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The Foundry

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The Foundry Building at 101 Rogers Street was acquired by the city as the result of a real estate development proposal from Alexandria Real Estate involving a number of parcels in an adjacent sector of the Kendall Square area. The City's acquisition of 101 Rogers Street included the stipulation that a minimum of 10,000 square feet would be dedicated to community use. The property is currently vacant. In May 2015 the City Council approved a partnership with the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) including the city's disposition and demonstration plans for the building.

The Foundry is an adaptive reuse project to build a self-sustaining center for creativity and collaboration for the Cambridge community. At the intersection of the Kendall Square Innovation District and the East Cambridge neighborhood, the Foundry building will provide space and programs for the visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, technology, and workforce education within its historic, industrial setting. The Foundry will also help facilitate access for residents, especially underrepresented communities and adjacent neighborhoods, to the dynamic working and learning environment of Kendall Square.

September 2020

  • Complete Interior Excavation

  • Install Support of Excavation

  • Install concrete foundation in existing building and new addition.

July 2020

Week of 7/6: Debris removal associate with the stucco additional on the west side

Week of 7/13: Removal of the roof mechanical components, equipment and skylights

Week of 7/20: Removal of existing concrete basement slab

June 2020

The schedule for this project has been updated due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the "Schedule" tab for details. 

February 2020

Selective demolition work will continue through the spring 2020. The City's contractor W.T. Rich, will be removing interior walls, interior floor slabs, windows and mono-truss timers. In addition, they are removing the stucco elevation, the façade facing Verizon property, the roof mechanical equipment, and skylights. They will also be installing temporary roof protection. 

Interior Demolition Pictures:

Interior pic of the demolition of the building

Interior pic of demolition of the building

The following schedule has been updated as of September 2020

Fall 2020: Installation of concrete foundation, roofing and Masonry restoration.  Begin installation of structural steel.

Winter 2020-21:  Complete installation of structural steel.  Install interior concrete floors.

Spring 2021:  Install exterior envelope.  Begin interior work.

Summer, Fall, Winter 2021:  Interior work will continue.

Spring 2022:  Building complete.

The following schedule has been updated as of June 2020

Summer 2020:  Equipment, interior walls, interior floor slabs and windows have been removed. Selective demolition will continue with the exterior removal of the stucco elevation, the façade facing Verizon property, the roof mechanical equipment, the skylights and the roof.  Installation of temporary roof protection and concrete foundation.

Fall 2020: Installation of structural steel, new roof and Masonry restoration.

Late Fall 2020: the renovated building and the new building addition will be enclosed, and interior work will begin.

Winter, Spring, Summer 2021: Interior work will continue

Late Fall 2021: building complete

December 2019 through May 2020: Selective Demolition. Includes removal of equipment, interior walls, interior floor slabs, windows, mono-truss timbers.  Exterior removal of stucco elevation, façade facing Verizon property, roof mechanical equipment, skylights.  Installation of temporary roof protection.

Spring/Summer 2020: the schedule needs to be finalized but will include: Installing site utilities, Masonry restoration, installing new roof, installing foundations and structural steel.

Late Fall 2020: the renovated building and the new building addition will be enclosed and interior work will commence.

Summer 2021: building complete.

For background information, including information about the community process for this project, please visit:


Michael Black- Construction Program Manager



Kate Riley- Community Relations Manager


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