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Campus Construction Update


All systems in the Dreyfus Building (Building 18) -- including air, water, electrical and fire protection -- are being renovated in three phases, allowing two-thirds of the building to remain open during the process. Temporary faculty offices (TFOs) have been set up on the south side of the building. Completion: August 2003.


Fire loop installation, part of the Fire Safety Systems Renewal Program, continues outside of East Campus. Walker Memorial and Hayden Library are next in line for the work, which could cause noise disruption to occupants of nearby buildings. Completion: Winter 2001.


Soil testing during the next few weeks outside buildings E10 and E20 may be noisy. Utility relocation work on Ames and Amherst streets will affect traffic, parking and pedestrians on both those streets and will create noise and dust for people living in Senior House and East Campus. The work is part of the Media Lab expansion. Completion: December 2001.


Heavy truck traffic may cause traffic problems on Vassar Street between Main Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Pedestrian access along buildings 25 and 36 is closed off; pedestrians should enter Building 34 from Vassar Street to access the main campus. Completion: Fall 2003.


The City of Cambridge is putting in new sewer drain pipes along Memorial Drive and Massachusetts Avenue, creating noise and pedestrian and traffic problems on Memorial Drive at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue near Building 1, as well as on Massachusetts Avenue between Albany and Vassar streets. Construction will move in the direction of Central Square down Massachusetts Avenue to Main Street. Completion: Spring 2001.


Utilities work in the railroad right-of-way next to the Albany Street Garage and also near Massachusetts Avenue will disrupt pedestrian traffic until late fall. This work will then move along the railroad right-of-way on both sides of Massachusetts Avenue to provide utility lines for the new buildings being constructed on campus.

This information supplied by the MIT Department of Facilities.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 20, 2000.

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