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March 04, 2024



Building 1
Building 32
Building 34
Buildings 56 & 66
Buildings 62 & 64
Building E19
Buildings E23 & E25
Building E55
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building W5

  Building W18: Music Building
Building W41
Buildings W87 & W88:
West Campus Graduate Residence

Unscheduled elevator work


Offline elevators

Non-MIT work


Albany Street (Main to Portland)
Ames Street


Building 1

Beginning Monday, March 25, the lift located at the Mass Ave entrance to Building 1 is scheduled to be removed from service through January for renovation. The scope of work includes removing the existing lift and installing new equipment, controllers, and lift, and updating the enclosure. Anticipated construction hours are 6AM to 3PM, Monday-Friday, with some noisy work occurring during the earlier morning hours.

Area closure – March 25 through April 2

In order to accommodate demolition activities, access to the Building 1 Mass Ave entrance and the staircases adjacent to the lift will be restricted during weekday work hours. Additionally, the exterior pathway leading to the entrance, including the bike racks located here, may be inaccessible during these times. This area closure is planned from March 25 – April 2. Occupants of buildings in the area are asked to plan accordingly.

Signage will be posted directing occupants to the Lobby 7 elevator through the basement entrance along Mass Ave or through the Buildings 3 or 5 corridors on the first floor. See the map for details.

About this project

This renewal project is part of a broader effort to renew and modernize the elevators and lifts in several different buildings across campus. Modernizing the elevators will replace obsolete equipment, protecting the safety of the MIT community while improving the day-to-day experience of building occupants and visitors.

Questions may be directed to Dan Melish.

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Building 32

Work is underway to repair the masonry façade of the Star element of Building 32. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 7AM-6PM, with some weekend and evening work expected. Some minor noise is anticipated. The work areas will be cordoned off. Access to the building will be maintained.

See an overview of the project from the info session here.

Questions may be directed to Joanne Kuo.

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Building 34

Classroom renovation
On Tuesday, January 2, demolition activities are scheduled to begin in room 34-101 as a classroom located on the first floor of Building 34 is scheduled to undergo renovation. Anticipated work hours for this project are Monday through Friday, 6AM-3PM, with some weekend and evening work expected. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 8:30AM, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. Construction is scheduled through August.

Questions may be directed to Sohaib Shah.

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Buildings 62 & 64

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with the renovation of East Campus, Buildings 62 & 64, with activities continuing through Summer 2025. Construction hours are 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday, with some weekend and evening work expected.

Project phases

  • Project mobilization in June will include extending fencing along the site perimeter of McDermott Court.
  • Beginning the week of July 5, the building site as well as the sidewalk and parking spaces along Ames Street next to Building 64 will be fenced off.
  • Demolition activities are scheduled to begin during this time, and traffic will increase in the area.
  • Pedestrians will be directed to bypass the construction area and use the eastern sidewalk of Ames Street.
  • August 2023 – August 2025: The perimeter fence will extend north of the site near Building 66, where it will remain until the end of the project. Construction work will begin in full.

Questions may be directed to Kevin M Carr.

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Building E19

As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, façade and window repair work is scheduled for Building E19. Weekday work hours are 7AM – 3:30PM, with some weekend work expected. Construction activities are targeted to begin in July and continue through January 2024.

Façade renewal and window replacement: July 2023 - January 2024
Overhead protection has been established on the Ames Street, Main Street, and Ford Parking Lot sides of Building E19. Swing staging will be installed from the roof, and crews will perform localized repairs of the façade and selected window replacement. The sidewalk and all entrances will be protected from the work above and will remain accessible throughout construction. Some noise and vibration from façade cutting, hammer drilling, and chipping work are anticipated.

Main stairwell closure
Crews are scheduled to repair and replace the glass block windows of the stairwell adjacent to the Main Street entrance of Building E19. Beginning Monday, September 18, the stairwell will close to accommodate this work. This closure is scheduled through the end of October. The stairwell will be inaccessible except as emergency egress. Signage will be posted directing occupants to alternative stairwells. The elevators at the Main Street entrance are scheduled to remain accessible and operational throughout this work. Access to the building will not be affected.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Campbell.

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Buildings E23 & E25

Buildings E23 & E25 facade
As part of the Institute’s investment in infrastructure renewal, crews are scheduled to renew the façades of Buildings E23 & E25. This work includes repairing, replacing, restoring, and repointing the brick and surfaces of the façades. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM. During this construction, noise and vibration are expected from façade cutting and chipping work.

Scaffolding has been erected along the work areas. This staging will serve as a platform for work crews during construction. The team will repair cracked and damaged brick, repoint mortar, and will repair window lintels as needed. This operation will incur noise.

Questions may be directed to Thanh Nguyen.

Lab renovation - second floor
A lab renovation is underway on the second floor of Building E25. Beginning Monday, January 29, demolition activities are scheduled to take place in rooms E25-231 and E25-223 and the adjacent corridor. This project is scheduled through the end of April.

Anticipated work hours are 6AM-2PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 8AM daily, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. While this work is underway, crews will transport materials to and from the Building E19 loading dock via the Building E25 freight elevator. Access to the corridors and stairwells will not be impacted. Signage will be posted.

Questions about this work may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

Lab renovation - sixth floor
A lab renovation is underway in Rooms E25-630 & E25-650. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 6AM-2PM. Heavy noise is planned to conclude by 8AM daily, with some occasional light noise for the duration of the work day. These activities will be contained within the room. This project is scheduled through the end of July.

Questions about this work may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

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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. Learn more about the Kendall Square Initiative.

Construction in Kendall Square kicked off in September 2016. 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.

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Patient parking for MIT Health will remain available.

  • MIT Health will validate parking for patients. (Cars exiting the lot without validation will incur a non-refundable $60 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 Health will contact the Parking Office on their behalf.

General Construction Updates

  • Police details will be utilized throughout the project area to assist with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • 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 W5

Beginning Monday, February 12, utilities excavation and repair work is scheduled along Danforth Street and Amherst Alley next to Building W5. Some loud noise from a vacuum truck and heavy machinery is expected. Work hours are 8AM-3:30PM each day, with loud noises occurring after 9AM. This project is anticipated to continue through early March.

The construction area will be cordoned off. Pedestrians will be rerouted around the area; access to all entrances of Building W5 will be maintained. Danforth Street and Amherst Alley will remain open to cyclist and vehicular traffic, though the street may be narrowed and traffic intermittently stopped. Several parking spaces will be restricted along Amherst Alley; access to the head of house parking spaces will be maintained. Signage will be posted. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area.

Questions may be directed to Cori McKee-Dalis.

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Building W18: Music Building

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with a new Music Building behind Building W16. As part of MIT’s mission to enhance the student experience, the project will provide highly advanced performance, rehearsal, and music teaching spaces as well as music technology resources such as a makerspace, research lab, and production labs.

Construction hours are 7 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Friday, with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Learn about the new Music Building
To learn more about the project, visit the Capital Projects site.

Contact
Questions about this work may be directed to Sarah Yazici.

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Building W41

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with the redevelopment of the Metropolitan (Met) Warehouse, Building W41. The adaptive reuse of the Met Warehouse will provide a new home for the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), including classrooms, design studios, research spaces, faculty offices, and areas for meetings and collaborative activities. Additionally, the space will house the new MIT Morningside Academy for Design and create a location for the largest community-wide makerspace on campus managed by Project Manus. The anticipated target completion date for this project is summer 2025.

Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. Standard hours are 7 AM – 6 PM, Monday-Friday, with some weekend and evening work expected. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Vassar Street sidewalk closure
For the duration of the project, the sidewalk and cycle track adjacent to the building along Vassar Street will close to pedestrians and cyclists for the duration of the project. The westbound cycle track will be detoured to create a shared lane on Vassar Street (the eastbound lane will be unaffected). Pedestrians will be directed to the south side of Vassar Street via existing crossings at the New Vassar Residence Hall and at Mass Ave.

Mass Ave southbound sidewalk closure
In order to complete construction work for the Met Warehouse project, the southbound sidewalk in front of Building W41 adjacent to Mass Ave is scheduled to close to pedestrians beginning Thursday, February 8, and continuing through Thursday, March 7.

This closure is scheduled on weekdays and occasional Saturdays from 7AM-3PM. During this time, pedestrians will be directed to cross the street at the corner of Vassar Street and again at the corner of Albany Street. The Mass Ave sidewalk will reopen after 3PM each day. Vehicular and cyclist traffic will not be impacted. Construction personnel will be onsite to direct people around the area.

Learn about the Metropolitan Warehouse
To learn more, visit the Capital Projects site.

Contact
Questions about this project may be directed to metwh-reno-info@mit.edu.

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Buildings W87 & W88: Graduate Junction

Construction activities are underway as MIT proceeds with the creation of a new graduate residence in West Campus at the site of the West Lot and the Police Station (Building W89).  
 
A Graduate Residence on West Campus
As part of MIT’s mission to advance its commitment to expanding graduate housing, the West Campus Graduate Residence on Vassar Street will add approximately 675 new beds to MIT’s housing stock and will enrich connections with the surrounding neighborhood. Construction is expected to proceed through the end of the summer of 2024.

Construction is underway
Normal construction hours are 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.  

Project phases (note these dates are estimates and are subject to change)

  • January – April 2022 Site enabling and Demolition: In preparation for demolition and foundation activities, the West Lot is scheduled to close permanently on Saturday, January 15. An email has been sent to all Riverside area parking account holders advising that all vehicles in the West Lot must be moved to another lot by 7:00 PM on Friday, January 14. Parkers may relocate their vehicles to the Westgate Lot across Vassar Street or to any lot within the Riverside area.  
  • As part of the project, the MIT Police office, currently in Building W89, has been relocated to newly renovated space in W91.
  • March – September 2022 Foundations: Piles will be spliced and driven into place on the site. This is noisy work. The team is working with Housing and Residential Life Services to arrange mitigation strategies. This activity will include Saturday work throughout the summer.
  • August 2022 – August 2024 Construction and exteriors: Steel structure will be erected along with envelope, interiors, utilities, and landscape. Updates will be sent as the project progresses.  

Safety measures throughout construction will include:

  • Parallel street parking along certain portions of Vassar Street will be blocked off.
  • The westbound cycle track will be detoured to create a shared lane on Vassar Street (the eastbound lane will be unaffected).
  • The two Vassar Street crosswalks and the sidewalk in front of the site will be closed, and pedestrians will be directed to the south side of Vassar Street via existing crossings at Simmons Hall and at Amesbury Street.
  • The MBTA track pedestrian crossing at Fort Washington Park will be closed to the public during construction, and all circulation will be detoured to the Pacific Street Crossing between Buildings W46 and W59.
  • The Cambridge Public School bus stop currently located in front of W89 will be relocated. Details will be sent when the location is finalized.
  • Note that the tower crane will move with the wind when not in use; this is normal for cranes like this.

Closure of the railroad crossing
The pedestrian railroad crossing at Fort Washington Park is closed to the public for the duration of construction, and all circulation will be detoured to the Pacific Street Crossing between Buildings W46 and W59.

The traffic pattern in front of the site along Vassar Street has been altered to allow for westbound cyclists to join traffic, and pedestrians have been rerouted to the southern sidewalk of Vassar Street. Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout construction. Noise and vibration are anticipated during construction hours. Saturday work is scheduled throughout the summer. Pile driving activities are scheduled to run from March 2022 to September 2022.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to west-campus-grad-info@mit.edu.

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Non-MIT work

Albany Street (Main to Portland)

Traffic patterns have shifted at the site of the new Ragon Institute project. Albany Street is inaccessible to vehicular traffic from the intersection of Portland and Albany Streets to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage. This closure is scheduled continuously through the end of construction in 2024.

This proposed closure will occur from the intersection of Albany and Portland Streets to the entrance of the MIT Albany Street Garage (Building N4). Traffic will remain two-way from Main Street to the entrance of the Albany Street Garage (Building N4). The sidewalks along the site on Portland Street and Main Street will be removed during this time. The pedestrian path, located between the Albany Street Garage and the CUP construction site, will not be affected by this project. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians around the area.

See the map for more information.

Questions about this work may be directed to Steve Allen.

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Ames Street utility work

As part of cable repair work scheduled for Saturday, March 9, the southbound lane of Ames Street, from Main Street to Amherst Street, is scheduled to be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. Vehicles will be diverted to Wadsworth Street to access Amherst Street and Memorial Drive in East Campus. Police will be onsite throughout this operation, and the portion of Ames Street between Amherst Street and Memorial Drive will remain open. Signage to direct traffic will be posted. Please be aware and use caution when navigating this area.

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