• An earth-shaking pile driver on the site of the new athletic center is viewed through a small hole in the fence covering near the Dupont walkway.

    Photo / Donna Coveney

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  • Despite frigid temperatures and rock-hard ground, the basement of Simmons Hall has taken shape on Vassar Street.

    Photo / Donna Coveney

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Campus construction update

  • Starting this week, Revoli Construction Co., Inc., the city's contractor for the Massachusetts Avenue storm drain project from Main Street to Memorial Drive, will begin working at the main crosswalk in front of 77 Massachusetts Ave. The crosswalk will be temporarily relocated 100 feet up Massachusetts Ave towards Vassar Street. Handicapped access to the main building will be provided at the Amherst Street crosswalk only. Signs will direct pedestrian traffic. The relocation is expected to last approximately three to four weeks.
  • Excavation of a fire protection main will close part of the sidewalk in front of Building 9 and affect the service road at Building W20. Work will take place in the evenings and on weekends.

A total shutdown of Building 18 will occur from 3pm on Thursday, Jan. 11 until 8am on Friday, Jan. 12. Some noise is expected from the temporary mobile generator at the east side of the building.


The sidewalk and parking spaces on the south side of Vassar Street have been altered; a temporary pedestrian walkway is now located next to the site fence where cars currently park. About 12 parallel parking spaces have been temporarily removed.


For the next several weeks, major soil removal via the Kresge parking lot will generate a great deal of truck traffic.


Installation of a fire protection water pipe in Amherst Alley from Baker House to Burton-Conner may disrupt daytime vehicular traffic and cause noise, vibration and some dust.


As part of the utility expansion, the walkway between Buildings 42 and 44 at the railroad crossing connecting Vassar Street to the Albany Garage will be closed to pedestrian traffic through late January. While the walkway is closed, Facilities will sponsor a limited shuttle service to parking facilities along Albany Street through January 31.


Excavation of soil continues, causing dust and noise. Trucks removing the material may affect traffic on Vassar Street.

This information is provided by the Department of Facilities.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 10, 2001.

Topics: Campus buildings and architecture, Campus services


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