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April 20, 2014


Road Closures and Impacts
Infinite Corridor
Building 2
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 66
Building 68
Building E25
Building E38
Building E51
Building E52
Excavation near Albany Garage
Manhole Covers
Parking Garages
Buildings W4, W5, and W7
Westgate

Road Closures and Impacts

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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Infinite Corridor

Two projects are underway that are a continuation of the enhancements to the Infinite Corridor which have been occurring over the past few years.

The first project is underway and will continue through late April. Activities include the replacement of lighting fixtures along the first floor of the Infinite Corridor in Buildings 3, 4, 7 and 8. This work will take place between 6 PM and 6 AM on weekdays. Access through the Infinite Corridor will be maintained during the project.

The second enhancement is the installation of a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to help improve cellphone coverage throughout the Main Campus buildings. The work will span all floors of the Main Group buildings and will take approximately six months to complete. 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 2

Below are the ongoing construction activities. This work may create some noise.

Department of Chemistry - North Wing and Classrooms

Exterior

  • Miscellaneous punch list work on the Building 2 roof

Interior

The North Wing was reopened, but the following activities will continue:

  • Miscellaneous punch list work throughout all areas of the North Wing
  • Possible miscellaneous shutdowns of building systems and fire alarm testing if needed due to possible warranty issues

Department of Math - East and South Wings

Exterior

IMPORTANT NOTE: The East and South Wings of Building 2 are closed due to construction activates except to specific lab groups within those wings.

  • Cutting of masonry joints at South Wing and West Ziggurat
  • Masonry repairs at both east and west wall at the East Wing; Possible noise disruption to Building 14 occupants
  • Reconstruction of brick parapets at east wing – east side adjoining Building 14
  • Demolition of parapet brick
  • There will be deliveries throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road

Interior

  • Miscellaneous make-safe and demo of MEP at all floors
  • Demo of additional concrete and clay block walls at first and second floors, resulting in filling of dumpsters; Possible noise and trucking disruption to Building 2 occupants and Building 14 occupants
  • Demo of interior walls and structural beams within the West Ziggurat area
  • Masonry repairs at window openings on the second floor in preparation for installation of new steel windows
  • Setting of miscellaneous metal at window sills, reinforce windows, etc.

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Building 12: MIT.nano

Investigatory activities will be conducted through June in preparation for the construction of the new MIT.nano building. Please join us for one of the two Community Meetings on the project on May 5 or May 6.

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Building 66

Two dumpsters are scheduled to remain outside the building through February 28, 2015. A fenced in area is screened to shield the dumpsters from view while maintaining access to all of the Building 66 and adjacent building entrances.

If you have any questions, please contact Keith Diggans at 617-324-6174. A PDF of the window replacement logistics can be found here.

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Building 68

All three elevators in Building 68 are scheduled to be worked on during the next 12 months. The two elevators closest to Building 66 will be worked on, one at a time. Elevator number three, closest to Building 76, will be offline until late March 2014. Work will then begin on elevator number one, closest to Building 66, which will be offline from late March to late June 2014. Work will end with Elevator number two, nearest building 66, which will be offline from late June to early October 2014.

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Building E25

Construction activities at Building E25 on the next two Saturdays will require the contractor to use a crane from a flatbed truck located on Carleton Street to lift material onto the roof of the building. The work on the first Saturday, 4/19/14, will be for lifts of structural steel. On the second Saturday, 04/26/14, the crane will lift an emergency generator.

Pedestrian traffic entering and exiting from Carleton Street will be directed around the crane. The entry to the common E25/E23 lobby will be closed at certain times of the day. Entry will be redirected to the E23 Main entry further down Carleton Street when needed.


There will be some noise level when crane is lifting and lowering its boom. Construction hours are from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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Building E38

Construction for a multi-floor renovation is currently underway in the following areas: the current IPC space on the first floor, Rooms 446, 448, 450, 454 on the fourth floor, and the former ILP space on the fifth floor. This renovation is expected to last until the beginning of July. Construction hours are from 6 AM to 3 PM. This work will generate loud noises from hammering, drilling, coring, and demolition; however, these activities will stop at 9 AM.

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Building E51

Exterior façade work on Building E51 is scheduled through the end of May. All work is at the parapet level, where cracks in the façade will be repaired. Work will be performed from boom-lifts. For safety measures, the areas will be coned off and a police detail will be on site. Monday through Friday work hours are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM; Saturday work hours will be 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All loud work will be performed when classes are not in session.

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Building E52

Construction activities for the next two weeks

Week of 4/21

No work on Monday, April 21, due to the Patriots' Day Holiday. Continue Live loading of demolition debris on Wadsworth Street. Noise impact anticipated from truck back-up alarms and debris hitting truck bed. Crane/equipment will be located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 docks. Continue to install floor leveling, interior wall studs, duct work, plumbing, sprinkler lines, and electrical above ceilings on floors 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Continue saw cutting and demolition of exterior wall for North Entry – L1 to L6. (This work might be noisy, levels will be monitored.) Complete removal of windows on east façade. Complete installation of scaffold on south façade east. Mobilize Crane for steel erection for floor 7, roof, and penthouses.

Week of 4/28

Continue Live loading of demolition debris on Wadsworth Street. Noise impact anticipated from truck back-up alarms and debris hitting truck bed. Crane/equipment will be located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 docks. Continue to install floor leveling, interior wall studs, duct work, plumbing, sprinkler lines, and electrical above ceilings on floors 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Continue saw cutting and demolition of exterior wall for North Entry – L1 to L6. (This work might be noisy, levels will be monitored.) Begin removal of windows on South façade.  Complete installation of scaffold on south façade east. A crane will be set up on the Memorial Drive side of the building to support the steel erection of floor 7, the roof, and penthouses.

 

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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. This work is expected to be completed in the Spring.

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Manhole Covers

Facilities will be conducting electrical manhole (EMH) inspections from April 28 to May 1 as part of the campus wide electrical manhole repair project. The schedule is as follows.


West Campus, Amherst Alley/Street, April 28 and April 29

Main Group Driveway off of Vassar St, April 30

Eastman and McDermott Courts, May 1

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Parking Garages

The contractor is scheduled to put up signage for future electric vehicle parking spots. They will be onsite on Saturday, April 19 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the locations listed below.

Building 32 Stata Garage level P1 and basement level near loading dock

Building E62 Sloan Garage level 1

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Buildings W4, W5, and W7

MIT Utilities has hired Power Line Contractors to replace a 13,800 Volt cable in front of buildings W7 & W4. This work is expected to start this Tuesday April 22 and extend through the end of the week Friday April 25. There will be no disruption of power, but a police detail and a couple Power Line vans will be directly in front of buildings W7 & W5. Work should be limited to the day time shift only.

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Westgate

Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, April at Westgate between W84 and W85 to dig a test pit to reconnect the old 6” domestic water line that was abandoned.  To help in the location, the contractors will need to gain access to the basement of W84 where the line leaves the building. If feasible the contractor will connect the old 6” line to the new 8” domestic water main thus giving W84 a confirmed back feed.

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