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July 31, 2014


Infinite Corridor
Killian Court
Building 2
Building 4
Building 12: MITnano
Building 66
Building 68
Building E52
Parking Garages
Excavation near Albany Garage

Road Closures and Impacts
Main Street

Infinite Corridor

The installation of a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to help improve cellphone coverage throughout the Main Campus buildings is currently underway. Work is complete in Buildings 1 and 5, and is nearly complete in Buildings 7 and 9. Work in Buildings 10 and 3 is scheduled to begin in mid June and be completed at the end of July. Buildings 4, 6 and 8 will follow and are scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Some cabling work will be done during normal business hours with coordination between the project team and the DLCs in the installation areas. Any work in high traffic areas will be scheduled to take place after 6 PM on weeknights or on weekends. Signage and safety cones will be utilized in any areas with pedestrian foot traffic. The IS&T project team will be reaching out to the appropriate DLC and department contacts in each building to coordinate schedules, access and address any specific questions about the system.

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Killian Court

Work to renovate Killian Court’s sidewalks will begin this Monday, July 14 at 7 AM. Please note that this work may create a moderate level of noise, especially during demolition. A police detail will be on site to direct pedestrians around the construction as the work progresses to different sections of the court. The renovations are expected to be completed by late July. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 PM – 3 PM.

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Building 2

Department of Chemistry

Exterior

  • Currently no work scheduled

Interior

  • 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.

Exterior

  • 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

Interior

  • 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

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Building 4

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. On Wednesday, July 30, a short section of the basement corridor is scheduled to be closed from 7 AM to 3 PM. View a map of alternate pedestrian pathways. Hours of construction are Monday-Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM.

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Building 12: MITnano

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).

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Building 66

Sections of the first floor corridor will be closed to pedestrian traffic through Monday, July 28. During this time, pedestrian access to the building will be available via the second floor and basement level. Elevators will remain available throughout the construction period as will access to the Olsen Labs. Renovation activities will occur in two phases, providing partial access to the first floor during construction. Entrances and exits to the building will be available throughout the renovation and signage will direct pedestrians around the closures.

A contractor will be using a crane outside of Building 66 over the next few days. The crane will be used to remove gravel from the roof of the building. This activity will generate noise. The crane also will be used to rig materials to the roof.

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. This work is expected to be completed by the end of July.

Two dumpsters are scheduled to remain outside the building through February 28, 2015. A fenced in area is screened to shield the dumpsters from view while maintaining access to all of the Building 66 and adjacent building entrances.

If you have any questions, please contact Keith Diggans at 617-324-6174.

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Building 68

The elevator modernization project in Building 68 continues. Elevator no.3 is now complete and has been brought back online. Elevator no. 1 (closest to building 66) has been taken off-line for repairs and will be brought back online in mid-July. The final elevator to receive modernization is Elevator no. 2 (nearest building 66), which will be offline from mid-July to mid-October 2014.

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Building E38

Construction for a multi-floor renovation is currently underway in the following areas: the current IPC space on the first floor, Rooms 446, 448, 450, 454 on the fourth floor, and the former ILP space on the fifth floor. This renovation is expected to last until the beginning of July. Construction hours are from 6 AM to 3 PM. This work will generate loud noises from hammering, drilling, coring, and demolition; however, these activities will stop at 9 AM.

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Building E52

Construction activities for the next two weeks

Week of July 14

New activities this week

  • Begin to install basement under slab drainage.
  • Place L7 slab on south
  • Complete deck and detail of roof and penthouse.

Activities continuing from last week

  • Use of 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.
  • Installation of floor leveling, wall studs, duct work, plumbing, sprinkler lines and electrical above ceilings on floors 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Clean, prep and install floor topping, level 1.
  • Wash and repair east and south façades.
  • Excavation and installation of new  12” water main in Wadsworth Street. Temporary water feed to E51.
  • Installation of reinforcement in 7th floor slabs, beams, curbs and parapet walls.
  • Complete installation of radiant heat in 7th floor slab.
  • Complete installation of stair steel at NW corner
  • Complete tel / data rough in on floors 2 and 3.
  • Place el 123 slab, el 131 slab.

Week of July 21

New activities this week

  • Place curbs and parapet walls on roof.
  • Begin tel / data rough in on floors 4 and 5.

Activities continuing from last week

  • Excavation and installation of new  12” water main in Wadsworth Street. Temporary water feed to E51. (Noise anticipated.)
  • Use of 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.
  • Installation of floor leveling, wall studs, duct work, plumbing, sprinkler lines and electrical above ceilings on floors 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Clean, prep and install floor topping, level 1.
  • Wash and repair east and south façades.
  • Installation of basement under slab drainage.
  • Installation of reinforcement in 7th floor beams, curbs and parapet walls.

Week of July 28

New activities this week

  • Begin waterproofing and window installation on east façade.
  • Begin to install spray fireproofing on El 123 and 131 steel.
  • Begin to excavate for solids interceptor in basement
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Parking Garages

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.

Sloan Garage

June through end of August. Repairs include minor concrete repair.

Stata Garage

June through end of August. Repairs include concrete repair, traffic-bearing waterproofing, drain and grate replacement.

Albany Garage

June through September. Repairs include concrete repairs throughout, traffic bearing waterproofing repairs, and the replacement of wood bumpers. Stairwell repairs are scheduled to begin June 27. 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 scheduled to begin July 28. 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.

West Garage

June through November. Repairs include concrete repairs throughout, supplemental supports, and overhead protection.

West Campus Garages and Lots

Please be aware of the following paving activities scheduled for Saturday, August 2. Note that plans may change due to weather. MIT Parking and Transportation will have a Parking Attendant onsite with an MIT Police detail officer to direct traffic and assist with public safety issues. There will be periods of loud noise caused by the milling machine and dump trucks used to remove the milling debris.

  • 158 Mass Ave Lot: On Saturday, August 2–12 spaces will be paved at 6 AM and will be unavailable until August 4 at 6 AM.
  • West Lot: On Saturday, August 2 the West Lot will be closed to all parkers at 6 AM for paving and will reopen on Monday, August 4 at 6 AM.
  • The W79 loading dock asphalt will also be repaired on Saturday, August 2.

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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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Road Closures and Impacts

Longfellow Bridge

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.

Wadsworth Street

Kendall Square construction activity will close Wadsworth Street at Main Street on Wednesday, July 30 from 7 AM to 4 PM. Wadsworth Street will be accessible from Amherst Street. The Amherst/ Wadsworth Shuttle stop will be moved to Amherst Street at Hayward Street during this time.

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Main Street

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.

Schedule:

July to September 2014

Main Street median has been removed. On July 29 construction is scheduled to begin 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.

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