King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex

Cambridge, Massachusetts


City of Cambridge


230,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Arrowstreet in association with William Rawn Associates (Architect); W.T. Rich/KBE Joint Venture (Construction Manager); Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa Inc. (MEP/FP Engineer); LeMessurier Consultants Inc. (Structural Engineer); Nitsch Engineering (Civil Engineer); Copley Wolff Design Group (Landscape Architect); Acentech (Acoustics & AV); Crabtree McGrath Associates (Food Services); Aquatic Design Group (Pool Design); Point Line Space (FF&E); Kalin Associates (Specifications); In Posse (Energy/Net Zero); Soden Sustainability Consulting (LEED); HLB Lighting Design (Lighting); VHB (Traffic); R.W. Sullivan Engineering (Code); VJ Associates (Cost Estimating); CDM Smith (Geotechnical); Stephen Turner Inc. (Commissioning)

The King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex establishes a new model for school design. It integrates two separate schools (The King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper School) with social and family service programs to create an integrated social support system for students, their families, and the entire community.

The building is designed to support wellness as an essential part of childhood development. The indoor climate, universal design, safety, and social equity are all crucial components of childhood development supported by this building. All materials inside the building were evaluated for their impact on health, and the majority are Red List Free (do not contain harmful chemicals). The community complex is the first Net Zero Emissions and the first LEED v4 Platinum school in Massachusetts.

The project creates a welcoming, highly sustainable, and healthful community resource that offers much-needed open space and provides Cambridge’s youngest citizens a safe and inspiring learning environment. The result is an equitable, inclusive, and striking community resource for this diverse, and urban community.

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William W. Caudill Citation

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Community Center/Joint Use

Interior category

Community Centers/Joint-Use Areas

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Carpet by J&J Commercial Carpet
Carpet by Bentley Prince Street
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by American Biltrite
Flooring by Key Resin Co.
Flooring by Dex-O-Tex
Brick/Masonry by Cloud Ceramics
Brick/Masonry by Glen-Gery
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Doors by Apex Steel Frames
Doors by Lambton Doors
Doors by Wilson Partitions
Doors by St. Cloud
Doors by United States Aluminum
Insulation by Rockwool
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Plumbing by Eemax
Roofing by Sika Sarnafil
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Washroom Fixtures by Jay R Smith
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
HVAC Units by Haakon Industries
HVAC Units by Climacool
Benches/Site Furnishings by Landscape Forms
Benches/Site Furnishings by Forms + Surfaces
Benches/Site Furnishings by ANOVA
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