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December 05, 2016


Building 3
Buildings 4, 8 and 10
Building 10
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 16
Building 24
Building 31
Building 39
Building 42
Building 68
Buildings E17, E18 and E19
Building E25
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building W20
Building W59
Building W97
Utilities work: Amherst Alley steam upgrade
Utilities work: Building 42 alleyway
Utilities work: Danforth Street condensate line
Utilities work: West Loop steam upgrade
Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot
Main Street
Longfellow Bridge

Building 3

Two renovation projects are underway in Building 3 - the creation of the Toy Maker Design Space in rooms 3-003 and 3-004, and renovation of the corridor in that area. Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through December 2016 with crews working Monday-Saturday, 6 AM - 3 PM. Some weekend and evening work is expected.

The hallway renovation will include installation of new energy efficient lighting and an upgrade of sprinklers and fire alarms. While this work is underway, a temporary partition wall will be set up in the corridor outside rooms 3-003 and 3-004 and will narrow the hallway. Occasionally the hallway will be closed. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities. Any activities generating loud noise will be scheduled to conclude by 7:30 AM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Biss Teelucksingh.

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Buildings 4, 8 and 10

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, Facilities is planning to study the existing conditions of the north façades of buildings 4, 8 and 10 which face MIT.nano. Investigation is scheduled to start on Saturday, September 10.

Activities are scheduled Monday through Saturday, from 5AM – 2PM through mid-October. Boom lifts will be on site to explore the façades throughout this phase. Low- level noise from the lift is expected throughout the day, with the potential for higher levels of noise from chipping and brick removal between the hours of 5AM and 9AM.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani or Jennifer Gonsalves.

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Building 10

In November 2016, two temporary partition walls were constructed on the first floor and basement of Building 10. Room 10-085 and the vending machine corridor in the basement, and the exit to the northeast terrace on the first floor are scheduled to be removed from service for one calendar year to finalize connections to MIT.nano.

Questions may be directed to Andrew Corson.

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Building 12: MIT.nano

Subscribe to construction activity forecasts for the MIT.nano project by emailing mitnano-info@mit.edu, or view updates online. Please direct any questions to Andrew Corson.

Building 13 sidewalk

Crews have demolished a section of sidewalk on the eastern side of Building 13 (facing Building 16). This section of sidewalk is scheduled to remain closed through Fall 2016.

Emergency egress routes for Building 13 occupants will be maintained throughout the closure. Updated emergency egress maps have been posted in the building.

Main Lot gate change

In January 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.

Heavy driveway usage

Truck traffic at and around the MIT.nano construction site is scheduled through December. Please be alert and use caution when walking in the area. Police will be stationed along Vassar Street to assist with traffic and pedestrians. This activity should not impact the Building 32 parking garage.

Delivery trucks are scheduled to enter the site from Vassar Street using the driveway between Buildings 35 and 37. They will proceed to the MIT.nano site entrance located between Buildings 13 and 31. They will exit the site onto Mass Ave via the driveway between Buildings 9 and 33.

Trucks are scheduled to use this route from Monday through Saturday each week, from 6AM to 3PM.

Questions can be directed to Andrew Corson.

Vassar Street Cranes

On December 3, two cranes are scheduled be stationed along Vassar Street from 7AM-4PM. One will be located along the eastbound lane of Vassar Street between Mass Ave and the Building 35-37 alleyway in front of Building 35. The other will be located along the westbound lane of Vassar Street in front of Building 42. The travel lanes in both directions will be temporarily impeded, and east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped. The sidewalk will be closed in front of Buildings 35 and 42 and pedestrians will be routed to the other side of the street. A police detail will help direct traffic in the area. This activity should not impact the Building 32 parking garage.

See a map of the area for details.

Questions can be directed to Drew Murphy for Building 35 and Greg Walson for Building 42.

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Building 16

On Monday, November 28, a crane is scheduled to be onsite next to Building 16, near Buildings 26 and 32, to access the roof. Anticipated work hours are from 6AM-10AM. The work zone will be cordoned off and will not affect access to the surrounding buildings. A police detail will be onsite throughout the duration of the work to direct pedestrians and traffic around the area.

View this map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Alex Campbell.

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Building 24

Work is underway to renew and modernize the elevator in Building 24, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday - Friday and is expected to conclude at the end of 2016.

The elevator will be out of service for the duration of the project. During this time the third floor will be accessible by using elevators and access from Buildings 34 and 36. View this map for alternate elevator access during this time.

The scope of work includes renewing the elevator by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft. During the first month of construction some noise is expected on the sixth floor directly under the elevator machine room while crews conduct the demolition of the elevator machine. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

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.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building 31

The renovation of Building 31 will modernize its structure and systems while also addressing programming needs for Aero/Astro and Mechanical Engineering.

A section of the walking path around the MIT.nano construction site adjacent to Building 31 will be closed during the renovation project which is expected to conclude in fall 2017. Signs will direct pedestrians around the path closure. Emergency egress will remain available for Building 31 and updated signage will be posted in the building.

Please note that while the driveway between Buildings 17 and 31 will remain open during the day, pedestrians are advised to avoid the driveway which has a heavy volume of construction vehicles.

Questions about this work may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

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Building 39

Work is underway to renew and modernize elevators in Building 39, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays). Drilling activities during the installation of the new elevator machines may be heard on the first and second floors. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is taken out of service, and the project will take place in two phases:

  • The larger elevator (Car #2): December 2015 to mid-April 2016. The elevator that provides access to the basement will be modernized first. Preparations are being made to accommodate building occupants during the time when access to the basement is limited.
  • Car #1 modernization is expected to last mid-April 2016 to mid-August 2016.

The scope of work includes renewing both elevators by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building 42

On Saturday, December 3 from 7AM – 4PM, a crane is scheduled to be located along the westbound lane of Vassar Street between Mass Ave and Building 42. The travel lane westbound will be temporarily impeded, and east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped. The sidewalk will be closed in front of Building 42 and pedestrians will be routed to the other side of the street next to Buildings 37-39. A police detail will help direct traffic in the area. This activity should not impact the Building 32 parking garage.

Questions may be directed to Greg Walson.

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Building 68

From June through November, subbasement and roof work is scheduled in Building 68. Noise, vibrations and dust will be present throughout construction, and will be mitigated as much as possible. The construction team will be using both the E19 loading dock to bring materials through the basement level and the garage door on the south side of the building as needed.

A crane is scheduled to be located along Ames Street on Saturday, November 19 from 7AM to 5PM. Ames Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Main Street to Amherst Street during this time. The sidewalk will be closed southbound in front of Building 68 and pedestrians will be routed to the other side of the street next to Buildings E17 and E18. One exterior door will be inaccessible throughout the day except as emergency egress.

See the map for more information.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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Buildings E17, E18, E19

Several substantial renovation and renewal projects are underway in Buildings E17, E18, and E19. The project's overarching goals are to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements, and renovate office space for programs moving to these buildings from E38 and E39. The office renovation work is expected to wrap up in late Fall 2016, while Building E19 infrastructure renewal work is expected to continue through early 2018. Construction activities are planned for Monday through Friday, 6 AM - 3 PM, with occasional work on Saturdays.

Renovation work is planned for the following floors (March 2016 - early 2017) -

  • E17: Floors 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • E18: Floor 2, 3, and 4
  • E19: Floor 2 (all), Floor 6 (two office suites), and Floor 7 (Ames Street side)

Demolition activities will generate some noise. The activities that generate the loudest noise will be scheduled for prior to 9 AM. Please note that intermittent noise may occur during the day. Questions about this renovation work may be directed to Joe Collins.

Building E17 Atlas Center (September 2016 - Summer 2017):

In the spring of 2017 MIT will open the new Atlas Service Center in Building E17. The new center will create a one-stop shop for services that currently reside in offices across the MIT campus that serve MIT employees and students. To prepare for the new center, construction activities are underway in Buildings E17. Construction work is scheduled for Monday through Friday, 6 AM – 3 PM, with occasional work on Saturdays.

Upcoming activities include:

  • Main entrance closed through December: The entrance to Building E17 on Ames Street is scheduled to be closed temporarily through December. During this time, the foyer and lobby will be renovated and accessibility will be upgraded. A protected pedestrian pathway on the first floor from E18 through E17 will remain available throughout construction with occasional closures. See attached map of the area.
  • Phase 2 construction is scheduled through the end of December. Noise and vibration are to be expected throughout the process with the most disruptive work being completed during off-peak hours.
  • The rear courtyard entrance and ADA ramp of Building E17 is scheduled to be closed from November 21 through November 26. During this time, there will be no access through this point except as emergency egress. This work is being performed to upgrade the back entrance ramp to current ADA requirements. Occupants are encouraged to use the entrance to Building E18 on Ames Street, or the ADA accessible entrance through the connector between Buildings E25 and E18 from the courtyard. Click here for more details.

See the map for more information.

Questions about this work may be directed to Bill Mackie or Doug Tuttle.

Building E19 infrastructure renewal (March 2016 - mid 2018):

While the renovation work is underway, MIT will also upgrade several major systems in Building E19 and will make changes to enhance accessibility within the building. Infrastructure upgrade activities will include:

  • Upgrade heating and cooling system. This work will resolve issues with leaking pipes and will improve the system to comply with current codes and standards. Benefits of this work include improving occupant comfort through enhanced temperature controls, as well as improving the energy efficiency of the system and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the building.
  • Replace air handling system which is reaching the end of useful life, improving the efficiency of the system.
  • Renovate restrooms to improve accessibility and sustainability. Restrooms will close temporarily during this work. Signs will be posted noting alternate restrooms available nearby.
  • Renovate E19 entrance on Ames Street to improve accessibility.
  • IS&T will replace and upgrade data closets.
  • Updates to stairwells, including replacement of railings and improved exit signage.

Work areas will include corridors, restrooms, and stairwells. Signs will be posted and notifications will be emailed in advance when pathways or facilities are scheduled to be temporarily closed. Occasional utility outages will be scheduled; notification will be given in advance and outages will be scheduled during times of least impact, whenever possible.

Questions about this infrastructure work may be directed to Lachlan Patterson.

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Building E25

Elevator Modernization

Work is underway to renew and modernize the three elevators (two passenger, one freight) in Building E25, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday-Friday (except holidays). Drilling activities during the installation of new elevator machines may be heard on the top two floors of E25. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

The elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing two elevators to remain operational while the third is out of service. Work is scheduled to take place in three phases:

  • Car #2 modernization: complete
  • Car #1 modernization: April 2016 to August 2016
  • Car #3 (freight) modernization: August 2016 to December 2016

The scope of work includes renewing the elevators by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and motors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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East Campus: Kendall Square Initiative

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 7 AM – 6 PM weekdays with some Saturday work from 9 AM – 6 PM as needed.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Alison Crowley (MITIMCo) or Nicole Bernabei (MIT Department of Facilities).

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.

Food trucks

Beginning Monday, November 28, the food trucks in Kendall Square will be relocated.

Trucks will rotate locations on a weekly basis, with one truck at each location through the first week in January. If the sites are a success for both MIT and the vendors, these locations will remain active for the next couple of years.

The food trucks typically operate from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Find information about their new locations here.

Construction Updates – December 2016

  • One-way traffic on Carleton and Hayward Streets has been established as utilities work begins.
  • Construction will continue daily on Carleton, Hayward and Amherst Streets.
  • In the vicinity of Building E55, crews will access the site from Wadsworth and Main Streets via dismantling a portion of the retaining wall. They will not access the yard through the gate for the duration of construction. Work will not start in the Eastgate yard until 9am daily.
  • At least one sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians on all streets through the duration of this work.

See the map for more details.

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Building W20

Work is underway to renew and modernize W20’s four elevators (two passenger, two freight), installing new equipment (controllers and motors) and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6 AM to 2:30 pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays).

The passenger elevators will be modernized one at a time, allowing one to remain operational while the other is out of service. Modernization of the two freight elevators will take place after both passenger elevators are back in service. Alternative freight pathways are still under discussion and will be resolved before the freight elevators are taken out of service.

The project is scheduled to take place in three phases:

  • Passenger Car #1: complete
  • Passenger Car #2: complete
  • Freight Car #3 (exterior): complete
  • Freight Car #4 (interior): November 2016 to March 2017.

Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft. Drilling in the basement machine room for the installation of the new elevator machines may be heard on the 1st and 2nd floors during the first month of each phase. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 8 AM.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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Building W59

Utilities work is scheduled to begin along the pathway adjacent to Building W59 leading to the railroad crossing between the west and northwest campus. Excavation of the site is scheduled to begin Monday, October 3. During this time, the construction hours that will generate the most noise will occur after 9 AM. Fencing will be installed to direct pedestrians and cyclists safely around the worksite. The new path will be narrower than the existing path, so users are urged to use caution and courtesy when traversing the route for the duration of construction.

See the map for more details.

Questions about this work may be directed to CJ Smith.

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Building W97

The rejuvenation of a former warehouse at 345 Vassar Street will create a home for MIT's vibrant Theater Arts program, a central component of the Institute's world-renowned arts curriculum. Work hours are 7 AM - 3 PM Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The project is expected to wrap up in January 2017.

The Theater Arts Relocation project will upgrade W97's systems and infrastructure and will create rehearsal spaces, design and faculty studios, offices, costume and scene design shops, dressing rooms, and a two-story theater performance space. The design will respect the original structure and its utilitarian ethos in order to provide flexible "blank slate" space to be shaped and reshaped for specific performances and/or to accommodate changing uses.

Read more on the Capital Projects website.

Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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Utilities work: Amherst Alley steam system upgrade

Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 6 to remove and replace the old steam system along Amherst Alley at the south side of Briggs Field. No parking will be allowed in the alley between buildings W51 and W61 for the duration of construction. Pedestrians will be directed to use the south sidewalk of Amherst Alley. Most of the work for this project will be conducted between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM. The target completion date for this work is mid-December 2016.

Signage will be posted, and fences will be set up for pedestrian safety.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

View a map of the area.

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Utilities work: Building 42 alleyway

Utilities crews are scheduled to repair an underground piping leak in the alley between Building 42 and the railroad tracks from Tuesday, November 22 through Friday, December 16. Anticipated work hours are Monday-Friday from 7AM-4PM.

Throughout the duration of this project, there will be increased construction traffic through the parking lot between Buildings 44 and 46, and the access road that runs between Building 44 and the railroad tracks. The scope of this repair work will not impact utilities services or parking for Buildings 44 and 46. MIT Police details will be provided to assist with equipment entering and exiting Vassar Street and to ensure pedestrian safety. The pedestrian railroad crossing will remain open for the duration of the project.

Questions about this work may be directed to Daniel Griffin.

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Utilities work: Danforth Street condensate line

Work is scheduled to begin Monday, December 5, to repair a condensate line that runs along Danforth Street near Amherst Alley. Work to excavate the area and replace the condensate lines is anticipated to conclude by mid-December. Work hours are 9AM – 3PM.

The road will remain open to vehicular traffic during this work. Pedestrians will be directed to use the west sidewalk near W4 as well as the pathway between the Kresge Lot and Amherst Alley. Parking will not be affected.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

View a map of the area.

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Utilities work: West Loop steam system upgrade

Work began in June to remove and replace the old steam system, which runs from just outside Building 35 on Vassar Street to the grassy area at W31. Construction for this project is substantially complete.

The scope of the project is to excavate and remove all existing steam and condensate piping in the steam trench along the Vassar Street side of Building 35 as well as rebuild the two manholes on the east and west corners of Massachusetts Ave and Vassar Street. Once removed, the pipe system will be replaced with new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) covered steam lines.

The upgrading of the existing steam system with new and more efficient marine-compatible steam piping will help ensure safety for pedestrians and MIT personnel while improving energy efficiency throughout the campus.

Questions about this work may be directed to Vaughn Crayton.

View a map of the area.

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Utilities Plant and N10 Annex Lot

A portion of the N10 Annex Parking Lot will be unavailable to parkers while construction work is underway on two of the cooling towers located at the Central Utilities Plant next to this lot.

A crane will be positioned in the corner of the lot that is closest to the Central Utilities Plant and the railroad tracks. The crane will be in position to dismantle two of the cooling towers at the plant. A dumpster will be in place to contain demolition materials, which will be trucked off-site and recycled.

Questions about parking may be directed to mitparking@mit.edu.

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Main Street

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, lighting and greenspace. Main Street has reopened to two way traffic.

  • Questions may be directed to Dan Riviello, Community Relations Manager at 617-349-4825, or the Department of Public Works 24-Hour line at 617-349-4800.
  • Additional information and project plans are available on the Cambridge DPW site, under Main Street Reconstruction Project.

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Longfellow Bridge

MassDOT is renovating the Longfellow Bridge, which will include the dismantling of the "salt and pepper" towers.

For more information, visit the project site.

For questions, to report issues and concerns related to construction, or to be added to the project email distribution list, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

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