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October 31, 2014


Building 1
Building 2
Building 4
Building 6
Buildings 8 and 16
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 13
Building 14
Building 66
Building 68
Building E19
Building E38
Building E52
Building NW14-NW15
Building W15
Parking Garages
Excavation near Albany Garage
Collier Memorial
Campus Manhole Repair Project
Utilities Work (at Building 44 railroad crossing)
Road Closures and Impacts
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 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.

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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.

Exterior

  • Cutting of masonry joints and stone repairs at the west end of the building
  • Reconstruction of parapets and stone repairs at the south wing
  • Installation of miscellaneous metal supports and steel windows at the west end of the building
  • Cranes at Lowell Ct
  • Delivery of brick to staging—back up horns will cause noise
  • There will be deliveries throughout the day at the east construction road (between Buildings 2 and 14) and the Killian Court entry road
  • Erection of stell at roof level

Interior

  • Demolition of west stair run to roof—May be times when stair run from 3rd floor to 2nd floor will be closed
  • 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
  • Installation of duct work and piping at 2nd floor

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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. 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.

On Friday, October 17, a section of the Building 4 basement corridor between Buildings 10 and 8 will close and is scheduled to reopen on Monday, November 3. Those needing to pass through will be required to go to the first floor and, if necessary, travel back down to the basement. Signage will be posted on site to help locate the closest stairs and elevators. Work being done today includes installing metal frames for the room enclosures, and ongoing electrical and HVAC work.

Individuals who require access to the corridor may contact the job supervisor, Bob McNeill, Turner Construction at 617-590-3284. Due to safety precautions, any individuals who are given access to the corridor will be required to sign in with Bob and wear safety gear including hard hats and safety glasses.

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Building 6

Work to restore the exterior stairs at Building 6 on Eastman Court began at the end of September. During this construction the stairwell will be closed and signs will direct pedestrians to use the stairwell at Building 8. The work is scheduled to be complete by mid-November.

The scope of work includes the removal of the existing limestone stair treads, installation of the waterproofing system, and installation of the new limestone stair treads. The hours of construction are from 7 AM to 3 PM. Some loud noise is expected during drilling, with the loudest work concluding by 7:30 AM each day.

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Buildings 8 and 16

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.

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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).

10/1/2104: A portion of the pathway beside the MIT.nano work site is temporarily closed. The closed section of the path is to the west of Building 26 (between Buildings 24 and 26). We anticipate the path will reopen by the end of the month. Please seek alternate routes, including paths to the east of Building 26, along Vassar Street, and to the south of buildings 34, 38, and 39. For accessible routes between Buildings 24 and 26, please use the lift on the second floor passage between Buildings 24 and 34. Note that the pathway adjacent to Building 24 remains open. View a map of the area showing open and closed paths.

Vassar Street day-time detour

On Monday, October 27 work is scheduled to begin on utilities that run under Vassar Street from the Central Utilities Plant. A one-way detour will be in place from Monday through Friday 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Traffic will be directed one-way eastbound from Massachusetts Avenue in the direction of Main Street. Two-way travel will be available westbound from Main Street to the Stata Garage entrance. This is subject to change based on weather conditions. Please seek alternate routes along Albany Street and Ames Street.

Field office construction

Construction of the MIT.nano project field offices is underway in the Main Parking Lot and is expected to conclude in December. Activities include installing water lines, electrical service, and plumbing and electrical for the fire protection and alarm systems. Noise is anticipated from back-up alarms, sawcutting, and pouring concrete. Work hours are 7 AM – 3:30 PM. The Main Lot will remain open for accessible parking spaces.

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 is scheduled to begin Monday, October 20 and 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)

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Building 14

Exploratory work related to the Hayden Library renovation in Building 14 is underway.

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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.

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Building 68

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.

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Building E19

A complete fire alarm system replacement project for Building E19 is scheduled to begin at the end of 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 E38

Maintenance work on the entrance ramp between Buildings E38 and E39 is scheduled to begin Tuesday, November 4 and continue for approximately one week. The ramp will be temporarily closed while maintenance work is underway. Signage will be posted directing pedestrians and building occupants to alternate entrances at the front and rear of Building E38. The rear entrance includes an accessible ramp into E38.

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Building E52

Construction activities for next week

The week of October 27, the Wadsworth Street entrance to the Eastgate Resident parking lot (E55) will temporarily be partially closed while utility work is underway. Work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM. The work includes installing fire protection pipe in the area. No disruption to water supply will occur. A police detail will direct traffic in the area.

Week of October 27

New activities this week

  • Begin installation of water line down Hermann Garage ramp and into E52 basement.
  • Maintain one lane of traffic through Wadsworth Street parking lot entrance.

Activities continuing from last week

  • 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.
  • NSTAR to install new gas line to E52 from Wadsworth Street. Occasional noise.

Week of November 3

Activities continuing from last week

  • Continue installation of water line down Hermann Garage ramp and into E52 basement.
  • Maintain one lane of traffic through Wadsworth Street parking lot entrance.
  • 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.

Building NW14-NW15

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 AM to 3:30 PM. This work will generate some noise during the removal of concrete by way of sawcutting and chipping.

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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

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.

Albany Garage

June through October. 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.

West Garage

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

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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. On Monday, November 10 the construction team will begin drilling 32 mini-piles into the site. This activity produces noise and some vibration. The pile work is expected to conclude within three weeks.

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.

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Campus Manhole Repair Project

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.

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Utilities work (at Building 44 railroad crossing)

Utility work is underway behind Building 44, next to the railroad tracks that run between Building 44 and the Albany Street Garage (N4). This underground utility 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. Work hours will be 7 AM to 3 PM, with occasional work off-hours, and is scheduled to conclude by 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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Road Closures and Impacts

Binney Street

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.

On Wednesday, October 22, crews will begin reconstructing the roadway of the Binney St and First St intersection, as part of the Binney Street Infrastructure Improvements Project. The road work is scheduled to continue through Friday, with some work scheduled for Saturday, November 1. Please note that all activities are weather dependent, and may be rescheduled due to rain. 

  • Binney St and First St will remain open during the road reconstruction phase.
  • Saturday, November 1: crews will pave Binney Street between Land Boulevard and First Street. During work hours, this section of Binney St will be closed to all vehicular traffic. Work hours will be 7 AM to 5 PM.

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.

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

Visit the project website for further information.  

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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. 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.

On Tuesday, October 14, crews will begin the process of lining the water main on Main St from Ames St to Wadsworth St. The work is being performed at night due to the necessary water shutdowns associated with the lining operation.

Work hours will be 6 PM to 6 AM. Some noise is expected from the generators onsite and crews will need to utilize additional lighting.

On Friday, October 31 the entrance to Building E38 is scheduled to be closed until approximately noon. The contractor will post signage directing pedestrians and building occupants to alternate entrances/exits available between Buildings E38/E39 and at the back of Building E38 where there is a ramp. Over the following three weeks there will be additional times when the entrance will be closed. This page will be updated.

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 http://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks

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.

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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.

Please note:

  • Windsor St will be closed from State St to Mass Ave October 30 through November 7 from 8 PM - 5 AM.
  • No operations will take place on Saturday and Sunday nights.
  • Week of November 3: A water shutdown will occur on Front Street between 8 PM and 5 AM to install a new utility connection. Utility work will take place inside the site fence on Osborn Street from 3:30 PM to 11 PM. 
  • Police details will assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic in all street and sidewalk closures.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact cambridge.campus@novartis.com or call 617-418-0270.

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