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May 4, 2004
Behind the shroud, about 200 workers representing each of the building
trades are applying their skills daily.
On May 3rd, the first lab bench was delivered to the site!
Workers in the low and upper penthouse levels are installing the
major equipment that will support the building's operations. Major
pieces of the cooling system were hoisted into the upper penthouse
from the Mass. Turnpike during the overnight hours this past weekend.
Duct work has been installed to the 8th floor. Plumbers and electricians
are installing the main, lateral services to the 7th floor while
others are installing the trunks that serve the lab benches on the
Elevator installers have begun the installation of the three elevators.
Once the service elevator becomes operational in June, the hoists
located along Cummington Street will be removed. That will allow
the installation of the bay window and the construction of the office
The rough construction of the exterior wall is nearly complete
and the finish work is well underway. Window frames have been installed
in the 6th floor. Masons arrived this week and the installation
of red brick has begun.
On April 10th, the University, Turner Construction, and Boston
Building Trades held an open house to recruit women to the building
trades. Participants met with several of the project's subcontractors
and discussed training and employment opportunities.
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The building of 187,000 gross square feet is being constructed between
Cummington Street and the Massachusetts Turnpike, on the site of
the former Nickelodeon Cinema.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cell Molecular Biology
- Organic Chemistry
Cannon Design is the architect with Turner Construction Company
serving as construction manager. Occupancy is scheduled for Spring
Some disruption should be anticipated in and around the project
site. For the duration of the project, traffic on Cummington Street
will be affected, as this is the only route to supply the construction.
It is anticipated that a portion of the street will need to be closed
to provide for the delivery of material needed for the construction.