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September 01, 2015


Building 2
Building 2 and 4 ramps
Building 4
Building 5
Building 6
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 24
Building 31
Building 32 Forbes Cafe
Building 46 McGovern Lobby
Building 50 Walker Memorial
Building E14
Building E18
Building E19
Building E40
Building E52
Building NW23
Building W13, Bexley Hall
Building W16
Building W20
Garage maintenance
Killian Court
Steinbrenner Field
Excavation near Albany Garage
Utilities work: Northwest Steam System Repair and Upgrade
Utilities work: at Building 44 railroad crossing
Main Street
Longfellow Bridge
Novartis Cambridge Campus

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.

Central Stairwell

Work continues around the installation of a new skylight at the central stairwell of Building 2, including drywall and sprinkler work. Staging will remain in place during this work.

Please note, as a safety precaution, the second and third floor stairwell will be closed during work activity but will re-open at the end of each work day. Those requiring access the second and third floors should use the elevator in Building 6 or the stairs in Buildings 4 or 6. The first and second floor stairs will remain open during this work unless closure is required periodically as a safety measure. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3 PM.

Exterior

  • Frame exterior and install curtain wall at new 4th floor addition
  • Install metal panels and metal cornice work at 4th floor addition
  • Install roofing at low roof (behind existing parapet)
  • Install/repair limestone at north façade of the south wing
  • Deliveries will take place throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road. Noise expected from trucks and back up horns.

Interior

  • Install the final delivery of windows at west ziggurat and basement windows
  • Frame interior wall and install drywall at 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Install MEP systems at 1st and 2nd floor
  • Electrical and mechanical shutdowns will occur, separate notifications will be issued.

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Building 2 and 4 ramps

A project is underway in Killian Court to create permanent accessible entrances to Buildings 2 and 4 from the Court, and to improve emergency vehicle access to buildings in the Main Group. The project is expected to conclude late fall 2015. In June a significant landscaping phase of this project began with activities taking place on the east side of Killian Court (near Building 4), in Lowell Court, and at the south end of Killian Court near Memorial Drive.

See a map of the work area.

During Phase 1 of construction, a new accessible entry ramp will be built at the south entry to Building 4 from Killian Court. During this work, the south entry will be closed and signs will direct pedestrians to an alternate entrance at the Building 4 center entry. Pedestrians visiting Killian Court will be directed to use the west sidewalk to navigate the Court. The work is expected to generate noise and dust. Work hours 6 AM to 2 PM.

Work will include the removal of shrubs in the work area, removal of the exterior steps at Building 4 south entry, deep utility excavation, installation of new piles, concrete foundation, and new entry ramp, and installation of new drainage piping.
A construction fence will surround the work zone. During construction soils and materials will be delivered and removed via trucks at the east side of Killian to Memorial Drive. Soils will be stored in a designated zone at the south end of Killian Court.

Following the construction of this ramp, additional phases will include the installation of new sidewalks, soils, irrigation systems, and landscaping along Killian and Lowell Courts through to Memorial Drive.

Questions about this work may be directed to Marty Deluga.

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Building 4

Renovation of the music classroom in Building 4-364 began in mid-June and will proceed through the end of August. Work is scheduled for Monday-Friday, 6 AM – 3 PM.

A temporary partition wall will be set up outside the classroom door which will narrow a small section of the hallway. Also note that the Women’s restroom located next door to the classroom will be temporarily closed while HVAC work is underway. A restroom on first floor will remain available. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities.

Questions about this work may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

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Building 5

5-111 renovation

Renovation of offices in Rooms 5-111 and 5-119 is underway and is expected to conclude by October 2015. The demolition phase is currently in progress and will continue through the end of the week of July 20. Construction hours are 5 PM – 1 AM. The demolition phase will generate noise while power tools are used to demolish walls, remove carpet and ceilings, and conduct abatement activities. This work will be contained within the office and no pathway obstructions are expected.

Questions about this work may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

Window replacements

Work to install new windows in Building 5 Suites 118 and 122 is scheduled to begin Monday, July 20 and conclude Friday, July 31. Construction hours are 7 AM – 3:30 PM. The first phase of this project took place this past fall with the removal of the older windows. The masonry openings were cleaned and repaired in preparation for the installations that will take place this month. Over the next few weeks, two bucket trucks will be located in the Main Lot area between Buildings 3 and 5 to facilitate the window installations. Materials for the projects will be delivered during early morning hours through interior hallways.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sudy Nally.

Fire alarm replacement

A complete fire alarm system replacement project for Building 5 is scheduled to begin in August 2015 and is expected to continue for several months. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in corridors, office suites, conference rooms, and laboratories. Work during the first few weeks will consist of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. As the project proceeds, project manager Sudy Nally will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements. In the meantime, contact Sudy if you have any questions.

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Building 6

Facade Renovation

A Building 6 façade renovation is underway. The renovation work will include restoring masonry, rebuilding of fourth floor façade and parapet, and replacing all windows along the west façade of Building 6 (facing the courtyard). Work hours are 6 AM to 3 PM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

6-120 classroom renovation

The Building 6 first floor lobby and exit onto Eastman Court will be temporarily closed while work is underway to renovate classroom 6-120. The main corridor between Buildings 2 and 8 will remain open during the lobby closure. This project is scheduled to conclude by the end of August 2015. Alternate entrances and exits are available at Buildings 2 and 8, and updated evacuation plans have been posted in the building. The hours of construction are from 6 AM to 2 PM, with the loudest work concluding by 7:30 AM each day. Construction vehicles will occasionally enter Eastman Court to deliver and remove materials. For questions about the classroom renovation project, contact Karen Rennell or Joe Collins.

Eastman Lobby restoration

On Monday, June 15 crews are scheduled to begin the restoration of the Eastman Lobby. This project will continue through the first week of September. Restoration activities include cleaning the Travertine limestone walls, cleaning and painting the ceiling, and cleaning doors and windows. Work hours are weekdays 6 AM - 2 PM.

The Travertine wall cleaning will use a latex cleaning agent that has a low odor, fruit-like smell. HEPA filters will be used to maintain ventilation.

Please note that the section of hallway between the Eastman lobby and classroom 6-120 will be narrowed to half width while scaffolding is in place for the wall cleaning. One half of the width of the hall will be closed at a time while the work is underway the week of June 15. Passage will remain open.

View a map of the hallway narrowing.

Questions about the project may be directed to Karen Rennell.

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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 has been demolished and construction of MIT.nano is slated to begin in summer 2015. Details can be found in the weekly construction update (pdf).

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

Main Lot gate change

On January 4, 2015 the parking gate at the driveway between Buildings 35 and 37 was relocated to the driveway between Buildings 9 and 13. All remaining authorized Main Lot permit holders, maintenance and delivery vehicles should enter and exit the Main Lot via the Building 9 driveway on Mass Ave.

Building 38/39 underpass

  • From July 7 through August 11 work is scheduled at the gas tanks between Buildings 24 and 38. While this work is underway the pathway at the underpass between Buildings 38 and 39 will be temporarily narrowed.
  • Signs will also direct pedestrians to use Vassar Street to navigate around the temporary sidewalk closure at the south of Building 38.
  • Work includes the excavation of an area within the tank fence to install pipes. The fence around the gas tanks will be moved to accommodate this work and noise is expected during use of a vacuum truck this week.

Excavation projects

Building 38, Vassar St

  • Reference location A on map of work area
  • From Monday, August 24 through Friday, September 11 work is scheduled to be conducted between the sidewalk and the north façade of Building 38, east of the Building 39 underpass. Work hours will be 6 AM – 4 PM.
  • Crews are scheduled to excavate a section of the sidewalk near the northwest corner of Building 38 on Vassar Street as part of an effort to connect fire protection lines associated with the project. A vacuum truck will be used during the excavation.
  • The sidewalk and bike path in this area will be narrowed, but will remain available.
  • The west entrance of Building 38 will be closed during working hours (6 AM – 4 PM).
  • A police detail and signage will direct pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the area.

Building 26 underpass

  • Reference location C on map of work area
  • Work is underway to excavate an area near the bike racks outside at the Building 26 underpass.
  • A fence surrounds the work area and bike racks are temporarily unavailable during this work. Note that bike racks adjacent to this work zone will remain available.
  • Work will continue through mid-August. Work hours are 7 AM – 4 PM.
  • Work includes excavating a pit and preparing the area for installation of steam lines. Drilling and excavating work is expected to generate noise and some dust.

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Building 24

A complete fire alarm system upgrade project for Building 24 is scheduled to begin August 31 and conclude by March 2016. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in many rooms in the building. Work during the first few weeks will consist of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. Work hours will be 6 AM – 2:30 PM. As the project proceeds, project manager Jennifer Combs will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements. In the meantime, contact Jennifer if you have any questions.

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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, pedestrians are advised to avoid the driveway which has a heavy volume of construction vehicles.

View a map of the closed pathway and suggested alternate routes.

Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

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Building 32 Forbes Family Café

The Forbes Family Café on the Student Street in the Ray and Maria Stata Center (Building 32) will undergo renovations this summer and reopen with new dining concepts, an expanded coffee bar, and more registers to simplify checkout. The café will close temporarily while renovation work is underway beginning Monday, June 8. Work hours will be Monday-Saturday, 7 AM – 3 PM.

For the duration of the project, MIT Dining will have a coffee bar open serving Starbucks products and grab-and-go meals. About halfway through the project, the coffee bar will move from the café area to an adjacent kiosk that was previously managed by MIT Libraries.

Read about the renovation in this news article.

Questions about the construction work may be directed to William Mackie.

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Building 46 McGovern Lobby

The main staircase in the McGovern Lobby in Building 46 is scheduled to be closed from Monday June 8 to Friday July 10. Scaffolding will be installed over the staircase and in the lobby area. During this time the elevator will continue to be available and the stairwell located in the rear of the lobby will remain open. Work crews will be removing ceiling panels, installing light fixtures, and installing a temporary ceiling in preparation for lobby artwork installation.

Questions about this work may be directed to Alex Campbell.

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Walker Memorial, Building 50

Work to revitalize Morss Hall in Walker Memorial (Building 50) is underway and is expected to conclude by Sunday, July 26. Work hours are scheduled for 6 AM to midnight, Monday – Saturday.

Activities include painting the main hall on the first floor, as well as the restrooms and front lobby. In the basement, the corridor and Men’s and Women’s restrooms will also be painted. Painting activities will generate some odor. Other work includes door repairs in the main hall, and plumbing and carpentry work in the restrooms.

Access to the building will be limited during painting activities. Please use entrances on the Memorial Drive side of the building to access the basement level. Access to the main hall is scheduled to be unavailable through July 19 (note this date may change.) Please use pathways on the outside of the building to navigate around the closure. While work on the basement restrooms is underway, visitors will have access to the restroom off of the main hall.

Questions about this work may be directed to Mark Dohle.

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Building E14

Work to replace the screen façade of the Media Lab, Building E14, is underway and is scheduled to conclude by the end of July. The work will involve removing the screen wall on all three sides of the building, with work starting on the Ames Street side and progressing counterclockwise toward the Amherst Street side. Once the screen wall is removed, a new screen wall will be installed. As work progresses around the building the sidewalks adjacent to the work will be closed.

A crane and two lifts will be used to conduct this work. The crane will be positioned in the parking lane closest to the building and the equipment will be parked in the courtyard between the Media Lab and E23 overnight. Police details will assist with traffic management.

Questions about this work may be directed to Arne Abramson.

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Building E18 roof replacement

Construction is scheduled to begin May 9 to replace the roof of Building E18. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude in August, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 3:30 PM, with some Saturday work expected. The installation will generate some noise. A crane will be on site periodically to deliver and remove materials from the site.

Questions about this project may be directed to William Mackie.

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Building E19

Fire Alarm System

A complete fire alarm system replacement project for Building E19 began in 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.

Main Street sidewalk construction

Please note that the City of Cambridge will be starting sidewalk reconstruction in front of E19 (400 Main Street) on Monday, August 24. At times over the next few weeks the entrance to E19 on Main Street will be temporarily closed. Newport Construction will set up temporary signage when this occurs. 

Questions can be directed to Dan Vallee, City of Cambridge Public Works.

Building E40

The renovation of the Operations Research Center suite in Building E40-149  is underway and is expected to continue through the end of October. Construction hours are Monday to Friday, 6 AM – 3 PM. The renovation of the space will include upgrades to several systems including the electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection and alarms. 

Demolition work is scheduled to take place from August 12-19. This work is expected to generate some noise. The loading dock will not be accessible from August 12-19 (including the weekend) as a dumpster will be located in front of the loading dock during the demolition activities.

Work over the course of the project will include sprinkler and fire alarm upgrades taking place in the first floor lobby and corridor. This work will be scheduled during evening shifts and will involve removal of the dropped ceiling tile. The lobby entrance and egress doors will remain open during that work. Sprinkler system upgrades will also take place at the loading dock and will impact access to the loading dock. We will send advance notice when that work is scheduled.
 
Questions about this work may be directed to Sudy Nally.

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Building E52

Week of August 24

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.
  • Start up and check all mechanical, electrical and plumbing at interior, roof top, and penthouse.
  • Paint walls.
  • Installation of metal and wood doors.
  • Install ceiling fixtures.
  • Install freight and passenger elevators.
  • Install of wood slats in elevator lobbies.
  • Install carpet tiles in offices and corridors.
  • Prep and paint stairways.
  • Restore bronze front entry.
  • Install fixed furniture partitions.
  • Install lobby paneling.
  • Install kitchen equipment.
  • Install north vestibule enclosure.
  • Install sunshades along 7th floor conference rooms.
  • Resore North Garden area between E52 and E53.
  • Install AV system in classroom and conference rooms.

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Building NW23

The building renovation of Building NW23 is underway at 195 Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3:30 PM. The renovation has a target completion date of late January 2016. When the project is complete, NW23 will serve as the new home for the Department of Facilities and the Office of Campus Planning.

Interior and rooftop demolition is scheduled to continue through July. A sandblasting truck is on site to support the cleaning of the interior brick and wood structure.

A former lab building, NW23 will receive new windows, a new roof, and new interior spaces as well as new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The shared main entrance will be completely renovated to create a reconfigured lobby and accessible walkway. As part of this project Building NW22 at 185 Albany Street will receive new windows.

Most of the work will take place inside the building, which will help control noise levels, but the community can expect to hear a moderate level of noise as materials and equipment are delivered to and removed from the site. The process of removing the concrete sidewalk and building entrance is also expected to cause localized noise. In addition, the community can expect increased traffic on Purington, Pacific, and Albany Streets, and a reduced number of parking spaces in the lot just west of NW23 (part of the lot will be used for construction support activities).

During the renovation of the main entrance, pedestrians will be directed to use an alternate entrance. This will be coordinated with the building occupants at a later date once the schedule and alternate route is finalized.

A map of the work area is available.

Questions about this work may be directed to T.J. Fanning at tfanning@mit.edu or (617) 324-7132.

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Building NW61

Construction is underway to replace the roof of Building NW61 Random Hall. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude in October, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 4 PM with some Saturday work expected.

Please note that the installation will generate some noise with use of hammers and drills during removal of existing roof materials and installation of the new roofing materials. A crane will be on site periodically to deliver and remove materials from the site. A police detail will direct pedestrians and traffic in the area.

Questions about this project may be directed to Drew Murphy.

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Building W13, Bexley Hall

The demolition of Bexley Hall is underway. The site team will dismantle the structure using excavators, a process that is expected to continue through the summer and be completed in about two months. By late August, construction of an accessible outdoor open space at the Bexley location will begin, with a completion target of October 2015.

For the duration of the project, a pedestrian walkway in front of the Bexley site will remain available, however, pedestrians are encouraged to use the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. During demolition and landscape construction, the site will be contained within a fence, and the alleyway between the site and the chapel will be closed to the public.

The accessible outdoor open space is being built as a short-term solution while long-term plans for the site are under consideration. The landscaped area will include benches and walkways, as well as a site for short-term installations engineered by MIT faculty and students from a range of departments.

Questions about the project may be directed to program manager Joseph Collins.

Read more about the demolition and open space plans in a news article.  

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Building W16, Kresge Auditorium

In February 2015 a substantial restoration of Kresge commenced as part of MIT’s Capital Renewal Program. The project’s overarching goals are to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements, and improve visitor comfort. The target completion date for the restoration is April 2016, and the building will remain open during nearly all of the work. 

Kresge will be temporarily closed over the summer to allow the renovation work to proceed. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 AM to 3 PM with occasional work on weekends and outside these hours. The building is scheduled to reopen in late August. The renovation work will then continue through April 2016 while the building is open.

While Kresge's appearance will be carefully preserved and maintained, the management and efficiency of its systems will be much improved. The building will also achieve greater energy conservation and efficiency through new mechanical equipment, new lighting, water-saving bathroom fixtures, and curtainwall materials that offer more thermal protection.

At times throughout the process, portions of the construction site will be surrounded by protective fencing. The outside brick plaza will not be available for use, but temporary covered walkways will be maintained to allow pedestrian access to the building.

An article about the renovation provides additional details.

View a map of the construction site.

Questions about this project can be directed to Varin Ang or Alex Campbell.

A temporary detour of the sidewalk that runs between the Student Center (Building W20) and the Zesiger Center (Building W35) is scheduled to be in place Monday, August 24 through the end of October.  

View a map of the detour.

Zone 1 activity: 8/24 – end of October

Crews are scheduled to excavate a section of sidewalk that runs between Buildings W20 and W35. The sidewalk will remain open but will be narrowed (reference Zone 1 on the map). The walkway between W20 and W35 will temporarily close (area marked “Zone 1” in the linked map). Crews will excavate the area to access and conduct maintenance on utilities services beneath the sidewalk. This work will generate some noise during jackhammering. Trucks will enter the area to deliver materials and remove debris. A police detail will direct pedestrians as needed. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 AM to 3 PM.

Zone 2: November

In a future phase of this work, the sidewalk that runs between the Student Center, Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, and Kresge Auditorium will be temporarily detoured (reference Zone 2 on the map). A temporary asphalt walkway will be constructed on the Kresge side of the path and access will remain available through the area. That will likely take place in November. We’ll update this notice as we get closer to that date.

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Building W20

An inspection of the W20 Student Center exterior façade is scheduled to take place from August 12 - 25. Work hours are 7 AM - 3:30 PM. Crews will use a boom lift while conducting the inspection and minor noise is expected at times. Entrances will be temporarily unavailable as the inspection progresses around the building. Crews will use cones to mark closed areas and signage will direct pedestrians to alternate entrances.

Questions about this work may be directed to Jennifer Gonsalves.

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Garage maintenance

The annual maintenance program for parking garages is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 20 and continue through October 2015. Work hours are from 6 AM to 3 PM. All garages will remain open during the construction, with parking restrictions in each. Drivers are asked to reduce speed while travelling in the garages for the safety of contractors working in various areas of the buildings.

Questions about this work may be directed to Mike Morizio.

Albany garage, N4

July 20 through beginning of October. Maintenance includes repairs to concrete areas and plumbing, waterproofing, and installation of supplemental support.

Sloan Garage, E62

July 27 through end of August. Maintenance includes repairs to façade and concrete areas, insulating of pipes, and installation of supplemental pipe hangers.

Stata Garage, Building 32

July 27 through end of August. Maintenance includes repairs to concrete areas, slurry wall injections, insulating of pipes, and plumbing upgrades.

West Garage, Building W45

July 27 until beginning of September. Maintenance includes repairs to concrete areas, installation of supplemental support, waterproofing, and plumbing repairs.

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Killian Court

A project is underway in Killian Court to create permanent accessible entrances to Buildings 2 and 4 from the Court, and to improve emergency vehicle access to buildings in the Main Group. The project is expected to conclude late fall 2015. Learn more about this work.

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Steinbrenner Stadium and Briggs Field

A project is underway to replace the turf at Steinbrenner Field. Work will proceed through the end of July and work hours will be 7 AM to 5 PM. Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

Crews are also excavating and repairing a condensate line that runs between the softball and rugby fields beneath Briggs Field. A fence contains the area where crews are excavating the pipe. Work is expected to continue through mid-July. Work hours are 7 AM – 3 PM.

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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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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 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.

The work is scheduled to conclude at the beginning of July 2015 with the restoration of the area for community gardening. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3 PM, with occasional work off-hours. Signage will direct pedestrians around the area and police details will assist when materials are delivered or removed from the area.

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.

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Utilities work: Northwest steam system repair and upgrade

Work is underway to remove and replace the old steam system which runs from behind Building W34 to the outside south wall of Building NW13 on Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3PM. The project is expected to conclude in October 2015. Over the course of the work traffic in the area will be detoured as the crews work on the pipes crossing under Vassar Street.

The scope of work includes excavating and removing existing steam piping that runs beneath Vassar Street and between W34 and NW13. Once removed, the pipe system will be replaced with new high- density polyethylene (HDPE) covered steam lines. During ongoing work, normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 garage will be maintained with the assistance of MIT Police.

View a map of the work area.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street using a single lane. A police detail will direct traffic through the single lane alternating from each direction.

Normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 West Garage will be maintained and the West Garage (W45) and Athletics fields will remain open during this work. Vassar Street access to the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center will be maintained with occasional minor detours. Access to the Metropolitan Warehouse will also remain open during this work.

Upgrading the existing steam system with new and more efficient marine-compatible steam piping will help ensure safety for pedestrians and MIT personnel while improving energy efficiency throughout the campus.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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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.

For questions regarding the Main Street work, contact Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager, Cambridge Department of Public Works, 617-349-4870. For more information visit the Cambridge Department of Public Works.

Surface Improvement Project

A surface improvement project on Main Street, between Ames and Third Streets, is underway. This project is being managed by the City of Cambridge. The scope of work includes reconstructed roadway and sidewalks, new vehicular connection from Third to Main Streets, tree plantings, street furniture and lighting.

For more information visit the project webpage.

Roadway and Sidewalk Reconstruction

Crews are just about complete with the roadway reconstruction on Main Street, from Ames Street to Wadsworth Street.

Sidewalk reconstruction on the north side of Main Street will continue until complete (2 months). The westbound detour will remain in effect during the sidewalk work. MBTA, trolley and EZ Ride stops may be adjusted during sidewalk reconstruction. Please check signs for temporary stop locations.

Please note that during the road work phase, Main St will function as a one way.
The following update from the City of Cambridge provides the schedule and map of the traffic patterns.

  • In April crews mobilized on Main St to begin roadway reconstruction. Crews began sidewalk reconstruction on the north (Marriott) side of Main St (2 month duration), followed by the south side (2 month duration).
  • For information or assistance during this project, contact Dan Vallee, DPW Engineer at dvallee@cambridgema.gov, 617.304.7756 or Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager at kdunn@cambridgema.gov, 617.349.4870. In case of an emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the 24-Hour line at 617.349.4800.
  • Additional information and project plans are available online, under Main Street Reconstruction Project.

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Longfellow Bridge

On Saturday, March 28, MassDOT is scheduled to begin preparations to dismantle the downstream "salt and pepper" towers. Before the dismantling begins, crews will make changes to the current pedestrian and cyclist travel lanes. 

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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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.

Over the next several months, street and sidewalk work will take place on the streets adjacent to the project site resulting in closures and detours. We will work to inform you in advance of any impacts and police details will be onsite to assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact cambridge.campus@novartis.com or call 617-418-0270.

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