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May 30, 2015

Building 2
Building 4
Building 6
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 14
Building 34
Building E18
Building E19
Building E52
Building NW23
Building W8
Building W16
Killian Court
Excavation near Albany Garage
Utilities Work (at Building 44 railroad crossing)
Utilities Work (Northwest Steam System Repair and Upgrade)
Utilities Work (Kendall Station Plant)
Main Street
Longfellow Bridge
Novartis Cambridge Campus

Building 2

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.

Questions about this work may be directed to Marty Deluga.

Central Stairwell

Work continues around the installation of a new skylight at the central stairwell of Building 2, including drywall and sprinkler work. Staging will remain in place during this work.

Please note, as a safety precaution, the second and third floor stairwell will be closed during work activity but will re-open at the end of each work day. Those requiring access the second and third floors should use the elevator in Building 6 or the stairs in Buildings 4 or 6. The first and second floor stairs will remain open during this work unless closure is required periodically as a safety measure. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3 PM.


  • Frame exterior and install curtain wall at new 4th floor addition
  • Install metal panels and metal cornice work at 4th floor addition
  • Install roofing at low roof (behind existing parapet)
  • Install/repair limestone at north façade of the south wing
  • Deliveries will take place throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road. Noise expected from trucks and back up horns.


  • Install the final delivery of windows at west ziggurat and basement windows
  • Frame interior wall and install drywall at 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Install MEP systems at 1st and 2nd floor
  • Electrical and mechanical shutdowns will occur, separate notifications will be issued.

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Building 4

Work is nearing completion on the renovation of five offices on the first floor of Building 4. Construction hours are 6 AM - 3 PM. Work in rooms 132,134,136,138 and 140 will include demolition of interior and partial exterior walls and installation of new glass walls. Some noise will occur during construction, with any loud noise ending prior to 7:30 AM.

Questions may be directed to William Mackie.

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Building 6

Facade Renovation

A Building 6 façade renovation is underway. The renovation work will include restoring masonry, rebuilding of fourth floor façade and parapet, and replacing all windows along the west façade of Building 6 (facing the courtyard). Work hours are 6 AM to 3 PM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

6-120 classroom renovation

The Building 6 first floor lobby and exit onto Eastman Court will be temporarily closed while work is underway to renovate classroom 6-120. The main corridor between Buildings 2 and 8 will remain open during the lobby closure. This project is scheduled to conclude by the end of August 2015. Alternate entrances and exits are available at Buildings 2 and 8, and updated evacuation plans have been posted in the building. The hours of construction are from 6 AM to 2 PM, with the loudest work concluding by 7:30 AM each day. Construction vehicles will occasionally enter Eastman Court to deliver and remove materials. For questions about the classroom renovation project, contact Karen Rennell or Joe Collins.

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Buildings 8 and 16

Temporary work barriers will narrow the hallway near the stairwell between Building 8-2nd floor and Building 16-3rd 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. The temporary work barriers provide a safety barrier around the work.

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Building 12: MIT.nano

The existing Building 12 has been demolished and construction of MIT.nano is slated to begin in summer 2015. Details can be found in the weekly construction update (pdf).

Subscribe to weekly construction activity forecasts for the MIT.nano project by emailing, or view weekly updates online.

Building 16 basement ramp temporary closure

The basement ramp between Buildings 26 and 16 is scheduled to close temporarily during the installation of new electrical circuits. The ramp will remain closed for approximately 8 weeks. Existing electrical feeds are cast in the ramp. The ramp will be demolished, existing feeds removed, and new conduit and conductors installed.

Signs will direct pedestrians to alternate stairwells and elevators nearby. The single elevator immediately next to the closed ramp will remain available for individuals with disabilities only and is not available for commercial, freight, or pedestrian use.

View map of ramp closure and alternate paths.

Main Lot gate change

On January 4, 2015 the parking gate at the driveway between Buildings 35 and 37 was relocated to the driveway between Buildings 9 and 13. All remaining authorized Main Lot permit holders, maintenance and delivery vehicles should enter and exit the Main Lot via the Building 9 driveway on Mass Ave.

On Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, crews will be paving a section of the Main Lot. Work hours are 7AM – 4PM. The parking lot will be closed during this activity. Parkers with permission to use the lot can use alternate handicap spaces in front of Building 7A.

Excavation projects

Building 38, Vassar St

  • Reference location A on map of work area
  • On Monday, May 11, work is scheduled to be conducted between the sidewalk and the north façade of Building 38, east of the Building 39 underpass.
  • Work hours will be 7 AM – 3 PM.
  • Work crews will excavate a small dirt area between the sidewalk and building façade. The section of the sidewalk will be unavailable during this work. The bike path will remain available.

Pathway between Buildings 24 and 26

  • Reference location B on map of work area
  • Work will proceed through mid-June to excavate an area outside of the Nano work fence on the pathway between Buildings 24 and 26. Work hours will be 7 AM – 4 PM.
  • A pedestrian pathway along the western façade of Building 26 will remain available.
  • Work includes excavating the area, installing conduit, pouring concrete, and filling the trench. This work may generate noise and some dust.

Building 26 underpass

  • Reference location C on map of work area
  • Work is underway to excavate an area near the bike racks outside at the Building 26 underpass.
  • A fence surrounds the work area and bike racks are temporarily unavailable during this work. Note that bike racks adjacent to this work zone will remain available.
  • Work will continue through June. Work hours are 7 AM – 4 PM.
  • Work includes excavating a pit and preparing the area for installation of steam lines. Drilling and excavating work is expected to generate noise and some dust.

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Building 34

Construction to replace the roof of Building 34 is underway. The installation will generate some noise. A crane will be on site periodically for stock deliveries and rubbish removal.

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Building E18 roof replacement

Construction is scheduled to begin May 9 to replace the roof of Building E18. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude in August, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 3:30 PM, with some Saturday work expected. The installation will generate some noise. A crane will be on site periodically to deliver and remove materials from the site.

Questions about this project may be directed to William Mackie.

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Building E19

A complete fire alarm system replacement project for Building E19 began in October 2014 and is expected to continue through the spring. The system upgrade includes installing fire alarm devices in corridors, office suites, conference rooms, and laboratories. Work during the first few weeks will consist of investigating existing conditions and installing risers in mechanical rooms. Work hours will be 6 AM – 2:30 PM. As the project proceeds, project manager Jennifer Combs will reach out to occupants individually to coordinate access requirements.

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Building E52

Weeks of May 25

Activities continuing from last week

  • Close Wadsworth Street from Memorial Drive to Amherst Street and use as a staging area for construction activities. Occasional noise anticipated from truck back-up alarms.
  • Crane or equipment activities located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 loading docks.
  • Install mechanical, electrical and plumbing at interior, roof top, and penthouse.
  • Tape and sand all interior gyp walls.
  • Install curtain wall for stair 3 using part of E62 loading docks.
  • Paint walls.
  • Installation of metal doors.
  • Install ceiling grid.
  • Install roof level ductwork.
  • Install rooftop louvered screen wall at AHU-1.
  • Prep flooring for tile and carpet.
  • Install ceiling fixtures.
  • Prep and place terrazzo floor at first floor corridor.
  • Install freight and passenger elevators.
  • Install aluminum office partitions.
  • Install of wood slats in elevator lobbies.
  • Glaze aluminum partitions.
  • Repair North and West side facades.
  • Install carpet tiles in offices.
  • Prep and paint stairways.
  • Glaze aluminum partitions

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Building NW23

The building renovation of Building NW23 is underway at 195 Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3:30 PM. The renovation has a target completion date of late January 2016. When the project is complete, NW23 will serve as the new home for the Department of Facilities and the Office of Campus Planning.

Interior and rooftop demolition is scheduled to continue through June. A sandblasting truck is on site to support the cleaning of the interior brick and wood structure. Note: Sandblasting will be suspended during finals week.

The last week of May a crane is scheduled to be onsite to assist with rooftop work. Both the crane and sandblasting truck will be located within the construction fencing.

A former lab building, NW23 will receive new windows, a new roof, and new interior spaces as well as new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The shared main entrance will be completely renovated to create a reconfigured lobby and accessible walkway. As part of this project Building NW22 at 185 Albany Street will receive new windows.

Most of the work will take place inside the building, which will help control noise levels, but the community can expect to hear a moderate level of noise as materials and equipment are delivered to and removed from the site. The process of removing the concrete sidewalk and building entrance is also expected to cause localized noise. In addition, the community can expect increased traffic on Purington, Pacific, and Albany Streets, and a reduced number of parking spaces in the lot just west of NW23 (part of the lot will be used for construction support activities).

During the renovation of the main entrance, pedestrians will be directed to use an alternate entrance. This will be coordinated with the building occupants at a later date once the schedule and alternate route is finalized.

A map of the work area is available.

Questions about this work may be directed to T.J. Fanning at or (617) 324-7132.

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Building W8

Work to replace the roof and soffit on Building W8 (the Pierce Boathouse) is underway.

Questions about this work may be directed to Drew Murphy.

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Building W16, Kresge Auditorium

In February 2015, a substantial restoration of Kresge commenced as part of MIT’s Capital Renewal Program. The project’s overarching goals are to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements, and improve visitor comfort. The target completion date for the restoration is April 2016, and the building will remain open during nearly all of the work. 

While Kresge's appearance will be carefully preserved and maintained, the management and efficiency of its systems will be much improved. The building will also achieve greater energy conservation and efficiency through new mechanical equipment, new lighting, water-saving bathroom fixtures, and curtainwall materials that offer more thermal protection.

Kresge will remain open and available for use during the restoration process, except during an eight-week period between Commencement and Orientation. The majority of the work will take place overnight, between 11 PM and 7 AM, with the exception of some outside work that will require daylight.

At times throughout the process, portions of the construction site will be surrounded by protective fencing. The outside brick plaza will not be available for use, but temporary covered walkways will be maintained to allow pedestrian access to the building.

An article about the renovation provides additional details.

View a map of the construction site.

Questions about this project can be directed to Brian Healy.

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Killian Court

Work is underway to prepare Killian Court for Commencement on June 5 including the construction of the stage. Work hours are 6 AM – 3 PM. Work includes hammering and sawing activities which generate some noise. Occasionally pathways will be closed for delivery and removal of materials in the area. Work is scheduled to continue through June 12 as the stage will be removed following Commencement. Questions may be directed to Joe Vella.

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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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Utilities work (at Building 44 railroad crossing)

Utility work is underway behind Building 44, next to the railroad tracks that run between Building 44 and the Albany Street Garage (N4). This work includes removing and replacing pipes that are part of the steam system that runs from the area behind Building 44, under the railroad tracks, to the southeast corner of the Albany Street Garage. Manhole covers will also be replaced.

The work is scheduled to conclude at the beginning of July 2015 with the restoration of the area for community gardening. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3 PM, with occasional work off-hours. Signage will direct pedestrians around the area and police details will assist when materials are delivered or removed from the area.

The pedestrian pathway from the Albany Garage to Vassar Street (between 44 and 42) will remain open during this work. Please note that the pedestrian pathway between the Albany Garage and parallel to the railroad tracks will remain closed during this work. Pedestrian access to buildings 44, 46, and N4 will remain open. The railroad tracks will remain operational, with work beneath the tracks being conducted via tunnels from either side of the tracks.

Parking spaces behind Building 44 within the fenced in work area will be temporarily unavailable for the duration of the project. Parkers who usually use this area can use any North Area parking, including the Albany Garage. The Parking Office is working to relocate handicap spaces that are located within the work area.

View a map of the work area.

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Utilities work (Northwest Steam System Repair and Upgrade)

Work is underway to remove and replace the old steam system which runs from behind Building W34 to the outside south wall of Building NW13 on Albany Street. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3PM. The project is expected to conclude in October 2015. Over the course of the work traffic in the area will be detoured as the crews work on the pipes crossing under Vassar Street.

The scope of work includes excavating and removing existing steam piping that runs beneath Vassar Street and between W34 and NW13. Once removed, the pipe system will be replaced with new high- density polyethylene (HDPE) covered steam lines. During ongoing work, normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 garage will be maintained with the assistance of MIT Police.

View a map of the work area.

View a map of the traffic detour.

Beginning Monday, May 11, traffic on Vassar Street between Massachusetts Avenue and the West Garage is scheduled to be detoured as follows:

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street between the W98 end of Vassar Street and the West Garage.
  • Travel on Vassar Street between the West Garage and Mass Ave will be restricted to one-way, with traffic traveling easterly from the West Garage toward Mass Ave only
  • Vehicles will be prohibited from entering Vassar Street from Mass Ave and must seek alternate routes, including travelling on Memorial Drive to Audrey or Amesbury Streets to Vassar.

The traffic pattern will occasionally be opened to two-way traffic to accommodate activities in the area, including during the week of Commencement. Teams are working with conference staff to coordinate.

Normal pedestrian access to and from the Johnson Athletic Center and the W45 West Garage will be maintained and the West Garage (W45) and Athletics fields will remain open during this work. Vassar Street access to the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center will be maintained with occasional minor detours. Access to the Metropolitan Warehouse will also remain open during this work.

Upgrading the existing steam system with new and more efficient marine-compatible steam piping will help ensure safety for pedestrians and MIT personnel while improving energy efficiency throughout the campus.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton at

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Utilities work (Kendall Station Power Plant Procedure)

On Saturday, May 30 Veolia Energy is scheduled to conduct a procedure at the Kendall Station power plant known as steam blowing. The procedure will be conducted through the day between the hours of 8 am-6pm and involves flowing steam through a pipe for the purpose of pipe cleaning. The cleaning will produce large clouds of steam and some noise at the plant, located on First Street between Broad Canal and Athenaeum Street. The visible steam and noise will begin at approximately 9 AM and will continue intermittently throughout the day. The Cambridge Fire Department will be on site for the duration of this operation to monitor the procedure.

Contact Veolia Energy at 617-482-8232 with any questions or concerns.

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Main Street

Water Main Lining

The City of Cambridge is conducting water main lining work on Main Street, from Ames St to Wadsworth St.

For questions regarding the Main Street work, contact Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager, Cambridge Department of Public Works, 617-349-4870. For more information visit the Cambridge Department of Public Works.

Surface Improvement Project

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.

For more information visit the project webpage.

Roadway and Sidewalk Reconstruction

Crews are just about complete with the roadway reconstruction on Main Street, from Ames Street to Wadsworth Street. On Saturday, May 16, crews will pave the westbound lanes on Main Street. The current detour will remain in effect during paving. Work hours on Saturday will be 7 AM to 6 PM.   
Sidewalk reconstruction on the north side of Main Street will continue until complete (2 months). The westbound detour will remain in effect during the sidewalk work. MBTA, trolley and EZ Ride stops may be adjusted during sidewalk reconstruction. Please check signs for temporary stop locations.

Please note that during the road work phase, Main St will function as a one way.
The following update from the City of Cambridge provides the schedule and map of the traffic patterns.

  • Starting Tuesday, April 21, crews will mobilize on Main St to begin roadway reconstruction. Work will begin on the eastbound side first (2 weeks), and then switch to the westbound side (2 weeks).
  • Additionally, starting on April 21, crews will begin sidewalk reconstruction on the north (Marriott) side of Main St (2 months), followed by the south side (2 months).
  • For information or assistance during this project, contact Dan Vallee, DPW Engineer at /617.304.7756 or Kelly Dunn, Community Relations Manager at / 617.349.4870. In case of an emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the 24-Hour line at 617.349.4800.
  • Additional information and project plans are available online at:, under Main Street Reconstruction Project.

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Longfellow Bridge

On Saturday, March 28, MassDOT is scheduled to begin preparations to dismantle the downstream "salt and pepper" towers. Before the dismantling begins, crews will make changes to the current pedestrian and cyclist travel lanes. 

For more information, visit the project site.

For questions, to report issues and concerns related to construction, or to be added to the project email distribution list, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email

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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.

Over the next several months, street and sidewalk work will take place on the streets adjacent to the project site resulting in closures and detours. We will work to inform you in advance of any impacts and police details will be onsite to assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. 

The following street and sidewalk work will take place over the next two weeks:

  • Sidewalk work is scheduled to take place on Main Street at the intersection of Osborn and Windsor streets and pedestrians will be redirected accordingly.
  • Overhead protection on Mass Ave will be removed beginning Tuesday, May 26.
  • This work is expected to be completed by Friday, May 29.
  • Waterproofing activities will continue inside the site and a slight odor may be observed during this work.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact or call 617-418-0270.

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