Kendall Square at MIT

Cambridge, MA
Official construction updates during the creation of 1 million square feet of new space in Kendall Square.
Developer
Phase
Construction
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 29th – August 3rd

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).

Utility exploratory work will occur on the corner of Wadsworth and Amherst Street (W2). Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be maintained during this work.

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

Excavation and rerouting of an existing sanitary line will take place. There should be minimal impact on pedestrian or vehicular traffic. (C2).

Main Street – Sidewalk protection will continue to be installed on Main Street. 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

Work continues on the Kendall Garage behind 290-292 Main (E38-E39), 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.

Foundation preparation work will continue on site 5.

E38 Interior and exterior renovation activities will continue.

E39 Foundation activities will re-commence as structural demolition has been completed.

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

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.