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MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 1 week, 4 days ago
Hi Rick, thank you for your comment. The Wadsworth block is closed in order to install a large sanitary holding tank that will service the entire Kendall Square at MIT project. Some of the prefabricated pieces of the tank did not fit perfectly upon arrival, which we are working as quickly as possible to resolve in order to open the street back up to residents and visitors. We have worked with the City on a transportation plan for Sunday's festival and have complied with all of their requests for access through the site. We apologize that the work has taken longer than originally anticipated but hope to have the block open by the end of the month. Thank you for your patience!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 1 month, 1 week ago
Ruth, thanks for your question, and don't worry, Eastgate isn't going anywhere yet! We will not demolish Eastgate until Site 4, the new graduate student residence hall, is built and occupied. At that point, all of the residents from Eastgate will be able to move into the new residence hall, and we will demolish Eastgate. That will not be for at least another 3 years or more.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 1 month, 1 week ago
Thank you Chryseis and Karen for your thoughts. The closure will be in place until the project is completed in 2020. The closure of the connection is due to many factors including connecting the underground garage, having underground connection between the future buildings, safety, improving the areas accessible pathways and eventually updating the MBTA head house. We are truly aware of the inconvenience this causes to those with disabilities and those without. We worked hard to try and avoid this closure as we knew the disruption this would cause but for the reasons stated above, there wasn't any other option. We have worked with the MIT accessibility office to make sure the detour and signage meet the accessibility needs during this time. The shortest route is from Deacon to Dock Street but that not as easily navigated as the posted routes.
As for the generator noises, the construction is occurring directly at the fence line. Throughout the project different equipment will be used that may create noise. This phase of construction will be using heavy equipment which will generate noise more so than others. There is unfortunately, nothing we can do at this moment about this, but will look into ways to better protect those going to the MBTA station. Please let us know if there is any additional questions we can help respond to.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Joe, thanks for your question! Right now, the projects under construction are the street utility work, the below-grade garage (which spans the footprint of Sites 3, 4, and 5, and includes the building foundations for all 3 sites), and Site 4, which includes the full interior renovation of E38 and E39. For reference, Site 4 will be the new graduate student residence with retail, MIT Admissions, the Forum, and other ground floor elements.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 2 months ago
David,

Thank you for your comments and we are sorry for the inconvenience that this had caused you. There is definitely a balance to how we maintain the roads. Some days it is dry and we sweep which causes more dust while other times it is wetter and sweeping can create more mud. Most times it also takes a few trips with the sweeper to get it just right. I will discuss this with the project team and make sure we are staying proactive with our street maintenance plan. Thank you
Ed
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 2 months, 1 week ago
Rick, At the time the update was posted, we anticipated the road being opened for the week. We were able to re-mobilize the crews ahead of schedule. Every additional day we are able to work relates to one day off the end of the schedule. Our goal is to get the street opened permanently as soon as possible.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Summer, We met with the City Traffic Department on site this week and they have approved a temporary stop sign at the corner of Wadsworth and Amherst St. while the street closure is in place.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months ago
Hi Chris, thanks for your question! The Kendall Square at MIT project has 3 commercial lab/office buildings in the program (Sites 2, 3, and 5), all of which may have private sector tenants. None of the commercial buildings are restricted to just MIT labs.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 1 week ago
Summer, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. The Project Team looked at this yesterday and we think there is cause for installing a stop sign at the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth. The current traffic pattern is temporary and will be changing again in a couple of months. We meet with the City on site daily and will raise this with them today. We should hopefully be able to determine with the City if a new sign can be installed. Thank you!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 1 week ago
Therese, Thank you for your comment. To clarify, all entry and exit points to the station entrance structure will remain accessible. Our site fence will block access to the plaza and walkways that lead to Carleton St. Thank you!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Daniel,
Thank you for your comment. The well-being of the workers is the highest priority for Turner and The Project Team. Last week was the national safety week for construction and we had many events and meetings to discuss safety and other related topics. This site is a full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) site. This means all workers are required to wear hard hats, safety vests, and glasses at all times. Hearing protection is optional but is offered to all workers and is highly encouraged. We appreciate your concerns for the workers’ safety. Thank you!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Daniel,
Thank you for your comment. The well-being of the workers is the highest priority for Turner and The Project Team. Last week was the national safety week for construction and we had many events and meetings to discuss safety and other related topics. This site is a full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) site. This means all workers are required to wear hard hats, safety vests, and glasses at all times. Hearing protection is optional but is offered to all workers and is highly encouraged. We appreciate your concerns for the workers’ safety. Thank you!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Marissa,

Thank you for your comment. The work at the corner of Amherst St and Ames St is Eversource Gas. While the work being performed is related to the project, the entity installing the service is a public utility. The sequence of this work is to move from the corner of Ames down Amherst towards Wadsworth. The project team is coordinating with them and have been working to reduce the noise during the exam period. We will try and get a more detailed description of their work and the impacts for our updates moving forward. Thank you!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Miguel,
Thank you for your comments. 326 Main St, The Cambridge Trust Building, will be demolished as a part of this project. We anticipate this happening in the next month or so. The project will be maintaining the sidewalks and streets so there will be no impacts on the bus routes. The MBTA is solely responsible for their schedules and T stops, we encourage you to reach out to them with your questions. Retail space will be constructed as a part of this project but we have not determined who these tenants will be at this time. Thank you!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 4 months ago
Summer, thank you for your message and continued patience with this phase of construction. We are currently in the middle of a very challenging sequence of utility work. To address your concerns, we will reinforce to our team to make sure that vehicles are not blocked from using Wadsworth (between Main and Amherst) if we have committed to having it open. For now and for the foreseeable future, one lane will remain open on Wadsworth between Main and Amherst. Unfortunately, we have spoken to Turner Construction about providing two way access down Amherst and we determined that the one way direction is the safest approach while there are construction work zones set up on Amherst Street. The reason for this is that the large construction vehicles exiting the site throughout the day leave Hayward Street and must exit left onto Amherst St due to the allowable turning radius for these vehicles and the construction management plan agreed to with the City. It would be unsafe to allow passenger vehicles to travel in the opposite direction on Amherst during the project's construction hours. However, the one-way traffic on Amherst St will only last for the duration of the utility work on that street (no later than the end of the year), at which point construction vehicles and passenger vehicles can travel in two directions. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at kendallsquare@mit.edu if you'd like to discuss your concerns further.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Summer, thank you for your comment and for your continued patience as a resident living next to the Kendall Square Initiative construction. We understand that vehicular circulation issues throughout the site can be challenging as utility work in the streets require us to close single lanes of traffic. For the safety of drivers during the day when those utility work zones are active, we’ve created a one-direction flow of traffic through the site, clockwise from Main Street, to move drivers through. On days when the work necessitates whole block closures, such as this week's excavation work on Wadsworth Street between Amherst and Memorial Drive, we know that accessing 100 Memorial and other points within this community becomes even more time-consuming, and for that we truly appreciate your patience. The current block closure will last through Wednesday until we can open a lane of traffic again. We continue to work with our general contractor to provide as much notice as possible for changes like these. We are also working with both Turner Construction and outside consultants to devise a better, more robust wayfinding and signage program for both vehicles and pedestrians to make paths of travel clear for anyone coming to the site from any direction intending to reach 100 Memorial or other buildings on MIT’s campus. We appreciate your feedback and will work to improve signage and wayfinding to direct residents and visitors to the points they need to reach throughout the construction process.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Justin, great question! We are very excited to implement some art projects with youth from the community throughout the course of the project and are working on plans for that now, more to come soon! In the meantime, we will have a temporary installation, more details will be posted here. We hope to create a dynamic, interactive, and engaging environment during and after construction.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 5 months, 1 week ago
Thomas, thank you for your comment! Pedestrian and bike-friendly routes through the new Kendall Square open space are extremely important to us. As part of this project, we will be adding more than 800 secured bike parking spaces in the below-grade garage. We are also adding additional bike lane infrastructure on Ames Street to connect to the bike lanes north of Main St, and we will be maintaining Hayward Street as a pedestrian/bike-only path through the open space south of the new garage's loading dock. Across the street in the new residential building currently known as Site 1, we will have bike storage as well as a bike repair shop as part of the building's programming, and we have proposed a new pedestrian connection across Broadway connecting the new Site 1 to the Sloan campus open space.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 5 months, 1 week ago
Ann Marie, thank you for your comment and for bringing this to our attention. We have a communications firm engaged to help us with issues like these, and we will work with that firm and with the general contractor, Turner, to take a closer look at where signs have been posted and how we can improve on the existing conditions. We apologize for any confusion that the street closures have caused to date, and if you'd like to reach out to us directly at kendallsquare@mit.edu, we can remain in touch with you on our plan for increased signage and wayfinding going forward. Thank you!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 5 months, 1 week ago
Wick, thanks for your comment! Right now, MIT is only working with the MBTA to re-design the headhouse on the south side of Main Street, closest to campus. We would love if one day the north side could be transformed as well, though!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Summer, thanks for your question! We've identified a location for an urban grocer at One Broadway and we're currently speaking to several very interested potential tenants. We've worked hard to bring someone into this space and we're excited to share more when we can!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 6 months, 3 weeks ago
John, thanks for asking! Site 1 (formerly called Site L) is currently filing for Design Review by the Planning Board, which is the final step before moving forward with a building permit and construction. The actual timing of Site 1 construction is dependent upon when we finish Design Review, and right now a groundbreaking date is not yet known.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 7 months ago
Thanks for your comment, Carolyn! As part of our Special Permit approval for the Kendall Square PUD, we made a number of commitments to Cambridge to help alleviate traffic around the site. To start, we're building an 1,100-space below-grade garage with a significant amount of bike parking as well to keep parking off of surface streets and encourage bike use. We are also building two new Hubway stations on the Kendall Square at MIT project site, and adding additional bike lanes on Ames St between Main St and Memorial Drive to continue a path already in place north of Main St. We're hopeful that these improvements, as well as improvements to traffic signal equipment at the intersection of Ames St & Main St, will help to alleviate some of the pressures of increased traffic. We are also very excited to work with the MBTA on a redesign of the Kendall Square T headhouse at MIT that will improve and expand the access to the T from the current entrance on the south side of Main Street.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Marc, thanks for the question and great idea! We are looking into this and will post an update here when we know more.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Summer, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Turner Construction identified an issue with an exposed Comcast fiber cable in the street this morning around 9am. Comcast is out on site now working with Turner on a repair plan to get cable and Internet back up and running today. Thank you for your patience and for letting us know so quickly!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Linus, thanks for your question! The Kendall Square at MIT project will add 208 short-term bicycle parking spaces and 826 long-term bicycle parking spaces within our parking garages, which will have secured access. We will also add new Hubway stations on site and will be including a bicycle repair and maintenance shop as part of the overall Kendall Square Initiative.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 11 months ago
Cheyenne, thank you for your comment! We completely agree with you. MIT is developing a project that is sustainably designed, energy efficient, and environmentally conscious. We're committed to earning points as a LEED Master Site to be filed along with individual building projects, and projects will certify under the more stringent LEED v4 system for LEED Gold ratings. In fact, Kendall Square at MIT will be one of the largest LEED v4 collections of projects on the east coast that incorporates the latest energy standards and sustainability initiatives.

We've learned a lot through engaging with City committees and initiatives such as the Net Zero working group, and we're committed to continually revising and reevaluating design strategies to stay at the forefront of technical developments and improve environmental performance throughout this project. Our buildings will be designed to exceed local energy standards and the open space will achieve up to 70% annual average reduction in site runoff through stormwater reuse and site infiltration.

There’s much more we’re working toward, and we will continue to explore strategies to build on sustainability strategies as we bring individual buildings through the City’s design review process. We look forward to sharing more about the work we’re doing on sustainability as the project advances!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 12 months ago
Thanks for getting in touch, Sarah! We're glad you're as excited as we are for the new Gateway to MIT, and we're hopeful that with a new T headhouse and the MIT Museum moving to Kendall Square, we can contribute to the growing liveliness of this neighborhood.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 12 months ago
Thanks for your comment! Right now we’re focused on the construction phase for the utilities and streetwork improvements, with the below-grade parking garage kicking off in early 2017. All of our buildings still need to go through the Planning Board Design Review process this fall. We’ll know more about the sequencing once we’ve completed this stage – stay tuned!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 12 months ago
Thank you Cassandra! Check back here often for more news and updates!
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 12 months ago
Josiah, thanks for your question! Ambulance access to MIT Medical will be maintained throughout construction. During times when Carleton St is one-way south to north, if an ambulance needs to enter the site from Main Street, the police detail will ensure that the ambulance is able to get through and access the building. We'll also have 35 dedicated Medical parking spaces across from E23 maintained and protected from construction throughout the project.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 1 year ago
Keesler,
Thank you for reaching out! We're glad you had a chance to use our VR goggles earlier this year and hope to have more opportunities for the community to actively engage with the project during construction.
MIT commented on Kendall Square at MIT 1 year ago
Troy,
Thank you for your note! We're very excited to get started and look forward to working with the MIT and Cambridge community to help make this project a success.