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June 19, 2021



Building 3
Building 4
Building 5
Building 7
Building 10
Building 14
Building 17
Building 18
Building 26
Building 31
Building 32
Building 37
Building 38
Building 42
Building 42C: Central Utilities Plant
  Building 44
Building 46
Building 54
Building E2
Buildings E14, E15, and E23
Building E23
Building E40
Building E55
Building E62 Garage
East Campus, Kendall Square
Building NE47
Building W4
Building W18: Music Building
Building W51
Building W85


Building 3

Lab renovation

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.

Service elevator renewal

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the freight elevator in Building 3 is scheduled to be removed from service for renewal. Work will include installing new equipment and a new cab. Anticipated construction 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, elevator shaft and vestibules; no impact to the corridor is anticipated, but access to the elevator vestibules will be restricted to MIT Facilities and construction personnel. Signage will be posted. Any associated shutdowns will be announced in a separate notification. This project is scheduled through early 2022.

Questions may be directed to Dan DeRoche.

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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.

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Building 5

In order to create a new lab, Rooms 5-030 and a portion of 5-026 have been redesigned. Demolition of the existing space is currently underway. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 6AM-2PM. Some noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. No hallway closures within Building 5 are anticipated. Please see the attached floor plan for the location of work. This project is scheduled through early May.

Questions 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.

Paving closure

North Corridor adjacent to the wind tunnel construction fence is scheduled to be graded and paved on Thursday and Friday, May 27-28. This operation will obstruct vehicular access from the Mass Ave entrance through the end of the work day on May 28. Some noise is anticipated, and odor from pavement will be noticeable on Friday, May 28.

The North Corridor between Mass Ave and Building 31 will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7AM on Thursday through 4PM on Friday, 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.

On Tuesday, June 1, crews will be in the driveway areas between Buildings 9 and 13 to perform necessary catch basin and pavement repair work. During this time, some noise is anticipated. Signage will be posted for pedestrians and vehicles.

Facade work

As part of the Building 7 dome renewal project, crews are continuing to perform repair work on the masonry facade over the Mass Ave entrance to Building 7. Crews are accessing the building façade on aerial lifts located on the Mass Ave sidewalk. In June, the construction team will begin masonry repairs to portions of the lower façade and the main entry stairs. During this time, part of the stairway will be inaccessible. The area of work will be cordoned off, and access to the sidewalk, Lobby 7, and the associated cluster will be maintained. Moderate levels of noise are expected. Anticipated hours are 6AM through 4PM daily. This work is scheduled through the end of June.

The work includes pressure washing and repairing the masonry to be completed in two phases, with the northern segment of the entry stairs repairs performed first, and the southern segment repaired afterwards. A police detail will be present in order to assist with pedestrian access to and from the building.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 10

An office suite renovation project is underway 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 spring of 2021.

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 Summer 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 April

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 April.

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.

Questions may be directed to Eric Ammondson.

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Building 18

The gas tank bank on the east side of Building 18 is scheduled to be reconfigured with new storage tanks. On Tuesday, June 1, temporary tanks will be integrated into the system from a truck loading bed. During this operation, there will be some engine noise from the truck.

On Tuesday, June 8, two cranes are scheduled to be on site to switch out the existing tanks with new tanks. High levels of noise are anticipated with this activity as gas is vented from the existing tanks. During these operations, there will be some noise from work on the pad, and engine noise from the crane and trucks used to transport the tanks. General work on the pad is scheduled for Monday, June 7, and Wednesday, June 9. This replacement work is scheduled through Thursday, June 10, weather permitting.

Anticipated work hours are from 7AM to 3:30PM daily. The construction vehicles and crane will be entering and exiting the site through the courtyard via Ames Street through the driveway behind Building 50. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Questions may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

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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 spring 2021.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Campbell.

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Building 31

In order to create a new lab, space on the third floor of Building 31 is being renovated. Demolition of the existing space is currently underway. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 6AM-2PM. Some noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. No hallway closures within Building 31 are anticipated, though some work will occur on the adjacent mezzanine roof level. Please see the attached floor plan for the location of work. This project is scheduled through the end of June.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Farrell.

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Building 32

Elevator work

Crews are currently performing service elevator repairs in the Gates Tower of Building 32. Work will be conducted inside the elevator machine room located on the roof level. Anticipated hours are Monday-Friday from 6AM-2PM. Some noisy work is anticipated between 6AM-9AM; advance notification will be sent when these events are scheduled. This project is scheduled through the end of July.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Campbell.

Basement work

In order to renew doors in the basement corridor of the Stata Center, Building 32, crews are scheduled to be onsite from Wednesday through Friday, April 21-23. Work hours are 6AM-3PM daily. Minor noise is anticipated for this activity.

From 10PM on Wednesday, April 21, through 5PM Friday, April 23, a portion of the basement tunnel at the connection between Buildings 26 & 32 will be inaccessible except as emergency egress. Occupants will be redirected around the area through the adjacent stairwells and elevators. The tunnel pathway around the area, through Buildings 32, 76, 68, 66, 56, 16, and 26, will remain available. See the map for a location.

Questions may be directed to Silas Keenan.

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Building 37

In order to create a new lab, Room 37-016 has been redesigned. Demolition of the existing space is currently underway. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 6AM-2PM. Some noise is anticipated during construction, with high level of noise and vibration concluding by 8:30AM daily. No hallway closures within Building 37 are anticipated. This project is scheduled through the end of May.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Farrell.

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Building 38

An office suite renovation project is underway in Rooms 38-444 & 38-476, on the fourth floor of Building 38. This project is scheduled through the end of June. Work hours are daily from 7AM-3PM. 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 room. See the attached plan for the area of work.

Questions may be directed to Alexander Farrell.

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Building 42

Construction of the medium temperature hot water (MTHW) structure addition to Building 42 is underway. Anticipated construction hours are 7AM – 3PM, Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening work expected.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. After the enabling phase is complete, demolition activities will begin. Cranes, lifts, and saw cutting equipment will be used to perform the demolition operations and materials will be hauled offsite. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work, but will not be extensive.

Crane work

From June 1 through June 11, a crane is scheduled to be located inside the fenced construction area of Building 42. The sidewalk will remain accessible, though pedestrians may be intermittently stopped or directed to cross the street during some crane activities. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Two-way vehicular traffic will be maintained on Vassar Street. A few metered parking spaces along Vassar Street will be unavailable during this operation. Noise from the crane and trucks is anticipated.

Questions may be directed to Katie Jenkins.

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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.

Foundation activities

During this phase, crews will install foundational sheet piles. Beginning the week of April 26, crews are scheduled to deliver materials, followed by the beginning of installation. This work will be noisy and will involve a vibratory hammer to drive the sheets in place. The noise will be intermittent throughout the day, but loud when sheets are being driven. Vibration is anticipated during construction hours. Foundation activities will run through September 2021.

  • 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 initially maintained, though a brief closure will be scheduled as construction proceeds.
  • The project team will coordinate with other projects along Vassar Street to maintain access around the site.

Future phases

After the foundation work is complete, construction of the College of Computing building will begin. Cranes, construction vehicles, and large trucks will be used to assemble the structure and deliver materials. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this phase. More information about schedules and dates will be shared as the project progresses. This project is scheduled through the fall of 2023.

Railroad crossing path temporary closure

Beginning Thursday, May 20, the railroad crossing pedestrian path behind the Albany Garage, which leads from Albany Street to Vassar Street, is scheduled to close for two weeks to accommodate site work. This closure is anticipated to continue through June 4, weather permitting.

This work will impede pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Please use alternate paths along Albany Street to Main Street around Building 46 to Vassar Street. Signage will be posted on both sides of the track to redirect pedestrians and cyclists to alternate routes. Some noise and vibration are anticipated during this work.

See the latest two-week look ahead.

Questions may be directed to Travis Wanat.

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Building 46

Beginning Wednesday, June 2, crews are scheduled to conduct work to replace glass in the curtain wall on the Vassar Street side of Building 46. A crane and lift will be onsite at the staircase and sidewalk in front of Building 46 to perform this work. Construction hours are weekdays from 7AM – 3PM. Some noise is expected. This project is scheduled through mid-June, weather permitting.

The work area will be cordoned off. Access will be limited during this necessary repair work; this requires the closure of the staircase and accessibility ramp to the south of Building 46 on Vassar Street, and the adjacent sidewalk and cycletrack. Pedestrians will be directed to use the southern Vassar Street sidewalk, or the sidewalk around or stairway between Buildings 46 and 48 to access each building. Please use caution when traversing the area. Signage will be posted.

Questions may be directed to Hugh Greville.

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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.

Construction ramp-up

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, construction is scheduled to ramp-up at the Building 54 renewal site. The area surrounding Building 54 and to the south will be fenced off to allow the define the construction area. A crane and construction vehicles will be located onsite throughout this work. On Friday, June 4, a pump truck will be located on site. High levels of noise are expected.

Anticipated work hours are from 7AM to 3:30PM daily. The construction vehicles and crane will be entering and exiting the site through the courtyard via Ames Street through the driveway behind Building 50. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Please note the drive lane to the west of Building 54 will be temporarily closed until the Gas Tank Replacement project to the east of Building 18 is completed.

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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Building E2

Manhole renewal work is underway along Amherst Street adjacent to Building E2. Scheduled hours are Monday through Friday between 9AM – 5:30PM. High levels of noise are anticipated during excavation activities. This work is scheduled through the end of June.

The work area will be fenced off. The sidewalk will be inaccessible, and pedestrians will be directed around the area Several street parking spots will also be unavailable. Traffic will remain 2-way along Amherst Street. Access to Building E2 through the accessible ramp will be maintained. Please be aware and use caution when traversing this area.

Questions may be directed to Cori McKee.

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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 E40

Work is underway to install a new steam line on the north side of Building E40. The construction area has been cordoned off. Signage has been posted inside of the building closing off the exit door in the stairway. This exit door will be closed until the end of June.

Questions may be directed to Seth Kinderman .

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Building E55 surface lot

In an effort to improve utilities in the area for current and future development, MIT is planning to close the Hermann Garage, surface lot, and a portion of the Main Street walkway to the north of Building E55 for construction. Beginning Tuesday, April 20, crews are scheduled to install fencing around the surface lot adjacent to Buildings E53 and E55, and a portion of the walkway to the north of Building E55, to establish the construction perimeter. Excavation activities are scheduled to begin this first week and a vacuum truck will be utilized; noise is expected. Work hours are 7AM – 6PM Monday to Friday, with potential for additional weekend hours.

During this work, pedestrian and vehicular access across the surface lot will be prohibited. Pedestrians will be rerouted down Wadsworth Street, along Main Street, and in front of Building E62 to access the headhouse for the Sloan Garage. Vehicular access to the Sloan Garage will be maintained through the E62 driveway, though the location of the path will be shifted throughout the project.

Police will be onsite to direct vehicular, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic. Signage will be posted. Please be aware and use caution when traversing the area. See the map for detailed information regarding the initial fence location and pedestrian detour.

Questions may be directed to Holly Sutherland.

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Building E62 Garage

Plumbing work is underway in the E62 garage. Anticipated work hours are 7AM-3PM daily. Some noise is anticipated. Areas of work will be cordoned off, and some parking spaces may be impacted and unavailable during work hours. The project will progress from the lower to the upper levels of the garage. This work is expected to last through mid-June.

Questions may be directed to Abel Landaverde.

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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.

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.
  • 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 NE47

The gas tank bank on the northern side of Building NE47 is scheduled to be reconfigured with new storage tanks. On Monday, May 24, a temporary tank will be integrated into the system from a truck loading bed. During this operation, there will be some engine noise from the truck, and the area between buildings NE47 and NE49 will be inaccessible. Pedestrians and cyclist will be detoured around the area.

On Tuesday, June 15, a crane is scheduled to be on site to switch out the existing tanks with new tanks. High levels of noise are anticipated with this activity as gas is vented from the existing tanks. During these operations, there will be some noise from work on the pad, and engine noise from the crane and trucks used to transport the tanks. The area will be cordoned off, and pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured around the area. General work on the pad is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 16-17. This replacement work is scheduled through Thursday, June 17, weather permitting.

Anticipated work hours are from 7AM to 3:30PM daily. The construction vehicles and crane will be entering and exiting the site through the courtyard between Buildings NE47 and NE48 via Portland Street. A police detail will be onsite to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Questions may be directed to Meredith Fydenkevez.

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Building W4

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, crews are scheduled to install the support structure for an art installation to be located in the courtyard of Building W4, at the corner Amherst and Danforth Streets. Once constructed, the Trinity sculpture, currently located between Buildings 16 and 26, will be relocated to this area. This relocation project is scheduled through June 30, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are weekdays from 7AM to 3PM. Some minor noise and increased truck traffic are anticipated during this work. Pedestrians are urged to use caution when traversing this area.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Building W18: Music Building

In June, construction activities are scheduled to begin as MIT proceeds with a new Music Building on and around the site of the Kresge parking lot (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.

Site preparation activities are currently underway, with fencing and mobilization activities at the site scheduled to begin on June 1. Below you’ll find an overview and high-level schedule for the major phases of construction. 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.

Alley closure between Johnson (W34) and Steinbrenner Stadium
From Tuesday, June 1, through Tuesday, June 22, the alley between Johnson Athletic Center (Building W34) and Steinbrenner Stadium is scheduled to be closed while crews complete utility work. Access will be restricted at this time, and pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles will be redirected to use Vassar Street and Mass Ave to navigate around the closure and access the Kresge Oval. Note that access to the Johnson Athletic Center will remain available during this time, and entrance to the Covid Testing site in Johnson will temporarily be available at the Vassar Street side of the building during the alley closure (in addition to entrance on the Kresge side of Johnson). See the map for details.

Kresge Parking Lot closure – beginning Sunday, May 30
Kresge Parking Lot is scheduled to close in preparation for the construction of the new Music Building on Sunday, May 30. All parkers must remove their vehicles from the lot by 6PM on Sunday, May 30. Visit the Parking & Transportation site to view alternate lot locations. View additional parking information for DAPER visitors.

Site preparations, Kresge loading dock, and enabling activities
(Summer 2021)

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, crews are scheduled to begin preparing the site for construction. Activities include utility work and fencing of the Kresge parking lot. Beginning in June, crews are scheduled to install fencing to establish the construction perimeter. During this phase, crews will continue to prepare the site including demolition of existing utilities, installation of new utilities, and preparation for sheet pile installation. During this time, the Kresge loading dock will be reworked to create the new loading dock.  

Excavation and foundation work (Fall 2021)
During this phase, the Kresge parking lot and the surrounding area will undergo demolition, and excavation for the new music building’s underground garage will begin. The foundation of the music building will include driven sheet piles. Noise and some vibration are anticipated during this work. Trucks will deliver materials and remove debris from the site along Amherst Alley and through the alleyway between Johnson Athletic Center and Steinbrenner Stadium.

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

See the latest two-week look ahead.

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

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Building W51

Work is underway to renovate Burton Conner, Building W51. 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.

Fowler Street utility trenching

In continuation of the renovation work underway at Burton Conner, Building W51, utility trenching work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday June 1, next to W51 along Fowler Street. Construction work hours are from 7AM-5PM weekdays through Friday, June 11. Police will be onsite throughout this operation, and Fowler Street will remain open to traffic. Signage to direct pedestrians and traffic will be posted.

Questions may be directed to Kevin Carr.

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Building W85

Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 1, to conduct utility repairs of a condensate line at the playground and outdoor garden area next to Building W85. Work is scheduled to take place on weekdays between 9AM – 5PM. This project is expected to continue through late June.

Crews will excavate the area to access the condensate line and make repairs. Moderate levels of machinery noise and increased truck traffic are anticipated. This work may extend depending on the progress made and conditions identified once the work is underway. A site fence will be placed to cordon off the area, and pedestrian access around the area will be maintained during this necessary repair work. Please be aware and use caution when traveling in the area.

Questions may be directed to Cori McKee.

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Questions may be directed to Cori McKee.

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