House Renewal Projects

House Renewal Projects 
Harvard University is continuing with its River House Renewal Program re-configuring the interior spaces to meet the complex needs of today’s students, relieve overcrowding, improve privacy, and comply with current building codes.  The renovations will also enhance program spaces to better support students’ academic and social development and upgrade outdated building systems and infrastructure. 


Lowell House Renewal

Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • Work on the historic spaces will continue.
  • Impairment operations will continue.
  • Demolition activities will continue.
  • Regulated material will continue to be removed.

Monday, August 21, 2017
Public Way Impacts

  • Plympton Street will experience temporary closures to assist with equipment deliveries to the site. Closures should only last 5-10 minutes.
  • Mill street and Plympton Street barriers will begin to be moved to allow street access to vehicles for move in activities on Saturday, August 26th.

Exterior Site Activities

  • Demolition activities will continue.
  • Staging will continue to be installed.
  • Regulated materials will continue to be removed from the windows.
  • Slate will continue to be stripped from the roof.
  • Saw cutting activities will continue.
  • Demolition, scaffolding erection, and re-building of the chimney will continue.

Interior Site Activities

  • Demolition activities will continue.
  • Job site safety will continue to take place.
  • Work on the historic spaces will continue.
  • Regulated materials will continue to be removed.
  • Control layout activities will continue.
  • Seismic clips will continue to be cut.

General Site Activities

  • Cambridge and Harvard Police details will remain on site.
  • Mill Street will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians but the Southern sidewalk, adjacent to Gore Hall, will be open for pedestrians.
  • Crews will be running two work shifts. One from 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM and another from 3:30PM – 11:00 PM.








If there are any specific questions or concerns regarding any of these projects or any other
construction related issues, please contact the Construction Mitigation Department at 617-496-
0857 or email