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: August 24th – September 8th

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street –The street will remain closed to vehicular traffic from Amherst Street to Memorial Drive (between Buildings E51 and E52) 24 hours a day until mid-September. Construction activities include equipment set up and staging for excavation and utility installation. Vehicles on Memorial Drive should access the Kendall Square area via Ames Street. (W1).

Carleton Street –The excavation between Carleton Street and the driveway ramp to E23/E25 will begin to be restored (C1). This will require some noisy activities and possible temporary ramp impacts to occur. Any noisy work will occur before 10am and any ramp work will utilize police details to maintain traffic flow.

Amherst Street – Chilled water installation and survey work will take place along Amherst next to E40 and E51. (A1) Access to the buildings will remain open but pedestrians may need to be detoured to alternate routes during the work.

On Saturday, 8/26, the E40 main entrance on Amherst Street will be closed while work occurs. The rear entrance will be fully accessible during this time.

Chilled water (A2) and gas (A3) utilities will continue from Ames Street to Wadsworth Street.

General Construction Update

Sheeting installation will commence on Site 5 (former Cambridge Trust site) starting along Main Street (S1) This work may create noise and vibration in the immediate area.

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.

E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue.

E39 Foundation activities will continue.

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.

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, Deacon/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.