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Building 4 and 8
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
East Campus, Kendall Square
Park adjacent to W11
Utilities work: West loop steam upgrade
Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot
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 August 2016 with crews working Monday-Friday, 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 following temporary restroom closures are scheduled to occur during the last two weeks of June. The restrooms will be closed while crews install ductwork from the basement up through the third floor. Signage will be posted. Each restroom will only be closed while work is underway in that space. Temporary partitions will contain the work areas.
Projected evening closures starting from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily through June 30, and on Saturday, June 25, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
- Men's second floor restroom, room 3-201. Alternate available at 7-107 and 3-331.
- Women's third floor restroom, room 3-301. Alternate available at 7-207.
Questions about this work may be directed to Biss Teelucksingh.
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 women's restroom in Building 4, third floor (4-366) will be temporarily closed from June 22 - August 1. This closure will take place while HVAC work is underway. A restroom on the first floor will remain available and signage will be posted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, June 25 from 6AM - 3PM a crane is scheduled to be positioned between Buildings 13 and 31 to move materials for the renovation to the roof of Building 9. Police will direct pedestrians and traffic in the area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.
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.
Through June 24: the driveway between Buildings 17 and 31 off of Vassar Street is scheduled to close from 5PM - 1AM daily. The closure will occur while crews conduct demolition work on the west elevation of Building 31. Police will assist directing traffic in the area.
View a map of the closed pathway and suggested alternate routes.
Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan.
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.
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 Kim Sutherland or Joe Collins.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Work is scheduled to begin the week of June 13 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.
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.
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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
MassDOT is renovating the Longfellow Bridge, which will include the dismantling of the "salt and pepper" towers.
For more information, visit the project site.
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