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Situation:

Designed to house more than 2,000 researchers, the MIT.nano Building represents one of the largest commitments to research in the campus’ history. It will provide a consolidated facility for previously scattered and overcrowded micro- and nanotechnology research areas within MIT’s Schools of Science & Engineering. BOND is providing self-performed utility enabling and civil infrastructure services for this major, four and a half year construction effort. Following the demolition of an existing academic building within MIT.nano’s footprint, BOND’s crews excavated more than 1.4 million cubic feet of dirt to make way for the new facility’s foundation. A jet grout/secant pile earth stabilization system is being used to further prepare the site for construction. To facilitate utility connections, BOND is excavating and providing earth support for chilled water, steam, electrical, telecom and process piping systems that will eventually be integrated into the completed building.

Challenges:

  • All work being performed within a tight academic campus steps from MIT’s central Infinite Corridor and adjacent to sensitive academic and research spaces
  • Site located on a busy urban street in the City of Cambridge
  • Scheduling and sequencing of multiple utility installations

Solutions:

  • Participation in regular meetings with 35 labs, centers, and departments – mainly abutters – to discuss concerns and develop methods to minimize disruption
  • Strict monitoring system put in place to regulate noise and vibration caused by construction activity
  • Collaboration with MIT to develop weekly email updates on construction activities and any road or sidewalk closures
  • Installation of a earth stabilization system to further reduce noise and vibration

Results:

  • Utility enabling and infrastructure work on track to be completed within budget and schedule
  • Facilitates a state-of-the-art facility for MIT that will advance scientific study on an atomic level and promote new technologies in the areas of energy, water, healthcare, transportation and the environment