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November 18, 2017



Main Group Buildings 1-11
Building 4
Buildings 4, 8 and 10
Building 8
Building 10
Building 11
Building 12: MIT.nano
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 50
Building 56
Building E17
Building E19
  Building E40
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building NW10
Buildings NW36 and NW38
Building W8
Buildings W16 and W35
Building W56
Building W70
250 Albany Street: Grounds relocation
Bergstrom Garden
COSMOS: Building systems barcoding
Longfellow Bridge
Vassar Street


Main Group Buildings 1-11

Crews are scheduled to assess the façades of the Main Group Buildings 1 through 8, and Buildings 10 and 11. Crews will be present on the ground and on man lifts throughout the process.

This exploratory work is scheduled to take place Monday through Friday. Anticipated hours are 6AM–3PM. Some low-level noise from a lift is expected intermittently throughout the project, with the potential for higher levels of noise from chipping and brick removal. Police will be present on site to direct pedestrians and cyclists.

Questions may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

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Building 4

Building 4-110

Construction work is scheduled to occur on the first floor of Building 4 as Room 4-110 undergoes renovation. Anticipated hours for this work are 5AM-2PM. Crews will be present in the corridors to deliver and remove materials from the office suite.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

Freight elevator

Beginning Monday, October 30, the freight elevator in Building 4 is scheduled to be removed. The work area will be contained to the elevator shaft and basement machine room. Demolition activity is scheduled from October 30 through November 3. Anticipated hours are 11PM-7AM daily. Some noise is expected during work hours.

Questions may be directed to Mike Morizio.

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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. Construction activities for this work are underway and are scheduled to 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.

See the schedule breakdown by elevations for Buildings 4, 8 & 10.

View the updated brief for Buildings 4, 8 & 10.

View a flyer including a map and project overview.

Information Session

On Wednesday, September 20 we are hosting an Information Session for occupants of Buildings 4, 8, and 10. If you have been unable to attend before or would like an update on the progress, please join us at this session to learn about the project underway to renew the façades of Buildings 4, 8, and 10 facing the MIT.nano project. The project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

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 II work

  • Window removal: Crews will remove windows and will install temporary plywood enclosures to be in place until new windows are installed. Duration for each office is approximately 2-4 weeks. This phase will incur noise.
  • Masonry repair: Teams will repair cracked and damaged brick, and will repair and paint cast iron spandrels as well as repair and replace deteriorated stone at window heads.

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.

Current work

Buildings 4, 8 & 10 Weekend work

Saturday Sept 23, we will be conducting weekend work for the 4,8,10 Façade project. Hours will be from 6 am to 4 pm. This work includes:

  • Building 4 – Demolition of Clip Openings and Opening Holes at Stucco Wall
  • Building 4/8/10 – Staging Cleaning
  • Building 4/8 – Loading Brick to roof for parapet build

Noise is anticipated during construction.

Buildings 4, 8 & 10 scaffolding

Scaffolding has been erected along the North façades of Buildings 4, 8 and 10 facing the MIT.nano project. The scaffolding will be in place for the duration of the façade renewal project for Buildings 4, 8, and 10 which will be ongoing through 2018.

Buildings 4, 8 & 10 masonry work

Throughout construction, masonry work is scheduled along the North façades of Buildings 4, 8 and 10 facing the MIT.nano project. Crews will work from the basement level to the fourth floors. Anticipated hours of work are Monday through Saturday from 6AM-4PM. Intermittent noise is expected. This work is scheduled throughout construction, which will be ongoing through 2018.

Building 8 scaffolding on Eastman Court

Scaffolding has been erected at the entrance to Building 8 on Eastman Court, facing Building 18. At this time, crews are scheduled to locate trailers in the Eastman Courtyard. A temporary walkway has been installed on Eastman Court to circumvent the fenced-in area. Work hours are 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The activities in this construction area will generate some noise. While this entrance to Building 8 will remain open, one of the two staircases leading up to the entrance will be closed during construction.

View the schedule for more detail.

Questions about this work may be directed to Gerhard Sinani.

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Building 8

The flooring of the corridor in the basement of Building 8 is scheduled to be replaced. Work is scheduled from 9AM on Saturday through 7AM on Monday. During phases II and III the hallway and the freight elevator on the basement level will be inaccessible.

Phase I

Phase I is scheduled to begin Saturday, September 30 at 9AM, and will finish Monday, October 2 at 7AM. During this time all spaces will be accessible, if needed, however please minimize traffic if possible. The phase I scope of work includes removing the built up wax and floor prep.

Phase II

Phase II will be scheduled for this fall. During this time, Corridor 8-000CB and adjacent labs, offices and facilities spaces will be inaccessible. The phase II scope of work includes installation of new epoxy flooring.

Phase III

Phase III is scheduled to commence after Phase II. During this time, Corridor 8-000CB and adjacent labs, offices and facilities spaces will be inaccessible. The phase III scope of work includes installation of new epoxy flooring.

See the map for more information.

Questions may be directed to Bill Mackie.

Hatch replacement project

Beginning Sunday evening, November 26, the Utilities Group is scheduled to start an overnight project to replace hatch covers in the basement of the Main Group. As this work commences, please note that the basement corridor of Building 8, as well as a small portion of the basement corridor in Building 4, are scheduled to be closed overnights. Anticipated work hours are 10PM - 6AM nightly, Sunday through Thursday. During this time, there will be no access through this corridor except as emergency egress. Additionally, there will be no service elevator access at the basement level in Building 8. Occupants are encouraged to use the passenger elevators and stairs in Buildings 4, 10 and 16. No shutdown is scheduled as part of this project. Work in this area is expected to continue for three weeks.

Signage will be posted directing occupants around the work. A police detail will be present. See the map for details.

Questions may be directed to Greg Walson.

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Building 10

MIT.nano terrace

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.

Building 10 Grainger Energy Machines Facility

A lab renovation project is underway in the Building 10 basement. Room 10-050 and its affiliated spaces will be renovated as the Grainger Energy Machines Facility, and the corridor in that area will also be partially renovated. Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through winter 2018 with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–2PM. Some weekend and evening work is expected.

While this work is underway, a temporary partition wall will be set up in the west corridor outside room 10-050 that will narrow the hallway. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

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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 construction.

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

Building 24 entrance closure

Beginning Monday, August 7, the west entrance to Building 24 is scheduled to close to facilitate the MIT.nano landscape project. During this time, there will be no access through this entrance except as emergency egress. Signage will be posted redirecting occupants to other exits. This temporary closure is anticipated to last for three months.

See the map for more details.

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.

Building 39: Landscape work

Beginning on Tuesday, September 26, crews are scheduled to remove a section of asphalt, and then reinstall. The driveway to the south of Building 39 will be closed during work hours, and will reopen at the end of the day. Construction hours are scheduled for 6AM-3PM, weather permitting. This work is expected to continue through late October.

Buildings 24 and 31: Paving

Friday, November 3, crews are scheduled to pave areas to the east of Building 31 and the west of Building 24, weather permitting. During this time, there will be no access through the east lobby entrance to Building 31. In addition, there will be no access through the west Building 24 entrance except as emergency egress. Noise, vibration and mild odor are anticipated during this activity. Construction hours are scheduled from 6AM-3PM. Signage will be posted redirecting occupants to other exits.

Building 39 driveway

On Saturday, November 4, a tractor trailer will be located in the north driveway of Building 39 along Vassar Street. Crews will be unloading materials and bringing them to the MIT.nano site. Anticipated hours of work are 7AM-12PM. Police will be present to direct pedestrians around the area.

Building 12 and vicinity: Heavy driveway usage

Increased small truck traffic at and around the MIT.nano construction site is scheduled to continue through October. Trucks are scheduled to enter the site under Building 39. Please be alert and use caution when walking in the area. Police will be stationed along Vassar Street to assist with traffic and pedestrians. Trucks are scheduled to make occasional deliveries Monday through Saturday each week between the hours of 6AM and 3PM.

Buildings 26 & 32: steam line expansion

On Monday, October 30, crews are scheduled to begin excavating and installing underground steam lines between Buildings 26 and 32. Daily work hours are scheduled from 5AM through 3:30PM. Phase I activities are anticipated to continue through early December, weather permitting. Phase II activities, including the installation of pipe within the trench, is scheduled to begin in early 2018.

Construction work will be limited from 8AM-9:30AM daily to facilitate daycare drop-off. In addition, the area will be covered with steel plates at the end of the working day. Noise and vibration are anticipated. This project is expected to conclude in early spring.

The work zone will be inaccessible during work hours. Pedestrians will be rerouted through the interior corridors of Buildings 56, 16 and 26. Cyclists will be directed around the north of Building 32. The bicycle rack at the north side of Building 26 will be inaccessible throughout construction, and a temporary bicycle rack will be placed nearby. A police detail will be onsite throughout the duration of the work to direct pedestrians and traffic around the area. Access to the buildings will not be affected.

See the map for mor details.

Questions can be directed to Andrew Corson.

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Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant

Construction is underway on an upgrade to MIT’s Central Utilities Plant, which includes the construction of a building on the former N10 Annex Parking lot. Beginning Monday, September 18, Pressure Injected Footing (PIF) equipment will be brought to the site of the former N10 Annex Parking lot. Over the next six weeks, crews will be inserting the PIFs around the site located next to the Albany Street garage. These will serve as foundational structure for the new Central Utilities Plant building. As PIF operations are disruptive, noise and vibration will be heaviest during this phase of construction. Hours for this work are 7AM – 5PM Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

In order to maintain pedestrian safety, a portion of the sidewalk in front of Building N16 and the construction site is scheduled to close for the duration of the project. The pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Albany and Portland Streets will be temporarily moved to align with this closure. Both of these activities are expected to be complete by the end of September. The pedestrian crossing at the railroad tracks connecting the Albany Garage and Vassar Street will remain open throughout construction. The walkway between the Albany Garage and the construction site will remain open throughout most of the construction with short periods of closure to install a new walkway and landscaping as construction nears completion. Sidewalk closures and alternate pedestrian routes are shown on the attached map. The project is scheduled to conclude in 2020.

View a map showing sidewalk closures and alternate pedestrian routes.

Phase 1: Site preparation and foundations (August 2017 – Spring 2018)

Phase 1 activities for the project are expected to include site preparation and enabling, site excavation,utility work, and the construction of foundations. Pressure injected footings (PIFs) will be used to support the building. During this phase, two-way traffic will be maintained on Albany Street, moderate noise and vibration is expected during PIF installation, and construction vehicles will travel through the area.

Phase 2: Steel (Spring 2018 – Spring 2019)

During this phase, the new addition’s steel structure will be constructed and its exterior wrapped, leaving the roof open. Slabs and floors will be built. A crane will be located on Albany Street during the installation of the large equipment for the plant. During this phase, Albany Street will become one-way from the intersection with Portland Street to the Albany Garage entrance. Two-way traffic will be maintained from Main Street to the entrance of the Albany Garage. For a short period during the summer of 2018, the section of Albany Street from Portland Street to the garage entrance will close. Garage access will be maintained during that period as well.

Phase 3: Interiors, streetscape (Summer 2018 – Summer 2019)

Most activities take place inside the building during this phase, with interior fit out and finalizing and testing system installations. Exterior streetscape and landscape work will include new lighting for public walkways as well as new public seating, trees, and other plantings. In the spring of 2019, Albany Street is scheduled to reopen to vehicles and pedestrians between Portland and Main Streets. The walkway between the construction site and Albany Garage will close for a period during spring and summer 2019 for streetscape and landscape work.

Construction activities - November

Over the next few weeks, eversource will be working next to the site located next to the Albany Street garage. The street will be narrowed and traffic will be delayed in the area.

Construction hours are 7 AM – 6 PM Monday – Friday and 7 AM - 3:30 PM on Saturdays, with some additional weekend and evening work expected.

The following activities are scheduled to take place in November:

  • Removal of soil
  • Installation of drilled mini piles
  • Installation of timber lagging/bracing
  • Eversource gas installation next to site on Albany Street. Expect traffic delays and street closures.

Visit the Powering MIT site to learn more about the project and to view updates.

For regular updates, subscribe to the weekly construction forecast emails.

Questions about this work may be directed to Frances Boyle.

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Building 50

Crews are scheduled to begin repairs to the retaining wall located at the north side of Walker Memorial, Building 50. Anticipated construction hours are Monday through Friday, 7AM-3:30PM. Demolition activities are scheduled for the first week of construction, November 6-10, with noisy work beginning after 9AM. This project is expected to conclude at the end of December.

The work zone will be inaccessible during the demolition phase from November 6-10, except as use as emergency egress. The bicycle rack at the north side of Building 50 will remain inaccessible throughout construction, and a temporary bicycle rack will be placed nearby. Walker Memorial will remain open and accessible throughout construction. Signage will be posted throughout.

See the map for more details.

Questions about this work may be directed to Mike DeRoche.

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Building 56

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to start work on a project within Building 56 to reduce energy consumption. Various repairs will be performed to the HVAC system and fume hoods. This project includes ASHRAE 110 fume hood testing for all fume hoods. Bio-safety cabinets will not be included in this project. This work is scheduled to take place weekdays from 6AM to 3PM starting August 14 and concluding by December 8.

During this required maintenance, occupant use of these lab spaces will be limited. While the work is being performed, fume hoods will not be available for use. Everything within the fume hoods must be cleared out. During working hours, general ventilation within the lab will be shut down limiting the work lab occupants can perform. We will aim to restore general ventilation in labs after 3PM; however due to potential working conditions, some labs might not have general ventilation restored until the work in the lab is complete. Notices will be posted informing lab occupants of these conditions. Occupants will be able access the affected labs during project hours, but we ask that occupants do not obstruct the crews performing the work. Each lab is anticipated to take 2-3 days to complete.

The team will work with room occupants to coordinate the activity as needed. Door notices will be posted indicating the anticipated start date of the work. This work will impact every room within Building 56. Please notify Nate Fanning, MIT Project Manager, if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space. Please assist this project by removing all objects from fume hoods and from under the HVAC equipment impacted by this project. Plastic drop cloths will be provided to lab occupants so they can cover their benches and tables from dust if desired.

Questions about this work may be directed to Nate Fanning.

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Building E17

Work is underway to renew and modernize the elevator in Building E17, installing new equipment and new cab finishes. Work hours will be 6AM to 3PM, Monday-Friday and the project is expected to conclude by the end of March 2018.

The elevator will remain out of service for the duration of the project. During this time, the Ames Street entrance will remain open and an accessible entrance will be available at the rear of Building E17. All other floors will be accessible by using elevators and access from Buildings E18 and E19. A pedestrian pathway on the first floor from E17 through E19 will remain available throughout construction.

The scope of work includes renewing the elevator by installing new equipment (machines, controllers, and doors) and new cab finishes. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft. Some noise is expected while crews conduct the demolition of the elevator machine. A crane will be used for part of the process to remove the old elevator machine. Any construction work that could be disruptive will be completed by 9AM.

See a map of alternate entrances.

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

Mechanical systems insulation

As part of an ongoing energy conservation project, weekend work is scheduled in the basement of Building E17 on Saturday and Sunday, November 18-19. Anticipated work hours are 5AM-2PM. This work involves insulation repair on the mechanical and piping systems in room E17-016. No noise or vibration is anticipated. This work is scheduled to continue during the weekends for six weeks.

Questions about this renovation work may be directed to Jack Mannion.

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Building E19

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.

Restroom renovations

As the infrastructure upgrades in Building E19 progress, renovations of the restrooms on the second through seventh floors are scheduled for Monday through Friday from 6 AM – 3 PM.

The project’s overarching goals are to replace aging equipment and systems. Building E19 infrastructure renewal work is expected to continue through early 2018. The result of this project will be ADA compliant restrooms with improved fixture counts renovated to the current MIT standards, new HVAC, new and larger custodial closets and new drinking fountains.

Phase I is complete. To accommodate the stacked plumbing, the Building E19 women’s restrooms on floors 2-7 are anticipated to be offline for six months. During this work, the restrooms will be redesignated as alternating men’s and women’s restrooms by floor. Temporarily changing the gender designations of some restrooms will more evenly distribute fixtures.

Signage will be posted on the restrooms and additional signs will be posted in the building.

Questions may be directed to Lachlan Patterson.

Entrance closure

As infrastructure upgrades progress, beginning Monday, June 12 the entrance to Building E19 along Ames Street will be temporarily closed. Additionally, the police call box located at this entrance will be out of service for the duration of construction. Signs will be posted redirecting people to the nearest location.

The entrance is being renovated to add a wheelchair lift for improved accessibility. Construction is scheduled Monday through Friday with occasional Saturday work. Anticipated work hours are from 6AM-3PM with the noisiest construction activity occurring before 9AM. The Ames Street lobby elevators will remain in service, as well as the Main Street elevator. This work is scheduled to continue through October 2017.

Alternate entrances to Building E19 will remain available throughout construction. See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Lachlan Patterson.

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Building E40

Space is being renovated on the second and third floors of Building E40 for the Center for Transportation & Logistics. Construction is scheduled to occur daily through October 2017.

The wheelchair lift at the entrance to Building E40 is scheduled to be removed from service October 23. Access will be available though the loading dock ramp in the rear and from Building E51 throught the third floor bridge. This project is scheduled to last through late November.

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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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.

Wadsworth Street temporary closure

Wadsworth Street will remain closed to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) 24 hours a day until the end of September. Construction activities include equipment set up and staging for utility installation. Vehicles on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street. (W1).

Please see the map showing the driving pattern and pedestrian pathways for the area.

MBTA Station Pedestrian Access

The pedestrian plaza connecting Carleton Street to the inbound Kendall Square MBTA Station on Main Street is closed fully for the duration of the project to allow construction of an underground garage in this area. Pedestrians will be guided to seek alternate paths to and from the station using Ames Street, Dock Street, or Wadsworth Street.

Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work. Carleton Street will remain open to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to the Medical Parking Lot.

See a map of the area.

Construction Updates – November 2017

  • Wadsworth Street will remain closed to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) 24 hours a day. Construction activities include equipment set up and staging for utility installation. Vehicles on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street.
  • In preparation for winter, Carleton Street will be paved. The first step in the process will take place on Friday, November 3rd. On Thursday, November 9th, the street will be paved. Both activities will reduce the street to one lane only but access will be maintained to the MIT Medical Building and parking lot. Line striping will follow within the next two weeks.
  • Work will continue at 100 Memorial Drive across from Carleton Street to install a new utility structure. Pedestrians will be rerouted around the construction zone while the work takes place.
  • Utility lines will be installed near the entrance to E51 which will require the revolving doors to be closed. The main entrance will remain opened but pedestrians can also access the building through the E40 bridge.
  • The sheeting installation activities will commence on Site 5 along Main Street and around the MBTA head house. This work may create noise and vibration in the immediate area.
  • The pedestrian plaza connecting Carleton Street to the inbound Kendall Square MBTA Station on Main Street is closed fully for the duration of the project to allow construction of an underground garage in this area. Pedestrians will be guided to seek alternate paths to and from the station using Ames Street, Dock Street, or Wadsworth Street.

    Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work.
  • Work continues on the Kendall Garage behind 292 Main (E38), 290 Main (E39), and 238 Main (E48). This includes Slurry Wall (Support of the Excavation) installation, daily deliveries of steel and concrete, daily trucking to remove material from the site, and steel will continue to be installed in E38 / E39.
  • Building E39 foundation activities will continue.
  • Building E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue.

    Pressure cleaning will continue inside of E38. This activity may be loud at times along Main Street.
  • Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • 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.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Alison Crowley (MITIMCo).

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Building NW10

Renovation work is scheduled for Building NW10. On occasion a crane will be onsite along Purrington Street to access the roof of Building NW10. Anticipated work hours are 9AM-5PM. A police detail will be onsite throughout the duration of the work to direct pedestrians and traffic around the area.

Questions about this work may be directed to Bill Mackie.

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Buildings NW36 and NW38

Construction is underway at 250 Albany Street to relocate the Grounds Department. Excavation is scheduled to occur through the months of October and November, with some noise and vibration expected during this time. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday, 7AM-6PM, and Saturday from 9AM-5PM. Heightened truck traffic is expected in the area during work hours. Construction is anticipated to be complete in December.

View the link below for more information about the Grounds Relocation project.

Questions may be directed to Camille Mekdeci.

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Building W8

The exterior lift of the Building W8 Boathouse is scheduled to be replaced. Beginning Wednesday, November 1, crews are scheduled to begin demolition and construction of a new lift for Pierce Boathouse. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 7AM-3:30PM. Some noise and vibration are anticipated during this activity. This lift will remain out of service through December.

During this process the lift will be unavailable. Signage will be posted throughout.

Questions about this work may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Buildings W16 and W35

Starting on Tuesday, September 19 repairs are scheduled for the concrete pathway between Kresge Auditorium (W16) and the Zesiger Center (W35), weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are from 7AM-3PM daily. This project is expected to last through late October.

Crews will be working in two phases, allowing for the walkway to remain accessible throughout construction. Phase I will occur to the north of the walkway, near Building 35. Phase II is scheduled to commence at the completion of Phase I, and will occur to the south near Building W16. The area under repair will be cordoned off throughout the duration of the work. Some moderate noise is expected during concrete removal.

Questions about this work may be directed to Varin Ang.

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Building W70

Work is underway to renovate New House, Building W70, with activities continuing through August 2018. Work hours are from 6AM-2AM daily.

Traffic will increase in the area as construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the site from Amherst Alley and Memorial Drive throughout the day. Additionally, the loading dock for Building W61 will be inaccessible through Phase 1 of construction. Pedestrians will be redirected around the site and MIT police will be present to direct traffic.

New House’s renovation will consist of extensive interior demolition. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated throughout this process. The result will include completely new interior finishes, ADA compliant upgrades including the addition of an elevator, new windows, a new roof, and new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems throughout. Portions of the building will remain occupied throughout construction.

Road closure

On Monday, September 18, underground utility work is scheduled to commence along Amherst Alley in front of New House, Building W70. Amherst Alley will be closed in front of Building W70 through September 22 to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, which will be rerouted to Memorial Drive. High levels of noise and some vibration are anticipated throughout this process. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 6AM-10PM through September 22, 2017.

During this time, the shuttle stop for Westgate/Tang currently located on Amherst Alley will be relocated to Audrey Street in front of Building W84. The shuttle pick-up location in front of Next House will be redirected to the corner of Amherst Alley and Fowler Street, or to the temporary Audrey Street location.

See the map for more details.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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250 Albany Street: Grounds relocation

Construction is underway at 250 Albany Street to relocate the Grounds Department. Excavation is scheduled to occur through the months of October and November, with some noise and vibration expected during this time. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday, 7AM-6PM, and Saturday from 9AM-5PM. Heightened truck traffic is expected in the area during work hours. Construction is expected to be complete in December, with the creation of Buildings NW36, NW38 & NW38A.

Traffic patterns are scheduled to shift near the Albany Street site and Building NW35. Beginning Tuesday, November 7, excavation is scheduled to commence on Albany Street in front of Building NW35 to bring utilities to the new Grounds Department location, weather permitting. Construction hours are Monday through Saturday from 9AM-6PM for this work. Noise is anticipated during this time. This work is expected to continue for two weeks.

The travel lanes will be narrowed during this process, and the sidewalk may be inaccessible. Temporary crosswalks will be placed to allow pedestrian access around the site. Certain work will temporarily impede traffic, and east/west traffic will be intermittently stopped as the street is narrowed to one lane. A police detail will help direct vehicular traffic, cyclists and pedestrians in the area. This activity should not impact access to the Building NW35 parking lot.

Questions may be directed to Camille Mekdeci.

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Bergstrom Garden

A landscape renovation project of the Bergstrom Garden located at the rear of Building E60 is underway. Work this fall will consist of erecting construction fencing, installing landscape boulders, site grading and temporary sod. Anticipated hours are 7AM-4PM. Some machine noise is expected. Work is expected to be complete by mid-December.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Combs.

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COSMOS: Building systems barcoding

The Department of Facilities is scheduled to barcode assets maintained by our department in Buildings across MIT, including mechanical, electrical, and building systems equipment. Also included, if applicable, are Electrical Panels, Fire extinguishers, Safety Showers, Toxic Gas Monitors and Exhaust Hoods. The barcodes will be used to manage equipment for our maintenance program. This work is scheduled to take place 7AM to 7PM during the time periods designated below.

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, dorm rooms, offices, and laboratories. For offices and dorm spaces, a sample set of rooms must be tested and verified before determining the total extent of equipment present throughout. Please notify Taylor Phelps if your space has access restrictions or certain times when the team should not enter the space.

  • Building 2: September 22 - November 17
  • Building 4: November 27 - December 15
  • Building 6C: November 10 - November 30
  • Building 13: November 27 - December 15
  • Building 14: September 22 - November 17
  • Building 16: November 27 - December 15
  • Building 17: November 7 - November 22
  • Building 33: November 7 - November 22
  • Building 34: November 7 - November 22
  • Building 50: November 7 - November 29
  • Building 51: November 7 - November 29
  • Building 57: November 7 - November 29
  • Building 66: November 7 - November 29
  • Building 76: November 20 - December 8
  • Building E23: November 10 - December 8
  • Building E25: November 10 - December 8
  • Building E40: November 10 - December 8
  • Building E51: November 10 - December 8
  • Building NW86: November 20 - December 15
  • Building W16: October 20 - November 22
  • Building W20: October 20 - November 22

Questions may be directed to Taylor Phelps.

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Longfellow Bridge

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

Overnight Closure

MassDOT will close the Longfellow Bridge to vehicular traffic overnight Monday, November 6, through Thursday, November 9, from 11:00 PM each night until 5:00 AM the following morning. The closure is necessary for MBTA rapid construction in the Span 3 upstream portion of the bridge.

Memorial Drive sidewalk closure

MassDOT will close the Memorial Drive/Land Boulevard eastbound sidewalk, also known as the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path, in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge from 7:00 AM on Thursday, September 28, into late October. The closure is necessary to demolish and reconstruct the sidewalk and barrier in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge. Due to the extensive nature of the work, the sidewalk will be closed 24 hours per day, seven days a week. WSC anticipates the work and associated closure will take approximately one month. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured to the Memorial Drive/Land Boulevard westbound sidewalk. The detour route and map are described and linked below. Signage will be in place to indicate the approved detour route. Please use approved crosswalks only to cross active roadways.

From east of the Crimson Sailing Academy, take a left to cross Memorial Drive eastbound, follow the path to the right and cross Land Boulevard westbound, turn right and follow the path to cross the Land Boulevard off-ramp, turn right to follow the path under the Longfellow Bridge, and use the crosswalks at the intersection with Cambridge Parkway to rejoin Land Boulevard eastbound.

View a map of the detour path.

Shuttle buses

Due to the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project, shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains in both directions between Park Street and Kendall/MIT Stations, with a stop at Charles/MGH Station, on weekends beginning on Saturday, September 30, through Sunday, December 17.

The Longfellow Bridge will also be closed to all private and commercial vehicular traffic on these weekends when work is taking place, with access maintained for bus shuttles, emergency vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The bridge is currently scheduled to be open and Red Line trains will be in use for the Head of the Charles weekend (October 21-22).

On each weekend, the use of bus shuttles will begin at the start of service on Saturday and will end at the beginning of service on Monday, and the Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 11:00 PM each Friday to 5:00 AM the following Monday.

Bus shuttles and emergency responders will be the only motor vehicles permitted on the bridge. Bicyclists, both inbound and outbound, and pedestrians will use the shared upstream sidewalk during the work. All other motor vehicles, including passenger vehicles and trucks, will need to use one of two Boston-bound routes to reach Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O'Brien Highway/Route 28) and Leverett Circle.

Inbound Detour Routes

Boston-bound vehicles will use one of two inbound detour routes to reach Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O'Brien Highway/Route 28) and Leverett Circle. Height restrictions are in place for Memorial Drive, so all buses and trucks must use the 3rd Street to Binney Street detour described below.

  • From Main Street, turn right onto Memorial Drive westbound, and make a U-turn at Ames Street to access Memorial Drive eastbound. Follow Memorial Drive eastbound to Land Boulevard and turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O'Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.
  • From Broadway, turn left onto 3rd Street, turn right on Binney Street, turn left onto Land Boulevard, and then turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.

For more information, visit the project site.

Storrow Drive Closure

MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will continue erecting elements of the new Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge overnight on Thursday, November 9. The work will require lane closures in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge on Storrow Drive eastbound and a full closure of the Mugar Way off-ramp to Charles Circle. The closures schedule is as follows:

Storrow Drive Eastbound:

  • 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM: Right lane closed (two travel lanes maintained)
  • 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM: Center and right lanes closed (one travel lane maintained)

Mugar Way off-ramp from Storrow Drive Eastbound to Charles Circle:

  • 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM: Closed

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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Vassar Street

Crews will be conducting a tree health investigation along Vassar Street, from Massachusetts Ave to Main Street, on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21-22. The purpose of the investigation is to understand the reason for the decline of tree health along this section of Vassar, so that we may create a healthier environment for future plantings. Please note that five deceased trees are scheduled to be removed during this process. The work will occur between 7AM-3PM, and will incur some noise.

Questions about this work may be directed to Todd Robinson.

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