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Road Closures and Impacts
Vassar Street east
Excavation near Albany Garage
610 Main Street
Novartis Cambridge Campus
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.
On several Saturdays this fall, Bartlett Tree is scheduled to do tree work in Killian Court. While Bartlett is in the Court, a police detail will be present to direct pedestrian traffic around any roped off work zones. Hours of work will be from 8 AM to 4 PM.
The interior corridors (basement through 3rd floor) at the east and south wings and the north wing corridors are now closed. The center stairs remain open to the public allowing access to the upper floors of Building 6. The exterior doors to Killian Court and Lowell Court (at the SW corner of the building) and the Memorial Drive/Building 14 entry at (at the SE corner of the building) are also closed. Detour signs will be posted.
Below are the recent construction activities. This work may create some noise.
Department of Chemistry - North Wing and Classrooms
- Installation of copper roofing at Building 4 ziggurat
- Installation of steel windows on the south elevation is nearing completion
- Installation of aluminum windows at north elevation (Atomic Courtyard)- Possible noise to adjoining Building 4 and 6
- Removal of scaffolding at north wing –south elevation Lowell Court
- Control and power wiring at air handlers on roof
- There will be deliveries throughout the day
- Installation of lab casework, lab equipment and systems on Floors 2 and 3
- Installation of wood paneling in classrooms 4-370 and 4-270
- Installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems on the first floor and basement
- Installation of AV cabling at classrooms 4-370 and 4-270
- Installation of steel at Building 4 stair area to support forthcoming steel windows; This activity may cause temporary or limited access at stair and noise to adjoining Building 4 occupants
Department of Math - East and South Wings
- Cutting of masonry joints at west elevation (Lowell Court) and east elevation; Possible noise disruption to Building 14 occupants
- Begin site prep at southeast corner to allow for access drive; Possible noise disruption to Building 14 occupants
- There will be deliveries throughout the day
- Miscellaneous make-safe work for MEP systems
- Demo of suspended ceilings, carpet and built in’s and filling dumpsters; Possible noise and trucking disruption to Building 14 occupants
Work on the Building 4 interior stairway (Floors 1 through 3, near the Building 2 intersection) is underway. Access and egress up and down the stairs is expected to be maintained throughout the project as long as safety allows. This work is expected to finish by Friday, November 8. Work hours will be from 7AM to 3PM. To prevent possible disturbances, noisy work activities will be done in the early morning hours before 7 AM.
The installation of auditorium seating is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 4 in the classroom 4-370. The drilling associated with this work may generate noise in the adjoining areas. The work hours are from 7 AM to 3 PM. This work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 8.
A crane is scheduled to be onsite this week to lift construction materials on to the Building 7 dome. The crane will be located on the west side of Building 11, near, but not blocking, the Building 3 loading dock. Work hours are 6 AM to 3 PM. An MIT police detail will be on site.
Construction is underway and scheduled through the end of November on the dome in Lobby 7. During the repairs and enhancements, the dome’s interior normally seen from inside Lobby 7 will be concealed and secured with a tarp and will not be visible. For pedestrian safety, the area below in Lobby 7 will be cordoned off while work is being performed overhead. The dome’s exterior will also be partially covered with material to protect it and the workers during construction activities. In addition, a temporary stairway will be placed on the fourth floor outside of the Department of Architecture’s entrance. This is for use by the construction workers who will need to access the dome area. It will be secured when not in use. Hours of construction are from 6 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday. However, since some of the activities are weather dependent, work may be done on weekends as needed.
As part of the restroom renovation project in Building 35, the second floor women's restroom will be closed on Saturday, November 16 from 6 AM to 3 PM. The restrooms on the ground floor will be open.
Two dumpsters are scheduled to be placed at the northwest corner of the building from mid-November through February 28, 2015. A fenced in area will be screened to shield the dumpsters from view while maintaining access to all of the Building 66 and adjacent building entrances.
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. The work on the first elevator began in early October. Following the completion of those two elevators, the elevator near Building 76 will be taken out of service. The modernization of the elevators will occur in three phases so that there will never be more than one elevator offline at a time. It will take approximately three to four months to modernize each elevator.
Construction activities for the next two weeks
Week of 11/18
Interior Abatement / demolition work continues. Live loading of demolition debris on Wadsworth Street continues. Noise impact anticipated from truck back-up alarms and debris hitting truck bed. Continue decommissioning of elevators and dumbwaiters. Asbestos load out to Wadsworth Street trailer continues. Install temporary Fire Alarm panel and wires. Begin installation of scaffolding along north face of E52.
Week of 11/25
Interior Abatement / demolition work continues. Live loading of demolition debris on Wadsworth Street continues. Noise impact anticipated from truck back-up alarms and debris hitting truck bed. Asbestos load out to Wadsworth Street trailer continues. Install temporary Fire Alarm panel. Installation of scaffolding along north face of E52 continues. Crane set up to load bracing to roof. Begin to brace exterior walls on 6.
In order to conduct maintenance on existing generators, it will be necessary to have a temporary generator at Building E62. The generator is scheduled to be delivered on Monday, November 18 and will be placed on the loading dock/parking garage ramp between Buildings E62 and E53. It is scheduled to be removed on Tuesday, December 3.
On Friday November 15 construction activities are scheduled to begin at 7AM in the courtyard behind Building N51. These activities involve using a crane for a maximum of three hours. Since the crane will be required to enter the courtyard, it will be necessary to block off parking spaces on Village Street. Signage will be posted on Thursday morning.
A fiber optic cable relocation project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 12 and will continue through the end of the month. The scope of work includes digging a 24" trench on Front Street between 233 Mass Ave and MIT Building N52 for conduit installation. The conduit will extend into the basement of Building N52, rooms 012 and 023. The construction is scheduled from 7AM until 3:30PM. We do not anticipate any adverse impact to the surrounding area.
Repair work on sections of the plaza in front of the building is underway. This project is weather dependent, but is expected to be completed by November 22. The work hours are from 7 AM to 3 PM.
Work to repair the roof of Building W92 is underway. This work is expected to be completed by early November, weathering permitting. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic are not expected to be affected. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 4 PM.
Work is underway to repair sidewalk pavers on Vassar Street east. The first phase of work is starting at the Main Street end of Vassar in front of Building 48 and will continue towards Building 41, ending at the Mass Ave intersection. The contractor will work on small roped off, concentrated areas and replace or level any pavers needing attention. There should be little disruption to the area because there is no jackhammering required for the work they are doing.
The hours for construction are 8 AM to 4 PM. A police detail will be onsite to direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as necessary. This work is scheduled through November, but is weather dependent.
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 and is expected to be completed in mid-November.
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer will lease research space from MIT in a new building (Six Ten at MIT) being constructed at 610 Main Street South. This building will house Pfizer's Cardiovascular, Metabolic, and Endocrine Disease (CVMED) and its Neuroscience Research Units. Pfizer anticipates moving into the new space in late 2013.
South building interior work
Novartis will be doing weekend work in the 220/250 Mass Ave courtyard from October 4 through early February, 2014. The work will take place on Fridays from 5 PM to 9 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM, and will be noisy at times.
Work includes the removal of pavers and digging a trench the weekend of October 5 through the weekend of November 8. This will require the use of a vacuum truck which operates at a high noise level.
From early November through early February a chiller, which produces a loud humming sound, will be placed in the courtyard.
NStar Gas and NStar Electric will continue to perform work on Albany St until mid December. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic may be detoured during this work. Police details and signage will be posted.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 418-0270 or visit the Novartis website.