A seven-month structural reinforcement project began at Harvard Divinity School’s Divinity Hall (14 Divinity Ave) on Monday, February 8, 2021. Completion is expected by the end of Summer 2021.
The project consists of adding new steel in select locations throughout the building to reinforce the original 1816 wood and brick structure. A comprehensive logistics and signage plan is in place to support the necessary work while being sensitive to neighboring buildings and the Harvard community. A pedestrian route around the building is being maintained and Divinity Ave is accessible to vehicles throughout the project. Abutters can expect the presence of work crews, trucks, and some construction equipment between project work hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Workers arrive on site each day beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m., but will comply with the City of Cambridge noise ordinance which restricts construction activity until 7:00 a.m.
The contractor is required to adhere to an approved COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan that includes guidelines around health monitoring, hand washing, social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment, and regular cleaning of tools and high-touch surfaces. The project is also limiting the number of workers in one area at a time.
Project updates will be posted as the work progresses.