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January 20, 2020



Building 1
Building 4
Building 14
Building 17
Building 26
Building 36
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 54
Building E15
  Building E25
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building NW13
Building W8
Building W16
Building W46 (Vassar St residence hall)
Ames Street and Memorial Drive
Vassar Street


Building 1

Ziggurat work

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

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

Roof construction

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

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 4

Fourth floor EAPS renovation

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

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

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

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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Building 14

In an effort to modernize Hayden Library as a state-of-the art facility, a renovation project is scheduled to begin in Building 14. This renovation will include the first and second floors of Hayden Library and their mezzanine levels. Design goals include creating an expansion of the 24-hour reading room, a café, more and varied study spaces, and flexible teaching and event space.

Beginning January 2, construction is scheduled to begin in the Hayden Library. During construction, the library will be closed to the MIT community. Signage will be posted throughout. Anticipated work hours are 7AM – 2PM Monday to Friday, with potential for additional work to be scheduled when applicable. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected, with high levels of noise concluding by 9AM. This work is scheduled through the Fall of 2020.

Questions may be directed to Joyand Charles.

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Building 17

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

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

Construction activities

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

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

Construction phases

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

Vacuum Truck

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

Building 17 demolition activities

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

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 26

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

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

Questions may be directed to Abel Landaverde.

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Building 36

A renovation of several RLE lab and office spaces is underway on the fifth, seventh, and eighth floors of Building 36.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant

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

The project is scheduled to conclude in 2020.

Phase 1: Site preparation and foundations (August 2017 – Spring 2018)

Phase 1 activities for the project are expected to include site preparation and enabling, site excavation,utility work, and the construction of foundations. Pressure injected footings (PIFs) will be used to support the building. During this phase, two-way traffic will be maintained on Albany Street, moderate noise and vibration is expected during PIF installation, and construction vehicles will travel through the area.

Phase 2: Steel (Spring 2018 – Spring 2019)

During this phase, the new addition’s steel structure will be constructed and its exterior wrapped, leaving the roof open. Slabs and floors will be built. A crane will be located on Albany Street during the installation of the large equipment for the plant. During this phase, Albany Street will become one-way from the intersection with Portland Street to the Albany Garage entrance. Two-way traffic will be maintained from Main Street to the entrance of the Albany Garage. For a short period during the summer of 2018, the section of Albany Street from Portland Street to the garage entrance will close. Garage access will be maintained during that period as well.

Phase 3: Interiors, streetscape (Summer 2018 – Summer 2019)

Most activities take place inside the building during this phase, with interior fit out and finalizing and testing system installations. Exterior streetscape and landscape work will include new lighting for public walkways as well as new public seating, trees, and other plantings.

Construction activities

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

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

Building 42 alley/fire lane closure

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

Pedestrian path closure

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

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

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

Questions about this work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

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Building 54

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

See an overview of the project here.

Questions may be directed to Sarah MacDonald.

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Building E15

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

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

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

Additional emergency work

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

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

Questions may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

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Building E25

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

Questions may be directed to Gianna Salvaggio.

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East Campus: Kendall Square Initiative

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

MIT is proposing to bring new vibrancy and diversity to Kendall Square - "the most innovative square mile on the planet." MIT is now poised to deliver a dynamic blend of uses in this area, including housing, lab and research space, retail, innovation space, open space, and a dedicated facility for the MIT Museum. Learn more about the Kendall Square Initiative.

Construction in Kendall Square kicked off in September 2016. Ultimately, this visionary project will deliver a dynamic blend of uses in the area, including graduate student, market rate, and affordable housing; lab and research space; innovation space; retail and open space; and a new facility for the MIT Museum. Construction hours are scheduled for 7AM – 6PM weekdays, and Saturday from 9AM – 6PM.

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

Visit the courbanize project profile to review details about the planned activities and to subscribe to construction updates. Subscribe to notifications by clicking the “Login” button at the foot of the “Comment here” box to sign up for an account, and then “follow” the project.

The anticipated initial phases of work include:

  • Phase 1 (fall 2016- fall 2017): Upgrade of existing and addition of new utilities along Amherst, Carleton, Hayward, and Wadsworth Streets; closure of Hayward Parking lot. Parking for MIT Medical will remain available.
  • Phase 2 (2017): Excavation for below-grade parking garage, to extend from Dock Street to Carleton Street
  • Phase 3 (2017): Full interior renovation of Buildings E38 and E39 (292 and 290 Main St); demolition of Buildings E33 and E34 on Carleton Street
  • Phase 4 (2018-2020): Ongoing garage and building construction for new graduate residence (Site 4)

Patient parking for MIT Medical will remain available.

  • MIT Medical will validate parking for patients. (Cars exiting the lot without validation may incur a $40 fine.)
  • Cars that are in the lot for more than two hours are subject to towing. If patients have appointments that exceed two hours, MIT Medical will contact the Parking Office on their behalf.
  • The location of the patient parking area may change as construction proceeds. We will inform the community before any changes occur.

MBTA Station Pedestrian Access

The pedestrian plaza connecting Carleton Street to the inbound Kendall Square MBTA Station on Main Street is closed fully for the duration of the project to allow construction of an underground garage in this area. Pedestrians will be guided to seek alternate paths to and from the station using Ames Street, Dock Street, or Wadsworth Street.

Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work. Carleton Street will remain open to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to the Medical Parking Lot.

See a map of the area.

Amherst and Wadsworth Streets 2-way

Traffic patterns on Amherst and Wadsworth Streets have returned to two-way access. Some utility and restoration work is scheduled to continue along Amherst Street and the northern sidewalk. Police details will be in the area to direct pedestrians and traffic as needed.

Medical parking lot shift

The entrance to the MIT Medical parking lot is scheduled to shift on Monday, January 20. Access to the lot from Carleton Street will be removed, and a new entrance will be established along Amherst Street. The ambulance ramp will remain open for drop-off or pick-up.

MBTA Kendall Station work

The MBTA is anticipated to commence work at the Kendall Square inbound train station beginning January 27. Access to the station is scheduled to be maintained throughout construction. Signage will be posted directing users to alternate entrances. The renovation and modernization of the Kendall Square inbound MBTA station is scheduled through Spring 2022.

Construction Updates – January 2020

  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to all traffic. The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street through this phase. Construction vehicles and equipment will continue to be set up and operate in this area and at the intersection with Wadsworth Street. The noisiest work will come from the intermittent use of vacuum trucks.
  • The E40 Muckley Loading Dock will be closed to vehicles for Kendall Square Site 3 construction. Trash and recycling will be collected at the E62 Sloan loading dock during this time.
  • 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.
  • Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • Hayward Street will be closed from Main Street to Amherst Street to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic until further notice. Hayward Street will only be accessed by Turner Construction vehicles for the duration of the Kendall utilities and garage construction.
  • Large equipment will be removed and brought to site on and on-going basis. This activity may occur after hours but no disruptions are expected.
  • General construction activities will continue on Saturdays. Work will occur within the City of Cambridge allowable work hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

See the map for more details.

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

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Building NW13

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

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

Questions may be directed to Gianna Salvaggio.

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Building W8

In an effort to support the Institute’s student-athletes and enhance the experience of the teams and the community, the Pierce Boathouse is scheduled to undergo renovation. Beginning Monday, December 16, crews will mobilize onsite at Building W8. Anticipated hours are Monday through Friday from 7AM through 3PM, with deliveries happening after 9AM. Some noise is expected. Access to the boathouse will be restricted for the duration of construction. This project is anticipated to conclude in September 2020.

The boathouse will receive new windows, updates to docks and launching areas, and a deck extension to add a second means of egress. Inside, the renovation will include multiple building updates, including larger men’s and women’s locker rooms, expanded boat storage, new offices, and increased training spaces as well as a meeting area and other building upgrades.

Memorial Drive lane closure

Beginning Thursday, December 19, and continuing through June, a right lane closure will be implemented along Memorial Drive towards Boston between Audrey Street and Endicott Street. Traffic patterns will be clearly marked. A police detail will be on site during construction hours wekkedays between 9AM and 3:30PM.

Questions may be directed to Marty Deluga.

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Building W16

On Wednesday, January 22, the W16 Kresge parking lot is scheduled to close to allow for a police training exercise, which will occur in Kresge Auditorium and outside Building W16. Anticipated hours are from 8AM-1PM.

The Kresge lot will close at 11PM on Tuesday, January 21, with no access for entrance. All vehicles should be removed by that time as the exercise will require the full lot on Wednesday. If parking is required on Wednesday morning please seek alternative areas and see the attendant or reach us through the intercom for entrance.

Questions may be directed to Tom Giannino.

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Building W46 - New Vassar Street Residence Hall

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

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

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

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

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

Vassar Street temporary narrowing

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

Temporary changes to the railroad crossing path

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

Learn about the design of the residence hall

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

Questions about this work may be directed to TJ Fanning.

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Ames Street and Memorial Drive

Work is underway to redesign and reconstruct Ames Street to include an at-grade two-way cycle track from Main Street to Memorial Drive. This work also includes updating the Ames Street/Main Street traffic signal to accommodate the changes to Ames Street, and reconfiguring the Ames Street/Memorial Drive intersection to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians crossing Memorial Drive.

Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, and a police officer will be on location. The target completion date for this work is scheduled for the spring of 2020.

Contact Gary Amberik for questions.

Ames Street at Building E15

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

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Vassar Street

As part of an ongoing microgrid utilities project, crews are schedule to excavate test pits along Vassar Street near Buildings 32, 36, and 46. This work is scheduled from Thursday, January 16, through Thursday, January 23, weather permitting. Work hours are scheduled from 8AM – 4PM daily. During this time, intermittent noise from a vacuum truck is expected. The road and adjacent pathways will remain accessible, but traffic and pedestrian pathways may be shifted and narrowed during work hours.

Contact Scott Stordy for questions.

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