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January 22, 2022



Building 3
Building 6C
Building 31
Building 42
Building 44
Building 46
Building 54
Buildings E14, E15, and E23
Building E19
Buildings E51 & E52
Building E53
Building E55
East Campus, Kendall Square
  East Campus, MTHW
Building N52
Building W4
Building W18: Music Building
Building W41
Building W51
Buildings W87 & W88:
West Campus Graduate Residence

Building W91
Albany Street closure
All campus manhole work
Briggs Field utility work


Building 3

Lab renovation

Renovation of a suite of first-floor lab space is underway for the creation of the Newman Lab in Building 3. Full construction activities are underway with crews working Monday through Friday, 6AM-3PM. Some weekend and evening work is expected. This renovation work will generate some noise from construction activities. This project is scheduled through June 2022.

A temporary partition wall has been set up in the first-floor corridor outside rooms 3-135, 3-143, 3-145, 3-149, 3-153 and 3-165 that has narrowed the hallway, though the corridor will remain accessible. The partition is scheduled to remain in place through the end of December.

Questions may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

Service elevator renewal

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the freight elevator in Building 3 is scheduled to be removed from service for renewal. Work will include installing new equipment and a new cab. Anticipated construction hours are 6AM to 2PM, Monday-Friday, with some noisy work scheduled during the earlier morning hours.

Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room, elevator shaft and vestibules; no impact to the corridor is anticipated, but access to the elevator vestibules will be restricted to MIT Facilities and construction personnel. Signage will be posted. Any associated shutdowns will be announced in a separate notification. This project is scheduled through early 2022.

Questions may be directed to Brigid McCauley.

Exterior stair work

From Thursday, December 23, through Friday, December 31, crews are scheduled to replace the basement stairs leading to the Presidents' Garden from Building 3. Anticipated hours are 7AM-3PM daily. Some noise is anticipated during demolition work.

If you need assistance concerning this interruption, please call the Customer Service Center at 617-253-4948 and select the option to speak with someone directly.

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Building 6C

Construction is scheduled to commence in the basement of Building 6C on Monday, October 18. A mezzanine is planned to be constructed as part of the Edgerton Student Machine Shop. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 5AM-3PM. Some noise and vibration are expected, with heavy noise concluding by 8:30AM.

During work hours, crews may be carrying materials through the basement hallways to and from the loading dock at Buildings 4 and 8. Additional work may occur on the first floor of Building 6C throughout the project. Access to the corridors will not be impacted at this time. A separate notification will be sent when additionally impactful or noisy work is planned. This project is scheduled through early February 2022.

Work during winter break

Construction is scheduled to continue over the winter break in the basement of Building 6C. Anticipated work hours are Monday, December 27, through Thursday, December 30, from 6AM-3PM. Some noise and vibration are expected. During work hours, crews may be carrying materials through the basement hallways to and from the loading dock at Buildings 4 and 8. Access to the corridors will not be impacted at this time.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Farrell.

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Building 31

In order to create a new lab, space on the third floor of Building 31 is being renovated. Demolition of the existing space is currently underway. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 6AM-2PM. Some noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. No hallway closures within Building 31 are anticipated, though some work will occur on the adjacent mezzanine roof level.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Farrell.

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Building 42

Construction of the medium temperature hot water (MTHW) structure addition to Building 42 is underway. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM, Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. After the enabling phase is complete, demolition activities will begin. Cranes, lifts, and saw cutting equipment will be used to perform the demolition operations and materials will be hauled offsite. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work, but will not be extensive.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 44

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with the College of Computing on the site of Building 44. As part of its mission to enhance the student experience, the project will establish a home for the new College of Computing.

Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Construction activities

Construction of the College of Computing building is underway. Cranes, construction vehicles, and large trucks will be used to assemble the structure and deliver materials. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this phase. More information about schedules and dates will be shared as the project progresses. This project is scheduled through the fall of 2023.

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. Construction vehicles will travel through the area.
  • The railroad crossing from the Albany Street garage (N4) will be initially maintained, though a brief closure will be scheduled as construction proceeds.
  • The project team will coordinate with other projects along Vassar Street to maintain access around the site.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to Travis Wanat.

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Building 46

Energy conservation measures are scheduled to be implemented as part of a full building energy efficiency project in Building 46. The construction phase of the project is scheduled to begin in December 2021 and will take approximately 19 months. This work is scheduled to take place daily from 6AM to 3PM.

During this process, crews will access each space to perform the necessary upgrades, potentially including adjusting airflow, installing additional occupancy sensors, relocating or installing diffusers, and upgrading fume hoods. The team is working closely with the departments and room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed. This work will impact every room within these buildings.

See an overview of the project from the recent townhall here.

Questions may be directed to Jessica Parks.

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Building 54

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is underway to renew Building 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.

Construction is underway throughout Building 54. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are being demolished from the top floors down, and the bathrooms are undergoing demolition from the second floor up. All restrooms have been closed for the duration of the project.

Anticipated work hours are from 7AM to 3:30PM daily. The construction vehicles and crane will be entering and exiting the site through the courtyard via Ames Street through the driveway behind Building 50. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

See an overview of the project from the 2019 townhall here.

View the latest townhall presentation here.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to Megan Kefalis.

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Buildings E14, E15, and E23 pathway

Temporary trailers have been installed in the courtyard between Buildings E14, E15, and E23. The pathway between Buildings E15 and E23 will remain accessible to pedestrian traffic.

Questions may be directed to Camille Mekdeci.

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Building E19

A renovation project is scheduled to commence the week of January 3 on the first floor of Building E19. On Monday, January 3, demolition of the existing space in room E19-116 is scheduled to begin. Work hours are daily from 5AM-2PM. This project is scheduled through early March.

Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 9AM daily. These activities will be contained within the room.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

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Building E53

An office suite renovation project is scheduled to begin the week of January 10 on the third floor of Building E53. On Monday, January 10, demolition of the existing spaces in rooms E53-307 through E53-318 is scheduled to begin. Work hours are daily from 5AM-2PM. This project is scheduled through early April.

Crews will transport materials and debris through the passenger elevator and stairwells. The corridor will remain accessible throughout this work. Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 9AM daily. These activities will be contained within the room.

Questions may be directed to Julie Azzinaro.

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Building E55 surface lot

In an effort to improve utilities in the area for current and future development, MIT has closed the Hermann Garage, surface lot, and a portion of the Main Street walkway to the north of Building E55 for construction. Excavation activities are underway and a vacuum truck will be utilized; noise is expected. Work hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday to Friday, with potential for additional weekend hours.

During this work, pedestrian and vehicular access across the surface lot will be prohibited. Pedestrians will be rerouted through the Kendall Open Space, along Main Street, and in front of Building E62 to access the headhouse for the Sloan Garage. Vehicular access to the Sloan Garage will be maintained through the E62 driveway, though the location of the path will be shifted throughout the project.

Police will be onsite to direct vehicular, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic. Signage will be posted. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area. See the map for detailed information regarding the initial fence location and pedestrian detour.

Wadsworth path closure

In continuation of the sitework in the area, the pedestrian pathway on Wadsworth Street between Site 3 and Building E55 has temporarily closed. The pathway will be continuously inaccessible while trenching and utilities construction activities occur. Pedestrians will be detoured around the area down Hayward Street, along Main Street, and in front of Building E62 to access the headhouse for the Sloan Garage. Access to the E53 plaza ramp from Amherst Street will be maintained.

Typical work hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday to Friday, with potential for additional weekend hours. Police will be onsite to direct vehicular, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic. Signage will be posted. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions may be directed to Holly Sutherland.

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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.

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.

MBTA Kendall Station work

The MBTA has commenced work at the Kendall Square inbound train station. 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 2022.

General Construction Updates

  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic. The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street. Construction vehicles and equipment will continue to be set up and operate in this area and at the intersection with Wadsworth Street.
  • Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • 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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East Campus, Medium Temperature Hot Water

A project to install Medium Temperature Hot Water to the East Campus is underway. Updates about the project as it progresses through the area can be found below.

Buildings E51 & E52 pedestrian bridge closure

The Building E51 pedestrian bridge, which connects to Building E52 over Wadsworth Street, is scheduled to close continuously for two weeks. Crews will be installing steel pipe overhead in the passage way. Some noise is expected. Anticipated work hours are 6AM-2PM daily.

Beginning Saturday, December 18, and continuing through winter break, access to the pedestrian bridge will be restricted. The bridge will be open again the morning of Monday, January 3. Wadsworth Street will remain open to vehicular access below.

Questions may be directed to Seth Kinderman.

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Building N52

Beginning Monday, January 3, the passenger elevator in Building N52 is scheduled to be removed from service for renewal. Work will include installing new equipment and a new cab. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM to 3PM, Monday-Friday, with some noisy work scheduled during the earlier morning hours.

Signage will be posted directing occupants to the freight elevator, and a map is attached. An elevator operator will be present from 7AM-7PM, Monday through Friday, to assist building occupants. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room, elevator shaft and vestibules; no impact to the corridor is anticipated. This project is scheduled through early May, 2022.

This renewal project is part of a broader effort to renew and modernize the elevators in several different buildings. Modernizing the elevators will replace obsolete equipment, protecting the safety of the MIT community while improving the day-to-day experience of building occupants and visitors.

See a detour map of the area.

Questions may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

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Building W4

Manhole renewal work along Amherst Street adjacent to Building W4 is underway. Scheduled hours are Monday through Friday between 8AM – 4PM. Noise from chipping is anticipated. This project is scheduled through the end of February.

During this work, traffic on Amherst Street will be reduced to a single lane; two-way traffic will be maintained, though east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped. The work area will be cordoned off. Several street parking spots will also be unavailable. Police will be onsite to direct traffic in the area. Please be aware and use caution when traversing this area.

Questions about this work may be directed to Cori McKee.

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Building W18: Music Building

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with a new Music Building on and around the site of the Kresge parking lot (behind Building W16). As part of MIT’s mission to enhance the student experience, the project will provide highly advanced performance, rehearsal, and music teaching spaces as well as music technology resources such as a makerspace, research lab, and production labs.

Foundation activities are currently underway, with pile driving activities scheduled for September and October. Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Construction hours are 7 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Friday, with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Kresge Parking Lot closure
Kresge Parking Lot has closed. Visit the Parking & Transportation site to view alternate lot locations. View additional parking information for DAPER visitors.

Excavation and foundation work (Fall 2021)
Foundation work is underway. During this phase, the Kresge parking lot and the surrounding area will undergo demolition, and excavation for the new music building’s underground garage will begin. The foundation of the music building will include driven sheet piles. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work. Trucks will deliver materials and remove debris from the site along Amherst Alley and through the alleyway between Johnson Athletic Center and Steinbrenner Stadium.

Learn about the new Music Building
To learn more about the project, visit the Capital Projects site.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Contact
Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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Building W41

Work is underway in the Metropolitan Warehouse, Building W41. Work hours are scheduled for weekdays from 7AM – 4PM. Some noise and increased truck traffic are anticipated during this project.

Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

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Building W51

Work is underway to renovate Burton Conner, Building W51. Work hours are from 7AM-5PM weekdays, with occasional weekend and evening work anticipated. Burton Conner is expected to reopen for occupancy in August 2022.

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

Burton Conner’s renovation will consist of some interior demolition. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated throughout this process. The result will include ADA compliant upgrades, new windows, a new roof, façade repairs, and new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as a refresh of interior finishes throughout. The building will remain unoccupied throughout construction.

Amherst Alley temporary closure – December 27-30

In continuation of the renovation work underway at Burton Conner, Building W51, Amherst Alley is scheduled to be closed between Endicott and Fowler Streets from Monday through Thursday, December 27-30, weather permitting. Vehicular traffic will be diverted in the area down Endicott Street to Memorial Drive, with the ability to return to Amherst Alley on Fowler Street. This portion of the alley will be closed from 7AM-3PM each day and reopened to traffic in the evenings. Please note the rain date for these activities is Friday, December 31.

Police will be onsite, and Amherst Alley will remain open to pedestrians. Signage to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be posted.

Amherst Alley temporary closure – January 5-7

Amherst Alley is scheduled to be closed between Endicott and Fowler Streets from Wednesday through Friday, January 5-7, weather permitting. Vehicular traffic will be diverted in the area down Endicott Street to Memorial Drive, with the ability to return to Amherst Alley on Fowler Street. This portion of the alley will be closed from 7AM-3PM each day and reopened to traffic in the evenings. .

Police will be onsite throughout this operation, and Amherst Alley will remain open to pedestrians. Signage to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be posted.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Buildings W87 & W88: West Campus Graduate Residence

In January 2022, construction activities are scheduled to begin as MIT proceeds with the creation of a new graduate residence in West Campus at the site of the West Lot and the Police Station (Building W89).  
 
A Graduate Residence on West Campus
As part of MIT’s mission to advance its commitment to expanding graduate housing, the West Campus Graduate Residence on Vassar Street will add approximately 675 new beds to MIT’s housing stock and will enrich connections with the surrounding neighborhood. Construction is expected to proceed through the end of the summer of 2024.

Construction set to begin, West Lot closes January 15, 2022  
In January, activities will begin to prepare the site for construction. Normal construction hours will be 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.  

Project phases (note these dates are estimates and are subject to change)

  • January – April 2022 Site enabling and Demolition: In preparation for demolition and foundation activities, the West Lot is scheduled to close permanently on Saturday, January 15. An email has been sent to all Riverside area parking account holders advising that all vehicles in the West Lot must be moved to another lot by 7:00 PM on Friday, January 14. Parkers may relocate their vehicles to the Westgate Lot across Vassar Street or to any lot within the Riverside area.  
  • Project mobilization in January and February will include installing fencing along the site perimeter and utility work.  
  • As part of the project, the MIT Police office, currently in Building W89, will be relocated to newly renovated space in W91.
  • March – September 2022 Foundations: Piles will be spliced and driven into place on the site. This is noisy work. Pile driving activities will be delayed to a 9:00 AM start through the end of the spring semester to mitigate the impact on residents abutting the site. The team is working with Housing and Residential Life Services to arrange additional mitigation strategies.
  • August 2022 – August 2024 Construction and exteriors: Steel structure will be erected along with envelope, interiors, utilities, and landscape. Updates will be sent as the project progresses.  

Safety measures throughout construction will include:

  • Parallel street parking along certain portions of Vassar Street will be blocked off.
  • The westbound cycle track will be detoured to create a shared lane on Vassar Street (the eastbound lane will be unaffected).
  • The two Vassar Street crosswalks and the sidewalk in front of the site will be closed, and pedestrians will be directed to the south side of Vassar Street via existing crossings at Simmons Hall and at Amesbury Street.
  • The MBTA track pedestrian crossing at Fort Washington Park will be closed to the public during construction, and all circulation will be detoured to the Pacific Street Crossing between Buildings W46 and W59.
  • The Cambridge Public School bus stop currently located in front of W89 will be relocated. Details will be sent when the location is finalized.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to west-campus-grad-info@mit.edu.

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Building W91

Work is underway to renovate Building W91. The project will begin with the installation of a fence around the building. Work hours are weekdays from 7AM-4PM. Some noise is anticipated. Building W91 is expected to reopen for occupancy in late January 2022.

Traffic will increase in the area as construction vehicles enter and exit the site from Audrey Street and Amesbury Street throughout the day. Signage to direct pedestrians and traffic will be posted.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani.

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Albany Street closure

Traffic patterns have shifted at the site of the new Ragon Institute project. Albany Street is inaccessible to vehicular traffic from the intersection of Portland and Albany Streets to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage. This closure is scheduled continuously through the end of construction in 2023.

This proposed closure will occur from the intersection of Albany and Portland Streets to the entrance of the MIT Albany Street Garage (Building N4). Traffic will remain two-way from Main Street to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage (Building N4). The sidewalks along the site on Portland Street and Main Street will be removed during this time. The pedestrian path, located between the Albany Street Garage and the CUP construction site, will not be affected by this project. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians around the area.

See the map for more information.

Questions about this work may be directed to Steve Allen.

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All campus manhole work

Through January 2022, crews will be working in steam manholes in various locations around campus to install new pipe insulation. Anticipated hours for this work are 7:30PM-11:30PM daily. During this time, the manholes in each area will be cordoned off and a police detail will be present. Minimal noise is expected. Please be aware and use caution when traveling near work areas.

Questions about this work may be directed to Greg Walson.

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Briggs Field

In continuation of the emergency repair work along the Vassar Street fence in Briggs Field, crews are scheduled to be onsite next week near Building W64. Work hours are scheduled from December 27 through December 31 from 9AM-5PM each day. Some loud noise from excavation is expected. Please note this work may extend depending on conditions identified as progress is made.

Police will be onsite to help direct traffic into the site through the fence across the sidewalk; the Vassar Street sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, but traffic will be diverted when trucks enter and exit the site. Signage will be posted. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions about this work may be directed to Dan Griffin.

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