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Edgerton Damage: $43,000, MIT Says

By Michael E. Rolish

MIT has made a claim against John Moriarty and Associates, the construction company working on the former Necco factory, for damages to next-door Edgerton House and inconvenience to its residents in the course of construction.

The construction site, leased by the Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis, has been undergoing continued renovation. In the spring, pile-driving created very loud noise and vibrations that caused damage to property in Edgerton, students and administrators said.

“The student claims that were submitted total just under $8,000,” said Karen A. Nilsson, Director of Housing. “In addition Edgerton suffered some wall-cracking in the corridors that will require repair and re-paint. The cost estimate on this is $20,000. We also have some cracking problems on the stairwell closest to the construction site with a repair cost estimate of approximately $15,000.”

“We submitted information over a month ago,” said David D. Diel G, Edgerton House president. “I calculated roughly $83 as a base amount that everyone would be able to claim,” based on the rent at Edgerton and the amount of time the loudest work took place. He determined that value by multiplying an estimated 90 hours of pile-driving, in which staying in certain Edgerton rooms was unbearable, by a typical rent.

“It was impossible to work or sleep while the room was shaking,” Diel said. “They still make a lot of noise, but not of the unbearable magnitude it was.”

“Many residents didn’t believe MIT would do anything about it,” Diel said.

The claims have not yet been settled.

“We continue to work with the company and others to address these claims,” Nilsson said.

John Moriarty and Associates did not return repeated calls for comment.