Kendall Square at MIT

Cambridge, MA
Official construction updates during the creation of 1 million square feet of new space in Kendall Square.
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Phase
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Open Space
Over 1.8 acres
retail
115,000 SQ FT
office
/ R&D 888,000 SQ FT
residential
450 grad & 290 other
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Construction Update: July 14th - July 28th

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street –The street will remain closed between Amherst Street and Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) 24 hours a day to vehicular traffic. We anticipate the closure to remain in place until mid-late August. Vehicles on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street. For the duration of excavation and installation Wadsworth Street will remain closed as a location for equipment set up and staging. (W1).

Electrical utilities will continue to be installed including a duct bank across Wadsworth Street and a new utility pole on the east (E55) side of the street (W2). Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be maintained during this work.

Carleton Street – Utility work on the street includes gas line (C1) and chilled water (C2) installation. Carleton Street will remain open to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to the Medical Parking Lot.

Amherst Street – Sanitary installation (A1) will continue on the south (100 Memorial Drive) side of the street. Chilled Water piping installation (A2) will continue. Pedestrian detours will be in place as the work progresses down the street but at least one side of the sidewalk will be available to pedestrians at all time. Eversource will continue to install gas services (A3) on Amherst Street towards Wadsworth Street.

Main Street – Sidewalk protection will continue to be installed in front of the old Cambridge Trust Building. Pedestrians will be routed to the inside of the sidewalk during this work.

MBTA Main Street Plaza – 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. (M1)

Access to the MBTA station and elevator will remain open and accessible on the Main Street side of the station throughout this work.

General Construction Update

Saturday Work – 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.

Demolition will commence on the Cambridge Trust Building (M2) This work should take approximately one week to be complete.

  • Pedestrian detours may be implemented during portions of this work.
  • A large excavator along with smaller support equipment will be used to dismantle the structure.
  • Water will be used during this activity for dust control. 


Structural demolition on 290 Main (E39) will commence. 

  • Water will be used during this activity for dust control.


Work continues on the Kendall Garage behind 292 Main (E38), and 238 Main (E48). This includes: 

  • Slurry Wall (Support of the Excavation) installation.
  • Daily deliveries of steel and concrete.
  • Daily trucking to remove material from the site.


Scaffolding will continue to be installed on the face of E38 / E39 buildings.

Site work will continue on site 5 (behind Cambridge Trust).

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