14 Story Street Window Replacement Project
Please note: Due to the Covid -19 pandemic, the City of Cambridge issued a directive on March 18, 2020 calling for the suspension of all construction activity in the city by the close of business, Saturday, March 21, until further notice.
Harvard University is installing new floor-to-ceiling windows and modernizing the appearance of the University-owned and occupied building at 14 Story Street. As always, we appreciate the cooperation and patience of the neighboring residents, businesses, and the Harvard community during this project.
Over the next several months, area residents and businesses can expect the presence of work crews, as well as construction equipment and activity between the project’s work hours, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and some Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During these hours, construction activity will generate some additional noise in the area due to deliveries, hammering, and the use of power tools.
General Project Information:
- The project began with the arrival of scaffolding on Monday, November 18, 2019, with project completion currently scheduled for mid-April 2020.
- Scaffolding has been installed from the ground floor to the roof beginning with the back of the building along the pedestrian walkway. The scaffolding is enclosed with weatherproof wrapping.
- Work will begin transitioning to the Story Street side of the building during the week of January 20, 2020.
- Access to 14 Story Street and all area offices and businesses will be maintained throughout the project, though pedestrians will be asked to follow walking detours at times to ensure their safety during construction. Signs will be posted to provide guidance.
- At times, deliveries will require the contractor to use several metered spaces in front of 14 Story Street. Some deliveries will also occur via the pedestrian walkway behind the building. Signs will be posted.
If you have any questions or concerns before or throughout the duration of the project, please contact the Harvard University Construction Mitigation Office at 617-496-0857 or email us at email@example.com for assistance. We appreciate your cooperation.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long is this project expected to take?
Work crews started mobilizing on Monday, November 18, 2019 when the scaffolding was delivered, and staging began on the back of 14 Story Street. Work will start transitioning to the Story Street side of the building during the week of January 20, 2020. The project was scheduled for completion in mid-April 2020, however, due to the Covid -19 pandemic, the City of Cambridge issued a directive on March 18 calling for the suspension of all construction activity in the city no later than close of business, Saturday, March 21, until further notice.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?
Questions and concerns about this project can be directed to the Harvard Construction Mitigation team. We can be reached via our hotline at 617-496-0857 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mitigation team aims to respond to questions and concerns as quickly as possible. During business hours Monday through Friday, you can expect a response within several hours, if not sooner. If you’re contacting us over the weekend or after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, we will respond to your email promptly on the following business day.
Is the pedestrian walkway behind the building open during construction?
Pedestrian access between Mt Auburn Street and Brattle Street and to the offices and businesses along 14 Story Street and the walkway behind the building will be maintained throughout the project, however, walking detours will be implemented at times to ensure pedestrian safety and accommodate deliveries. Signs will be clearly posted clearly outlining pedestrian detours during these times and the contractor will have staff to help direct pedestrians and ensure safe access to area buildings and offices.
How will the construction affect neighboring residents and businesses?
Project work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and some Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During these hours, construction activity is likely to generate noise due to the presence of work crews, deliveries, hammering, and the use of power tools.
Access to 14 Story Street and all area offices and businesses will be maintained throughout the project, though pedestrians who use the walkway behind the building will be asked to follow walking detours on occasion to ensure their safety during construction. Signs will be posted to provide clear guidance when detours are necessary.
How many parking spaces will this project take up on Story Street?
At times, deliveries on Story Street may require the contractor to use several metered parking spaces in front of the building. Signs will be posted when this is necessary.
Are there any hazardous materials in the building?
In preparation for this project, Harvard conducted testing around the current windows inside and out to identify any materials that need to be handled and processed as potentially hazardous. The contractor will employ hazardous material safe practices and the University’s Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) department has reviewed and approved these protocols. EHS will pick up any materials deemed hazardous from the site immediately and will ensure they are disposed of properly and in accordance with environmental regulations. Harvard Real Estate has engaged an industrial hygienist to monitor air quality throughout the project as a precaution to ensure proper safety standards are being met.
What will the building look like when the project is finished?
Once complete, 14 Story Street will feature new floor to ceiling windows on all five levels on both the front and back of the building.