NEU, YMCA Construction About to Begin

by necmusic

It’s coming!  That confluence of construction projects we’ve been warning you about is about to begin.  Between now and mid-month, the GrandMarc at Northeastern University dormitory project will get underway. For the past several weeks, the developer of that project has been doing interior demolition of the YMCA building (see photo below) that fronts onto St. Botolph St. That work will ramp up with the building scheduled for controlled implosion followed by foundation excavation and pile driving to support the structure. What’s more, the YMCA’s own construction project is set to begin November 9.

As challenging as these projects may be, NEC is in good shape thanks to the $4 million mitigation work we’ve been engaged in since July.  NEC’s team from Tishman Construction is finishing up the installation of interior and exterior window coverings that will protect against noise and dust.(see photos below) The new fresh air exchange and HVAC systems are in place and will shortly go on line to supply those practice rooms, studios, classrooms, and performance spaces most directly affected by the construction. Most importantly, the monitors that register acoustic, seismic, and air quality levels are in place and will go live on November 5. They will provide continuous readings and any activity that approaches or exceeds pre-established thresholds will be instantly reported to Building Operations and Tishman Construction.

What can you do?

This process is not going to be pretty. However, NEC is doing everything it can to minimize disruption and annoyance. All NEC community members should stay informed by checking the following media:

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact Michael Ryan’s office at AskMike@necmusic.edu

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