MIT.nano: nuts, bolts and slurry walls

October 28, 2015

People at MIT like to know how things work, especially when those things are big and complicated ? and happening right outside their windows. MIT.nano, a new construction project in the center of campus, is among the most complex and ambitious capital projects in Institute history. ?I see guys with overalls and hard hats, rain or shine, moving things around with heavy equipment,? says Ike Feitler, a technical instructor and lab manager for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. ?I want to understand better what they?re doing.?

In a Building 4 conference room overlooking the construction site, staff from the Department of Facilities and their partners on MIT.nano, a nanoscale characterization and fabrication facility due to open in June 2018, are doing just that. Feitler was among the standing-room-only crowd for a lunchtime ?tool talk? on July 23, the second in a series detailing the latest phase of the construction on the project. ?This is day 289 out of 1,000 working days of MIT.nano,? declared Richard Amster, director of campus construction. ?We have finished the enabling phase and begun the actual building project. ? So here we go.?

Read the full article to learn about slurry walls, which establish the perimeter of the building structure and ultimately serve as a component in the foundation system, and goes in before excavation even starts.

The next phase of construction on MIT.nano, general excavation, starts in late October and will run through December 2015 / January 2016. The Department of Facilities plans to offer another Tool Talk on the topic of excavation in late October.

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Read the full article or view a video of slurry wall construction.