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Work Zone

September-October 2012

This view of the Fogg Art Museum, taken in mid summer, shows the new structure being inserted in the original Quincy Street façade.

This view of the Fogg Art Museum, taken in mid summer, shows the new structure being inserted in the original Quincy Street façade.

Aerial photograph by Les Vants Photograhy


Aerial photograph by Les Vants Photograhy


Aerial photograph by Les Vants Photograhy


Aerial photograph by Les Vants Photograhy

Fogg (from Carpenter Center ramp)

Fogg (from Carpenter Center ramp)

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Fogg (entrance side)

Fogg (entrance side)

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Fogg (entrance side)

Fogg (entrance side)

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Quincy House

Quincy House

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Quincy House

Quincy House

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Science Center          

Science Center          

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Tata Hall

Tata Hall

Photograph by Stu Rosner

That sound heard on campus this summer, after the post-Great Recession stillness, was of earth moving again—and steel being lifted and concrete poured, making Harvard modern.

The reconstruction of the Fogg Art Museum proceeded most visibly (progressing toward a 2014 reopening). The aerial view, in mid summer, shows the new structure being inserted into the Quincy Street façade; the frame has since been fitted with the angled supports for a sharply canted, glassed-in, rooftop crown in architect Renzo Piano’s signature style. Scaffolding is now in place to enable exterior construction around the new structure. (Images above detail the work as seen from the Carpenter Center and Quincy Street, respectively.)

Renovation of Old Quincy appears much simpler, but it is the test for design and construction concepts underlying renovation of the undergraduate Houses, a multiyear, $1-billion-plus program (see "Designating Dunster"). Across the river, the curving lines of Tata Hall, Harvard Business School’s new executive-education complex, took shape. (See "Architecture in Concert" for a profile of architect William Rawn.)

Public infrastructure investments advance University links to the community, too. Contractors stripped the Science Center plaza to repair the waterproofing of the Cambridge Street tunnel beneath; when the job is done, Harvard will redesign the plaza to encourage social interactions and host performances, in time for Commencement 2013. And the Commonwealth’s aggressive repair program has reached the Anderson Memorial Bridge. Traffic lanes and sidewalks are constricted—tailgaters be warned!