Weld Boathouse Renovation Project – Phase One

Please be advised that Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS) has engaged a contractor to perform a multi-phase renovation of the Weld Boathouse located on the corner of Memorial Drive and the Anderson Memorial Bridge. Phase one of the project involves site preparation and utility work, including the introduction of a new 6-inch fire main from JFK Street to the Weld Boathouse, and an electrical service upgrade via a new duct bank from Eliot House to the boathouse.

Subsequent phases will include interior and exterior boathouse renovations, site and landscaping improvements, replacement of the dock structures, and accessibility upgrades, with full project completion scheduled for February 2023.

Project Schedule:
• Phase one is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, and is targeting a late August 2022 completion.
• Project work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• The contractor will adhere to the City of Cambridge’s noise ordinance and will not perform work before 7:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.
• Some Saturday work may be necessary between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Impacts:
• Fencing with scrim will be erected around the boathouse along the Anderson Bridge and Memorial Drive, and at the back of the boathouse along the river.
• The utility work will require the contractor to excavate trenches in the public way, including on JFK Street, across Memorial Drive, and on the adjacent sidewalks on both sides of Memorial Drive, in front of both Eliot House and the Weld Boathouse.
• Pedestrian and bicycle pathways will be maintained along the Anderson Bridge and at the JFK Street/Memorial Drive intersection throughout the project, however, walking and bicycle detours will be necessary at times. Signage will be posted to ensure safety.
• During project hours, the work will generate noise due to the presence of work crews and the use of construction equipment needed to perform this work.

Traffic Management:
• The contractor will be working in the road at times, both on JFK Street and Memorial Drive. Full street closures will not be necessary, however, during the trenching work, travel lanes will be reduced and police details will be directing vehicles around the work sites.
• All excavated areas will be plated over at the end of every shift and repaved once the work is complete.
• Construction vehicles and deliveries will enter and exit the boathouse site through a single gate off Memorial Drive. Deliveries will be restricted to 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to minimize inconvenience during rush hour.
• Truck routes will be enforced to keep construction vehicles out of the neighborhoods.
• Parking will not be permitted on the work site, excluding any designated emergency vehicles.

If you have any questions or concerns now or throughout the project’s duration, please contact Harvard Construction Mitigation at 617-496-0857 or mitigation@csl-consulting.com. Notifications will be sent in advance of the project’s additional phases to advise of the scope of work and any anticipated construction impacts.