8 Story Street Construction Update

In November, we shared with you that Harvard University hired a contractor to replace windows in the University owned and occupied building at 8 Story Street.  The contractor has completed a significant portion of work and is on track to be through the window replacement and facade repairs by late June of 2022.  The work to upgrade certain electrical systems for the building should also be complete late June of 2022.  Over the next several weeks you will begin to see the dismantling of the scaffolding that was erected as part of the project work in the alleyway between Brattle Street and Mount Auburn Street.  The dismantling of the scaffolding will not impact pedestrian travel or access to the building.

The front and rear entrances will be open and available for use by building tenants and visitors.  The card readers at the entrances will be operational and visitors should follow routine protocols for admittance.  In the weeks ahead, work on the front entrance to Story Street may prompt a brief closure, all interested parties will be informed of the schedule in advance.  Please note that accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities who cannot or find it difficult to use the rear entrance. 

A move-in schedule for tenants at 46 Brattle Street is being created and will be distributed by Harvard University Real Estate with further communication to follow in the weeks ahead.  Please note the 46 Brattle Street offices have been returned to their pre-construction condition and are again ready for occupancy.  Further, as part of the new electrical system upgrades building power to 8 Story Street will be unavailable starting May 31, 2022 through June 14, 2022. 

The electrical contractor will be working with Eversource to de-energize the building starting May 31, 2022.  This power shut-down will enable Eversource to pull new electrical cables from Story Street to the building’s new electrical equipment for final connection.  There are some critical services such as building fire alarms, security card readers and temporary lighting for stairs and egress that will be fed via temporary power and maintained throughout the shut-down. 

The HUIT Main Distribution Frame (MDF) and Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) are powered from the 46 Brattle Street electrical systems and will not be impacted.  However, the HUIT Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) equipment for 8 Story Street will be disabled prior to the power shut-down and remain unavailable until June 14, 2022.  The chilled water systems which provide HVAC to both the 46 Brattle Street and 8 Story Street buildings will be shut-down and unavailable.  Finally, the building will be re-energized on June 14, 2022 with all systems returned to their original operating capacity.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the duration of the project, please contact the Harvard University Construction Mitigation Office at 617-496-0857 or email us at mitigation@csl-consulting.com for assistance.  We appreciate your cooperation.