
  • Updates to stairwells, including replacement of railings and improved exit signage.

Work areas will include corridors, restrooms, and stairwells. Signs will be posted and notifications will be emailed in advance when pathways or facilities are scheduled to be temporarily closed. Occasional utility outages will be scheduled; notification will be given in advance and outages will be scheduled during times of least impact, whenever possible.

Questions about this infrastructure work may be directed to Lachlan Patterson.

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Building E25

Elevator Modernization

Work is underway to renew and modernize the three elevators (two passenger, one freight) in Building E25, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays). Drilling activities during the installation of new elevator machines may be heard on the top two floors of E25. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing two elevators to remain operational while the third is out of service. Work is scheduled to take place in three phases:

  • Car #2 modernization: complete
  • Car #1 modernization: April 2016 to August 2016
  • Car #3 (freight) modernization: August 2016 to December 2016

The scope of work includes renewing the elevators by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft.
Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

Walkway and plaza repairs

Work is underway to repair the walkway and plaza just outside the E23 entrance to MIT Medical that faces E15. Work is expected to continue for the month of June. During this work, access to the E23 entrance will be restricted and at times closed. Alternate entrances are available at E25.

See a map of the work area and alternate entrances.

Work will include removing the existing granite pavers, installing a new sub-base, and replacing any damaged pavers. This work will repair the walkway that is currently uneven and damaged. Some noise will be generated by the excavating equipment and during the masonry work.

Questions about this work may be directed to Ron Nestor, Supervisor of Grounds Services.

Plaza utilities

At the plaza between Buildings E14 and E25 crews are installing utilities pipes in an area across the courtyard with some work occurring inside the basement level of Building E14. Work is scheduled for Monday-Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM and is expected to conclude by the end of June. Passage through the plaza will remain open during this work and signage will be posted to direct pedestrians around the construction area. This work is expected to generate some noise.

Questions about this work may be directed to Scott Stordy.

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Building E40

The loading dock driveway at Building E40 is scheduled to be removed and replaced starting Tuesday, September 6. Construction will last for approximately 2 weeks. The ramp next to the loading dock will be removed, and the loading dock will be inaccessible for the duration of construction. Work will occur between the hours of 7AM and 3PM daily. Noise is to be expected during the removal of the concrete pavement.

Signage will direct occupants to the front entrance and ADA lift.

Questions about this work may be directed to Joe Vella.

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East Campus: Kendall Square Initiative

MIT is proposing to bring new vibrancy and diversity to Kendall Square - "the most innovative square mile on the planet." MIT is now poised to deliver a dynamic blend of uses in this area, including housing, lab and research space, retail, innovation space, open space, and a dedicated facility for the MIT Museum. Learn more about the Kendall Square Initiative.

Construction in Kendall Square kicked off in September 2016. Ultimately, this visionary project will deliver a dynamic blend of uses in the area, including graduate student, market rate, and affordable housing; lab and research space; innovation space; retail and open space; and a new facility for the MIT Museum. Following the approval by the City of Cambridge Planning Board in May, utilities and infrastructure work is now underway to prepare the area south of Main Street, between Carleton Street and Wadsworth Street, where new buildings will be sited. Construction hours are scheduled for 7 AM – 6 PM weekdays with some Saturday work from 9 AM – 6 PM as needed.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Alison Crowley (MITIMCo) or Nicole Bernabei (MIT Department of Facilities).

Visit the courbanize project profile to review details about the planned activities and to subscribe to construction updates. Subscribe to notifications by clicking the “Login” button at the foot of the “Comment here” box to sign up for an account, and then “follow” the project.

The anticipated initial phases of work include:

  • Phase 1 (fall 2016- fall 2017): Upgrade of existing and addition of new utilities along Amherst, Carleton, Hayward, and Wadsworth Streets; closure of Hayward Parking lot. Parking for MIT Medical will remain available.
  • Phase 2 (2017): Excavation for below-grade parking garage, to extend from Dock Street to Carleton Street
  • Phase 3 (2017): Full interior renovation of Buildings E38 and E39 (292 and 290 Main St); demolition of Buildings E33 and E34 on Carleton Street
  • Phase 4 (2018-2020): Ongoing garage and building construction for new graduate residence (Site 4)

During construction in the Hayward Lot, patient parking for MIT Medical will remain available. Reserved MIT Medical patient spaces currently in the Hayward lot will soon be relocated to a new lot being constructed next to Building E33.

  • MIT Medical will validate parking for patients. (Cars exiting the lot without validation may incur a $40 fine.)
  • Cars that are in the lot for more than two hours are subject to towing. If patients have appointments that exceed two hours, MIT Medical will contact the Parking Office on their behalf.
  • The location of the patient parking area may change as construction proceeds. We will inform the community before any changes occur.

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Park adjacent to W11

On Monday, June 27, the following construction activities are scheduled to take place at the park adjacent to Building W11 and the Chapel. While the work is underway the park and the alley between the park and the Chapel will be temporarily closed. Work is scheduled for 8 AM - 5 PM.

Crews will dismantle the tower located at the center of the park and will remove the materials using a crane. The crane will be located in the alley between the park and Chapel. A police detail will direct traffic and pedestrians around the work area.

Questions about this work may be directed to Michael Smith.

Short-term installations are expected to be a regular feature at the park.

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Building W20

Work is underway to renew and modernize W20’s four elevators (two passenger, two freight), installing new equipment (controllers and motors) and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays).

The passenger elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is out of service. Modernization of the two freight elevators will take place after both passenger elevators are back in service. Alternative freight pathways are still under discussion and will be resolved before the freight elevators are taken out of service.

The project is scheduled to take place in three phases:

  • Car #1: complete
  • Car #2: June 2016 to October 2016
  • Cars #3 and #4 (freight): October 2016 to late December 2016.  

Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft. Drilling in the basement machine room for the installation of the new elevator machines may be heard on the 1st and 2nd floors during the first month of each phase. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building W59

Utilities work is scheduled to begin along the pathway adjacent to Building W59 leading to the railroad crossing between the west and northwest campus. Excavation of the site is scheduled to begin Monday, October 3, and exterior construction work will continue for approximately one month. During this time, the construction hours that will generate the most noise will occur after 9 AM. Fencing will be installed to direct pedestrians and cyclists safely around the worksite. The new path will be narrower than the existing path, so users are urged to use caution and courtesy when traversing the route for the duration of construction.

See the map for more details.

Questions about this work may be directed to CJ Smith.

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Building W97

The rejuvenation of a former warehouse at 345 Vassar Street will create a home for MIT's vibrant Theater Arts program, a central component of the Institute's world-renowned arts curriculum. Work hours are 7 AM - 3 PM Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The project is expected to wrap up in January 2017.

The Theater Arts Relocation project will upgrade W97's systems and infrastructure and will create rehearsal spaces, design and faculty studios, offices, costume and scene design shops, dressing rooms, and a two-story theater performance space. The design will respect the original structure and its utilitarian ethos in order to provide flexible "blank slate" space to be shaped and reshaped for specific performances and/or to accommodate changing uses.

Read more on the Capital Projects website.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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Campus Parking

Albany Garage

Work is underway in the Albany Garage, Building N4. The top 4 levels of the Albany Garage will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday, July 20 at 1AM to Tuesday, July 26 at 11PM for installation of a necessary protective coating. The HP spaces will be open and available during this time along with around 70 additional spaces.

The West Garage should be used during this time period. There will be no parking allowed in drive isles and at ends of rows.

Questions about this work may be directed to Mike Morizio.

E51 Parking Lot

The E51 Parking Lot is scheduled to undergo a structural inspection from September 6 through September 16. The lot will remain open during the inspection period and most inspection activities will be scheduled outside of peak parking hours, but some work may need to be done during the business day. The Hayward Annex lot will be available for overflow parking, if needed.

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Steinbrenner Stadium

Work is underway to rebuild the bleachers on the northern edge of Steinbrenner Stadium. Crews are scheduled to work 7AM - 3:30PM Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. Activities are expected to conclude by mid-August.

The project will include building a new restroom building at the site, which will involve underground utility work. The demolition and building activities will include drilling which will generate some noise. The sidewalk on Vassar Street will close periodically during crane operations. Police details will be on site to assist with traffic and pedestrian passage during those events.

Questions about this work may be directed to Alan Molin.

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Utilities work: Amherst Alley steam system upgrade

Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 6 to remove and replace the old steam system along Amherst Alley at the south side of Briggs Field. No parking will be allowed in the alley between buildings W51 and W61 for the duration of construction. Pedestrians will be directed to use the south sidewalk of Amherst Alley. Most of the work for this project will be conducted between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM. The target completion date for this work is late October 2016.

Signage will be posted, and fences will be set up for pedestrian safety.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

View a map of the area.

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Utilities work: West Loop steam system upgrade

Work began in June to remove and replace the old steam system, which runs from just outside Building 35 on Vassar Street to the grassy area at W31. Most of the work for this project will be conducted between the hours of 9:30 AM-3:30 PM. At the location where the system runs beneath Massachusetts Avenue, the work will take place during evening hours (most likely 8 PM-5 AM) to reduce traffic disruption. The target completion date for this work is September 2016.

The scope of the project is to excavate and remove all existing steam and condensate piping in the steam trench along the Vassar Street side of Building 35 as well as rebuild the two manholes on the east and west corners of Massachusetts Ave and Vassar Street. Once removed, the pipe system will be replaced with new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) covered steam lines.

During the course of the work, the sidewalk and roads are expected to accommodate normal pedestrian and vehicle traffic with slight detours. The TECH Shuttle/EZRide/MBTA bus stop in front of Building 35 on Vassar Street will be temporarily relocated east of the work zone. The demolition phase of the project is likely to cause noise and vibration. The project team will work closely to keep abutters informed as the schedule is confirmed.

Two-way passage will remain available on Massachusetts Avenue at all times (Crossing Area 2-3). The work will require the nighttime closure of one lane at a time, and the remaining lane will operate with 2-way traffic. The work site will be plated during the day to allow the normal passage of 2-way traffic.

The upgrading of the existing steam system with new and more efficient marine-compatible steam piping will help ensure safety for pedestrians and MIT personnel while improving energy efficiency throughout the campus.

As the details of the project schedule are confirmed, updates will be posted. Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

View a map of the area.

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Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot

A portion of the N10 Annex Parking Lot will be unavailable to parkers while construction work is underway on two of the cooling towers located at the Central Utilities Plant next to this lot.

A crane will be positioned in the corner of the lot that is closest to the Central Utilities Plant and the railroad tracks. The crane will be in position to dismantle two of the cooling towers at the plant. A dumpster will be in place to contain demolition materials, which will be trucked off-site and recycled.

Questions about the Utilities work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

Questions about parking may be directed to mitparking@mit.edu.

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Main Street

Surface Improvement Project

A surface improvement project on Main Street, between Ames and Third Streets, is underway. This project is being managed by the City of Cambridge. The scope of work includes reconstructed roadway and sidewalks, new vehicular connection from Third to Main Streets, tree plantings, street furniture and lighting. Main Street is anticipated to reopen to two way traffic by the end of June.

  • While crews perform roadway work and sidewalk work in the eastbound lanes, only westbound traffic on Main St between the new Third Street Connector and Ames Street will be permitted. The eastbound lanes of Main Street from Ames Street to Wadsworth Street are closed.
  • Questions may be directed to Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager at 617-349-4825, or the Department of Public Works 24-Hour line at 617-349-4800.
  • Additional information and project plans are available on the Cambridge DPW site, under Main Street Reconstruction Project.

Spring 2016 activities include:

  • reconstruction of remaining south sidewalk
  • tree planting, seeding, and irrigation
  • furniture installation
  • raised crosswalks across Wadsworth, Hayward, and Dock streets
  • grinding and paving of intersections at Main and Ames streets as well as Broadway and Third streets
  • Final roadway paving

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Longfellow Bridge

MassDOT is renovating the Longfellow Bridge, which will include the dismantling of the "salt and pepper" towers.

For more information, visit the project site.

For questions, to report issues and concerns related to construction, or to be added to the project email distribution list, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

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