New Balance Field Construction Activity for the Period of October 1- October 5

Dear Colleagues & Neighbors:

In order to better inform the Boston University community and our neighbors living and working near or on Babcock Street, beginning Friday, September 28, 2012 and continuing until the construction of the New Balance Field at 278 Babcock Street is completed in Summer 2013, the Boston University Facilities Management & Planning team will send out weekly updates of the activities taking place on site, especially those that may affect you directly.

Anticipated construction activities for the week of October 1 – October 5:

1) Site Work: Already underway and continuing for the next several weeks is site work, which includes excavators, cranes and a pile driving rig.  The parking lot asphalt will be stripped, and excavation for and installation of the Pressure Injected Footings (PIFs) will commence.  You can expected general construction noise from the equipment, some potential ground vibration from installing the PIFs, and an increase in construction traffic (concrete trucks, dump trucks, etc..) on the surrounding streets.

2) Exterior Building Abatement: It is anticipated that blasting on the exterior of the building will start up again on Monday October 1 in late morning/early afternoon.  This is pending a final DEP inspection.  If the blasting work does not start on Monday, it will likely begin on Tuesday, October 2.  The crew will continue working on the north elevation and then move east onto the Babcock Street elevation and finally around to Gardner Street and the south elevation.  As sections of the building are completed, the staging will be removed.  You can expect a high noise level during the blasting operation.  As before, the hours of operation for the blasting will be 7:00am to approximately 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Blasting will take place over the next few weeks.

3) Interior Demolition: Select interior demolition will be happening concurrently with the blasting of the exterior.  There are no anticipated noise/traffic impacts with these activities.

4) Gardner Street Utility Disconnections: The disconnection of utilities feeding the 278 Babcock Street building (water, sewer, etc…) from Gardner Street will begin at some point during the week of October 1.  When utility work in the street is underway, it is likely that thru traffic on Gardner Street may be affected, however, local traffic to Babcock Towers Garage and Planned Parenthood Garage will always be maintained.  There will be police details present during any street work.

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