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March 23, 2017


Buildings 4, 8 and 10
Building 6
Building 8
Building 9
Building 10
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 16
Building 26
Building 31
Building 35
Building 37
Building 39
Building 68
Buildings E17, E18 and E19
Building E25
East Campus, Kendall Square
N10 Annex Lot
Building W20
Building W97
Utilities work: Amherst Alley steam upgrade
Longfellow Bridge

Buildings 4, 8 and 10

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to renew the façades of buildings 4, 8 and 10 facing the MIT.nano building and President’s courtyard. This work includes removing and replacing the windows and restoring the brick and surfaces of the façades of the buildings. Preparatory activities for this work are underway with window measuring, and construction activities are targeted to begin in March 2017 and continue through fall of 2018. Construction hours are 7 AM – 3:30 PM, with some overnight work expected. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected.

View a flyer including a map and project overview.

Work phases and anticipated schedule

For the facades of Buildings 4, 8, and 10 facing the MIT.nano site:

  • Phase I – Window measurement (February – April 2017)
    • Exploratory work (March – April 2017)
  • Phase II – Window removal / masonry repair (April 2017 – Summer 2018)
    • Scaffolding (April 2017)
    • Window removal (June 2017 – Nov 2017)
    • Masonry repair (May 2017 – summer 2018)
  • Phase III – Window replacement (Winter 2017 – Fall 2018)

Schedule for the facades of Building 10 facing the President’s Courtyard and Building 13:

  • Window removal (March 2018 – August 2018)
  • Masonry repair (February 2018 – December 2018)
  • Window replacement (September 2018 – December 2018)

Phase I work

  • Window measurement: Work is underway measuring all windows along the MIT.nano side of Buildings 4, 8, and 10, including all offices, labs, and common spaces. Work is scheduled to take place 11PM to 9AM and is expected to conclude by the end of March.
  • Exploratory work: Beginning Thursday, March 23 work is scheduled to begin along the MIT.nano side of Building 4. This exploratory work includes isolated cutting and chipping of the Building 4 façade stucco area and will generate noise. This work is scheduled to take place Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM, and is expected to conclude on April 5.

The project team is working closely with the occupants impacted by this work and has been meeting with key contacts in each area to review the proposed schedule and share the scope of work associated with the project.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani.

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Building 6

Beginning Saturday, February 25, weekend work is scheduled in the basement of Building 6. Anticipated work hours are 6AM-4PM. This work involves insulation repair on the mechanical and piping systems in rooms 6-001, 6-030B, and 6-034. No noise or vibration is anticipated. This work is anticipated to continue during the weekends for two months.

Questions may be directed to Jack Mannion or Alan Molin.

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Building 8

Beginning Saturday, February 11, weekend work is scheduled in the basement and first floor of Building 8. Anticipated work hours are 6AM-4PM. This work involves insulation repair on the mechanical and piping systems in rooms 8-007, 8-116, and in the hallway across from 8-029. No noise or vibration is anticipated. Though some work will occur in the corridor, occupant circulation will not be impeded. This work is anticipated to continue during the weekends for two months.

Questions may be directed to Jack Mannion or Alan Molin.

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Building 9

Beginning Saturday, March 25, the south stairwell in Building 9 is scheduled to be temporarily closed for handrail installation. The stairwell will reopen on April 1. This stairwell will be inaccessible during this time. High levels of noise are anticipated in the vicinity of the stair. Signage will be posted directing occupants around this work.

See the floorplan for the location.

Questions may be directed to Julie A Azzinaro.

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Building 10

Two temporary partition walls have been 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 through December 2017 to finalize connections to MIT.nano.

Demolition is underway in a portion of the Building 10 basement. Work hours are scheduled from 6AM-3PM daily. The affected area, Room 10-085 and the vending machine corridor. Noise and vibration are anticipated.

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 10 northeast terrace

As part of the south courtyard landscape design for MIT.nano, from Wednesday, March 15 through the end of March crews are scheduled to remove the northeast terrace/ basement roof slab of Building 10. Anticipated work hours are from 7PM-3AM daily. Activities include saw cutting the roof slab, during which increased noise and vibration are anticipated.

See the map for the location.

Building 16 connector

During the week of March 20 crews are scheduled to open the connection between the MIT.nano building and Building 16 at the basement level. Work hours are scheduled from 6AM-3PM daily.

Passage through the Building 16 tunnel should not be impacted. The connection will be cut with a saw to minimize interruptions. Increased noise and vibration are anticipated during this work.

Building 13 connector

From April 3 through April 7, temporary partitions are scheduled to be constructed on the second through fifth floors of Building 13. Hours for this work are scheduled from 6AM-2PM. There will be an increase in noise and vibration during construction hours. This work will enable the tie-in with the MIT.nano Building 12.

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 construction.

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 April. 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.

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Building 16

Starting Thursday, March 16 the Department of Facilities is scheduled to barcode assets maintained by our department in Building 16, including mechanical, electrical, and building systems equipment. Also included are Safety Showers, Fire extinguishers, Toxic Gas Monitors and Fume Hoods. The barcodes will be used to manage equipment for our maintenance program. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 7PM starting March 16 and concluding by March 27.

During the barcoding process, one of three facilities inspectors from Stephen Turner Inc will briefly enter a room containing equipment. The barcoding of the equipment should take less than 10 minutes in each space. No construction activity will occur. All inspectors will prominently display their MIT ID.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed in classrooms, offices, and laboratories. Notify Mark Dohle if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space.

Questions may be directed to Mark Dohle.

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Building 26

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to barcode assets maintained by our department in Building 26, including mechanical, electrical, and building systems equipment. Also included are Safety Showers, Fire extinguishers, Toxic Gas Monitors and Fume Hoods. The barcodes will be used to manage equipment for our maintenance program. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 7PM starting March 28 and concluding by April 9.

During the barcoding process, one of three facilities inspectors from Stephen Turner Inc will briefly enter a room containing equipment. The barcoding of the equipment should take less than 10 minutes in each space. No construction activity will occur. All inspectors will prominently display their MIT ID.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed in classrooms, offices, and laboratories. Notify Mark Dohle if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space.

Questions may be directed to Mark Dohle.

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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 35

The renovation of the auditorium in Building 35 will modernize its structure and systems while creating a more logical and dynamic lecture hall in room 225.

Construction is underway, and work will occur from 6AM - 2PM daily. This will occasionally cause a high-level of noise during work hours. The work area will be cordoned off during construction hours. Signage will be posted directing occupants around this work. Construction is anticipated to continue through June.

Questions about this work may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

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Building 37

Structural repairs are scheduled for the steam tunnel located below the Vassar Street sidewalk in front of Building 37 from March 21 to March 28. Anticipated working hours are 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM. The crew completing the repairs will have some equipment located on the sidewalk, and most work will occur below ground. A section of the sidewalk will remain open and accessible to pedestrians, and the bicycle lane will remain clear for cyclists. There will be a Police Officer on location to direct pedestrians during the normal working hours.

Questions about this work may be directed to Dan Griffin.

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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-January 2017.

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 68

From June through mid-March, 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.

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 E19 infrastructure renewal (March 2016 - mid 2018):

While 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).

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

Food trucks in Kendall Square have been relocated. The food trucks typically operate from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Find information about their new locations here.

Construction Updates – March 2017

  • Construction will continue daily on Carleton, Wadsworth and Amherst Streets. Eversource work will continue throughout March on Wadsworth Street next to Eastgate.
  • Site excavation begins behind the Muckley Building for the Kendall Garage. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated during excavation work.
  • Demolition continues on E34 along Carleton Street. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated during excavation work. Carleton Street will be partially closed.
  • Wadsworth Street is open to one-way vehicular traffic from Memorial Drive to Amherst Street (south to north traffic only); two-way traffic resumes from Amherst Street to Main Street. For safety, the Eastgate residence parking lot is not to be used as a pass-through during construction.
  • 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.
  • Hayward Street will be closed from Main Street to Amherst St to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic until further notice. Hayward Street will only be accessed by Turner Construction vehicles for the duration of the Kendall utilities and garage construction.

See the map for more details.

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N10 Annex Lot

Temporary Closure

The N10 annex lot is scheduled to be temporarily closed to accommodate utility work on Saturday, March 18. Work hours are from 6:30 AM to 5 PM. Crews will be drilling test borings in this area. The lot is scheduled to partially close again on Saturday, March 25 to complete this work. The work area will be coned off during this time. 'No Parking' signs will be posted in the lot.

Eversource work

Eversource Gas is conducting utilities work between the Albany Garage (N4) and the N10 Annex lot that will temporarily close the pedestrian path between these two parking areas. Some parking spaces in the Annex lot will also be unavailable during these activities. Work is expected to conclude by the end of March. Construction hours are 7 AM – 3 PM, Monday through Friday.

The pedestrian path between the Albany Garage and N10 Annex lot that leads from Albany Street to the railroad tracks is temporarily closed while Eversource Gas installs pipes in the area. The section of path from the Albany Garage to Vassar Street (across the railroad tracks) will remain open. Please use alternate paths through the Albany Garage (note – this includes stairs), or around the perimeter of the Albany Garage along the railroad tracks and between the garage and Building 46.

View this map showing the temporarily closed pathway and alternate routes.

Questions about this work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

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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 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 9AM and 3PM. The target completion date for this work is April.

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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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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