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December 09, 2019



Building 1
Building 4
Building 17
Building 26
Building 36
Building 42
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 54
Hockfield Court
Building E15
  Building E25
Building E53
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building NW13
Building W46 (Vassar St residence hall)
Building W51
West Campus Stormwater Improvement
Ames Street and Memorial Drive
Eversource work
One Broadway


Building 1

Ziggurat work

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is scheduled to renew the ziggurat of Building 1. This work includes providing a weatherproof moisture barrier and replacing the limestone and copper.

Typical construction hours are 5:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with some Saturday and Sunday work expected. Demolition activities are targeted to begin mid-July. This project is anticipated to continue through the spring of 2020.

Roof construction

Crews will be working on the roof and in the penthouse above Bechtel Classroom, Room 1-390, as they waterproof the ziggurat. Some intermittent heavy noise is anticipated. Noisy work will conclude by 9:00 AM each day.

Bechtel Classroom

Beginning Thursday, December 12, crews are scheduled to construct staging in the Bechtel Classroom, Room 1-390, to repair and repaint the ceiling. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 5AM-2PM, with some Saturday work expected. The room will remain inaccessible at this time. This work is scheduled through early January.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 4

Fourth floor EAPS renovation

A renovation project is underway in Building 4. During this time, the south wing of the fourth floor of Building 4 will be inaccessible as it is renovated for future EAPS laboratory space.

Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through August of 2020, with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–3PM. This renovation work will generate some noise from construction activities. Any activities generating loud noise are scheduled to conclude by 8AM.

Roof and parapet work will be included in this project. While construction is underway, crews are scheduled to transport materials through the fourth floor of Buildings 3 & 10, from the Building 3 loading dock via the Building 3 freight elevator. Material transport is scheduled to occur before 8AM daily. Access to the corridors and stairwells will not be impacted.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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Building 17

For more than 80 years, MIT’s Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel has been a powerful testing tool for aviation and space flight innovation, advancing research for industry leaders as well as MIT. Today, a project is underway to build an upgraded wind tunnel on the same site as the original, which will be dismantled. When completed, the new facility will be the largest, most advanced academic wind tunnel in the country.

The project will include a full rehabilitation of Building 17, as well as some infrastructure work in the first-floor electrical room in Building 37 and in the Building 33 Hangar. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2021.

Construction activities

During the demolition phase (September – December 2019) crews will work during the second shift (3:00 PM to 11:00 PM) in order to minimize disruption to offices in the area, with some occasional weekend and overnight work expected. Regular construction hours will be 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday.

Note that the alley between Buildings 17 and 31 is closed to vehicular access and is expected to remain closed for the duration of the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained to the Building 33 entry, and construction and emergency vehicles will continue to travel through the alley. Access to the Building 35 loading dock will also remain available.

Construction phases

  • Phase I – Demolition (September 2019 – December 2019)
    • Work hours during demolition are scheduled for weekdays 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
    • The wind tunnel will be dismantled and removed from the site. During this phase, some noise is expected.
  • Phase II – Site utility work (December 2019 – February 2020)
    • During this phase excavation activities will generate some noise and vibration.
  • Phase III – Construction (Spring 2020 – Spring 2021)
    • Foundation work (Spring 2020)
    • Prefab construction (Summer 2020 – Spring 2021)
    • Site restoration (Spring 2021)

Vacuum Truck

On Thursday and Friday, December 5-6, a vacuum excavation truck is scheduled to be onsite of Building 17, weather permitting. The truck will be located on south side of the site within the construction fence near the North Corridor. Increased noise is anticipated continuously during the work hours of 7AM to 3PM both days.

Building 17 demolition activities

Interior demolition of Building 17 is underway. Crews are scheduled to be onsite from 6AM to 3PM, Monday through Friday. Some noise is expected during this activity. These activities are scheduled to continue through the end of December.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 26

An IS&T upgrade project is underway in Building 26. Crews are scheduled to work in corridors and areas throughout all floors of Building 26 during this project. Access to rooms and other spaces will be coordinated individually with the occupants.

Anticipated hours are Monday through Friday from 6AM-2PM. Mild noise is anticipated during construction, with higher levels of noise concluding by 8:30AM daily. This work will continue through the summer of 2020.

Questions may be directed to Abel Landaverde.

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Building 36

Renovations are underway of several RLE lab and office spaces located on the fifth, seventh, and eighth floors of Building 36.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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Building 42

In order to complete necessary electrical systems work and decrease the risk for an electrical outage in our campus labs and offices, a generator has been located along Vassar Street in front of Building 42.

Please note this generator is providing backup power to the emergency life safety and lab support systems of the majority of the main group buildings while critical electrical repairs are made to the CUP Emergency Diesel Generator that supports the same system.

Questions may be directed to Larry Clark.

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Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant

Construction is underway on an upgrade to MIT’s Central Utilities Plant, which includes the construction of a building on the former N10 Annex Parking lot. Hours for this work are 7AM – 5PM Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

The project is scheduled to conclude in 2020.

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.

Construction activities

Exterior façade installation is undereway on the south side of the new Central Utilities Plant. One lane of Albany Street and the adjacent sidewalk is open. Albany Street has been narrowed to one lane from Portland Street to the Albany Street Garage (N4). During this time, traffic through this area will be one-way from Albany Street to the intersection of Albany and Portland Streets. Traffic will remain two-way from the Albany Street Garage (N4) entrance to Main Street.

Construction hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday – Friday and 7AM - 3:30PM on Saturdays, with some additional weekend and evening work expected.

Building 42 alley/fire lane closure

The alley/fire lane between Building 42 and the railroad tracks is closed to through traffic for the remainder of the CUP construction project. During this time, the lane will be impassable to vehicles and pedestrians. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the Vassar Street sidewalk. The pedestrian path across the railroad tracks connecting Albany and Vassar Streets will remain open during construction.

Pedestrian path closure

The pedestrian path between the Albany Garage and the CUP construction site, which leads from Albany Street to the railroad tracks, is closed while underground piping installation is performed. The section of path from the rear of the Albany Garage to Vassar Street (across the railroad tracks) will remain open. Please use alternate paths around the perimeter of the Albany Garage along the railroad tracks and between the garage and Building 46. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians around the area.

Railroad crossing temporary closure

The railroad crossing pedestrian path behind the Albany Garage and the CUP construction site, which leads from Albany Street to Vassar Street, is closed through Monday while the area is paved, weather permitting. This work is scheduled for Monday, December 9. The section of path from the rear of the Albany Garage to Vassar Street (across the railroad tracks) is scheduled reopen Tuesday, December 10. Please use alternate paths along Albany Street to Main Street around Building 46, or to Mass Ave. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians around the area.

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

For regular updates, subscribe to the weekly construction forecast emails.

Questions about this work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

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Building 54

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is underway to renew Buildings 54. This work includes replacing the roof system, and restoring the façade and building systems. Preparatory activities for this work are underway with various building testing. Construction hours are 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with some overnight work expected. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected.

See an overview of the project here.

Questions may be directed to Sarah MacDonald.

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Hockfield Court

Hockfield Court (formerly known as North Court) will be closed to all vehicles on Monday, December 9, 1PM until 7PM for the annual Winterfest event. On Friday, December 6, a canopy is scheduled to be constructed between Buildings 32 and 76, which will remain up until the conclusion of Winterfest. Occupants of buildings in the area are asked to plan accordingly for deliveries and other activity that may be affected. Emergency lanes will remain accessible throughout the area.

Questions may be directed to Ted Johnson, Institute Events.

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Building E15

Work is underway to remove and replace the old steam system along Ames Street into the Building E15 basement. This work will directly impact the plaza stairs in front of Building E15, the crosswalk across Ames Street, and parking spaces on the east side of Ames Street. Crews are scheduled to excavate the area to access the pipe and make repairs. Heavy levels of noise are anticipated in the area from machinery. The work area will be fenced off.

A section of the sidewalk and the ramp to the plaza will remain open and accessible for pedestrians to access the entrances to Building E15 on the first floor and at the basement stairs along Ames Street. Pedestrians will be directed to bypass the construction area and use the western sidewalk of Ames Street. Most of the work for this project will be conducted between the hours of 7AM and 3PM daily.

Parking along the east side of Ames Street is unavailable to accommodate this project and the city’s cycletrack project. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, and a police officer will be on location. The target completion date for this work is mid-December with additional restoration work scheduled for the spring.

Additional emergency work

Starting the week of December 9, critical work is scheduled to repair underground utilities along Ames Street into the Building E15 basement. This work will occur in the plaza and under the stairs in front of Building E15. Crews are scheduled to excavate the area to access the pipe and make repairs. Heavy levels of noise are anticipated for two days while a vacuum truck is in the area. The work area will be fenced off.

Work will be temporarily stopped for finals week, and will begin again during winter break and IAP. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, and a police officer will be on location. The target completion date for this work is mid-January with additional restoration work scheduled for the spring.

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Building E25

An office renovation is scheduled in Building E25. Beginning Monday, November 11, demolition activities are scheduled to take place in rooms E25-549 and E25-551. Anticipated work hours are 6AM-2PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 9AM daily, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. These activities will be contained within the room. This project is scheduled through early February.

Questions may be directed to Gianna Salvaggio.

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Building E53

An office suite renovation project is scheduled to begin the first week of November in Room 390, on the third floor of Building E53. Crews will transport materials and debris through the passenger elevator and first floor lobby. The corridor will remain accessible throughout this work.

Anticipated hours are Monday through Friday from 5AM – 3PM, with noisy work concluding by 8:30AM daily, or continuing after 6PM. Occasional weekend and off-hour work is expected. This project is anticipated to conclude in early January.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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East Campus: Kendall Square Initiative

For the most up-to-date information about the Kendall Square Initiative, visit the courbanize project profile. Click the “Follow” button to sign up for an account and receive notifications about the project.

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. Construction hours are scheduled for 7AM – 6PM weekdays, and Saturday from 9AM – 6PM.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Holly Sutherland.

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)

Patient parking for MIT Medical will remain available.

  • 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.

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 – December 2019

  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to all traffic. The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street through this phase. Construction vehicles and equipment will continue to be set up and operate in this area and at the intersection with Wadsworth Street. The noisiest work will come from the intermittent use of vacuum trucks.
  • The E40 Muckley Loading Dock will be closed to vehicles through November for Kendall Square Site 3 construction. Trash and recycling will be collected at the E62 Sloan loading dock during this time.
  • Amherst Street has a one-way traffic pattern going towards Ames Street.
  • 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.
  • At Kendall Garage, reinforcement steel, concrete operations, and excavation will continue with trucking in and out of Amherst, Hayward, Carleton, and Main Streets. Finishing of concrete underground will require extended hours on days of placements.
  • E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue and will be serviced from Gate 11 (Between the MBTA and E38).
  • Site 5’s steel installation continues. Daily deliveries of steel and concrete and removal of materials will take place from Amherst Street to Carleton Street or in and out through two Main Street gates.
  • 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 Street 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.
  • Large equipment will be removed and brought to site on and on-going basis. This activity may occur after hours but no disruptions are expected.
  • General construction activities will continue on Saturdays. Work will occur within the City of Cambridge allowable work hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

See the map for more details.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Holly Sutherland.

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Building NW13

Work to upgrade the IS&T network in Building NW13 is underway. Wiring for the network will occur in the corridors and closets. This project is expected to continue through the end of January.

Work hours are scheduled Monday through Friday from 6AM-2PM. Some noise is anticipated; heavy noise is planned to conclude by 9AM daily. Access to the corridors will remain available for the duration of the project.

Questions may be directed to Gianna Salvaggio.

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Building W46 - New Vassar Street Residence Hall

Subscribe to weekly construction activity forecasts for the Vassar Street Residence Hall.

Construction activities are ongoing as MIT proceeds with a new undergraduate residence hall on the site of the West Garage parking facility (W45). As part of its mission to enhance the student experience, the project will add 450 new beds and has a target completion date of Fall 2020.

Construction hours are 7AM – 6PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

The following changes to travel lanes on Vassar Street will remain in place throughout construction:

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. Construction vehicles will travel through the area.
  • Crosswalks will be installed at each corner of the site and pedestrians will be directed to the sidewalk on the south side of Vassar Street for the length of the site.
  • A shared bike lane will be created in the westbound lane of Vassar Street to be shared by bicycles and vehicles during construction. The eastbound bicycle and vehicle lanes will remain unchanged.

Vassar Street temporary narrowing

Street utility work is scheduled on Vassar Street adjacent to the new residence hall construction site. At times, traffic patterns are scheduled to shift. The travel lanes will be temporarily impeded, and east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped as the street is narrowed to one lane. A police detail will help direct vehicular traffic, cyclists and pedestrians in the area. Anticipated regular project work hours are 7AM-6PM, Monday-Friday. Some noise is expected throughout this process.

Temporary changes to the railroad crossing path

Utilities work is underway along the pathway adjacent to Building W59 leading to the railroad crossing between west and northwest campus. Fencing has been installed to direct pedestrians and cyclists safely around the worksite. The new path will be narrower than the existing path, so users are urged to use caution and courtesy when traversing the route for the duration of construction.

Learn about the design of the residence hall

To learn more about the project, visit the Capital Projects site where you can link to news articles and view renderings of the site design.

Questions about this work may be directed to TJ Fanning.

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West Campus Stormwater Improvement Project

In an effort to improve storm water management in the area due to current and future development, MIT is planning to install a new drainage structure from Talbot Street to the Charles River. Once installed, the structure will be owned and maintained by the City of Cambridge. Work activities are scheduled to continue through the Fall of 2019. Work hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday to Friday, with some occasional Saturday work scheduled between 9AM – 6PM.

Amherst Alley closure

Excavation activities along Amherst Alley are underway. During this time, the road will be closed to through traffic. The entrance to the Westgate parking lot will remain open and accessible at its current location, but vehicular access to the lot will only be available from Vassar Street to Amherst Alley. Loading docks for housing will remain accessible. Noise from the excavation and construction machinery is anticipated.

Pedestrians in the area will be rerouted around the work site, which extends from the entrance to the Westgate Lot to Memorial Drive; all are urged to use caution when traveling through the area. During this time, the shuttle stop for Westgate/Tang currently located on Amherst Alley will be relocated to Audrey Street in front of Building W84. The SafeRide shuttle pick-up location in front of Next House will be redirected to the corner of Amherst Alley and Fowler Street. Signage to direct pedestrians and traffic will be posted.

Westgate Lot entrance relocation

The entrance to the Westgate parking lot has been temporarily relocated to the corner of Amherst Alley near Vassar Street. During construction, vehicular access to the lot will only be available from Vassar Street to Amherst Alley. This gate location will be in place for the remainder of this project.

See a map of the project area.

Contact Shallan Fitzgerald for questions.

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Ames Street and Memorial Drive

Work is underway on Memorial Drive at the median across from Ames Street. This project is scheduled through the end of November.

The existing U-turn on Memorial Drive at Ames Street has been closed off, and pedestrian detours will be put in place. Noise is anticipated throughout this project. Police will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area.

The scope of the project entails:

  • Redesign and reconstruct Ames Street to include an at-grade two-way cycle track from Main Street to Memorial Drive;
  • Update the Ames Street/Main Street traffic signal to accommodate the changes to Ames Street, and
  • Reconfigure the Ames Street/Memorial Drive intersection to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians crossing Memorial Drive.

Ames Street one-way

Traffic patterns have changed on Ames Street between Amherst Street and Main Street. Ames Street is scheduled to be narrowed to one lane from 9AM-3PM. During this time, work on the cycletrack and steamline at Building E15 will be conducted. Traffic through this area will be one-way northbound from Amherst Street to the intersection of Main Street; Ames Street will be plated over and return to a two-way pattern between 3PM and 9AM. Traffic will remain two-way from Ames Street to Memorial Drive. Shuttles, department vehicles, and delivery trucks which require access to the impacted length of Ames Street will be allowed southbound access with the aid of the police detail stationed at the intersection of Ames and Main Streets.

Metered parking along the east side of Ames Street is unavailable to accommodate the steam project and the city’s cycletrack project. Resident permit parking will be maintained through early fall. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, and a police officer will be on location. The target completion date for this work is mid-December with additional restoration work scheduled for the spring.

Contact Gary Amberik for questions.

Ames Street at Building E15

For updates on the construction at Ames Street at Building E15, click here.

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Eversource work

Mass Ave night work

Eversource is completing overnight gas main work at the intersections of Mass Ave and Vassar Street and Mass Ave and Albany Street. Nightly working hours are 7PM-5AM. During this time, Eversource will be trenching the roadway and installing a gas main line. Noise and vibration are anticipated.

During working hours, traffic lanes will be altered on Albany Street, Vassar Street and Mass Ave. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Mass Ave with a potential shared cycle lane. Those traveling eastbound on Vassar Street may continue straight or turn right on Mass Ave; left turns may be restricted. Those traveling westbound on Vassar Street may turn left or right on Mass Ave, but will not be allowed to continue straight on Vassar Street. Police will be onsite to help direct pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic during this closure.

Contact Eversource at projectinfo@eversource.com.

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One Broadway

For updates on the construction at One Broadway, visit this page.

Contact CSL Consulting for questions.

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