• Allston Science Center

    Allston Science and Engineering Center

  • 114 Western Ave

    114 Western Avenue

  • SFP Building 2

    Soldiers Field Park Building 2

  • Lewis Hall

    Lewis Hall

  • Swartz Hall

    Swartz Hall

Harvard University Construction Mitigation

Harvard University's Construction Mitigation Team works with municipalities, Harvard faculty and staff, and neighbors to effectively carry out a comprehensive construction mitigation program. The construction mitigation program aims to minimize or eliminate negative impacts to the surrounding abutters, the City, and the internal Harvard community from University construction projects, while allowing for an efficient approach to construction work.

Neighbors can call the construction mitigation hotline at 617-496-0857 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ask questions and voice concerns, or they can learn more about the construction activities taking place at Harvard University and the surrounding neighborhoods by reviewing the project updates regularly posted here on our website.

Components of the Construction Mitigation Program


The construction mitigation efforts are accomplished through proactive planning for each project, regular monitoring of all job sites, open communication with all stakeholders, working as a team to develop innovative solutions to complex construction issues and community concerns, and enforcement measures. Components include:

  • Vehicular and pedestrian traffic plans.
  • Daily visits by the construction mitigation team to each project site.
  • Noise and vibration monitoring and enforcement.
  • Dust control: on-site wheel washing of construction vehicles, daily street sweeping, and surface water pollution prevention.
  • Emissions control: five-minute idling rule enforcement, on-site refueling using ultra-low sulphur diesel, and specific emissions standards.
  • Control of trash and rodent infestation.
  • Communication and problem solving: job/issue specific meetings, community meetings, on-site project information boards, communication protocols.
  • Enforcement: mitigation infraction warnings and fines, implementation of corrective action plans.