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The view from Main Street showing protective plastic sheeting.


The tallest crane in Cambridge helps maneuver steel into place.

Building Framework Nears Completion
December 19, 2003

Less than five months after construction began on the new BCS building, the shape of the department's new home is rapidly coming into focus. A massive steel framework now reaches up to the seventh floor, creating a tunnel over the previously unconstrained MBTA train tracks and rivaling in height the Stata Center going up across the street. Already, interior construction has begun on the lower floors with plastic sheeting protecting workers from the oncoming winter weather and providing a preview of the limestone facade that will ultimately cover the building.

As rapid as progress has seemed, there is much more to be done, warns Project Manager Arne Abramson. "The steel is the fun part," says Abramson. "It goes up quickly, but it also toys with your ability to calibrate reality and makes the future appear much closer than it actually is. Even though we expect to have the framework done by Spring Term, things will seem to move much more slowly after that."

Still, the project remains on schedule, and it is difficult not be impressed by the scale of the construction effort and by the building that is taking shape along Main and Vassar streets.