Location: Cambridge, MA
Owner: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Completion Date: October, 2015
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Vital Statistics: Project Value: $4,800,000.00
Wall Type: 36" Reinforced Concrete Wall
Wall Area: 31,000 S.F.
Max. Excavated Depth: 51'
A $350 million building developed by M.I.T. provides additional space on campus for nanotechnology research, allowing scientists access to cutting-edge tools to manipulate matter at the smallest scales. The building, dubbed "MIT.nano,"" is located at the heart of the campus near the university's iconic Great Dome. There was very limited access to the construction site – only three access roads, each with limited headroom – so planning for foundation construction and delivery vehicles presented a host of logistical challenges, almost like building a tall ship inside a bottle. Slurry wall panel excavation through a deep layer of unstable organic soils required special attention. Foundation elements (LBEs) for two tower crane supports were also required on this challenging project.