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September 02, 2014


Infinite Corridor
Building 1
Building 2
Building 4
Building 8: Eastman Court
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 10
Building 12: MITnano
Building 50
Building 66
Building 68
Building E52
Building W5
Parking Garages
Excavation near Albany Garage
Campus Manhole Repair Project
Road Closures and Impacts
Main Street
Novartis Cambridge Campus

Infinite Corridor

The installation of a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to help improve cellphone coverage throughout the Main Campus buildings is currently underway. Work is complete in Buildings 1 and 5, and is nearly complete in Buildings 7 and 9. Work in Buildings 10 and 3 is scheduled to begin in mid June and be completed at the end of July. Buildings 4, 6 and 8 will follow and are scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Some cabling work will be done during normal business hours with coordination between the project team and the DLCs in the installation areas. Any work in high traffic areas will be scheduled to take place after 6 PM on weeknights or on weekends. Signage and safety cones will be utilized in any areas with pedestrian foot traffic. The IS&T project team will be reaching out to the appropriate DLC and department contacts in each building to coordinate schedules, access and address any specific questions about the system.

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Building 1

Construction is scheduled to begin August 30 to replace the roof of Building 1. 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 Chemistry

Exterior

  • Currently no work scheduled

Interior

  • Miscellaneous punch list work in 2nd and 3rd floor labs—Being coordinated with occupants

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.

Exterior

  • Building 8 roof—installing steel framework to support generator. A crane will be parked on the north side of the building to lift sections of the generator up to the roof.
  • Cutting of masonry joints and stone repairs at the façade at the area north of the Building 14 connector
  • Reconstruction of parapets and stone repairs at the south wing
  • Installation of miscellaneous metal supports and steel windows at east wing adjoining Building 14
  • Cranes at east lot and Lowell Ct
  • Delivery of brick to staging—back up horns will cause noise
  • Continuing demo of concrete curbs at roof skylight and mechanical head houses—south wing
  • There will be deliveries throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road

Interior

  • Installation of anchor bolts into concrete beams at the third floor northeast corner of Building 2 will take place the early part of the week of August 18, 2014. Drilling work is expected to cause noise and slight vibration to travel into the main open stair at the northeast corner of Building 2, the adjoining chemistry area in the north wing of Building 2, and the adjoining chemistry area of Building 6. 
  • Erection of scaffolding at the northeast open stair—first floor intersection of Building 2, 6, and 14
  • Window and brick demo at northeast rooms adjoining Building 6—noise will affect adjoining occupants
  • Demolition of stair run to roof—May be times when stair run from 3rd floor to 2nd floor will be closed
  • Demolition of southwest stair from the 3rd floor down
  • 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

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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. Due to the two renovations, there may be times during the construction when the contractor will need to close down the hallway to traffic. Those needing to pass through will be required to go to the first floor and, if necessary, travel back down to the basement. Hours of construction are Monday-Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM.

A temporary enclosure will be configured in the corridor near rooms 4-104A, 4-208, and 4-304. The enclosure will surround work being done on ducts from the basement to a roof exhaust fan. The enclosure will minimize the impact of noise and dust while the duct work is underway and is scheduled to be in place Friday, August 8 through December 15, 2014. Access through the hallway will remain available. Construction hours for the duct work will be from 11 PM – 7:30 AM, with more intensive work concluding at 5 AM.

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Building 8 / Eastman Court

On Tuesday, September 2, a crane is scheduled to be on site on Eastman Court near the entrance to Building 8. The crane will be used to move materials related to a generator in the building. The crane is scheduled to arrive about 7 AM and will remain onsite for a couple of hours.

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Buildings 8 and 16

The stairwell between Building 8-2nd floor and Building 16-3rd floor is scheduled to close from Monday, August 18 through October 2014. Signs in the area will direct pedestrians to alternate stairwells and elevators nearby. The single elevator immediately next to the closed stairs will remain available exclusively for use by disabled individuals. Work hours will be from 6 AM – 3:30 PM.

The stairwell closure will occur 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. Temporary work barriers will narrow the hallway while providing a safety barrier around the work.

View a map of the area and alternate route suggestions.

  • Floors above and below remain open for travel.
  • In Building 8: use the stairwell at the end of the Infinite Corridor.
  • In Building 16: use the two elevators and stairwell in the third floor lobby (near room 16-314).
  • Please note: the single elevator next to the closed stairs is available for individuals with disabilities only and is not available for commercial, freight, or pedestrian use.

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Building 10

A  renovation of the Compton Gallery in Building 10-150 is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 11 and continue through September 19, 2014. Work hours will be from 6 AM to 2:30 PM. Some noise related to construction activities is expected.

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Building 12: MITnano

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).

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Building 50

Construction for a roof replacement project for Building 50 Walker Memorial is scheduled to take place from August 4 through September 4. The section of roof being replaced faces McDermott Court on the Building 62 side of Walker. Pedestrian access to the area will remain open. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 3 PM.

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Building 66

As work progresses on the renovation of Building 66, crews will conduct exterior façade work and will install an access gate between Buildings 66 and 68.

Repairs to the Building 66 façade have begun and are scheduled to continue through the end of August 2014. Boom-lifts will be used to access the façade. (View map of façade work.)

A contractor will be using a crane outside of Building 66 periodically during the renovation project. Over the next few days the crane will be used to move materials to the roof. This activity will generate noise.

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.

Dumpsters are scheduled to remain outside the building through February 28, 2015. Fenced in areas will shield the dumpsters from view. Access will be maintained to Building 66 and adjacent building entrances.

If you have any questions, please contact Keith Diggans at 617-324-6174.

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Building 68

The elevator modernization project in Building 68 is in the final stage of work. Repairs and renovations on elevators 1 and 3 are complete, and work on the final elevator (no. 2) is underway. Renovation of elevator 2 (nearest building 66) is scheduled to be complete by mid-October 2014.

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Building E52

Construction activities for the next two weeks

Week of September 1

Note there will be no work on Monday, September 1 due to the holiday.

New activities this week

  • Rough set AHU-2 in penthouse.
  • Wash brick on north façade.
  • Install stairs in new stair case in northeast corner near E62 loading dock.
  • Install windows on east side of building.
  • Install L6 duct.

Activities continuing from last week

  • Trench and install water main in Wadsworth Street. (Noise)
  • Use Wadsworth Street as a staging area for construction activities. Noise anticipated from truck back-up alarms.
  • Crane or equipment activities located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 docks.
  • Clean, prep and install floor topping, level 1.
  • Strip paint and prime existing window frames.
  • Install CMU for walls in basement.
  • Complete removal of temporary wall braces L6.

Week of September 8

New activities this week

  • Replace brick on north façade.
  • Install roofing materials on the south part of roof.

Activities continuing from last week

  • Trench and install water main in Wadsworth Street. (Noise)
  • Use Wadsworth Street as a staging area for construction activities. Noise anticipated from truck back-up alarms.
  • Crane or equipment activities located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 docks.
  • Clean, prep and install floor topping, level 1.
  • Strip paint and prime existing window frames.
  • Install CMU for walls in basement.
  • Complete removal of temporary wall braces L6.
  • Wash brick façade on north face.
  • Install stairs in new stair case in northeast corner near E62 loading dock.

Building W5

On Friday, September 5, a crane is scheduled to be onsite on Danforth Street at Building W5 to move materials to the roof. The crane is scheduled to be onsite from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. A police detail will direct traffic and pedestrians around the area.

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Parking Garages

The annual maintenance program on parking garages is underway and will continue through the fall. Work hours are from 6 AM to 3 PM. All garages will remain open during the construction, but there will be parking restrictions in each. Details of the construction and dates are below. Drivers are asked to reduce speed while travelling in the garages during construction because the contractors will be working in various areas within the buildings.

Sloan Garage

June through end of August. Repairs include minor concrete repair.

Stata Garage

June through end of August. Repairs include concrete repair, traffic-bearing waterproofing, drain and grate replacement.

Note that on Saturday, August 30 from 7 AM – 3 PM a contractor will be completing line painting in various locations throughout the garage, including the loading dock. The garage will be accessible during this work. For questions contact the project manager, Mike Morizio at mmorizio@mit.edu.

Albany Garage

June through September. Repairs include concrete repairs throughout, traffic bearing waterproofing repairs, and the replacement of wood bumpers. Stairwell repairs are scheduled to begin June 27. Access will be maintained to some of the stairwells and signs will be posted indicating which are available. View a map of the stairwell closure schedule.

Exterior repairs are scheduled to begin July 28. A lift will be used to access the exterior, and pedestrian traffic will be redirected around the area. View a map of the exterior work schedule.

West Garage

June through November. Repairs include concrete repairs throughout, supplemental supports, and overhead protection.

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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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Campus Manhole Repair Project

Phase 1 of a multi-year project to improve MIT’s electrical underground distribution system began August 14 and is expected to wrap up by the end of October 2014.

This phase of the project will begin with repairing electrical manholes along Amherst Alley on West campus, and around Building 12, and will extend to east campus starting August 27. The work will restore existing infrastructure to provide a more reliable electrical distribution. Scope includes replacing manhole covers, conducting abatement work, and completing structural and electrical repairs.

Crews will set up detours around manhole locations in sidewalks and roadways as they work their way across campus. Signs and police details will direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic around work areas. Work is expected to be moderately loud for short periods of time during removal of existing manhole cover frames. Construction hours are from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.

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Road Closures and Impacts

Binney Street

Beginning Tuesday, August 5, the Binney Street Area Infrastructure Improvement Project contractor, Gilbane Building Company, is scheduled to implement a temporary traffic routing plan. For several weeks, travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Binney Street from First Street to Second Street. This travel lane reduction is needed in order to resurface the sidewalks and bicycle lane in the area. Once crews complete work on one side of the street, they flip to the other. Any questions on this City of Cambridge project can be directed to Ben Chwalk, Gilbane, 401-265-3708. Visit the project website for more information.

Longfellow Bridge

Phase 1 of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project is underway. There is no vehicular traffic from Boston to Cambridge. Cambridge bound vehicular traffic is being detoured onto Storrow Drive. Bicycle, Red Line, and pedestrian traffic will be allowed over the bridge in both directions. The project is estimated to be completed in September 2016.

Please visit the project website for further information.

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Main Street

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.

August 21 to September 4, 2014

  • A crane situated on Mass Ave will continue to install the glass exterior on 181 Mass Ave (building closest to Mass Ave) between 8 PM and 5:30 AM, Monday through Saturday.
  • This operation will require modifications to traffic lanes on Mass Ave and the sidewalk closest to the project site. Police will assist with traffic flow.
  • Beginning on Monday, August 25 a crane will be situated on Albany Street to install the glass exterior on 181 Mass Ave (building closest to Mass Ave) between 8 PM and 5:30 AM, Monday through Saturday.
  • This operation will require the closure of the street and sidewalks on Albany Street. Police will assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

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