Allston Projects Monthly Updates

June 2022

Enterprise Research Campus (ERC)* Phase 1 Enabling Infrastructure Work

Enabling work continues at the parcel of the future Enterprise Research Campus (ERC) in Allston across from Harvard Business School bordered by the Mass Pike, Western Avenue, Hague Street, and the National Resilience Inc. facility at 500 Soldiers Field Road. Much of the project work, which will continue through 2022, involves underground investigations, pre-clearing, trenching, and utility pipes/conduit/utility structure installations. Construction activities will continue through 2024 for the construction of streetscape elements and completion of roadways.

Foundation work on four new buildings and an underground parking structure will be the first phase of the Developer construction work, which is currently scheduled for later in 2022.

  • As the project progresses, there will be an uptick in truck traffic on Western Ave during project work hours, typically 7AM to 3PM Monday through Friday. Trucks will follow approved truck routes to/from the jobsite to ensure they are not traveling on neighborhood streets.
  • Preparation is underway for a water line tie-in at Almy Street and crossing Windom Street will take place this summer.
  • A sewer tie-in at Western Avenue closer to Hague Street will shift pedestrian traffic to the Harvard Business School sidewalk between Hague Street and the National Resilience entrance later this month. It will also shift vehicular traffic around the sewer manhole and trench on Western Avenue. Traffic lanes will be maintained in both directions. Noise will continue to be intermittent this month.
  • The driveway to Harvard’s District Energy Facility (DEF) is temporarily closed. Access is now through the security gate and driveway at National Resilience.

North Allston Storm Drain Extension Project (NASDEP)

The NASDEP is a project for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) that is designed in collaboration with Harvard University to alleviate the inundated existing storm water systems in the North Allston neighborhood. The proposed modifications to the BWSC stormwater management system will significantly improve its performance by providing much needed additional conveyance capacity. The enabling work for the project began in 2021 and once permitted will continue through 2024. The increased capacity systems are designed to extend from the area south of the new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), connecting to an existing stormwater drain system in Rena Park, routing through the ERC and following behind the National Resilience Inc. (formerly Sanofi/Genzyme) facility before crossing Soldiers Field Road to an outfall in the Charles River.

A trench is being excavated and braced behind the DEF. Sections of the 84-inch diameter concrete drainage pipe will arrive and be installed later in June. Sheet piles and other piles have been installed near National Resilience to support other underground structures in advance of a National Grid gas relocation at 500 Soldiers Field Road (anticipated Summer 2022).

  • Activity on-site is ongoing and in accordance with access and monitoring protocols.
    • Soil pre-characterization activities will continue this month in the area south of the DEF and east of the Sears Pad.
  • Truck traffic to and from the site continues using the designated route from Hague Street.

Noise will continue to be intermittent and is not expected to impact the site’s abutters or the neighborhood.

Kresge Way Temporary Relocation and Gas Line Install

As part of Harvard’s infrastructure improvements in Allston, the University will be relocating utilities across Western Avenue, over to and on Kresge Way, the main driveway into the HBS campus. An initial phase of this utility work will take place when National Grid relocates an existing natural gas pipe on Kresge Way later in June. Kresge Way will remain open to vehicles and pedestrians. The activity is expected to take two to four days to complete with traffic shifting around the fenced-off work zone as needed.

Also in June, crews will construct a temporary section of Kresge Way to the west of the existing drive.  Traffic and pedestrians will relocate to this interim drive during the utility crossing work on Western Avenue. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7AM to 3PM.

  • Abutters can anticipate intermittent noise during excavation.

Western Avenue Utility Crossing

A utility crossing at Western Avenue is scheduled to begin later in June after Harvard Business School’s events. The work is expected to take 12-months to complete and will allow for improvements to Harvard’s Allston energy infrastructure. 

  • A detailed traffic management plan will be in place always maintaining two lanes of traffic and will take advantage of the pedestrian rerouting to the sidewalk in front of the Harvard Business School for the sewer tie in for the first phase of work this summer.
  • Some intermittent preparation work will need to happen mid-month on Western Avenue, which will have limited traffic or pedestrian impact.
  • Abutters can anticipate intermittent noise during excavation including use of a vacuum truck.
  • Appropriate signage and police details will be in place.

114 Western Avenue, 2nd Floor HBS Office Fit Out

The 2nd floor of 114 Western Ave is being renovated to create co-working space for Harvard Business School. The project is scheduled for completion in late July 2022.

  • For the next several months, 114 Western Ave occupants, students and businesses can expect the presence of work crews, as well as construction equipment and activity, Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Some earlier start times, extended hours, and Saturday work – will be necessary.  During these hours, the renovation of the workspace will generate some noise due to deliveries, loading materials, as well as the use of construction equipment/tools.
  • Work will be coordinated to minimize impacts to the childcare facility and 2nd floor classrooms.
  • The contractor has fenced-in three parking spaces in the 114 Western parking lot for materials laydown space.
  • Lifts will be used to load equipment to the 2nd floor.

No work is scheduled in the public right of way on the holiday observance of Juneteenth, Monday, June 20.