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Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
Excavation near Albany Garage
Campus Manhole Repair Project
Road Closures and Impacts
Novartis Cambridge Campus
Construction to replace the roof of Building 1 is underway. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude by mid-November, but is weather dependent. Work hours will be from 6 AM to 5 PM, with some Saturday work expected. The installation will generate some noise. A crane will be on site periodically for stock deliveries and rubbish removal. While this project is in progress, a staging area will be set up beneath skylights in the third floor hallway to protect pedestrians and a trash chute will be mounted on the north elevation of the building.
Department of Chemistry
- Currently no work scheduled
- Miscellaneous punch list work in 2nd and 3rd floor labs—Being coordinated with occupants
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.
- Building 8 roof—installing steel framework to support generator. A crane will be parked on the north side of the building to lift sections of the generator up to the roof.
- Cutting of masonry joints and stone repairs at the façade at the area north of the Building 14 connector
- Reconstruction of parapets and stone repairs at the south wing
- Installation of miscellaneous metal supports and steel windows at east wing adjoining Building 14
- Cranes at east lot and Lowell Ct
- Delivery of brick to staging—back up horns will cause noise
- Continuing demo of concrete curbs at roof skylight and mechanical head houses—south wing
- There will be deliveries throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road
- Installation of anchor bolts into concrete beams at the third floor northeast corner of Building 2 will take place the early part of the week of August 18, 2014. Drilling work is expected to cause noise and slight vibration to travel into the main open stair at the northeast corner of Building 2, the adjoining chemistry area in the north wing of Building 2, and the adjoining chemistry area of Building 6.
- Erection of scaffolding at the northeast open stair—first floor intersection of Building 2, 6, and 14
- Window and brick demo at northeast rooms adjoining Building 6—noise will affect adjoining occupants
- Demolition of stair run to roof—May be times when stair run from 3rd floor to 2nd floor will be closed
- Demolition of southwest stair from the 3rd floor down
- Demolition of miscellaneous block walls at first floor and basement pavilion wing, resulting in filling of dumpsters—possible noise disruption to Building 2 basement occupants
- Setting of miscellaneous metal at window sills, reinforce windows, etc.
- Miscellaneous make-safe and demo of MEP at all floors
Through December 2014, a contractor will be renovating space in the basement floor of Building 4 for the MIT Glass Lab. In addition to renovations to Room 4-003, the contractor will also renovate space across the hall for the relocation of the Foundry. Due to the two renovations, there may be times during the construction when the contractor will need to close down the hallway to traffic. Those needing to pass through will be required to go to the first floor and, if necessary, travel back down to the basement. Hours of construction are Monday-Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM.
A temporary enclosure will be configured in the corridor near rooms 4-104A, 4-208, and 4-304. The enclosure will surround work being done on ducts from the basement to a roof exhaust fan. The enclosure will minimize the impact of noise and dust while the duct work is underway and is scheduled to be in place Friday, August 8 through December 15, 2014. Access through the hallway will remain available. Construction hours for the duct work will be from 11 PM – 7:30 AM, with more intensive work concluding at 5 AM.
The stairwell between Building 8-2nd floor and Building 16-3rd floor is scheduled to close from Monday, August 18 through October 2014. Signs in the area will direct pedestrians to alternate stairwells and elevators nearby. The single elevator immediately next to the closed stairs will remain available exclusively for use by disabled individuals. Work hours will be from 6 AM – 3:30 PM.
The stairwell closure will occur 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. Temporary work barriers will narrow the hallway while providing a safety barrier around the work.
View a map of the area and alternate route suggestions.
- Floors above and below remain open for travel.
- In Building 8: use the stairwell at the end of the Infinite Corridor.
- In Building 16: use the two elevators and stairwell in the third floor lobby (near room 16-314).
- Please note: the single elevator next to the closed stairs is available for individuals with disabilities only and is not available for commercial, freight, or pedestrian use.
A renovation of the Compton Gallery in Building 10-150 is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 11 and continue through September 19, 2014. Work hours will be from 6 AM to 2:30 PM. Some noise related to construction activities is expected.
The existing Building 12 will be demolished in spring 2015 and construction of MIT.nano is slated to begin in summer 2015. Details can be found in the weekly construction update (pdf).
Exploratory work related to the Hayden Library renovation in Building 14 is underway.
Access to the exterior door on the south side of building 24 (facing Building 12) is scheduled to be limited from Wednesday, September 17 through Friday, September 19. While limited access to the door will remain available, please note that this entrance will not be handicap accessible during this work. Please use alternate entrances on the north and west side of the building. A containment will be set up over a manhole just outside this exit door to allow the removal of cables, restricting the pathway and door access.
Construction for a roof replacement project for Building 50 Walker Memorial is completed. Work to install safety rails and a ladder will continue intermittently until mid-September. Work hours will be from 7 AM to 3 PM.
As work progresses on the renovation of Building 66, crews will conduct exterior façade work. Dumpsters are scheduled to remain outside the building through February 28, 2015. Fenced in areas will shield the dumpsters from view. Pedestrian access will be maintained around the building. A police detail will be on site during this work. The work hours will extend from 6:30 AM to 5 PM as needed.
Week of September 15
The west entry revolving door at will be out of service from Monday, September 15 to Friday, September 19. Access through the side doors will be maintained at all times.
If you have any questions, please contact Keith Diggans at 617-324-6174.
The elevator modernization project in Building 68 is in the final stage of work. Repairs and renovations on elevators 1 and 3 are complete, and work on the final elevator (no. 2) is underway. Renovation of elevator 2 (nearest building 66) is scheduled to be complete by mid-October 2014.
Construction activities for next week
Week of September 15
New activities this week
- Replace brick on north façade.
- Install roofing materials on the south part of roof.
Activities continuing from last week
- Trench and install water main in Wadsworth Street. (Noise)
- Use Wadsworth Street as a staging area for construction activities. Noise anticipated from truck back-up alarms.
- Crane or equipment activities located in E62 loading dock area near E52 while maintaining access to E62 docks.
- Clean, prep and install floor topping, level 1.
- Strip paint and prime existing window frames.
- Install CMU for walls in basement.
- Complete removal of temporary wall braces L6.
- Wash brick façade on north face.
- Install stairs in new stair case in northeast corner near E62 loading dock.
Construction to repair the loading dock at Building NW14 is underway and is scheduled to conclude by the beginning of December 2014. A temporary loading dock will be installed at the north side of Building NW15 (facing the railroad tracks) while this project is in progress. Work hours will be from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. This work will generate some noise during the removal of concrete by way of sawcutting and chipping.
The MIT Chapel has served the MIT community for close to six decades—and is now the focus of a substantial renewal effort that is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 15 and conclude in February 2015. A fence will be installed around the work area on Monday, September 15. To facilitate access around the site, a temporary walkway will be established on the west side of the Chapel, facing Kresge Auditorium. Amherst Street will remain open during the renovation project.
The renewal work will include rebuilding the moat, repairing the stained glass walls, and replacing the roof. Additional exterior work will include brick repair and repointing, and rebuilding the central skylight. Major systems such as HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection will be replaced or upgraded as needed.
During the months of its closure, activities that would normally take place in the Chapel will be held at alternative spaces. Please visit the Religious Life website for relocation information.
The annual maintenance program on parking garages is underway and will continue through the fall. Work hours are from 6 AM to 3 PM. All garages will remain open during the construction, but there will be parking restrictions in each. Details of the construction and dates are below. Drivers are asked to reduce speed while travelling in the garages during construction because the contractors will be working in various areas within the buildings.
June through September. Repairs include concrete repairs throughout, traffic bearing waterproofing repairs, and the replacement of wood bumpers. Stairwell repairs are underway. Access will be maintained to some of the stairwells and signs will be posted indicating which are available. View a map of the stairwell closure schedule.
Exterior repairs are underway. A lift will be used to access the exterior, and pedestrian traffic will be redirected around the area. View a map of the exterior work schedule.
June through November. Repairs include concrete repairs throughout, supplemental supports, and overhead protection.
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.
Phase 1 of a multi-year project to improve MIT’s electrical underground distribution system began August 14 and is expected to wrap up by the end of October 2014.
This phase of the project will begin with repairing electrical manholes along Amherst Alley on West campus, and around Building 12, and will extend to east campus starting August 27. The work will restore existing infrastructure to provide a more reliable electrical distribution. Scope includes replacing manhole covers, conducting abatement work, and completing structural and electrical repairs.
Crews will set up detours around manhole locations in sidewalks and roadways as they work their way across campus. Signs and police details will direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic around work areas. Work is expected to be moderately loud for short periods of time during removal of existing manhole cover frames. Construction hours are from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.
On Saturday, September 13 structural and electrical repairs will be made to the manholes between Buildings 35 and 37 which will require the closing of the driveway off of Vassar Street, between Buildings 35 and 37, from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. [View map of the area.]
On August 5 the Binney Street Area Infrastructure Improvement Project contractor, began to implement a temporary traffic routing plan. For several weeks, travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Binney Street from First Street to Second Street. This travel lane reduction is needed in order to resurface the sidewalks and bicycle lane in the area. Once crews complete work on one side of the street, they flip to the other. Any questions on this City of Cambridge project can be directed to Ben Chwalk, Gilbane, 401-265-3708. Visit the project website for more information.
Phase 1 of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project is underway. There is no vehicular traffic from Boston to Cambridge. Cambridge bound vehicular traffic is being detoured onto Storrow Drive. Bicycle, Red Line, and pedestrian traffic will be allowed over the bridge in both directions. The project is estimated to be completed in September 2016.
Please visit the project website for further information.
Water Main Lining
Beginning Friday, September 12, the city’s contractor will begin preparations for water main lining work on Main Street, from Ames St to Wadsworth St. The water lining operation will be ongoing for the next 3 weeks. During construction the MBTA bus, shuttles and trolley schedules on Main St will not be affected by the water main lining; however stops may be temporarily shifted at times. No Parking signs will be posted; please be sure to check dates and times. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.
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.
July to September 2014
Main Street median has been removed and work has begun on the Third Street Connector between Main St and Broadway. During this phase, access to Main St from Broadway will be closed while crews construct the new vehicular connection. MBTA bus, shuttle and trolley stops on Main St will not be affected by the Third St Connector construction. This phase is expected to take about 2 months to complete. See a detour map of the area.
September to November 2014
Construct the Main Street connector between Hayward and Wadsworth Streets
April 2015 until Fall 2015
Perform sidewalk and roadway reconstruction, plant new trees, and install new street furniture and lighting.
Utility enabling excavation related to the MIT.nano project is underway on Vassar Street until Friday, September 19. This work requires that traffic be reduced to one-way in the direction of Main Street, from Mass Ave to the Stata Center. Access to and from the Stata garage will remain open in both directions throughout the project. Vehicles on Main Street needing to access parts of Vassar Street beyond the Stata garage should use the detour along Albany Street.
Pedestrian and bicycle routes are expected to shift only near the active work zone. There may be a high level of noise, moderate vibration and low amounts of odor and dust outside of Buildings 38 and 39, near the active work zone. Work hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday.
Once phase one has completed on September 19, there will be limited activity outside of the public way which does not require a detour on Vassar Street. Phase two will begin in late September/early October and will last until the end of the year. Additional details will be announced as they become available.
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.