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August 21, 2017


Building 4
Buildings 4, 8 and 10
Building 5
Building 10
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 16
Building 31
Building 32
Building 35
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 46
Building 48
Building 50
Building 56
Buildings E17, E18 and E19
Building E19
Building E40
East Campus, Kendall Square
N10 Annex Lot
Buildings N51 and N52
Building W59 railroad crossing
Building W70
Building W97
Utilities work: Amherst Alley steam upgrade
Utilities work: Amherst Alley testing
Utilities work: Vassar Street
Longfellow Bridge
Memorial Drive: DCR median usage
BU Bridge
Charles River

Building 4

Construction work is scheduled to occur on the first floor of Building 4 as Room 4-110 undergoes renovation. Anticipated hours for this work are 5AM-2PM. Crews will be present in the corridors to deliver and remove materials from the office suite.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

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Buildings 4, 8 and 10

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to renew the façades of buildings 4, 8 and 10 facing the MIT.nano building and President’s courtyard. This work includes removing and replacing the windows and restoring the brick and surfaces of the façades of the buildings. Construction activities for this work are underway and are scheduled to continue through fall of 2018. Construction hours are 7 AM – 3:30 PM, with some overnight work expected. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected.

View the Window Schedule for Buildings 4, 8 & 10.

View a flyer including a map and project overview.

Work phases and anticipated schedule

For the facades of Buildings 4, 8, and 10 facing the MIT.nano site:

  • Phase I – Window measurement (February – April 2017)
    • Exploratory work (March – April 2017)
  • Phase II – Window removal / masonry repair (April 2017 – Summer 2018)
    • Scaffolding (April 2017)
    • Window removal (June 2017 – Nov 2017)
    • Masonry repair (May 2017 – summer 2018)
  • Phase III – Window replacement (Winter 2017 – Fall 2018)

Schedule for the facades of Building 10 facing the President’s Courtyard and Building 13:

  • Window removal (March 2018 – August 2018)
  • Masonry repair (February 2018 – December 2018)
  • Window replacement (September 2018 – December 2018)

Phase II work

  • Window removal: Crews will remove windows and will install temporary plywood enclosures to be in place until new windows are installed. Duration for each office is approximately 2-4 weeks. This phase will incur noise.
  • Masonry repair: Teams will repair cracked and damaged brick, and will repair and paint cast iron spandrels as well as repair and replace deteriorated stone at window heads.

The project team is working closely with the occupants impacted by this work and has been meeting with key contacts in each area to review the proposed schedule and share the scope of work associated with the project.

Current work

Buildings 4, 8 & 10 scaffolding

Scaffolding has been erected along the North façades of Buildings 4, 8 and 10 facing the MIT.nano project. The scaffolding will be in place for the duration of the façade renewal project for Buildings 4, 8, and 10 which will be ongoing through 2018.

Buildings 4, 8 & 10 masonry work

Throughout construction, masonry work is scheduled along the North façades of Buildings 4, 8 and 10 facing the MIT.nano project. Crews will work from the basement level to the fourth floors. Anticipated hours of work are Monday through Saturday from 6AM-4PM. Intermittent noise is expected. This work is scheduled throughout construction, which will be ongoing through 2018.

Building 8 scaffolding on Eastman Court

Scaffolding has been erected at the entrance to Building 8 on Eastman Court, facing Building 18. At this time, crews are scheduled to locate trailers in the Eastman Courtyard. A temporary walkway has been installed on Eastman Court to circumvent the fenced-in area. Work hours are 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The activities in this construction area will generate some noise. While this entrance to Building 8 will remain open, one of the two staircases leading up to the entrance will be closed during construction.

View the schedule for more detail.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani.

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Building 5

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to inspect and repair radiator steam traps in Building 5. Radiator steam traps are typically located at every metal radiators or fin-tube equipment used to provide heat to a space. These maintenance repairs will allow for increased energy efficiency and safety in our buildings. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 3PM starting August 16 and concluding by August 30.

During the repair process, a contractor from American Plant Maintenance or Steam Trap Systems accompanied by MIT personnel will briefly enter a room containing this equipment. The repair of the radiator steam trap should take less than 30 minutes in each space. Minor construction activity will occur. All crews will prominently display their MIT ID. Around a week after the repairs are made, members of a MIT inspection team will be spot checking the work performed to ensure quality.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed. This work will impact every room within these buildings. Please notify Nate Fanning, MIT Project Manager, if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space. To assist this project, remove all objects from around the radiators to prevent damage.

Questions about this work may be directed to Nate Fanning.

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Building 10

MIT.nano terrace

Two temporary partition walls have been constructed on the first floor and basement of Building 10. Room 10-085 and the vending machine corridor in the basement, and the exit to the northeast terrace on the first floor are scheduled to be removed from service through December 2017 to finalize connections to MIT.nano.

Demolition is underway in a portion of the Building 10 basement. Work hours are scheduled from 6AM-3PM daily. The affected area, Room 10-085 and the vending machine corridor. Noise and vibration are anticipated.

Questions may be directed to Andrew Corson.

Building 10 Grainger Energy Machines Facility

A lab renovation project is underway in the Building 10 basement. Room 10-050 and its affiliated spaces will be renovated as the Grainger Energy Machines Facility, and the corridor in that area will also be partially renovated. Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through winter 2018 with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–2PM. Some weekend and evening work is expected.

While this work is underway, a temporary partition wall will be set up in the west corridor outside room 10-050 that will narrow the hallway. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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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.

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 construction.

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

Building 24 entrance closure

Beginning Monday, August 7, the west entrance to Building 24 is scheduled to close to facilitate the MIT.nano landscape project. During this time, there will be no access through this entrance except as emergency egress. Signage will be posted redirecting occupants to other exits. This temporary closure is anticipated to last for three months.

See the map for more details.

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.

Questions can be directed to Andrew Corson.

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Building 16

On Tuesday, August 22, a crane is scheduled to be onsite to access the roof of Building 16, between Buildings 56 and 57, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are from 7AM-3PM.

The work zone, including the pedestrian bridge and the exterior path between Building 56 and the Stata Swale, will be inaccessible during this time. Pedestrians will be rerouted through the interior corridors of Buildings 56, 16 and 26. A police detail will be onsite throughout the duration of the work to direct pedestrians and traffic around the area. Access to the buildings and food truck will not be affected.

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

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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 32

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to barcode assets maintained by our department in Building 32, including mechanical, electrical, and building systems equipment. Also included, if applicable, are Electrical Panels, Fire extinguishers, Safety Showers, Toxic Gas Monitors and Exhaust Hoods. The barcodes will be used to manage equipment for our maintenance program. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 7PM starting August 11 and concluding by August 31.

During the barcoding process, one of three facilities inspectors from Stephen Turner Inc will briefly enter a room containing equipment. The barcoding of the equipment should take less than 10 minutes in each space. No construction activity will occur. All inspectors will prominently display their MIT ID.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed in classrooms, dorm rooms, offices, and laboratories. For offices and dorm spaces, a sample set of rooms must be tested and verified before determining the total extent of equipment present throughout. Please notify Taylor Phelps if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space.

Questions may be directed to Taylor Phelps.

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Building 35

The renovation of the auditorium in Building 35 will modernize its structure and systems while creating a more logical and dynamic lecture hall in room 225.

Construction is underway, and work will occur from 6AM - 2PM daily. This will occasionally cause a high-level of noise during work hours. The work area will be cordoned off during construction hours. Signage will be posted directing occupants around this work. Construction is anticipated to continue through summer 2017.

Questions about this work may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

Building systems barcoding

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to barcode assets maintained by our department in Building 35, including mechanical, electrical, and building systems equipment. Also included, if applicable, are Electrical Panels, Fire extinguishers, Safety Showers, Toxic Gas Monitors and Exhaust Hoods. The barcodes will be used to manage equipment for our maintenance program. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 7PM starting August 31 and concluding by September 14.

During the barcoding process, one of three facilities inspectors from Stephen Turner Inc will briefly enter a room containing equipment. The barcoding of the equipment should take less than 10 minutes in each space. No construction activity will occur. All inspectors will prominently display their MIT ID.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed in classrooms, dorm rooms, offices, and laboratories. For offices and dorm spaces, a sample set of rooms must be tested and verified before determining the total extent of equipment present throughout. Please notify Taylor Phelps if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space.

Questions may be directed to Taylor Phelps.

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Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant

Construction is scheduled to begin in August on an upgrade to MIT’s Central Utilities Plant that includes the construction of a building on the former N10 Annex Parking lot. Over the first few weeks, crews will begin preparing the site located next to the Albany Street garage for construction. Construction hours are 7AM – 3PM Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening work expected. The project is scheduled to conclude in 2020.

Starting this week, protective fencing will be installed around the construction site. In order to maintain pedestrian safety, a portion of the sidewalk in front of Building N16 and the construction site is scheduled to close for the duration of the project, starting the week of August 21. The pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Albany and Portland Streets will be temporarily moved to align with this closure. The pedestrian crossing at the railroad tracks connecting the Albany Garage and Vassar Street will remain open throughout construction. The walkway between the Albany Garage and the construction site will remain open throughout most of the construction with short periods of closure to install a new walkway and landscaping as construction nears completion. Sidewalk closures and alternate pedestrian routes are shown on the attached map.

The site was formerly the N10 Annex parking lot, and in preparation for this construction, individuals holding a permit for the lot have been relocated to other parking areas on campus.

Phase 1: Site preparation and foundations (August 2017 – Spring 2018)

Phase 1 activities for the project are expected to include site preparation and enabling, site excavation,utility work, and the construction of foundations. Pressure injected footings (PIFs) will be used to support the building. During this phase, two-way traffic will be maintained on Albany Street, moderate noise and vibration is expected during PIF installation, and construction vehicles will travel through the area.

Phase 2: Steel (Spring 2018 – Spring 2019)

During this phase, the new addition’s steel structure will be constructed and its exterior wrapped,leaving the roof open. Slabs and floors will be built. A crane will be located on Albany Street during the installation of the large equipment for the plant.During this phase, Albany Street will become one-way from the intersection with Portland Street to the Albany Garage entrance. Two-way traffic will be maintained from Main Street to the entrance of the Albany Garage. For a short period during the summer of 2018, the section of Albany Street from Portland Street to the garage entrance will close. Garage access will be maintained during that period as well.

Phase 3: Interiors, streetscape (Summer 2018 – Summer 2019)

Most activities take place inside the building during this phase, with interior fit out and finalizing and testing system installations.Exterior streetscape and landscape work will include new lighting for public walkways as well as new public seating, trees, and other plantings. In the spring of 2019, Albany Street is scheduled to reopen to vehicles and pedestrians between Portland and Main Streets. The walkway between the construction site and Albany Garage will close for a period during spring and summer 2019 for streetscape and landscape work.

Visit the Powering MIT site to learn more about the project and to view updates.

Questions about this work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

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Building 46

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to barcode assets maintained by our department in Building 46, including mechanical, electrical, and building systems equipment. Also included, if applicable, are Electrical Panels, Fire extinguishers, Safety Showers, Toxic Gas Monitors and Exhaust Hoods. The barcodes will be used to manage equipment for our maintenance program. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 7PM starting August 21 and concluding by September 12.

During the barcoding process, one of three facilities inspectors from Stephen Turner Inc will briefly enter a room containing equipment. The barcoding of the equipment should take less than 10 minutes in each space. No construction activity will occur. All inspectors will prominently display their MIT ID.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed in classrooms, dorm rooms, offices, and laboratories. For offices and dorm spaces, a sample set of rooms must be tested and verified before determining the total extent of equipment present throughout. Please notify Taylor Phelps if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space.

Questions may be directed to Taylor Phelps.

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Building 48

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to barcode assets maintained by our department in Building 48, including mechanical, electrical, and building systems equipment. Also included, if applicable, are Electrical Panels, Fire extinguishers, Safety Showers, Toxic Gas Monitors and Exhaust Hoods. The barcodes will be used to manage equipment for our maintenance program. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 7PM starting August 31 and concluding by September 14.

During the barcoding process, one of three facilities inspectors from Stephen Turner Inc will briefly enter a room containing equipment. The barcoding of the equipment should take less than 10 minutes in each space. No construction activity will occur. All inspectors will prominently display their MIT ID.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed in classrooms, dorm rooms, offices, and laboratories. For offices and dorm spaces, a sample set of rooms must be tested and verified before determining the total extent of equipment present throughout. Please notify Taylor Phelps if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space.

Questions may be directed to Taylor Phelps.

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Building 50

The exterior lift on the west side of Building 50 is scheduled to be replaced. Beginning, Thursday, August 10, crews are scheduled to begin demolition and construction of a new lift for Walker Memorial. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 6AM-2PM. Heavy demolition of the existing lift pad is scheduled for Monday, August 14, and Tuesday, August 15. Noise and vibration are anticipated during this activity. This lift will remain out of service through October.

During this process the lift will be unavailable, and users will be provided temporary ADA access to the building via the basement entrance ramp from McDermott Court. Signage will be posted throughout.

See the map for more details.

Questions about this work may be directed to Mike DeRoche.

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Building 56

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to start work on a project within Building 56 to reduce energy consumption. Various repairs will be performed to the HVAC system and fume hoods. This project includes ASHRAE 110 fume hood testing for all fume hoods. Bio-safety cabinets will not be included in this project. This work is scheduled to take place weekdays from 6AM to 3PM starting August 14 and concluding by December 8.

During this required maintenance, occupant use of these lab spaces will be limited. While the work is being performed, fume hoods will not be available for use. Everything within the fume hoods must be cleared out. During working hours, general ventilation within the lab will be shut down limiting the work lab occupants can perform. We will aim to restore general ventilation in labs after 3PM; however due to potential working conditions, some labs might not have general ventilation restored until the work in the lab is complete. Notices will be posted informing lab occupants of these conditions. Occupants will be able access the affected labs during project hours, but we ask that occupants do not obstruct the crews performing the work. Each lab is anticipated to take 2-3 days to complete.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed. Door notices will be posted indicating the anticipated start date of the work. This work will impact every room within Building 56. Please notify Nate Fanning, MIT Project Manager, if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space. Please assist this project by removing all objects from fume hoods and from under the HVAC equipment impacted by this project. Plastic drop cloths will be provided to lab occupants so they can cover their benches and tables from dust if desired.

Questions about this work may be directed to Nate Fanning.

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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 E19 infrastructure renewal (March 2016 - mid 2018):

While 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 E19

As infrastructure upgrades progress, beginning Monday, June 12 the entrance to Building E19 along Ames Street will be temporarily closed. Additionally, the police call box located at this entrance will be out of service for the duration of construction. Signs will be posted redirecting people to the nearest location.

The entrance is being renovated to add a wheelchair lift for improved accessibility. Construction is scheduled Monday through Friday with occasional Saturday work. Anticipated work hours are from 6AM-3PM with the noisiest construction activity occurring before 9AM. The Ames Street lobby elevators will remain in service, as well as the Main Street elevator. This work is scheduled to continue through October 2017.

Alternate entrances to Building E19 will remain available throughout construction. See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Lachlan Patterson.

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Building E40

Space is being renovated on the second and third floors of Building E40 for the Center for Transportation & Logistics. Construction is scheduled to occur daily through October 2017.

August work highlights

  • 3rd Floor Phase 2 logistics are still in effect for the corridor and lobby area. Egress and access will be redirected through stair C and E51 bridge
  • Stair 1(A) will continue impairment work throught the end of August. It is accessible for emergency egress as railing work has been completed
  • Fourth floor restroom is anticipated to be closed during work hours through August

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

Entrance work

Starting Saturday, August 19 crews are scheduled to be remove a portion of the sidewalk at the entrance to Building E40. This excavation will expose the existing Chilled Water Supply and Return piping allowing installation of new pipe at the entrance to Building E40. During this work, the entrance door along Amherst Street will be temporarily closed and pedestrians will be detoured to the loading dock area entrance.

The pedestrian detour will only be in place during Saturday. Once work has been completed for the day the excavation will be protected with a steel plate to allow access to the building. New pipe will be installed in preparation to connect the to the existing lines which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 16th. Once the pipes are connected, the excavation will be backfilled and the sidewalk will be reinstalled.

Please contact Edward LeFlore for questions.

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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).

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.

Food trucks

Food trucks in Kendall Square have been relocated. The food trucks typically operate from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Find information about their new locations here.

Wadsworth Street temporary closure

On Wednesday, May 24, the block of Wadsworth Street between Amherst Street and Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) is scheduled to close for approximately 3 months to vehicular traffic. Crews will be installing new utilities and will need to utilize large equipment in order to perform this work. During this period access to Wadsworth from Memorial will not be reopened at the end of each day or on weekends. Drivers on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street.

Please see the map showing the driving pattern and pedestrian pathways for the area.

MBTA Station Pedestrian Access

The pedestrian plaza connecting Carleton Street to the inbound Kendall Square MBTA Station on Main Street is closed fully for the duration of the project to allow construction of an underground garage in this area. Pedestrians will be guided to seek alternate paths to and from the station using Ames Street, Dock Street, or Wadsworth Street.

Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work. Carleton Street will remain open to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to the Medical Parking Lot.

See a map of the area.

Construction Updates – August 2017

  • Wadsworth Street will remain closed between Amherst Street and Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) 24 hours a day to vehicular traffic. Vehicles on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street. For the duration of excavation and installation, Wadsworth Street will remain closed as a location for equipment set up and staging (W1).
  • Utility exploratory work will occur on the corner of Wadsworth and Amherst Street (W2). Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be maintained during this work.
  • Carleton Street will remain closed to all traffic except for the Medical Building Parking Lot and emergency services. Utility work on the street includes water line repairs (C1) and electrical duct bank installation (C2).
  • The pedestrian plaza connecting Carleton Street to the inbound Kendall Square MBTA Station on Main Street is closed fully for the duration of the project to allow construction of an underground garage in this area. Pedestrians will be guided to seek alternate paths to and from the station using Ames Street, Dock Street, or Wadsworth Street. (M1) Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work.
  • Work continues on the Kendall Garage behind 292 Main (E38), 290 Main (E39), and 238 Main (E48). This includes Slurry Wall (Support of the Excavation) installation, daily deliveries of steel and concrete, daily trucking to remove material from the site, and steel will continue to be installed in E38 / E39.
  • Structural demolition on 290 Main (E39) will commence. Water will be used during this activity for dust control.
  • Site work will continue on site 5 (behind Cambridge Trust)
  • Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • Hayward Street will be closed from Main Street to Amherst St to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic until further notice. Hayward Street will only be accessed by Turner Construction vehicles for the duration of the Kendall utilities and garage construction.

See the map for more details.

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N10 Annex Lot

The N10 annex parking lot has closed. Construction activities will continue through the spring of 2018, including site preparation and enabling, site excavation, utility work, and the construction of foundations. Pedestrian and vehicular navigation around the site will be maintained by short detours around the edge of the construction site. As the CUP upgrade project progresses, lane closures on the section of Albany Street in front of the construction site will be required for short periods of time. Police details will be on site to direct and maintain the flow of traffic and two-way access to the Albany Street garage will be maintained throughout construction.

View the link above for more information about the CUP.

Questions about this work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

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Buildings N51 and N52

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to inspect and repair radiator steam traps in Buildings N51 and N52. Radiator steam traps are typically located at every metal radiators or fin-tube equipment used to provide heat to a space. These maintenance repairs will allow for increased energy efficiency and safety in our buildings. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 3PM starting August 16 and concluding by September 1.

During the repair process, a contractor from American Plant Maintenance or Steam Trap Systems accompanied by MIT personnel will briefly enter a room containing this equipment. The repair of the radiator steam trap should take less than 30 minutes in each space. Minor construction activity will occur. All crews will prominently display their MIT ID. Around a week after the repairs are made, members of a MIT inspection team will be spot checking the work performed to ensure quality.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed. This work will impact every room within these buildings. Please notify Nate Fanning, MIT Project Manager, if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space. To assist this project, remove all objects from around the radiators to prevent damage.

Questions about this work may be directed to Nate Fanning.

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Building W5

Please note from Wednesday, August 23 a crane is scheduled to be onsite along Danforth Street to access the roof of Building W5, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are from 7AM-3PM daily. A police detail will be onsite throughout the duration of the work to direct pedestrians and traffic around the area.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

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Building W70

Work is scheduled to commence to renovate New House, Building W70, with activities continuing through August 2018. Work will begin with the installation of a fence around the area and into Amherst Alley. Work hours are from 6AM-2AM daily through August 15, 2017.

Traffic will increase in the area as construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the site from Amherst Alley and Memorial Drive throughout the day. Additionally, the loading dock for Building W61 will be inaccessible through Phase 1 of construction. Pedestrians will be redirected around the site and MIT police will be present to direct traffic.

New House’s renovation will consist of extensive interior demolition. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated throughout this process. The result will include completely new interior finishes, ADA compliant upgrades including the addition of an elevator, new windows, a new roof, and new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems throughout. Portions of the building will remain occupied throughout construction.

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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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 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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Utilities work: Amherst Alley steam system upgrade

Work is scheduled to begin June 27 to replace and repair condensate and steam lines that run from Amherst Alley to Building W4. Hours are scheduled Monday through Friday from 7AM – 3:30 PM, with no loud work beginning before 9AM. Work to excavate the area and replace the condensate lines is anticipated to continue through August.

The road will remain open to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians will be directed to use the north sidewalk near Kresge Auditorium. Fencing will be placed around the work area and parking spaces in front of W4 will not be available for the duration of the project. The entrance to Building W4 will remain accessible throughout construction.

Questions about this work may be directed to Cori McKee.

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Utilities work: Amherst Alley testing

The following two utilities activities scheduled in the vicinity of the West Lot and Amherst Alley through August. Work hours are scheduled for 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, with some work in the West lot area beginning at 7 am. The following work is being conducted to verify existing conditions of the utility, soil, and groundwater in the area.

Amherst Alley will remain open during this work. Some parking spaces along the alley will be temporarily unavailable during the work.

Test pits

Crews are scheduled to open test pits at intervals along Amherst Alley between Vassar Street and the turn in Amherst Alley at Building W71. This work is being conducted to explore the condition of existing storm drain infrastructure in the area. Crews will perform up to 4 test pits/day. In order to create the pit, crews will sawcut the pavement and will use a vacuum truck for excavation which will generate some noise (similar to a loud vacuum cleaner).

Soil and groundwater sampling

Crews are scheduled to perform soil and groundwater sampling in the vicinity of the West Lot and Amherst Alley. They are beginning in the West Lot and will move south down the west side of Amherst Alley. This work is conducted using a drill rig and is expected to generate a minimal amount of noise. Access to the West Lot will remain available throughout.

Questions about this work may be directed to Alison Crowley.

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Utilities work: Vassar Street

Beginning Wednesday, August 23 and throughout the remainder of the week utilities work is scheduled on Vassar Street between Buildings 32 and 46. Anticipated work hours are Wednesday through Friday from 8AM-3:30PM.

During this process, crews will excavate a small area at a time by vacuum truck, and Vassar Street will be reduced to a single lane of traffic. Two-way traffic will be maintained, though east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped. This activity should not impact the Building 32 parking garage.

A police detail will help direct traffic, pedestrians and building occupants in the area.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Longfellow Bridge

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

MassDOT will also close the Longfellow Bridge to vehicular traffic from 11:00 PM on Friday, August 25, to 5:00 AM on Monday, August 28.

The closures are necessary to work on the inbound roadway and the upstream “Salt and Pepper” towers. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the MBTA Red Line will be maintained across the bridge at all times. Bicyclists, both inbound and outbound, should share the upstream sidewalk with pedestrians during this timeframe. Boston-bound vehicles should use the inbound detour routes described below.

Inbound Detour Routes

Boston-bound vehicles will use one of two inbound detour routes to reach Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O'Brien Highway/Route 28) and Leverett Circle. Height restrictions are in place for Memorial Drive, so all buses and trucks must use the 3rd Street to Binney Street detour described below.

  • From Main Street, turn right onto Memorial Drive westbound, and make a U-turn at Ames Street to access Memorial Drive eastbound. Follow Memorial Drive eastbound to Land Boulevard and turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O'Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.
  • From Broadway, turn left onto 3rd Street, turn right on Binney Street, turn left onto Land Boulevard, and then turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.

Overnight Storrow Drive Lane Closures

MassDOT will implement overnight lane closures from Sunday, August 20, through Friday, August 25, on Storrow Drive east and westbound. A single lane will be closed from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM each night, and double lane closures will be from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning.

The closures are necessary to safely perform work on the Longfellow Bridge above the roadway. WSC will make every effort to minimize noise and traffic impacts during the overnight work hours. During demolition activities, the contractor will stop the noisiest work, such as jackhammering, by 11:00 PM.

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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Memorial Drive: DCR median usage

This summer, the Department of Conservation and Recreation will be using the median strip along Memorial Drive across from the MIT Sailing Pavillion as a storage point for construction vehicles and materials.

For more information, visit the project site.

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Charles River

Starting August 1, 2017, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is warning the public of a cyanobacteria bloom present within the Charles River Lower Basin in the Cities of Boston and Cambridge. The "Lower Basin" is located between the Longfellow and Harvard bridges.

During a bloom it is strongly advised that the public should not contact the water. Additionally, pet owners should keep their animals away from the shore line to prevent them from ingesting the water. The waterbody will be retested until cyanobacteria levels are within acceptable limits per Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations.

For questions regarding cyanobacteria blooms, please contact the Department of Public Health at 617-624-5757.

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