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Building 2 and 4 ramps
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 16 / Eastman Court
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building W13, Bexley Hall
Utilities work: Amherst Street
Utilities work: Northwest Steam System Repair and Upgrade
Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot
8 Carleton Street
Novartis Cambridge Campus
Department of Math - East and South Wings
The East and South Wings of Building 2 are closed due to construction activities except to specific lab groups within those wings.
Questions about this work may be directed to Marty Deluga.
- Install metal panels and metal cornice work at 4th floor addition
- Install roofing at low roof (behind existing parapet)
- Install/repair limestone at north façade of the south wing
- Install exterior doors and lighting
- Deliveries will take place throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road. Noise expected from trucks and back up horns.
- Test fire alarm horns and strobes during early morning. This will generate noise.
- Complete terrazzo floor at first floor north wing. May generate noise.
- Complete Math HQ entries at first floor north wing Building 2. Intermittent noise.
- Main stair and lobby: install overhead ceilings, paint stair, strip stair run. This may require closure of sections of the stair run. Some noise expected.
- Test MEP systems throughout south and east wings.
- Electrical and mechanical shutdowns will occur, separate notifications will be issued.
A project is underway in Killian Court to create permanent accessible entrances to Buildings 2 and 4 from the Court, and to improve emergency vehicle access to buildings in the Main Group. The project is expected to conclude late fall 2015. In June a significant landscaping phase of this project began with activities taking place on the east side of Killian Court (near Building 4), in Lowell Court, and at the south end of Killian Court near Memorial Drive.
See a map of the work area.
During Phase 1 of construction, a new accessible entry ramp will be built at the south entry to Building 4 from Killian Court. During this work, the south entry will be closed and signs will direct pedestrians to an alternate entrance at the Building 4 center entry. Pedestrians visiting Killian Court will be directed to use the west sidewalk to navigate the Court. The work is expected to generate noise and dust. Work hours 6 AM to 2 PM.
Work will include the removal of shrubs in the work area, removal of the exterior steps at Building 4 south entry, deep utility excavation, installation of new piles, concrete foundation, and new entry ramp, and installation of new drainage piping.
A construction fence will surround the work zone. During construction soils and materials will be delivered and removed via trucks at the east side of Killian to Memorial Drive. Soils will be stored in a designated zone at the south end of Killian Court.
Following the construction of this ramp, additional phases will include the installation of new sidewalks, soils, irrigation systems, and landscaping along Killian and Lowell Courts through to Memorial Drive.
Questions about this work may be directed to Marty Deluga.
Renovation of offices in Rooms 5-111 and 5-119 is underway and is expected to conclude by November 2015. Construction hours are 6 AM – 2 PM. This work will be contained within the office and no pathway obstructions are expected. Any loud activities will be conducted during off-hours.
Questions about this work may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.
Fire alarm replacement
A complete fire alarm system replacement project for Building 5 began in August 2015 and is expected to continue for several months. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in corridors, office suites, conference rooms, and laboratories. Work during the first few weeks consisted of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. As the project proceeds, project manager Sudy Nally will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements. Contact Sudy if you have any questions.
Through December: During the overnight hours of 7 PM to 2 AM crews are scheduled to install fire alarm and fire protection equipment in the corridors of all levels of Building 5. A single-man lift will be positioned in the corridors to facilitate this work and pedestrians will be directed around the work area. The corridors will remain open. In coordination with occupants, crews are scheduled to enter offices to upgrade equipment as well. Some noise will be associated with this work.
Questions may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.
A Building 6 façade renovation is underway. The renovation work will include restoring masonry, rebuilding of fourth floor façade and parapet, and replacing all windows along the west façade of Building 6 (facing the courtyard). Work hours are 6 AM to 3 PM.
In the weeks ahead, crews will be completing masonry and window work, cleaning up and removing debris in the courtyard, and wrapping the scaffolding in tarp in preparation for winter.
Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.
Temporary work barriers will narrow the hallway near the stairwell between Building 8-2nd floor and Building 16-3rd during the installation of new chilled water lines at this location. Chilled water distribution will not be disrupted during the installation. This work will generate some noise. The temporary work barriers provide a safety barrier around the work.
The hallway and access to the single elevator lift beside the stairs will not be available during the hours of 4 AM to 4 PM daily through November 2015. Signs in the area will direct pedestrians to alternate stairwells and elevators nearby. Access to the single elevator next to the closed stairs will reopen daily at 4PM. This lift is for use by individuals with disabilities only and is not available for commercial, freight, or pedestrian use.
The hallway closure will occur while crews work on utilities in the ceiling in this area. This work will generate some noise and vibration.
View a map of the area.
Pedestrians can navigate around the closed area by using the stairwell at the end of the Infinite Corridor in Building 8, and the two elevators and stairwell in the third floor lobby of Building 16 (near room 16-314). Floors above and below the closure will remain open for travel.
The basement ramp between Buildings 8 and 16 is scheduled to close temporarily starting September 2015 and continuing for approximately 12 months. The ramp with stairs beside this location will remain open.
The ramp closure will occur during the removal of the concrete ceiling slab at this location. The area will be contained and work hours are scheduled for 6 AM – 4 PM.
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.
During the week of November 16 crews are scheduled to replace bricks on the façade of Building 16 at the corner of Building 8 and 16 on Eastman Court. Work hours are 6AM – 4PM. The nearby entrance will remain open while work is underway to restore the brick at various locations of this façade. Work to remove and replace bricks will incur noise and vibration which may be noticed by occupants on multiple floors.
Contact Andrew Corson with any questions.
The existing Building 12 has been demolished and construction of MIT.nano is slated to begin in summer 2015.
Building 13 sidewalk demolition
Crews are scheduled to demolish a section of sidewalk on the eastern side of Building 13 (facing Building 16). Work is scheduled from 6 AM - 4 PM. This activity initiated in September 2015 and will continue for several months.
The MIT.nano site fence will be altered to accommodate this work and to maintain emergency egress routes for Building 13 occupants. Updated emergency egress maps will be posted in the building.
Main Lot gate change
On January 4, 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.
Building 24, Building 38/39 underpass
- Work is scheduled through December at the gas tanks between Buildings 24 and 38. While this work is underway the pathway at the underpass between Buildings 38 and 39 will be temporarily narrowed.
- Signs will also direct pedestrians to use Vassar Street to navigate around the temporary sidewalk closure at the south of Building 38.
- Work includes the excavation of an area within the tank fence to install process gas lines.
- Trench work through November 13 (and periodically following): view location E on map. Crews are working on pipes in the driveway between Buildings 24 and 39. The driveway will be closed to vehicles during work hours of 6AM - 4PM. The road will be plated during overnight hours. Pedestrian and bike passage through the area will be permitted during this work.
Building 26 underpass
- Reference location C on map of work area
- On Monday, November 9 crews will be restoring the sidewalk at this location, including the installation of pavers.
- Work hours are 7 AM – 4 PM.
Vassar street sidewalk restoration
- View a map of the area.
- Work is underway to restore the sidewalks at two locations on Vassar Street. Pedestrian and bicycle lanes will be rerouted and will remain open during this work. Activities include installing curbs, light poles, and pavers, as well as new asphalt, and painting the bicycle lane. Work hours 6AM - 4PM.
- Location D on map (through 11/18): Restoration of north sidewalk near Building 43. Work is scheduled to conclude by November 16. Crews will be installing pavers on Monday, November 9.
- Location E on map (11/19-12/04): Restoration south sidewalk in front of Building 38
A complete fire alarm system upgrade project for Building 24 is scheduled to begin August 31 and conclude by March 2016. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in many rooms in the building. Work during the first few weeks will consist of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. Work hours will be 5 AM – 2 PM. As the project proceeds, project manager Jennifer Combs will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements. In the meantime, contact Jennifer if you have any questions.
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, pedestrians are advised to avoid the driveway which has a heavy volume of construction vehicles.
View a map of the closed pathway and suggested alternate routes.
Please note that a crane is scheduled to be on site to the south of Building 31 within the construction work fence for the month of November.
On Saturday, November 14 the driveway between Buildings 17 and 31 is scheduled to be closed from 6 AM – 3:30 PM while demolition activities are underway at Building 31. A police detail will direct vehicles as needed. Some noise is expected. The driveway is scheduled to be closed while the demolition of a tank on the second floor is underway. The crane positioned to the south of the building within the site fence will be used to assist in this work.
View a map showing the crane and boom lift locations.
Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan.
Construction is scheduled to begin May 9 to replace the roof of Building E18. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude in October, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 3:30 PM, with some Saturday work expected. The installation will generate some noise. A crane will be on site periodically to deliver and remove materials from the site.
Questions about this project may be directed to William Mackie.
On Monday, November 2 work is scheduled to begin to repair the walkway and plaza just outside the E25 west entrance that faces E15. Work is expected to continue for the month of November. During this work, access to the E25 west entrance will be restricted and at times closed.
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.
The renovation of the Operations Research Center suite in Building E40-149 is underway and is expected to continue through November. Construction hours are Monday to Friday, 6 AM – 3 PM. The renovation of the space will include upgrades to several systems including the electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection and alarms.
Work over the course of the project will include sprinkler and fire alarm upgrades taking place in the first floor lobby and corridor. This work will be scheduled during evening shifts and will involve removal of the dropped ceiling tile. The lobby entrance and egress doors will remain open during that work. Sprinkler system upgrades will also take place at the loading dock and will impact access to the loading dock. We will send advance notice when that work is scheduled.
Questions about this work may be directed to Sudy Nally.
- Crane or equipment activities located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 loading docks.
- Start up and check all mechanical, electrical and plumbing at interior, roof top, and penthouse.
- Install AV system in classroom and conference rooms.
- Test fire alarm systems.
The building renovation of Building NW23 is underway at 195 Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3:30 PM. The renovation has a target completion date of late January 2016. When the project is complete, NW23 will serve as the new home for the Department of Facilities and the Office of Campus Planning.
Interior and rooftop demolition is scheduled to continue through July. A sandblasting truck is on site to support the cleaning of the interior brick and wood structure.
A former lab building, NW23 will receive new windows, a new roof, and new interior spaces as well as new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The shared main entrance will be completely renovated to create a reconfigured lobby and accessible walkway. As part of this project Building NW22 at 185 Albany Street will receive new windows.
Most of the work will take place inside the building, which will help control noise levels, but the community can expect to hear a moderate level of noise as materials and equipment are delivered to and removed from the site. The process of removing the concrete sidewalk and building entrance is also expected to cause localized noise. In addition, the community can expect increased traffic on Purington, Pacific, and Albany Streets, and a reduced number of parking spaces in the lot just west of NW23 (part of the lot will be used for construction support activities).
During the renovation of the main entrance, pedestrians will be directed to use an alternate entrance. This will be coordinated with the building occupants at a later date once the schedule and alternate route is finalized.
A map of the work area is available.
Questions about this work may be directed to T.J. Fanning.
Construction is underway to replace the roof of Building NW61 Random Hall. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude in October, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 4 PM with some Saturday work expected.
Please note that the installation will generate some noise with use of hammers and drills during removal of existing roof materials and installation of the new roofing materials. A crane will be on site periodically to deliver and remove materials from the site. A police detail will direct pedestrians and traffic in the area.
Questions about this project may be directed to Drew Murphy.
The demolition of Bexley Hall is complete and construction of an accessible outdoor open space at the Bexley location is underway with a completion target of October 2015.
For the duration of the project, a pedestrian walkway in front of the Bexley site will remain available, however, pedestrians are encouraged to use the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. During demolition and landscape construction, the site will be contained within a fence, and the alleyway between the site and the chapel will be closed to the public.
The accessible outdoor open space is being built as a short-term solution while long-term plans for the site are under consideration. The landscaped area will include benches and walkways, as well as a site for short-term installations engineered by MIT faculty and students from a range of departments.
Questions about the project may be directed to program manager Joseph Collins.
Read more about the demolition and open space plans in a news article.
In February 2015 a substantial restoration of Kresge commenced as part of MIT’s Capital Renewal Program. The project’s overarching goals are to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements, and improve visitor comfort. The target completion date for the restoration is April 2016, and the building will remain open during nearly all of the work.
While Kresge's appearance will be carefully preserved and maintained, the management and efficiency of its systems will be much improved. The building will also achieve greater energy conservation and efficiency through new mechanical equipment, new lighting, water-saving bathroom fixtures, and curtainwall materials that offer more thermal protection.
At times throughout the process, portions of the construction site will be surrounded by protective fencing. The outside brick plaza will not be available for use, but temporary covered walkways will be maintained to allow pedestrian access to the building.
An article about the renovation provides additional details.
View a map of the construction site.
Zone 1 activity: 8/24 – November
Crews are scheduled to excavate a section of sidewalk that runs between Buildings W20 and W35. The sidewalk will remain open but will be narrowed (reference Zone 1 on the map). The walkway between W20 and W35 will temporarily close (area marked “Zone 1” in the linked map). Crews will excavate the area to access and conduct maintenance on utilities services beneath the sidewalk. This work will generate some noise during jackhammering. Trucks will enter the area to deliver materials and remove debris. A police detail will direct pedestrians as needed. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 AM to 3 PM.
Zone 2: (date TBD)
In a future phase of this work, the sidewalk that runs between the Student Center, Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, and Kresge Auditorium will be temporarily detoured (reference Zone 2 on the map). A temporary asphalt walkway will be constructed on the Kresge side of the path and access will remain available through the area. That will likely take place in November. We will update this notice as we get closer to that date.
A project is underway in Killian Court to create permanent accessible entrances to Buildings 2 and 4 from the Court, and to improve emergency vehicle access to buildings in the Main Group. The project is expected to conclude late fall 2015. Learn more about this work.
Work is scheduled to repair condensate lines at two locations on Amherst Alley. The first location is in front of W71, and the second is next to Kresge Auditorium. Crews are scheduled to set up fencing around the two work areas on Monday, October 26 with work planned to start on October 28. Work to excavate the area and replace the condensate lines is anticipated to conclude by end of November. Work hours are 7AM – 3 PM.
The scope of work to replace the sections of condensate line include sawcutting the road surface, excavating the trench, and sawcutting and welding the pipe. These activities will generate some noise. Louder activities will be scheduled for after 9 AM.
Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.
Site 1: Amherst Alley in front of W71 at the turn in the road
- The fenced in work area will occupy half of the roadway. The road will remain open with vehicles being directed through a single lane. Sidewalks will remain available.
- Some parking spaces next to the work area will not be available during this work.
- W71 delivery area will remain open.
- Bus stop will continue to operate.
Site 2: Amherst Alley in front of Kresge Auditorium
- The fenced in work area will occupy half of the roadway. The road will remain open with two-way traffic being directed through a single lane. Sidewalks will remain available.
- Some parking spaces opposite the work area will not be available during this work.
- Access to the Kresge parking lot will remain open.
Work is underway to remove and replace the old steam system which runs from behind Building W34 to the outside south wall of Building NW13 on Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3PM. The project is expected to conclude in November 2015. Over the course of the work traffic in the area will be detoured as the crews work on the pipes crossing under Vassar Street.
The scope of work includes excavating and removing existing steam piping that runs beneath Vassar Street and between W34 and NW13. Once removed, the pipe system will be replaced with new high- density polyethylene (HDPE) covered steam lines. During ongoing work, normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 garage will be maintained with the assistance of MIT Police.
Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street using a single lane. A police detail will direct traffic through the single lane alternating from each direction.
Normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 West Garage will be maintained and the West Garage (W45) and Athletics fields will remain open during this work. Vassar Street access to the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center will be maintained with occasional minor detours. Access to the Metropolitan Warehouse will also remain open during this work.
Upgrading 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.
Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.
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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The demolition of the Research Institute for Medicine and Chemistry (RIMAC) building at 8 Carleton Street is underway and scheduled to conclude by mid-October. Work hours are 7AM - 3PM daily.
The structure, which is in poor condition, will be removed, and the remaining parcel will be used for temporary purposes before it is redeveloped in the future as an academic facility. In preparation of the demolition, utilities that service the building will be disconnected. This activity will take place late August/early September and will require occasional one-lane street closings.
Some parking spaces directly in front of the site on Amherst Street will be temporarily unavailable during demolition, and the sidewalks immediately surrounding the building will temporarily close as well. Signs will direct pedestrians to alternate sidewalk routes and street crossings, and MIT police will monitor the area around the site.
Questions about the project may be directed to program manager Joseph Collins.
Water Main Lining
The City of Cambridge is conducting water main lining work on Main Street, from Ames St to Wadsworth St.
For questions regarding the Main Street work, contact Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager, Cambridge Department of Public Works, 617-349-4870. For more information visit the Cambridge Department of Public Works.
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.
For more information visit the project webpage.
Roadway and Sidewalk Reconstruction
Sidewalk reconstruction on the south (eastbound) side of Main Street from Ames Street to Wadsworth Street is scheduled to begin on November 9 and continue until complete (2 months). Please note that Main St will function as a one way during this work with an eastbound detour. MBTA, trolley and EZ Ride stops may be adjusted during sidewalk reconstruction. Please check signs for temporary stop locations.
The following update from the City of Cambridge provides the schedule and map of the traffic patterns.
- Beginning Monday, November 9, crews will flip traffic on Main St and travel will only be permitted in the westbound lanes for the remainder of the construction season.
- Information about this project and anticipated completion dates can be found on the project website.
- “No Parking” signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates/times.
- Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.
- 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 online, under Main Street Reconstruction Project.
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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Novartis is developing lab, office, and retail space at 181 Mass Ave, including the addition of two new buildings and renovation of an existing building. Learn about the project, construction schedule, and impacts on the project website.
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Over the next several months, street and sidewalk work will take place on the streets adjacent to the project site resulting in closures and detours. Police details will be onsite to assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Saturday, November 14, 7 AM – 3:30 PM
- Windsor Street is scheduled to be closed from State to Front Street. The street will remain open to pedestrians and police details will be onsite to assist.
Friday, November 13 – Friday, November 20:
- Concrete placements are scheduled to take place on Mass Ave from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.
- This operation will require modifications to the traffic lanes. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times.