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March 01, 2021



Building 3
Building 4
Building 7
Building 10
Building 14
Building 17
Building 26
Building 36
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
Building 44
  Building 46
Building 54
Buildings E14, E15, and E23
Building E23
Building E25
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building W8
Building W46 (Vassar St residence hall)
Building W51


Building 3

Renovation of a suite of labs is underway on the first-floor of Building 3. Crews are scheulded to work Monday through Friday, 6AM - 3PM. Some weekend and evening work is expected. This renovation work will generate some noise from demolition activities. Any activities generating loud noise will be scheduled to conclude by 8:30 AM.

Questions may be directed to Brian Donnellan.

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Building 4

Fourth floor EAPS renovation

A renovation project is underway in Building 4. During this time, the south wing of the fourth floor of Building 4 will be inaccessible as it is renovated for future EAPS laboratory space.

Construction activities are scheduled to proceed through August of 2020, with crews working Monday-Friday, 6AM–3PM. This renovation work will generate some noise from construction activities. Any activities generating loud noise are scheduled to conclude by 8AM.

Roof and parapet work will be included in this project. While construction is underway, crews are scheduled to transport materials through the fourth floor of Buildings 3 & 10, from the Building 3 loading dock via the Building 3 freight elevator. Material transport is scheduled to occur before 8AM daily. Access to the corridors and stairwells will not be impacted.

Questions may be directed to Cherie Alexander.

Service elevator renewal

Work is underway to renew the service elevator located in Building 4. The work includes installing new equipment and a new cab. Anticipated work hours are 6AM to 2PM, Monday-Friday, with some noisy work scheduled during the earlier morning hours. Most of the work will take place in the elevator machine room and elevator shaft; no impact to the corridor is anticipated. Signage will be posted. This project is scheduled through the end of December. Any associated shutdowns will be announced in a separate notification.

Questions about this work may be directed to Brigid McCauley.

Basement office suite renovation

An office suite renovation is underway in the basement of Building 4 in suite 4-017 to create a new space for the School of Engineering. Additionally, a temporary partition wall has been constructed in the corridor in front of the suite of rooms, narrowing a small section of the hallway slightly, though the corridor will remain accessible throughout.

Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 6AM-2PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 8:30AM daily, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. These activities will be contained within the rooms. This project is scheduled through the end of December. Signage will be posted.

Questions about this work may be directed to Alexander Farrell.

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Building 7

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is scheduled to renew the dome of Building 7. This work includes masonry, metal flashing, skylight and waterproofing repairs on the Building 7 dome and roof replacement on the upper roof of Building 7. Also included will be repairs to the water-damaged decorative plaster ceiling above the main lobby.

Preparatory activities are underway at the Building 7 dome. Crews will be working on the roof of Building 7 and in the Main parking lot between Buildings 3 & 5 throughout this process. Some low-level noise is expected as scaffolding, fencing, and tree protection are constructed. No disturbance to pedestrian traffic is anticipated.

Typical construction hours are 6AM – 3PM, with some Saturday work expected. Construction activities are targeted to begin in August. Details about construction will be released when they are finalized. This project is anticipated to continue through the spring of 2021.

Lobby 7 work

Crews are scheduled to work in the lobby of Building 7 during the MIT winter break period. Beginning Monday, December 21, crews will begin constructing scaffolding in Lobby 7 to access the interior dome for plaster restoration. The area of work will be cordoned off, and access to Lobby 7 and the associated cluster will be maintained. During this work, materials will be brought into the site from the Mass Ave entrance of Building 7. Moderate noise is expected during the construction and removal of the scaffolding, and minimal noise is expected during the plaster restoration work. Anticipated hours are 6AM through 4PM daily. This work is scheduled through mid-January.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 10

An office suite renovation project is scheduled to begin the second week of January in Room 100, on the first floor of Building 10. On Monday, January 11, demolition of the existing space is scheduled to begin. Work hours are daily from 6AM-3PM. This project is scheduled through June 2021.

Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8AM daily. During construction, a temporary wall will be constructed along the Infinite Corridor to enclose the space; access to the corridors and stairwells will not be impacted. While this work is underway, crews are scheduled to transport materials through the first floor of Buildings 10 & 3, from the Building 3 loading dock via the Building 3 freight elevator. Material transport is scheduled to occur before 8AM daily. Please see the attached map for the location of work.

Questions may be directed to Dan DeRoche.

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Building 14

Library renovation

In an effort to modernize Hayden Library as a state-of-the art facility, a renovation project is scheduled to begin in Building 14. This renovation will include the first and second floors of Hayden Library and their mezzanine levels. Design goals include creating an expansion of the 24-hour reading room, a café, more and varied study spaces, and flexible teaching and event space.

Construction is underway in the Hayden Library. During construction, the library will be closed to the MIT community. Signage has been posted throughout. Anticipated work hours are 7AM – 2PM Monday to Friday, with potential for additional work to be scheduled when applicable. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected, with high levels of noise concluding by 9AM. This work is scheduled through the end of 2020.

Questions may be directed to Joyand Charles.

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Building 17

For more than 80 years, MIT’s Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel has been a powerful testing tool for aviation and space flight innovation, advancing research for industry leaders as well as MIT. Today, a project is underway to build an upgraded wind tunnel on the same site as the original, which will be dismantled. When completed, the new facility will be the largest, most advanced academic wind tunnel in the country.

The project will include a full rehabilitation of Building 17, as well as some infrastructure work in the first-floor electrical room in Building 37 and in the Building 33 Hangar. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2021.

Construction activities

Regular construction hours will be 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday.

Note that the alley between Buildings 17 and 31 is closed to vehicular access and is expected to remain closed for the duration of the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained to the Building 33 entry, and construction and emergency vehicles will continue to travel through the alley. Access to the Building 35 loading dock will also remain available.

Construction phases

  • Phase I – Demolition (September 2019 – December 2019)
    • Work hours during demolition are scheduled for weekdays 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
    • The wind tunnel will be dismantled and removed from the site. During this phase, some noise is expected.
  • Phase II – Site utility work (December 2019 – February 2020)
    • During this phase excavation activities will generate some noise and vibration.
  • Phase III – Construction (Spring 2020 – Spring 2021)
    • Foundation work (Spring 2020)
    • Prefab construction (Summer 2020 – Spring 2021)
    • Site restoration (Spring 2021)

North Corridor crane and underpass closure – through February

A crane has been placed in the North Corridor adjacent to the wind tunnel construction fence obstructing vehicular access from the Mass Ave entrance. The crane will place wind tunnel components on the project site. The crane will be taken down and stored onsite daily. Moderate levels of noise are anticipated. This work is scheduled weekdays through the end of February.

The North Corridor between Mass Ave and Building 31 will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6AM through 4PM on these dates, weather permitting. During working hours, pedestrian traffic will be allowed through the area with assistance from MIT Police. Vehicular access to the Building 13 and Building 3 loading docks and the Main Lot will be maintained and available from the alley off of Vassar Street between Buildings 37 and 39. Signage will be posted for pedestrians and vehicles.

Building 17 work

Over the next several weeks, crews will continue installing curtain wall and metal siding for the building addition as well as roofing and flashing. Mechanical and electrical work is ongoing within the building. Interior fitup work will also be ongoing. Moderate noise is expected.

Building 37 work

Crews are scheduled to continue mechanical and electrical work in the Building 37 basement. Low to moderate levels of noise are expected during this operation.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 26

Upper and lower roof replacement work is underway for Building 26. Anticipated hours of work are weekdays from 6AM through 4PM. Some mild noise is anticipated. During construction, crews will use cranes to access the roof; advance notification will be sent when these events are scheduled. During crane work hours, the area will be cordoned off, and a police detail will direct pedestrians around the area. This project is scheduled through the end of March 2021.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Campbell.

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Building 36

In order to create a new optics lab, Rooms 36-189, 36-193, and the adjacent corridor, 36-100CC, have been redesigned. As part of this project, the mail room currently located in room 36-193 will be relocated to room 36-305. Work hours are daily from 6AM-3PM. This project is scheduled through the end of January 2021.

Noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. During construction, the exterior exit door to rooms 189 and 193 in Building 36 is scheduled to be closed permanently and the adjacent loading dock will be demolished; a notification will be sent when the details of this work are known. No hallway closures within Building 36 are anticipated.

Questions may be directed to Dan DeRoche.

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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. Hours for this work are 7AM – 5PM Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

The project is scheduled to conclude in 2021.

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

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.

Construction activities

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

Building 42 alley/fire lane closure

The alley/fire lane between Building 42 and the railroad tracks is closed to through traffic for the remainder of the CUP construction project. During this time, the lane will be impassable to vehicles and pedestrians. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the Vassar Street sidewalk. The pedestrian path across the railroad tracks connecting Albany and Vassar Streets will remain open during construction.

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 44

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with the College of Computing on the site of Building 44. As part of its mission to enhance the student experience, the project will establish a home for the new College of Computing.

Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Construction activities

Geotech borings will be performed onsite as foundation work commences. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work, but will not be extensive.

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. Construction vehicles will travel through the area.
  • The railroad crossing from the Albany Street garage (N4) will be maintained, though the location may be altered as construction proceeds.
  • The project team will coordinate with other projects along Vassar Street to maintain access around the site.

Gas line trenching

Ongoing utility work is scheduled to occur at the Building 44 site along the railroad tracks. Aa gas line is scheduled to be rerouted underground. During this time, excavation of the area will occur.

Questions may be directed to Travis Wanat.

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Building 46

Excavation activities for an emergency utility repair are underway. A site fence has been placed to cordon off the area, and access will be limited during this necessary repair work; this requires the closure of the accessibility ramp to the south of Building 46, and the pass-through under Building 46 to Vassar Street. Pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk around Buildings 46 and 48 to access each building. Please use caution when traversing the area.

Scheduled hours are Monday through Friday between 7AM – 4PM. High levels of noise are anticipated during excavation activities. Scope and duration of the project will be determined once work is underway. This work will not impact normal research functions in the building.

Questions may be directed to Seth Kinderman.

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Building 54

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, work is underway to renew Building 54. This work includes replacing the roof system, and restoring the façade and building systems. Preparatory activities for this work are underway with various building testing. Construction hours are 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with some overnight work expected. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected.

Construction is underway throughout Building 54. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are being demolished from the top floors down, and the bathrooms are undergoing demolition from the second floor up. All restrooms have been closed for the duration of the project.

See an overview of the project from the 2019 townhall here.

View the latest townhall presentation here.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to Sarah MacDonald.

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Buildings E14, E15, and E23 pathway

Temporary trailers have been installed in the courtyard between Buildings E14, E15, and E23. The pathway between Buildings E15 and E23 will remain accessible to pedestrian traffic.

Questions may be directed to Camille Mekdeci.

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Building E23

Work is underway to investigate and repair the masonry façade at the corner of Building E23. Crews are assessing the area and creating make safe conditions. Safety netting will be installed during this time. Work hours are weekdays from 7AM-3PM. Some minor noise is anticipated. Access to the area will be maintained.Work to complete repairs to this façade is anticipated to begin in summer 2021.

Questions may be directed to Hugh Greville.

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Building E25

Two office suite renovations are scheduled on the first and second floors of Building E25, in rooms E25-131 and E25-201, 202, 204, 206, 210, and 214 to create a new Center for Translational Research for IMES and CRC. Additionally, renovations are scheduled for the first-floor public restrooms, E25-123 and E25-125. Occupants will be directed to other restrooms during this work.

Anticipated work hours are 6AM-2PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 8:30AM daily, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. These activities will be contained within the rooms. This project is scheduled through February of 2021. Signage will be posted.

Questions may be directed to Gianna Salvaggio.

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East Campus: Kendall Square Initiative

For the most up-to-date information about the Kendall Square Initiative, visit the courbanize project profile. Click the “Follow” button to sign up for an account and receive notifications about the project.

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. Construction hours are scheduled for 7AM – 6PM weekdays, and Saturday from 9AM – 6PM.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Holly Sutherland.

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.

Patient parking for MIT Medical will remain available.

  • 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.

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.

Amherst and Wadsworth Streets 2-way

Traffic patterns on Amherst and Wadsworth Streets have returned to two-way access. Some utility and restoration work is scheduled to continue along Amherst Street and the northern sidewalk. Police details will be in the area to direct pedestrians and traffic as needed.

Medical parking lot shift

The entrance to the MIT Medical parking lot is scheduled to shift on Monday, January 20. Access to the lot from Carleton Street will be removed, and a new entrance will be established along Amherst Street. The ambulance ramp will remain open for drop-off or pick-up.

MBTA Kendall Station work

The MBTA has commenced work at the Kendall Square inbound train station. Access to the station is scheduled to be maintained throughout construction. Signage will be posted directing users to alternate entrances. The renovation and modernization of the Kendall Square inbound MBTA station is scheduled through 2022.

General Construction Updates

  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to all traffic. The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street through this phase. Construction vehicles and equipment will continue to be set up and operate in this area and at the intersection with Wadsworth Street. The noisiest work will come from the intermittent use of vacuum trucks.
  • 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.
  • 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 Street 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.
  • Large equipment will be removed and brought to site on and on-going basis. This activity may occur after hours but no disruptions are expected.
  • General construction activities will continue on Saturdays. Work will occur within the City of Cambridge allowable work hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

See the map for more details.

Questions about the construction phase of this work may be directed to Holly Sutherland.

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Building W8

In an effort to support the Institute’s student-athletes and enhance the experience of the teams and the community, the Pierce Boathouse is scheduled to undergo renovation. Beginning Monday, December 16, crews will mobilize onsite at Building W8. Anticipated hours are Monday through Friday from 7AM through 3PM, with deliveries happening after 9AM. Some noise is expected. Access to the boathouse will be restricted for the duration of construction. This project is anticipated to conclude in 2021.

The boathouse will receive new windows, updates to docks and launching areas, and a deck extension to add a second means of egress. Inside, the renovation will include multiple building updates, including larger men’s and women’s locker rooms, expanded boat storage, new offices, and increased training spaces as well as a meeting area and other building upgrades.

Memorial Drive lane closure

For the duration of the project, a right lane closure has been implemented along Memorial Drive towards Boston between Audrey Street and Endicott Street. Traffic patterns will be clearly marked. A police detail will be on site during construction hours weekdays between 9AM and 3:30PM.

Questions may be directed to Marty Deluga.

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Building W46 - New Vassar Street Residence Hall

Subscribe to weekly construction activity forecasts for the Vassar Street Residence Hall.

Construction activities are ongoing as MIT proceeds with a new undergraduate residence hall on the site of the West Garage parking facility (W45). As part of its mission to enhance the student experience, the project will add 450 new beds.

Construction hours are 7AM – 11PM, Sunday-Saturday.

The following changes to travel lanes on Vassar Street will remain in place throughout construction:

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. Construction vehicles will travel through the area.
  • Crosswalks will be installed at each corner of the site and pedestrians will be directed to the sidewalk on the south side of Vassar Street for the length of the site.
  • A shared bike lane will be created in the westbound lane of Vassar Street to be shared by bicycles and vehicles during construction. The eastbound bicycle and vehicle lanes will remain unchanged.

Vassar Street temporary narrowing

Street utility work is scheduled on Vassar Street adjacent to the new residence hall construction site. At times, traffic patterns are scheduled to shift. The travel lanes will be temporarily impeded, 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. Anticipated regular project work hours are 7AM-11PM daily. Some noise is expected throughout this process.

Work during weekends and holidays through January

Work is scheduled to occur at the new Vassar Street Residence Hall site through weekends in January and throughout the Institute break, weather permitting. Full crews will be onsite during scheduled MIT holiday, Monday, January 18. Typical daily work is scheduled for this time. Anticipated hours are 7AM-6PM each day. There may be an increase in truck traffic during these hours. Minimal noise is anticipated as crews work inside and outside the building.

Learn about the design of the residence hall

To learn more about the project, visit the Capital Projects site where you can link to news articles and view renderings of the site design.

Questions about this work may be directed to Varin Ang.

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Building W51

On Monday, January 4, 2021, work is scheduled to commence to renovate Burton Conner, Building W51. Work will begin with the installation of a fence around the building; in March, the fence will be extended into the sidewalk and street parking spaces along Amherst Alley. Work hours are from 7AM-5PM weekdays, with occasional weekend and evening work anticipated. Burton Conner is expected to reopen for occupancy in August 2022.

Traffic will increase in the area as construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the site from Amherst Alley, Fowler Street, and Memorial Drive throughout the day. Pedestrians will be redirected around the site and MIT police will be present to direct traffic.

Burton Conner’s renovation will consist of some interior demolition. High levels of noise and vibration are anticipated throughout this process. The result will include ADA compliant upgrades, new windows, a new roof, façade repairs, and new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as a refresh of interior finishes throughout. The building will remain unoccupied throughout construction.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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