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December 18, 2018



Building 1
Building 4
Buildings 4, 8 and 10
Building 13
Building 18
Building 32
Building 34
Building 37
Building 38
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 46: Manhole work
  Building E23
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building N52
Building W46 (Vassar St residence hall)
Main Parking Lot
Vassar Street
West Campus Stormwater Improvement
Eversource work: Albany and Mass Ave
Mass Ave lane changes
One Broadway


Building 1

A renovation project has begun on the first floor of Building 1. Rooms 1-139 and 1-143 will be renovated as a new student lounge. Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through the end of December 2018 with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–2PM.

While this work is underway, a temporary partition wall will be set up in the corridor outside rooms 1-139 and 1-143 that will slightly narrow the hallway, though the corridor will remain accessible. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities. Any activities generating loud noise will be scheduled to conclude earlier in the morning.

Questions may be directed to Gianna Salvaggio.

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Building 4

Fourth floor EAPS renovation

On Monday, August 27, a renovation project is scheduled to begin 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.

Demolition activities are scheduled to proceed through early November, with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–3PM. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities. Any activities generating loud noise are scheduled to conclude by 8AM.

While this work is underway, crews are scheduled to transport materials through the fourth floor of Buildings 10 & 3, to 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 Joe Collins.

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Buildings 4, 8 and 10

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to renew the façades of buildings 4, 8 and 10 facing the MIT.nano building and President’s courtyard. This work includes removing and replacing the windows and restoring the brick and surfaces of the façades of the buildings. Construction activities for this work are underway and are scheduled to continue through fall of 2018. Construction hours are 7 AM – 3:30 PM, with some overnight work expected. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected.

See the schedule breakdown by elevations for Buildings 4, 8 & 10.

View the updated brief for Buildings 4, 8 & 10.

View a flyer including a map and project overview.

Work phases and anticipated schedule

For the facades of Buildings 4, 8, and 10 facing the MIT.nano site:

  • Phase I – Window measurement (February – April 2017)
    • Exploratory work (March – April 2017)
  • Phase II – Window removal / masonry repair (April 2017 – Summer 2018)
    • Scaffolding (April 2017)
    • Window removal (June 2017 – Nov 2017)
    • Masonry repair (May 2017 – summer 2018)
  • Phase III – Window replacement (Winter 2017 – Fall 2018)

Schedule for the facades of Building 10 facing the President’s Courtyard and Building 13:

  • Window removal (March 2018 – August 2018)
  • Masonry repair (February 2018 – December 2018)
  • Window replacement (September 2018 – December 2018)

Phase II work:

  • Window removal: Crews will remove windows and will install temporary plywood enclosures to be in place until new windows are installed. Duration for each office is approximately 2-4 weeks. This phase will incur noise.
  • Masonry repair: Teams will repair cracked and damaged brick, and will repair and paint cast iron spandrels as well as repair and replace deteriorated stone at window heads.

The project team is working closely with the occupants impacted by this work and has been meeting with key contacts in each area to review the proposed schedule and share the scope of work associated with the project.

Current work:

Buildings 10 & 13 temporary egress closures

Beginning Monday, March 12, two existing egress points from Buildings 10 and 13 will be temporarily closed. These closures are necessary to complete renovation work along the façades of Building 10. During this work, occupants will be directed to alternate exits. These closures are scheduled through December 2018.

View the map for information.

Building 10 President’s Courtyard

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to renew the façade of Building 10 facing the President’s Courtyard. This work includes removing and replacing the windows, and restoring the brick and surfaces of the façades.

Construction activities for this work are scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 9, and will continue through November 2018. Window removal construction hours are 10PM – 6AM nightly, beginning Saturday, June 9. Masonry demolition and repair is schedule to commence on Monday, June 11. Anticipated hours are 6AM-3PM daily.

During this construction, noise and vibration are expected. The project team is working closely with the occupants impacted by this work and has been meeting with key contacts in each area to review the proposed schedule and share the scope of work associated with the project.

Please note the bicycle rack in the President’s Courtyard will be inaccessible throughout construction. Several temporary bicycle racks have been placed nearby.

View the schedule for more detail.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani.

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Building 13

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to renew the façade of Building 13. This work includes masonry work, and cleaning and restoring the surfaces of the façade. Construction activities are scheduled to continue through the fall of 2018. Project hours vary. Concrete forming and pouring are scheduled Monday through Saturday, 7AM-3PM. Chipping, demolition and washdown of the façade are scheduled for Sunday through Friday, 11PM-7AM. During construction, some noise and vibration are expected, with the noisiest activities scheduled to occur in the evening. Vibration will be monitored to help reduce impact to the occupants.

Construction is planned to be completed in sections, beginning on the northeast and MIT.nano courtyard façades. The project team is working closely with the occupants impacted by this work and has been meeting with key contacts in each area to review the proposed schedule and share the scope of work associated with the project.

View a project overview to see a map of the construction area.

View the updated brief for Building 13.

Work sections

Section I – Northeast façade and MIT.nano courtyard

  • Scaffolding - for north façade only
  • Cleaning and masonry repair
  • Demobilization

Section II – Northwest and west façades

  • Scaffolding - for north façade only
  • Cleaning and masonry repair
  • Demobilization

Section III – South façade including the President’s Courtyard

  • Cleaning and masonry repair

Scope

  • Scaffolding: Beginning in January, scaffolding is scheduled to be erected along the north façade of Building 13. This staging will serve as a platform for work crews during the remainder of construction. This initial work is scheduled to take place Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Some noise is anticipated during this operation, with high levels of noise at the scaffolding connection points. Please note, upper floors will be accessed by swing staging, and the south, west and MIT.nano-facing elevations will be primarily accessed by lifts.
  • Cleaning: Crews will be pressure washing the façade as part of the renewal of Building 13. This work is scheduled for day-time hours.
  • Masonry repair and restoration: The team will repair cracked and damaged concrete. This work will include the chipping of concrete spalls, recoating of rebar, concrete patching and the rebuilding of the lower beams. This work is expected to be noisy, and is scheduled for the evening to minimize disruptions during the day.

Buildings 10 & 13 temporary egress closures

Two existing egress points from Buildings 10 and 13 have been temporarily closed. These closures are necessary to complete renovation work along the façades of Building 10. During this work, occupants will be directed to alternate exits. These closures are scheduled through December 2018.

View the map for information.

President’s Courtyard staging

Scaffolding has been erected along the President’s Courtyard façade of Building 10 from the basement level to the fourth floors. A drive lane has been fenced off along the north side of the courtyard adjacent to Building 13, allowing trucks to access the area. The scaffolding will be in place for the duration of the façade renewal project for Building 10, which will be ongoing through December 2018.

President’s Courtyard staging

The President’s Courtyard is scheduled to be inaccessible during the renewal of Buildings 10 & 13, except as emergency egress. The loading dock will remain accessible, though access may be slightly altered during working hours. Please note signage in the area while making deliveries.

President’s Courtyard bicycle rack changes

Beginning Friday, July 20, the bicycle cage, located on the south side of Building 13, and the bicycle rack, located along the walkway of the west side of Building 13, are scheduled to be removed from use. Temporary bicycle racks will be placed nearby to accommodate these closures. Work in this area is scheduled through the end of December.

View the schedule for more detail.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani.

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Building 18

An extension to the existing concrete pad for Building 18 is scheduled to be installed, and the existing equipment reconfigured. Anticipated work hours are from 8:30AM to 3:30PM. Some noise is anticipated. Portions of adjacent walkway will be inaccessible to pedestrian traffic during work hours.

Construction activities are scheduled to recommence on Monday, November 5, when digging and extending of the pad is scheduled to begin, weather permitting. New fencing will be added as part of this phase of construction. This activity is expected to last through the end of December.

The replacement of the tanks in the area will require an additional phase of work. During the final phase, the existing tanks will be removed from service, and temporary tanks will be integrated into the system from a truck loading bed. Two cranes will be used to install the new tanks on the pad. During these operations, there will be some noise from work on the pad, and engine noise from the cranes. More information about this phase will be posted once the schedule has been finalized.

The construction vehicles and crane will be entering and exiting the site through the courtyard via 21 Ames Street. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Questions about Building 18 work may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

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Building 32

A photo canvas hanging along Student Street of Building 32, Stata Student Center, is scheduled to be removed and replaced with a test canvas on Thursday, December 13. Anticipated work hours are from 7AM – 5PM. The work area will be cordoned off. Minimal noise and disturbance to pedestrian traffic is expected.

Questions may be directed to Camille Mekdeci.

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Building 34

The Grier Room and adjacent corridor, located on the fourth floor of Building 34, are scheduled for renovation. On Saturday, November 10, demolition of the existing space is scheduled to begin. Work hours are weekdays from 5AM-4PM, with occasional weekend hours. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 9AM daily.

Occasionally during construction, the fourth floor corridor connecting Building 34 to Buildings 36 and 38 is scheduled to close temporarily. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the area. This project is anticipated to last through January.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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Building 37

In order to create a more comfortable and contemporary learning environment, the lecture hall in Room 37-212 has been redesigned. This renovation will renew the tiers and create a new layout of fixed classroom furniture. Along with upgrades to the entrance corridors and the adjacent restrooms, the new space will integrate a modern lighting and audio visual system. This project is scheduled through January.

The restrooms on the second floor are scheduled to close for the duration of the Room 37-212 project. Beginning Monday, October 1, second floor women’s and men’s restrooms are scheduled to close for construction. Occupants are encouraged to use the restrooms located on the third floor of Building 37, or those on the second floor of Building 35. Signage will be posted directing occupants to the closest facilities.

Construction is underway. Work hours are daily from 6AM-3PM. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. During construction, the second floor corridor connecting Building 37 to Building 35 is scheduled to be closed temporarily; a notification will be sent when the details of this closure are known. Signage will be posted directing occupants around the area.

Questions may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

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Building 38

The gas tank bank at Building 38 is scheduled to be expanded. Activities to extend the existing concrete pad, located between Buildings 38 and 24, are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 28, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday from 6AM to 4PM. Access through the area for pedestrians and vehicles will be maintained between Buildings 24 and 38. This activity is expected to last through the end of December.

Early work will consist of clearing the area and boring test pits. In early December, mini piles are scheduled to be drilled into the ground to support the new nitrogen tank. Some noise and vibration from the drilling of piles is anticipated during this week-long activity. The existing tanks will remain in service and accessible throughout construction.

Questions may be directed to Marty Deluga.

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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.

Traffic patterns have changed on Albany Street at the Portland Street intersection. Albany Street is inaccessible to vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic from the intersection of Portland and Albany Streets to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage. The crosswalk across Portland Street at the intersection of Albany Street has been removed during this time. This closure is scheduled continuously through the end of October.

The project is scheduled to conclude in 2020.

View a map showing changes in traffic patterns, sidewalk closures and alternate pedestrian routes.

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. In the spring of 2019, Albany Street is scheduled to reopen to vehicles and pedestrians between Portland and Main Streets. The walkway between the construction site and Albany Garage will close for a period during spring and summer 2019 for streetscape and landscape work.

Construction activities - October through December

The large crane has been demobilized, and exterior façade installation has begun on the south side of the new Central Utilities Plant. One lane of Albany Street and the adjacent sidewalk has been reopened. 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

On Wednesday, May 2, the alley/fire lane between Building 42 and the railroad tracks is scheduled to be 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.

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 46: Manhole work

Work is underway on a manhole located on the Main Street plaza of Building 46, near Vassar Street. This work is scheduled Monday through Friday from 7AM-3PM. During this time, a section of the plaza and the manhole will be cordoned off. The sidewalk and driveway will remain accessible. Some minimal noise is anticipated. This work is scheduled through December 18.

Questions about this work may be directed to Cori McKee.

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Building E23: Elevators

Work is underway to renew and modernize the passenger elevators in Building E23. The work will include installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Anticipated work hours are be 6AM to 2PM, Monday-Friday, with some noisy work scheduled for earlier morning hours.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is out of service. Car #1 is scheduled to be out of service through December. Once completed, Car #2 will be removed from service through April, 2019. Signage will be posted; occupants are encouraged to use the elevators in the lobby of Building E25.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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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. Following the approval by the City of Cambridge Planning Board in May, utilities and infrastructure work is now underway to prepare the area south of Main Street, between Carleton Street and Wadsworth Street, where new buildings will be sited. 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 Alison Crowley (MITIMCo).

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)

During construction in the Hayward Lot, patient parking for MIT Medical will remain available. Reserved MIT Medical patient spaces currently in the Hayward lot will soon be relocated to a new lot being constructed next to Building E33.

  • 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.

Alarm notification

On Wednesday, December 5, between 8:30AM and 9:30AM, the Kendall Square South of Main Street project is scheduled to perform a site-wide emergency alarm and evacuation drill at Kendall construction sites south of Main Street. Crews from these sites will be evacuating to Amherst Street, between Carleton and Wadsworth Streets.

This unannounced emergency drill is expected to be noisy and disruptive in the vicinity of the sites in East Campus. The anticipated duration of the alarm is 15-20 minutes. MIT Police and Cambridge Emergency Responders have been alerted to the test, and will be on site throughout the drill.

This required evacuation drill has been scheduled in an effort to guarantee the safety of the construction crew in the event of an emergency by ensuring that the correct procedures are practiced and followed.

Construction Updates – December 2018

  • Eversource is scheduled to install gas pipe on Amherst Street through the end of December. The trench will begin just west of the 100 Memorial Drive driveway and continue east towards Wadsworth Street. Crews will plate over the trench to allow access to the E51 parking deck driveway. Noise is expected.
  • The Amherst Street loading dock entrance next to E40 is scheduled to be closed to vehicles through December. Access to the loading dock will be maintained from Main Street via a newly paved roadway at Hayward Street inside the site. See the map for details.
  • The south section of Wadsworth Street from Memorial Drive to Amherst Street will be open to one-way traffic for through November, as there will be a construction crew restoring the sidewalk and landscaping next to E51, where sections of sidewalk are closed.
  • The block of Wadsworth Street from Amherst Street (between Buildings E51 and E52) and Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. Wadsworth Street from Memorial Drive to Amherst Street is one-way from Memorial Drive toward Amherst Street.
  • Crews will be working for two weeks directly in front of the Tang Building (E51) and will need to close the revolving door entrance. One swing door will remain accessible while they remove asphalt, grade and restore the concrete sidewalk in that area.
  • Sections of the sidewalk in front of the Muckley Building (E40) will be closed for a few weeks to accommodate the relocation of street trees from Site 5. Access to the entrance of E40 will be maintained throughout this time. The sidewalk work will start to the west of the entrance including removal of the existing sidewalk and resetting the curb.
  • Crews continue to install a section of steam system piping across Amherst Street, between Ames and Carleton Streets. The northern sidewalk next to the Media Lab, Building E14, will be inaccessible between Carleton and Ames Streets during work hours. The ramp to Building E14 near Carleton Street will be inaccessible during this time, and occupants will be redirected to the Ames Street entrance. Temporary crosswalks will be placed to allow pedestrian access around the site. During construction off hours, the work zones will be removed and covered with a steel plate to allow the sidewalks to reopen. This work is scheduled through October.
  • Utility work will continue on the south side of Hayward Street.
  • Amherst Street will have a one-way traffic pattern going towards Ames Street.
  • Concrete core construction continues on site 3.
  • 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.
  • Excavation work continues on the Kendall Garage behind 292 Main (E38), 290 Main (E39), and 238 Main (E48).
  • Trucking for Site 5 will continue, as well as daily deliveries of steel and concrete via Amherst Street to Carlton Street, and daily trucking to remove material from the site Amherst Street to Carlton Street.
  • E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue, and will be serviced from Gate 11 (Between T and E38).
  • E39 slab on deck installation has started and is being serviced from Carleton Street. Finishing of the concrete slab will require extended site hours on days of placements.
  • Site 5 concrete core construction is underway and is being staged on Carleton Street. Daily deliveries of steel and concrete and removal of materials will take place from Amherst Street to Carleton Street.
  • 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 Alison Crowley (MITIMCo).

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Building N52

Beginning Tuesday, November 27, and continuing through the end of February, façade repair work is scheduled for the Windsor Street side of Building N52. Crews will begin constructing scaffolding at the corner of Windsor and State Streets next week, weather permitting. Construction hours are weekdays from 7AM – 3PM, with occasional weekend work. During work hours, the area will be cordoned off, and pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk across Windsor Street. This construction will generate some intermittent noise during scaffolding erection.

This project will be completed in two phases. During the first phase, crews will be working on scaffolding and sealing the concrete, masonry and glass block to preventing leaking. This phase is anticipated to be completed by the end of December. The second phase is scheduled to be completed over a two-week period between January and February. Crews will be installing a panel system from scissor lifts.

Questions about this work may be directed to Kevin M Carr.

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Building W46 - Vassar Street Residence Hall

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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 be implemented in December 2017 and 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.

Construction activities

  • Enabling activities (October – December 2017): During this phase crews will prepare the site for construction. Activities include utility work, relocation of the Grounds Department to Albany Street, and final closure of the West Garage (which has been used on occasion for events during site prep.) In December fencing will be installed to establish the construction perimeter.
  • Demolition (January 2018–April 2018): During this phase the West Garage will be demolished. Cranes, excavators, and sawcutters will be used to disassemble the structure and materials will be hauled offsite.
  • Foundation work (April 2018–October 2018): The foundation of the new residence hall will consist of precast concrete driven piles. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Overnight truck traffic

Occasionally crews will be removing large equipment overnight from the Vassar Street Residence Hall construction site, weather permitting. This work is scheduled to occur from 4AM-6AM. Trucks are scheduled to enter and exit the site from Vassar Street using the western gate near Building W59. Noise from the trucks and loading activities is expected.

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. This work is scheduled to continue through August.

Low impact work – December 17-21

Crews are scheduled to continue a reduced impact schedule of work during finals week, December 17-21. This work is anticipated to have low noise and minimal disruption to abutters. Work is scheduled from 9AM-3PM daily.

Holiday work – December 24 & 31

Full crews will be onsite during scheduled MIT holidays, Monday, December 24, and Monday, December 31. Typical daily work, including crane work, is scheduled for this time. Anticipated hours are 7AM-6PM each day.

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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Main Parking Lot

Beginning Wednesday, December 12, crews are scheduled to excavate and replace an existing fire protection main located in the Main Parking Lot between Buildings 3 & 5. Work hours are weekdays from 7AM to 3PM. Some noise and vibration is anticipated. Delivery access to the Pappalardo Laboratory and other spaces will be maintained throughout construction.

The team will minimize noisy work during final exam week (December 17-21). Please be alert and use caution when walking in the area. This project is scheduled through the end of February.

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Vassar Street

Utility project

Work is underway to replace steam and condensate lines crossing Vassar Street near Buildings 32, 46 and 48. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday from 7AM-3:30PM. This project will involve heavy machinery and excavation, and some noise and vibration are expected. This work is scheduled to continue through the end of December, with intermittent road closures through December 13.

Traffic may be reduced to a single lane during construction hours. Two-way traffic will be maintained, though east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped. This activity should not impact the Building 32 parking garage. The bike lane and sidewalk will also be intermittently closed during construction. Signage will be placed to help direct pedestrians and cyclists. The ramp to Building 46 and the courtyard will remain accessible at all times. Access to all buildings and plazas will be maintained.

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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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. While some work activities are underway this month, the substantive work is scheduled to begin in August of this year and 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 work

Crews are scheduled to work on short sections of underground pipe along Amherst Alley. Noise and dust are expected. The noisiest work will come from vacuum trucks and concrete chipping as trenching begins. This work is scheduled to start at the intersection of Amherst and Vassar Streets in October and move along Amherst Alley towards Next House, a section at a time.

Vehicular access to Amherst Alley is scheduled to be restricted from Fowler Street to Vassar Street in December with access being provided to delivery and construction vehicles. More information will be provided when details are known. Pedestrian routing will be maintained on the Westgate side of Amherst Alley.

Westgate Lot changes

Beginning the first week of December, crews are scheduled to mobilize in the Westgate Parking Lot to relocate the entrance to the corner of Vassar Street and Amherst Alley. Several parking spots will be inaccessible during this transition. Pedestrian access will be maintained around the perimeter of the lot. Once the new entrance is established, the existing gate will be removed from service until the end of the project.

West Lot changes

The entrance to West Lot has been temporarily altered, and the parking lot divided in two. During this time, one lane of the existing entrance will be maintained for entrance and egress near the MIT Police Headquarters, Building W89. A temporary eastern entrance has been added in the loading dock circle of Simmons Hall, Building W79. Several parking spots will be inaccessible while construction vehicles work to install the connecting pipe from north of the lot through to Vassar Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained from the railroad crossing to Vassar Street. Noise and vibration are anticipated during this operation. This work is anticipated to occur through the end of December.

See the map for an illustration of the entrances and traffic patterns in the lot.

Contact Alison Crowley for questions.

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Eversource work

Albany and Portland Streets lane closure from Main Street to Mass Ave

Eversource is scheduled to close the eastbound lane of traffic on Albany and Portland Streets beginning Monday, October 15, from 7:30AM through 5PM daily. The section of Portland and Albany Streets, from Main Street to Mass Ave, will be undergoing excavation for water main work. The road will be plated and accessible during off hours. Work is scheduled to occur weekdays through November. Heavy noise and vibration are anticipated.

Those traveling westbound on Portland and Albany Streets will be redirected along Main Street to Vassar Street. Police will be onsite to help direct pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic during this closure.

Contact John Leskow for questions.

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Mass Ave lane changes

To improve safety and reliability for users of the street, the City of Cambridge is implementing “quick build” changes to Massachusetts Avenue from Sidney Street to Memorial Drive with an emphasis on increasing the comfort and convenience of people walking, biking and riding buses. This project supports the City’s Vision Zero goal to reduce and eliminate serious injuries/fatalities from crashes, as well as City policies that promote the use of sustainable ways to travel in Cambridge.

Construction is scheduled to begin the week of October 29. Work will be completed during both day and night shifts. The duration of this phase of the project is anticipated to be two weeks. The traffic patterns of Mass Ave will be altered during construction, and signage will be posted along the route.

The following schedule of activities is subject to change due to weather conditions:

  • October 29-31: Overnight work is scheduled Monday through Wednesday. During this time, the pavement will be ground. High levels of noise are anticipated.
  • October 31-November 2: Daytime work is scheduled Wednesday through Friday, including installation of lane markers and signal work.
  • Week of November 5: Installation of flex posts and green cyclist pavement markings.
  • Spring 2019: Additional pavement markers will be completed.

Visit the City of Cambridge project site for more information.

Contact Patrick Baxter for questions.

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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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