Kendall Square at MIT

Cambridge, MA
Official construction updates during the creation of 1.4 million square feet of new, transformative spaces in Kendall Square.
450 grad & 290 other
/ R&D 888,000 SQ FT
115,000 SQ FT
Open Space
Over 1.8 acres
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Update #60

Construction Update - August 17 - August 31

Street and Sidewalk Impacts

Wadsworth Street – Phase 2 Roadway Conditions Through September 2018

  • The south section of Wadsworth Street from Memorial Drive to Amherst Street will be open to one-way traffic for the next 4-6 weeks, as there will be a construction crew restoring the sidewalk and landscaping next to E52. (W1)
  • Access to Wadsworth Street from Main Street is closed to all traffic. (W2) The Sloan and Eastgate lot entrance is closed at Wadsworth Street through this phase.
  • A crane and other construction vehicles will continue to be set up and operate in this area.
  • Walkways will be maintained and located as required around construction work zones.
  • Bicycles may be walked on the shared walkway.

Amherst Street –

  • Water pipe relocation in front of E2 has been completed and steam pipe installation will be restarting. This activity is anticipated to run through August and into September and will cross Amherst Street between Ames Street and Carleton Street (A1). The work zones will be plated over after 6:00PM. 
  • Installation of chilled water lines along Amherst Street will continue for the next month. Work is progressing toward Hayward Street. (A2)
  • Beginning later in the week of August 13th, the sidewalk alongside E14, the Media Lab, will be closed from Ames Street to Carleton Street for approximately three (3) weeks. The ramp into the building from Carleton will also be closed and all will be directed to the ramp off Ames Street. After 6:00PM each evening, the sidewalk will reopen.
  • Amherst Street remains one-way from Wadsworth Street toward Ames Street. Only police directed construction vehicles will have two-way access from Ames Street.

General Construction Update

  • Utility work on the south side of Hayward Street is ongoing.

Kendall Garage:

  • Excavation will continue, with trucking in and out of Hayward Street and Carleton Street,
  • Reinforcement steel and concrete operations will continue in and out of Gate 5 at Amherst Street.
  • Some concrete chipping is underway at the connection between Sites 4 and 5, and jackhammering noise may be heard from E23 and E25.

Site 3:

  • The buildings concrete core construction will begin in the next few weeks.
  • Excavation will continue on Amherst Street,

Site 4:

  • E38 interior and exterior renovation activities will continue, and will be serviced from Gate 11 (Between T and E38).
  • E39 slab on deck installation has started and is being serviced from Carleton Street. Finishing of the concrete slab will require extended site hours on days of placements.
  • Concrete for the 5th and 6th floors is in progress and is supported from Carleton Street.

Site 5:

  • The buildings concrete core construction is underway and is being staged on Wadsworth Street
  • The third large concrete placement for the base mat will be done later in the week of August 13th, weather depending.
  • Daily deliveries of steel and concrete and removal of materials will take place from Amherst Street to Carleton Street.

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

Large equipment will be removed and brought back to the site daily. This activity may occur after hours but no disruptions are expected.  

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.