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October 23, 2018



Building 1
Building 4
Buildings 4, 8 and 10
Building 7
Building 12
Building 13
Building 18
Building 32
Building 37
Building 42
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 50: Saxon Tennis Courts
Building 56
  Building 56
Building E19
Building E23
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building NW86
Building W46 (Vassar St residence hall)
Building W70
duPont tennis courts
Vassar Street
West Campus Stormwater Improvement
Eversource work: Albany and Mass Ave
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, 6 AM – 2 PM.

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. Construction of this partition is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 22. 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

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 7

Weekend work to refinish the floor in the basement corridor of Building 7 is scheduled to begin Saturday, October 20. Anticipated hours are from 6AM on Saturday through 7AM on Monday each week. Some noise, vibration, and mild odor are anticipated.

From October 20-22, the entryway to Room 7-034 and adjacent rooms will be inaccessible while the floors are recoated in epoxy. Occupants of Room 7-034 are encouraged to enter the space from Building 9 during this time. Corridor 7-000CB and adjacent rooms may be inaccessible except as emergency egress. Occupants are encouraged to use the corridors, passenger elevators, and stairs in Buildings 3, 5 and 7 to bypass the area.

From October 27-29, Corridor 7-000CB and adjacent rooms will be inaccessible except as emergency egress. Occupants are encouraged to use the corridors, passenger elevators, and stairs in Buildings 3, 5 and 7 to bypass the area.

The corridor and adjacent spaces will remain accessible during weekdays. No shutdown is scheduled as part of this project. Signage will be provided for alternative paths.

Questions may be directed to Greg Walson.

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Building 12: MIT.nano

Beginning Monday, October 22, crews are scheduled to remove the trailers in the Main Lot, located between Buildings 3 and 5. The removals are expected to occur from 7AM-3PM daily through Friday, October 26. During this time, increased truck traffic is expected near Buildings 3, 5, 7, 7A, 9, 11, 13, 17 and 33. Please be alert and use caution when walking in the area. Police will be on hand to assist with traffic in the area and at entrances on Mass Ave.

Questions may be directed to Marty Deluga.

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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 targeted to begin this month with the installation of scaffolding along the north elevation, and 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

Basement work

In conjunction with the lab renovation of Room 18-009, the basement corridor of Building 18 is scheduled to be renovated. During this phased work, access to the basement will be partially limited. Work is scheduled from 5PM-1AM nightly during the dates below.

Phase 1 – September 23-28
The corridor adjacent to the central basement stair is scheduled to be painted and have lighting upgraded. During this time, access to the basement will be restricted at this stairwell except as emergency egress. Elevator access to the basement will be maintained through one elevator, and stair access will be available at the southern stair. Some mild odor is anticipated.

Phase 2 – October 7-12
The second half of the corridor will be refinished during this time. Elevator access to the basement will be maintained through one elevator, and stair access will be maintained throughout.

Exterior work

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.

The replacement of the tanks in the area will require three separate phases of work. The first phase will consist of boring only. The second phase will consist of digging and installation of the pad extension and a new fence. During the third and 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 extension. During these operations, there will be some noise from work on the pad, and engine noise from the crane.

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

Beginning Tuesday, October 23 and continuing through Friday, October 26, crews are scheduled to survey Building 32 at various exterior locations. Anticipated daily hours are 7AM-4PM. Each inspection will last approximately 15-30 minutes. No heavy machinery will be used. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions may be directed to Randa Ghattas.

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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 42

Beginning Tuesday, October 23 and continuing through Friday, October 26, crews are scheduled to survey Building 42 at various exterior locations. Anticipated daily hours are 7AM-4PM. Each inspection will last approximately 15-30 minutes. No heavy machinery will be used. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions may be directed to Randa Ghattas.

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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 50: Saxon Tennis Courts

Beginning Thursday, October 4, crews are scheduled to begin demolition on the Saxon Tennis Courts located next to Walker Memorial, Building 50. Anticipated demolition and construction hours are weekdays from 9AM-5PM. Some noise is expected. Increased traffic is anticipated on Ames Street.

On Saturday, October 20, crews are scheduled to be onsite at the Saxon Tennis Courts located next to Walker Memorial, Building 50. Installation of a new irrigation system is scheduled to occur between 9AM and 5PM. Minor noise is expected.

The tennis courts are scheduled to be replaced with a new open courtyard. Walker Memorial will remain open and accessible throughout construction. Signage will be posted. This project is scheduled to continue through mid-November.

Questions about this work may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Building 56

On Monday, October 8, crews are scheduled to excavate an area behind Building 56 near North Court to locate the source of a water leak. Work is scheduled to begin at 7AM, and continue throughout the day until a solution is determined. Work may continue through the week depending on the progress made and conditions identified once the work is underway. Noise and vibration are expected.

The area will be cordoned off, and pedestrians will be directed around the work zone. Please note the adjacent bike rack may be obstructed during this operation. Building 56 and North Court will remain open throughout this work. No shutdowns are expected as a result of this work.

Questions about this work may be directed to Greg Walson.

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Building E19

Beginning Tuesday, September 4, work is scheduled at the entrance to Building E19 along Ames Street. Construction is scheduled for weekdays, with anticipated work hours from 6AM-2PM. During this time, this entrance, located next to the Building 18 elevator lobby, may be temporarily closed. Signs will be posted redirecting people to the nearest entrance and exit locations. The Ames Street lobby elevators will remain in service. This work is scheduled to continue for two weeks.

Alternate entrances to Building E19 will remain available throughout construction. Walking route entrances to Building E19 remain open on Main Street and at the Building E17 entrance on Ames Street. Accessible routes are available in the Building E17 lobby, at the rear of Building E17, and at the E18/E25 connector.

Please see the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Lachlan Patterson.

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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.

Construction Updates – October 2018

  • 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 NW86

Beginning Tuesday, October 23 and continuing through Friday, October 26, crews are scheduled to survey Building NW86 at various exterior locations. Anticipated daily hours are 7AM-4PM. Each inspection will last approximately 15-30 minutes. No heavy machinery will be used. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions may be directed to Randa Ghattas.

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Building W46 - 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 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.

Increased truck traffic

Truck traffic at and around the Vassar Street Residence Hall construction site has increased as piles are delivered to the site. Please be alert and use caution when walking in the area. Police will be stationed along Vassar Street to assist with traffic and pedestrians. Vehicles may experience minor delays during delivery time. Deliveries are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 7AM and 6PM.

Late Night Work: 10/30

On Tuesday, October 30, extended night work is scheduled at the Vassar Street Residence Hall site, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours for the day are 7AM-midnight. A reduced crew will be onsite after 6PM to finish concrete on the east end of the first floor slab. Some minor noise is expected during this operation. No concrete trucks will be onsite after 6PM.

Due to the nature of concrete curing, finishing work must be completed within a narrow timeframe after a pour. There will be four separate pours for the first floor slab. This late night work will be repeated for each pour on each of the five floors.

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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Building W70

Work is underway to renovate New House, Building W70, with activities continuing through October 2018. Work hours are from 6AM-2AM daily.

Traffic will increase in the area as construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the site from Amherst Alley and Memorial Drive throughout the day. Pedestrians may be redirected around the site and MIT police will be present to direct traffic.

New House’s renovation will consist of extensive interior demolition. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated throughout this process. The result will include completely new interior finishes, ADA compliant upgrades including the addition of an elevator, new windows, a new roof, and new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems throughout. Portions of the building will remain occupied throughout construction.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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duPont tennis court renovation

Work is underway to demolish and rebuild the duPont tennis courts on the southern edge of Jack Barry field. Crews are scheduled to work 7AM–7PM Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work on Saturdays from 9AM-5PM. Activities are expected to conclude by the end of October.

The project will include building new tennis courts, with new lighting and hardscaping. The demolition and building activities will generate some noise. During construction, the pathway between Jack Barry field and the tennis courts will be inaccessible. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the north of Jack Barry field to access the indoor tennis facility, Building W53. The eastern courts will be unavailable through October 31. The western courts are scheduled to close beginning August 6, and continuing through the end of construction.

An increase in truck traffic is anticipated along Amherst Alley. Amherst Alley will close periodically during certain activities. Police details will be on site to assist with traffic and pedestrian passage during those events.

Questions may be directed to Alan Molin.

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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 mid-November.

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

Sidewalk and site prep for pedestrian rerouting has begun along Amherst Alley and Talbot Street and is scheduled to continue through mid-October. Once preparations have been made, 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 November 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.

Shuttle and Parking lot changes

During this phase, the Tech Shuttle route is scheduled to be temporarily detoured to bypass a section of Amherst Alley. In addition, the access gate to the Westgate Lot will be temporarily moved to the corner of Amherst Alley and Vassar Street for the duration of this project. We anticipate this move may occur in November. A notification will be sent once the dates of these transitions have been scheduled. Some sections of the West and Westgate parking lots have been cordoned off for work activities in the area.

Contact Alison Crowley for questions.

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Eversource work

Main Street Gas Work

Eversource is scheduled to work on a gas line on Main Street between the Kendall Hotel and MBTA headhouse. This work is expected to last through early November. TThe covered walkway in the area will be temporarily closed, and pedestrians will be redirected to use the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street. Heavy noise and vibration are anticipated.

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

Eversource is scheduled to close the westbound 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.

Mass Ave single lane closure at intersection of Albany Street overnight

Excavation at the intersection of Albany Street and Mass Ave is scheduled to begin Monday, October 22. Overnight hours are weeknights from 7PM through 5AM. One lane will be closed to accommodate excavation of a gas main through the intersection. The road will be plated and accessible during off hours. Work is scheduled to occur weekdays through November. Heavy noise and vibration are anticipated.

Contact John Leskow 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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