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December 19, 2014


Building 1
Building 2
Building 4
Building 5
Building 6
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 13
Building 14
Building 66
Building E19
Building E52
Building NW14-NW15
Building W15
Grounds Services: North Court Tree Work
Parking Garages
Excavation near Albany Garage
Collier Memorial
Utilities Work (at Building 44 railroad crossing)
Utilities Work (Eastman Court)
Utilities Work (in N10 Annex Lot)
Road Closures and Impacts
Main Street
Novartis Cambridge Campus

Building 1

Construction to replace the roof of Building 1 is underway. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude by mid-November, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 6 AM to 5 PM, with some Saturday work expected. The installation will generate some noise. A crane will be on site periodically for stock deliveries and rubbish removal. While this project is in progress, a staging area will be set up beneath skylights in the third floor hallway to protect pedestrians and a trash chute will be mounted on the north elevation of the building.

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Building 2

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 at mdeluga@mit.edu or 617-799-4818.

Exterior

  • Cutting of masonry joints and stone repairs at the west end of the building
  • Reconstruction of parapets and stone repairs at the south wing
  • Installation of miscellaneous metal supports and steel windows at the west end of the building
  • Cranes at Lowell Ct
  • Delivery of brick to staging—back up horns will cause noise
  • There will be deliveries throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road
  • Erection of stell at roof level

Interior

  • Demolition of west stair run to roof—May be times when stair run from 3rd floor to 2nd floor will be closed
  • Demolition of miscellaneous block walls at first floor and basement pavilion wing, resulting in filling of dumpsters—possible noise disruption to Building 2 basement occupants
  • Setting of miscellaneous metal at window sills, reinforce windows, etc.
  • Miscellaneous make-safe and demo of MEP at all floors
  • Installation of duct work and piping at 2nd floor

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Building 4

Through December 2014, a contractor will be renovating space in the basement floor of Building 4 for the MIT Glass Lab. In addition to renovations to Room 4-003, the contractor will also renovate space across the hall for the relocation of the Foundry.

The construction team has returned to working day-time shifts of Monday-Friday, 6 AM – 3PM, which will continue through December. Occasional work in the basement corridor between Buildings 8 and 10 will take place, however the hallway will remain open at this time.  Work being done includes mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry.

December 13-14: A section of the basement corridor of Building 4 will be closed over the weekend while painting is underway. The hallway section between Buildings 8 and 10 is scheduled to close at 2 PM on Saturday, December 13, and reopen on Sunday, December 14 at 10 PM. Those needing to pass through will be required to go to the first floor and, if necessary, travel back down to the basement. Signage will be posted on site to help locate the closest Men’s bathroom, stairs, and elevators.

Questions about this work may be directed to Biss Teelucksingh.

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Building 5

Work to replace windows in Building 5 Suite 122 is scheduled to begin Monday, November 24 and conclude Friday, December 12. Construction hours are 7 AM – 3:30 PM. The existing windows will be removed and the masonry opening will be cleaned and repaired. A temporary panel will be installed and will remain in place until the new windows can be installed. Any work incurring loud noise will be limited to off-hours.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sudy Nally.

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Building 6

Work to restore the exterior stairs at Building 6 on Eastman Court began at the end of September. During this construction the stairwell will be closed and signs will direct pedestrians to use the stairwell at Building 8. The work is scheduled to be complete by mid-November.

The scope of work includes the removal of the existing limestone stair treads, installation of the waterproofing system, and installation of the new limestone stair treads. The hours of construction are from 7 AM to 3 PM. Some loud noise is expected during drilling, with the loudest work concluding by 7:30 AM each day.

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Buildings 8 and 16

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.

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Building 12: MIT.nano

The existing Building 12 will be demolished in spring 2015 and construction of MIT.nano is slated to begin in summer 2015. Details can be found in the weekly construction update (pdf).

Vassar Street day-time detour

Work has begun on utilities that run under Vassar Street from the Central Utilities Plant. A one-way detour will be in place daily from Monday through Friday, with the start time varying between 7-9 AM and continuing through 3:30 PM. The start time will be assessed daily based on work plans and weather conditions. This detour is scheduled to be in place through February. Traffic will be directed one-way eastbound from Massachusetts Avenue in the direction of Main Street. Please seek alternate routes along Albany Street and Ames Street.

Please note: Two-way travel is available westbound from Main Street to the Stata Garage entrance. A police detail will direct traffic in the area.

President’s courtyard work

Work to install a new fire protection line in the courtyard between Buildings 10 and 11 to the south side of Building 13 is scheduled to begin the week of November 10 and continue for 4 weeks. This work is an enhancement to the existing MIT fire loop. Work includes saw cutting to remove the concrete sidewalk, excavation of the area, and installation of the pipe. This work will cause some noise and vibration.

Field office construction

Construction of the MIT.nano project field offices is underway in the Main Parking Lot and is expected to conclude in December. Activities include installing water lines, electrical service, and plumbing and electrical for the fire protection and alarm systems. Noise is anticipated from back-up alarms, sawcutting, and placing concrete. Work hours are 7 AM – 3:30 PM. The Main Lot will remain open for accessible parking spaces.

Subscribe to weekly construction activity forecasts for the MIT.nano project by emailing mitnano-info@mit.edu, or view weekly updates online.

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Building 13

A project to upgrade the restrooms in Building 13 is scheduled to begin Monday, October 20 and continue through February 2015. The project will progress in two phases to provide restroom access to building occupants throughout the duration of the project. Signs will direct occupants to available restrooms.

Construction hours are 7 AM - 3:30 PM daily. Demolition of the existing restrooms will generate noise. The contractor will use the freight elevator to deliver and remove material for the project. 

Please note the following changes to restroom access for Phase 1 of the project:

  • 1st floor: restroom will be closed
  • 2nd floor: men’s restroom open
  • 3rd floor: women’s restroom open (this was a men’s room that will be converted to a women’s room for this project)
  • 4th floor: men’s restroom open
  • 5th floor: women’s restroom open (converted from men’s room)

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Building 14

Exploratory work related to the Hayden Library renovation in Building 14 is underway.

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Building 66

During the month of December the construction teams will be working on the revolving doors at the East and West entrances. Signs will redirect pedestrians to the closest entrance adjacent to the revolving door.

Please note the following schedule and alternate entrances.
Through Friday, December 12:

  • Revolving door at East entrance on Ames Street will be closed.
  • Follow signs to available swinging door directly adjacent to the revolving door.
  • 12/5-12/8 the swinging door closest to Bldg 64 will be open.
  • 12/9-12/12 the door closest to Bldg 68 will be open.

Sun, December 7 through Thursday, December 11:

  • Revolving door at west entrance near intersection of Buildings 66 and 56 will be closed.
  • Follow signs to available swinging door near Building 56, directly adjacent to the revolving door.

Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan at bdonnell@mit.edu or (617) 452-2315.

As work progresses on the renovation of Building 66, crews will conduct exterior façade work. Dumpsters are scheduled to remain outside the building through February 28, 2015. Fenced in areas will shield the dumpsters from view. Pedestrian access will be maintained around the building. A police detail will be on site during this work. The work hours will extend from 6:30 AM to 5 PM as needed.

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Building E19

A complete fire alarm system replacement project for Building E19 is scheduled to begin at the end of October 2014 and is expected to continue through the spring. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in corridors, office suites, conference rooms, and laboratories. Work during the first few weeks will consist of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. Work hours will be 6 AM – 2:30 PM. As the project proceeds, project manager Jennifer Combs will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements.

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Building E52

Week of December 8

Activities continuing from last week

  • Close Wadsworth Street from Memorial Drive to Amherst Street and use as a staging area for construction activities. Occasional noise anticipated from truck back-up alarms
  • Crane or equipment activities located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 loading docks.
  • Exterior façade cleaning and repairs.
  • Installing window replacements.
  • Interior utility installations.
  • Interior wall construction.
  • Roof and penthouse installations.

Building NW14-NW15

Construction to repair the loading dock at Building NW14 is underway and is scheduled to conclude by the beginning of December 2014. A temporary loading dock will be installed at the north side of Building NW15 (facing the railroad tracks) while this project is in progress. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. This work will generate some noise during the removal of concrete by way of sawcutting and chipping.

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Building W15

The MIT Chapel has served the MIT community for close to six decades—and is now the focus of a substantial renewal effort that will conclude in February 2015. To facilitate access around the site, a temporary walkway will be established on the west side of the Chapel, facing Kresge Auditorium. Amherst Street will remain open during the renovation project.

The renewal work will include repairing the stained glass walls, and replacing the roof. Additional exterior work will include brick repair and repointing, rebuilding the central skylight, and rebuilding the moat. Major systems such as HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection will be replaced or upgraded as needed.

During the months of its closure, activities that would normally take place in the Chapel will be held at alternative spaces. Please visit the Religious Life website for relocation information.

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Grounds Services: North Court Tree Work

During the week of December 15 tree maintenance work is scheduled to take place in the North Court to address tree roots that are lifting the concrete pavers. Work hours are 8 AM to 5 PM.

Bartlett Tree Experts will work in the picnic area near the Koch Institute (Building 76). Work includes removing the pavers in North court that have been lifted by tree roots, excavating under the roots, and lowering the roots. The soil will then be replaced and the pavers reset. The machinery used to do this work makes a hissing sound. An MIT Police detail will be onsite for the duration of the project. The surrounding sidewalk areas will remain open.

Questions about this work may be directed to Norman Magnuson.

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Parking Garages

Albany Garage

Waterproofing and concrete repairs to Albany Garage are now complete. Work to repair unexpected damage found during concrete repairs is underway. Parking spaces around the columns on each floor have been closed; and as work progress spaces will re-open. Note, some noise and minor vibration may be created when the concrete is removed from the rebar.

This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of December. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 7 AM – 3 PM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Mike Morizio at mmorizio@mit.edu.

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Excavation near Albany Garage

Repair to a steam line that runs under the N10 Annex Lot is underway. This work will require the excavation of two test pits near the southeast exit of Albany Garage. The excavator will be stationed near the west end of the community garden. As a result the walkway on the south side of the garage, adjacent to the community gardens, will be closed during work hours. Detour signs will be posted. The exit from the garage and walkway at the railroad crossing will be available. The hours of construction are from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. The walkway along the community gardens will be accessible from 3:30 PM to 7 AM.

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Collier Memorial

Construction is underway for the installation of a permanent memorial to Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in active service to the MIT community in April 2013. The memorial was conceived and designed by Meejin Yoon, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT, and is expected to be completed by April 2015.

The memorial will stand at the intersection of Vassar and Main Streets, where there is now a small garden between the Stata Center and the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. On Monday, November 10 the construction team will begin drilling 32 mini-piles into the site. This activity produces noise and some vibration. The pile work is expected to conclude within three weeks.

Walkways around the site will maintain pedestrian access to the North Court from the corner of Vassar and Main Streets throughout construction. A traffic lane will be maintained between the site and building 76 for emergency and authorized vehicles. Police details and signage will direct pedestrians through the area as needed. Work hours are 7 AM – 3 PM.

Constructed like a complex puzzle around a central keystone, the Collier Memorial will comprise five archways in the shape of a protective yet open hand. As Yoon has designed it, the structure is built of solid granite to embody strength and encompasses a void at the center that evokes the absence of a large figure. Read about the design and engineering of the memorial.

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Utilities work (at Building 44 railroad crossing)

Utility work is underway behind Building 44, next to the railroad tracks that run between Building 44 and the Albany Street Garage (N4). This underground utility work includes removing and replacing pipes that are part of the steam system that runs from the area behind Building 44, under the railroad tracks, to the southeast corner of the Albany Street Garage. Manhole covers will also be replaced. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3 PM, with occasional work off-hours, and is scheduled to conclude by the end of December 2014.

The pedestrian pathway from the Albany Garage to Vassar Street (between 44 and 42) will remain open during this work. Please note that the pedestrian pathway between the Albany Garage and parallel to the railroad tracks will remain closed during this work. Pedestrian access to buildings 44, 46, and N4 will remain open. The railroad tracks will remain operational, with work beneath the tracks being conducted via tunnels from either side of the tracks.

Parking spaces behind Building 44 within the fenced in work area will be temporarily unavailable for the duration of the project. Parkers who usually use this area can use any North Area parking, including the Albany Garage. The Parking Office is working to relocate handicap spaces that are located within the work area.

[View a map of the work area.]

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Utility Work (Eastman Court)

Beginning Wednesday, December 10 crews are working on a gas line in Eastman Court. Crews are excavating the area to access gas lines in the lawn area between Building 8 and Building 18. This work will proceed December 11 and may extend depending on the conditions identified once the work is underway. Work hours are 7AM – 3PM. The pedestrian pathways in the area will remain open during the work.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Utility Work (in N10 Annex Lot)

Please note that utility work in the N10 Annex is scheduled to take place this week and conclude by Friday, December 19. Work hours are from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. Crews will be drilling test borings in this area. The lot will remain open with a few parking spaces closed where the drilling rig truck will be parked during this work.

Questions may be directed to Jesse Conklin.

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Main Street

Water Main Lining

The City of Cambridge is conducting water main lining work on Main Street, from Ames St to Wadsworth St. During construction the MBTA bus, shuttles and trolley schedules on Main St will not be affected by the water main lining; however stops may be temporarily shifted at times. No Parking signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates and times. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

On Tuesday, October 14, crews began the process of lining the water main on Main St from Ames St to Wadsworth St. The work is being performed at night due to the necessary water shutdowns associated with the lining operation.

Work hours will be 6 PM to 6 AM. Some noise is expected from the generators onsite and crews will need to utilize additional lighting.

Over the next three weeks there will be times when the entrance to Building E38 will be closed. The contractor will post signage directing pedestrians and building occupants to alternate entrances/exits available between Buildings E38/E39 and at the back of Building E38 where there is a ramp.

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 http://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks

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.

July to September 2014

Main Street median has been removed and work has begun on the Third Street Connector between Main St and Broadway. During this phase, access to Main St from Broadway will be closed while crews construct the new vehicular connection. MBTA bus, shuttle and trolley stops on Main St will not be affected by the Third St Connector construction. This phase is expected to take about 2 months to complete. See a detour map of the area.

September to November 2014

Construct the Main Street connector between Hayward and Wadsworth Streets

April 2015 until Fall 2015

Perform sidewalk and roadway reconstruction, plant new trees, and install new street furniture and lighting.

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Novartis Cambridge Campus

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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