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Campus construction update


The main entrance to du Pont Gymnasium and the Rockwell Cage behind the Stratton Student Center has been closed while the du Pont lobby is being renovated and a connection built between du Pont and the Zesiger Center. The du Pont lobby can no longer be used as a throughway from Vassar Street. Du Pont can be accessed only through two entrances on Vassar Street. The main entrance is through the short alley between Rockwell Cage and du Pont; the other is near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue. (This door is marked "Entrance to W31 and W33." Once inside, an MIT ID card is required to enter du Pont.)


The next phase of renovation to the Baker House residence hall will take place this summer. Work will include replacing windows, asbestos abatement, window caulking, lead paint removal, exterior stucco restoration, brickwork and landscaping.


A water main is being installed along Vassar Street from Massachusetts Avenue toward Main Street. This may affect parking and traffic. Vassar Street may be one-way heading westbound from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on some weekdays.


Beginning in mid-June and continuing through the summer, several manholes on the west side of campus will be under construction for steam repairs. Welding, cutting and excavation for expansion joint replacement may cause noise and disruption.


This project will move and reshape the circulation area, which will expand to include the Reserve Book Room collection and services, as well as a 24/7 study space. During the renovation, which will last until late August, entrance to the Science and Humanities Libraries will be through the Lewis Music Library, in which the MIT Libraries' no-food, no-drink policy is strictly enforced. Please note that book returns and other circulation services will be located at the Lewis Music Library Circulation desk during this period.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 5, 2002.

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