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February 27, 2015


Building 1
Building 2
Building 4
Building 5
Building 6
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 13
Building 14
Building 31
Building 34
Building 66
Building E19
Building E52
Building W15
Parking Garages
Excavation near Albany Garage
Collier Memorial
Utilities Work (at Building 44 railroad crossing)
Main Street
Novartis Cambridge Campus

Building 1

Construction to replace the roof of Building 1 is underway. The roof replacement work is scheduled to conclude by March, 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.

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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.

Back-up generator in Eastman Court:
Please note that a back-up generator is scheduled to be placed in Eastman Court on February 25 for work related to the Building 2 Math Renovation project and is expected to remain in place through April 10. The generator will be located near the intersection of Buildings 6 and 8, not far from the stairs at Building 8 on Eastman Court, and will be surrounded by a fence. The placement will not impact pedestrian pathways in the area. The back-up generator will remain in place while work is underway on the existing generator on the roof of Building 8 and would only be used in the event of a local building power outage or NSTAR outage.

Exterior

  • 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.

Interior

  • 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

The Glass Lab and Foundry renovations in Building 4 basement are now complete with a few finishing details underway.

Questions about this work may be directed to Biss Teelucksingh.

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Building 5

Renovation projects in office suites 5-122 and 5-133 are scheduled to be underway through February 2015.

Activities include plumbing and sprinkler work that will be performed in the hallway between both suites as well as the hallway directly below (floor 0). Work hours are 6 AM to 2 PM with no loud work scheduled past 9 AM. The hallways will remain open during this work and signage and cones will direct pedestrians around the construction activities.

Questions about this work may be directed to Jennifer Zaldana or Sudy Nally.

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Building 6

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).

Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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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 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).

Demolition

The MIT.nano project is now entering the demolition phase as crews prepare the site for the new building. Activities scheduled for the next month include:

  • Building 12A demolition (end February)
  • Building 16 basement ramp temporary closure between Buildings 26 & 16 (early March, 8 weeks)
  • Building 24 bridge demolition (early March)
  • Building 4 bridge demolition (early March)
  • Building 12 demolition (begin mid-late March)

Work hours for these activities will be 7 AM -3:30 PM. Some noise, dust, and vibration is expected. Crews are working to mitigate impacts, including misting the debris with water to reduce dust, and continuing the use of carbon filters on building air supply intakes to maintain air quality.

Reference the activity locations on a map of the work area.

Building 12A demolition (end February)

Scheduled to begin end of February with an expected duration of approximately one week. An excavator with a hydraulic hammer attachment will dismantle Building 12A. Debris and materials will be transported to an off-site sorting facility where eligible materials will be designated for recycling.

Building 24 bridge demolition (early March)

The demolition of the bridge between Buildings 12 and 24 has been rescheduled and is now anticipated to begin approximately February 28. Duration of work is approximately two weeks.

The ground-level door on the south side of Building 24 (under the bridge) will be closed and will be available as an emergency egress only. During significant demolition activities there will be brief periods of time when the door will not be available for emergency egress. Signs will be posted directing pedestrians to alternate egress doors. Updated emergency egress maps have been posted in the building.

View a map showing the closed exit and available egress paths.

Bridge removal work:

  • Windows and concrete floors will be removed at either end of the bridge at Buildings 12 and 24. The concrete floor will be removed using jackhammers, which will create noise, dust, and vibration.
  • The ends of the structural steel that connect the bridge to Buildings 12 and 24 will be cut with a torch while the bridge is held in place with a crane.
  • The crane will lower the bridge to the ground in one piece. Brief loud noise is expected when the bridge is removed from the adjacent buildings, along with minimal dust and vibration.
  • The bridge will be broken down with heavy equipment, and the pieces will be removed from the site. Some noise and dust is expected.

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.

Path closure

Beginning Monday, January 19 a section of the walking path around the Nano construction site is scheduled to close while Building 31 utility work is underway. The path is scheduled to reopen by the end of February. Signs will direct pedestrians around the path closure.

View a map of the closed pathway and suggested alternate routes.

Vassar Street day-time detour

Work has begun on utilities that run under Vassar Street from the Central Utilities Plant. A one-way detour will be in place daily from Monday through Friday, with the start time varying between 7-9 AM and continuing through 3:30 PM. The start time will be assessed daily based on work plans and weather conditions. This detour is scheduled to be in place through February. Traffic will be directed one-way eastbound from Massachusetts Avenue in the direction of Main Street. Please seek alternate routes along Albany Street and Ames Street.

Please note: Two-way travel is available westbound from Main Street to the Stata Garage entrance. A police detail will direct traffic in the area.

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.

Subscribe to weekly construction activity forecasts for the MIT.nano project by emailing mitnano-info@mit.edu, or view weekly updates online.

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Building 13

A project to upgrade the restrooms in Building 13 will continue through February 2015. The project will progress in two phases to provide restroom access to building occupants throughout the duration of the project. Signs will direct occupants to available restrooms.

Construction hours are 7 AM - 3:30 PM daily. Demolition of the existing restrooms will generate noise. The contractor will use the freight elevator to deliver and remove material for the project.

Please note the following changes to restroom access for Phase 1 of the project:

  • 1st floor: restroom will be closed
  • 2nd floor: men’s restroom open
  • 3rd floor: women’s restroom open (this was a men’s room that will be converted to a women’s room for this project)
  • 4th floor: men’s restroom open
  • 5th floor: women’s restroom open (converted from men’s room)

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani.

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Building 31

Beginning Monday, January 19 a section of the walking path around the Nano construction site is scheduled to close while Building 31 utility work is underway. The path is scheduled to reopen by the end of February. Signs will direct pedestrians around the path closure.

View a map of the closed pathway and suggested alternate routes.

The pathway is being closed during the excavation and installation of utility pipes for Building 31. The excavation area is directly outside the double egress doors on the south side of Building 31, facing Building 13. These doors will be closed during this work. Doors on the remaining sides of Building 31 will remain available. The excavation work will cause some noise and vibration during the sidewalk demolition. Work hours are 7 AM to 3:30 PM

Questions about this work may be directed to Travis Wanat.

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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 66

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.

Questions about this work may be directed to Cade Keyes of Suffolk Construction Company at 617-839-0603.

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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

Week of February 23

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.
  • Construct interior walls.
  • 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.
  • Install bathroom counters.
  • Paint first coat of paint on walls.
  • Install freight elevators .
  • Install ceramic tile in bathrooms.
  • Install chilled beams.
  • Install aluminum door frames.
  • Install ceiling grid.
  • Install spray foam at perimeter.

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Building W15

The MIT Chapel has served the MIT community for close to six decades—and is now the focus of a substantial renewal effort that will conclude in February 2015. 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 repairing the stained glass walls, and replacing the roof. Additional exterior work will include brick repair and repointing, rebuilding the central skylight, and rebuilding the moat. 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.

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Parking Garages

Albany Garage

Waterproofing and concrete repairs to Albany Garage are now complete. Work to repair unexpected damage found during concrete repairs is underway. Parking spaces around the columns on each floor have been closed; and as work progress spaces will re-open. Note, some noise and minor vibration may be created when the concrete is removed from the rebar.

This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of January. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 7 AM – 3 PM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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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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Collier Memorial

Construction is underway for the installation of a permanent memorial to Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in active service to the MIT community in April 2013. The memorial was conceived and designed by Meejin Yoon, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT, and is expected to be completed by April 2015.

The memorial will stand at the intersection of Vassar and Main Streets, where there is now a small garden between the Stata Center and the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

Walkways around the site will maintain pedestrian access to the North Court from the corner of Vassar and Main Streets throughout construction. A traffic lane will be maintained between the site and building 76 for emergency and authorized vehicles. Police details and signage will direct pedestrians through the area as needed. Work hours are 7 AM – 3 PM.

Constructed like a complex puzzle around a central keystone, the Collier Memorial will comprise five archways in the shape of a protective yet open hand. As Yoon has designed it, the structure is built of solid granite to embody strength and encompasses a void at the center that evokes the absence of a large figure. Read about the design and engineering of the memorial.

Questions about the Collier Memorial construction may be directed to Paul Murphy.

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Utilities work, at Building 44 railroad crossing

This utilities work is on hold for the winter and will resume in the spring. We’ll post updated information when the project resumes.

This underground utility project is located 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 first phase of work concluded at the end of December 2014.

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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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.

Crews have suspended construction activities at the Third St Connector for the winter season. There will be periodic utility work throughout the winter with major construction resuming in the spring with sidewalk and roadway reconstruction, planting of new trees, and installation of new street furniture and lighting.

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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.

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