• The Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center's new indoor swimming pool (left) and windows reflecting the back of the Stratton Student Center (right).

    Photo / Donna Coveney

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  • The construction site for the new Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences at Vassar and Main streets is humming with activity.

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  • The skylight atop Lobby 7, as seen from the inside (left) before glass blocks were installed outside (right).

    Photo / Ed Whelan

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  • Blocks

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Campus construction update


Increased use of movable cranes and concrete delivery concrete may result in congestion for pedestrians and vehicles accessing the Johnson Athletic Center and Kresge Auditorium.


Underground utility work across Amherst Alley is expected to take two to three weeks. The sidewalk leading to the Johnson Athletic Facility will be closed for installation of a fire protection line; pedestrian traffic will be rerouted to the north side of Vassar Street. Excavation to install hot water pipes will begin behind Building NW30 and progress eastward to Building NW14. Access to the rear of these buildings will be severely restricted.


Staging will be erected for facade and roof repairs on Building W31. The walkway connecting the building to the circular driveway will be closed until next spring. Work should be completed by May.


Installation of traffic signals has begun at the Memorial Drive intersections with Wadsworth and Endicott streets. Construction will take place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is expected to continue through December. On-street parking will be restricted for the duration.


Installation of storm drain pipes continues on Albany Street east of Massachusetts Avenue. During this one-week project, Albany Street will be closed to through traffic from Massachusetts Avenue to Osborne Street, although entrances to the five MIT parking lots, residences and businesses will be maintained.


The Department of Facilities continues replacing steam traps in radiators throughout campus. Work is being done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with each steam trap taking approximately an hour and a half to replace.


Interior scaffolding will remain in place as installation of glass blocks for the new skylight is completed. Construction is also underway at the 77 Massachusetts Ave. exterior entrance to repair the cracked limestone facade

This information is provided by the Department of Facilities.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 24, 2001.

Topics: Campus buildings and architecture, Campus services


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