Construction plans

Update June 5, 2009
  • Update about loud noises and vibrations from this week
  • As many of you know from previous messages MIT is currently coring through the slurry wall in the parking garage to create a tunnel to connect to the Koch Center - this of course generates noise and vibration.
  • Apparently this week they encountered a section of slurry wall that was cut and could not be removed using conventional methods. Because of this the contractor had to hammer it out, which generated the loud noise you've been hearing this week.
  • Although they will not be working on today (Friday, June 5), they will be continuing to remove that section next week and expect to finish on Wednesday. So, the extra loud noise will continue for a few more days.

Update March 27, 2009
  • Construction activities scheduled for the Koch Institute during the week of March 30 include:
  • Excavation for a high voltage duct bank at Main Street side of building is scheduled to begin.
  • On the Vassar Street end of the building, the erection of stone trusses is scheduled.
  • Construction activities on the interior of the building that should not affect the community include: Bolting, welding and shear studs are being installed on Level 8 and the high roof; placement of concrete slabs on Level 7. Temporary heaters are now operating and temporary duct work is being installed to distribute heat. Additional tarps are scheduled to be installed from Level 7 to Level 8 The installation of ductwork in mechanical shafts and the layout and core placement for plumbing risers are underway. Electrical: Temp Power and Lighting being installed on Level 8. The application of spray fireproofing on Level 5 and Basement and the installation of light gage metal framing and drywall on the perimeter and interior walls are scheduled.
  • The contractor is continuing to install temporary partitions along the existing slurry wall cut through at the P-1 Level of the Stata Garage. Jersey barriers with lighted barricades and signs are being installed to warn vehicles as they enter and exit the garage. Work to continue in garage into the summer of 2009.
  • The installation of steel bracing to existing cap beam is scheduled to take place prior to concrete cutting of wall.

Update March 17, 2009
  • Please note that there are several activities around the Koch Institute construction site that may affect the surrounding community.
  • A covered pedestrian walkway is being installed along the intersection of Vassar and Main Streets. The structure, made from metal scaffolding and plywood, is intended to provide additional safety for pedestrians as construction on the new building moves forward. The walkway will be completed by the end of this week and is expected to remain up through next fall. During the installation, pedestrian traffic will be redirected. The shuttle stop will remain in approximately the same location outside the Stata Center.
  • Demolition of a concrete seacant wall adjacent to Building 68 is scheduled for this week. This temporary structure was installed prior to steel installation and can now be removed. A hoe ram will be used during the concrete removal and will generate noise and vibration.
  • The contractor will be installing additional temporary partitions in the vehicle ramp of the Stata Center parking garage at Level P-1. This work should not impede vehicles from using the access ramp. However, drivers are encouraged to proceed slowly and with caution.

Update February 27, 2009
  • A topping off ceremony for the building was held last Thursday, February 19. This event signifies the end of steel construction. The final steel beam is painted white and is signed by the crew and others involved in the project. The steel, with an American flag and also a tree to signify growth, is hoisted to the top of the building.
  • As a result of the steel installation being completed, both of the large cranes have been taken down and are no longer on site.
  • Construction activities that may impact the surrounding area are primarily related to the tunnel that connects the new building to the Stata Center. Saw cutting of the slurry wall is scheduled to begin this week and will generate noise and vibration under the Forbes Café. The hours for this construction are from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Safety measures implemented in the ramp to the Stata Garage are nearly complete. These include temporary partitions, lighted barricades, and signs. Drivers are urged to travel slowly on the ramp. Work is scheduled to continue in garage into the summer of 2009.
  • Other construction activities include: steel detailing on metal decks; concrete slab placement; and the spraying of fireproofing. No adverse impact to the community is expected from these activities.

Update May 16, 2008
  • Please note that the noise associated with the project will be greatly reduced because the sheet pile driving is completed. The obstruction that the contractors encountered was removed and they were able to finish the sheet pile driving.

Adjacent to Stata Center:
  • Continue the installation of steel cross bracing at the truck tunnel.

Building 68
  • Installation of temporary sewer and drain lines. Drilling and pouring of secant pile wall.
  • Drilling and grouting of tiebacks along the west side of sheet pile wall.
  • Mass excavation and removal of soil from site
  • Please note that many of these activities may cause excessive noise and vibration as well as some dust.
  • Additional information about construction on campus can be found on the Facilities Construction Updates website: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/construction/updates.shtml

Update May 2, 2008 Work on the Koch Institute project scheduled for the week of May 5 includes:

Adjacent to Stata Center:
  • Continued installation of the sheet pile wall. This work will end soon, once the contractors are able to remove the old foundations of the East Garage which are preventing the sheets from being driven to the required depth.
  • Installation of steel cross bracing at the truck tunnel.
Building 68
  • Installation of temporary sewer and drain lines. Drilling and pouring of secant pile wall.
  • Drilling and grouting of tiebacks along the west side of sheet pile wall.
  • Mass excavation and removal of soil from site
  • Please note that many of these activities may cause excessive noise and vibration as well as some dust.
  • Additional information about construction on campus can be found on the Facilities Construction Updates website: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/construction/updates.shtml

Update March 7, 2008

  • Construction on the Koch Institute/Cancer Research Building will begin during the first week in March.
  • Early activities on the site include the installation of a temporary construction fence. The fenced in area will be extended following the closure of the East Parking Lot at the end of March.
  • Additional activities that may impact the community include the relocation of bike racks around the entrance to the Stata Center.
  • The Main Street entrance and exit to the East Lot will be closed from Wednesday, March 5 at 5:00 PM to Saturday, March 8th at 5:00 PM. From Wednesday evening through Saturday, vehicles must enter and exit from Ames Street. This is a temporary measure and cars will resume using the Main Street entrance by Sunday, March 3.
  • Link to contruction plans and schedule
  • Additional information about construction on campus can be found on the Facilities Construction Updates page http://web.mit.edu/facilities/construction/updates.shtml

PARKING
  • East Lot to close March 31--In order to allow for the construction of the new cancer research building, MIT will close the East Parking Lot effective March 31, 2008. The Parking Office has notified affected departments and over 200 parking spaces are being relocated.
  • Visitor parking will be in the Hayward Surface Parking Lot Link to Parking Office Website
  • Reservations for visitor parking will still be accepted via SAPweb. Beginning April 1, Visitor Parking spaces will be in the Hayward Surface Parking Lot. This will result in the need to relocate several Hayward Lot parkers.
  • Parking after hours Parkers with an MIT permit will be allowed to park after 2:30 in the following lots: Stata Center, Buildings 44/46 and Hayward Lot. After 5:00 PM, people without an MIT parking permit will be allowed to park in either the Buildings 44/46 Lot or the Hayward Lot.
  • There will be no parking in the new building and the East Lot will not reopen. Questions about the changes in parking may be directed to mitparking@mit.edu

-- AnthonyZolnik - 05 Jun 2009
Topic revision: 05 Jun 2009, AnthonyZolnik
 

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