King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex Project

King Open School Construction

The Cambridge Public Schools’ Innovation Agenda will result in the creation of four new upper school campuses serving students in grades 6 to 8. The King Open School, located at 850 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, will be the second school to be redesigned to include a JK-5 Program, an Upper School Program, Community School and Afterschool programs.

The City of Cambridge has selected William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. in association with Arrowstreet Inc. to prepare a Feasibility Study for this project. The Feasibility Study is expected to be completed In July of 2015, then followed by design and construction of the approved recommendation of the study. The anticipated school opening is September 2019.

This anticipated NET ZERO project is to include the redesign of these schools to continue the Innovation Agenda vision of the Cambridge Public Schools. The school programming will include pre-school and Community School programs. This site and project will also include the redesign of the Valente Branch Library and the Gold Star Pool. This study shall include reviewing the feasibility of relocating the Cambridge School Department administrative offices to this same site. This study will provided an opportunity to review existing and new traffic flows for student drop off and pick up. It will also explore the possibility of engaging Donnelly Field and the Frisoli Center with better lines of sight from Cambridge Street. It is anticipated that this study will provide more engaging open space around the complex and will be enhanced with better lighting and landscaping.

Link to Cambridge Public Schools

Community Notice - Temporary Play Structures to be Installed before Demolition of Existing Frisoli Playground in late December/early January

In order to remain on schedule with geothermal well installation around the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex site, the City’s Construction Manager (Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture) will need to demolish the existing playground on the north side of the Frisoli Youth Center in the coming weeks.

After discussions with the Department of Human Services Programs and staff at the Frisoli Youth Center, it was determined that temporary play structures would be installed on the south side of the youth center to facilitate activities and community use while the existing playground is out of service for the next two years. A new playground will be installed and rededicated to Jeffrey Curley as part of the overall project and, depending on the effectiveness of the temporary play structures to be installed, they may either be incorporated into the new playground on the north side or left as an additional play area on the south side.

Please see below for a map showing the approximate area where the new play structures will be installed as well as renderings of what the equipment will look like.

Map of New Play Equipment Play Equipment Play Equipment Play Equipment

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.


Community Notice - UPDATE: Installation of Geothermal Wells Now Anticipated to Begin at King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex on or about December 12, 2016

Due to logistical considerations on site, the City’s Construction Manager (Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture) is now anticipated to begin installation of geothermal wells at the site of the King Open/Cambridge St Upper School, Valente Library, and Gold Star Pool School on Cambridge Street on or about December 12, 2016.

This will not affect the scheduled completion date for the project.

We appreciate the community’s continued patience and understanding through this phase of work, and throughout the project, as we work to complete the new schools and community complex which will benefit and serve residents for years to come.

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.


Community Notice - Installation of Geothermal Wells to Begin at King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex on or about November 14, 2016

The City’s Construction Manager (Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture) is set to begin installation of geothermal wells at the site of the King Open/Cambridge St Upper School, Valente Library, and Gold Star Pool School on Cambridge Street on or about November 14, 2016

This work is anticipated to last for approximately 13 months until December of 2017.

Installation of geothermal wells will begin at the front of the site on Cambridge Street moving into the site in the direction of Donnelly Field. For more information on what geothermal wells are, as well as how they are installed and used, please visit the project page on the City’s website at www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.

At this time, the construction manager anticipates a need of 188 geothermal wells to be installed on site. While this work will be noisy and an inconvenience to neighbors, the construction team has identified a contractor to perform the work that has a quieter process which is anticipated to lessen the impact on residents and businesses.

As is currently the case, general work hours will be from 7:00am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday and trucks will enter the site on Cambridge Street near Hunting Street and depart on Cambridge Street at Berkshire Street.

We appreciate the community’s continued patience and understanding through this phase of work, and throughout the project, as we work to complete the new schools and community complex which will benefit and serve residents for years to come.

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.


What are Geothermal Wells?

Geothermal wells are 6” wide holes which contain pipes drilled deep into the earth. The word “geothermal” comes from the Greek for each (“geo”) and heat (“therme”).

The wells help to provide efficient heating and cooling for the school. The Earth’s natural warmth controls the temperature of the liquid that flows inside them. It will stay a steady 55 degrees all year round, even in winter and summer. Once the liquid leaves the ground, it will reach a heat exchanger, where its heat energy will be transferred to a secondary pipe loop. This loop feeds the heat pumps, which cool the classrooms down in the summer and heat them up in the winter.


Community Meeting Notice - King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex
Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Millers River Apartments

The City of Cambridge is currently in the demolition phase for the reconstruction of the King Open School on Cambridge Street as the project team continues to work on the design of the final buildings. Last year, the City heard comments on the feasibility study and design concepts. If you were unable to attend these public meetings, the meeting notes and presentations are available through the project’s website at www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the City of Cambridge and the architect, William Rawn and Arrowstreet, will host a public meeting in the Community Room at the Millers River Apartments located at 15 Lambert Street from 6:00 – 7:30 pm as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff, architects, and the Construction Manager, Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture, will be in attendance to discuss design elements as well as the demolition and construction schedule and impacts on residents. The Cambridge Traffic, Parking, & Transportation Department will also present on bicycle lane design considerations and student drop off/pick up.

Those attending may enter the Millers River Apartments via the Gore Street or Lambert Street entrances. If entering the building from Gore St., take a right, go past the library and laundry room, and the Community Room will be at the end of the hallway on the right. Entering from Lambert St., take a left, go past the library and the laundry room, and the Community Room will be at the end of the hallway on the right.

Your attendance and participation at this meeting are encouraged and appreciated.

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.


King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex Breaks Ground - September 21, 2016

The City of Cambridge today held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex on September 21, 2016. Located on Cambridge Street between Willow Street and Berkshire Street, the new complex will replace the existing school, library, and pool buildings. It will include the King Open School, the Cambridge Street Upper Schools, the Valente Branch Library, the Gold Star Pool, and the city’s Preschool, Afterschool and Community schools, as well the Cambridge Public Schools’ Administrative Offices.

The 276,000-square-foot building will be designed to be the first Net Zero Emissions project under the City of Cambridge’s Net Zero Action Plan. William Rawn Associates in collaboration with Arrowstreet, both Boston-based firms, are designing the new complex which is slated to open in September 2019. William Rawn also designed the Cambridge Public Library main branch which reopened in 2009, and has won numerous awards, including the 2010 Harleston Parker Medal for the “Single Most Beautiful Building” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years, from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA).

The King Open project has been sited and scaled to provide the services of a large civic building while complimenting the surrounding neighborhood. A central green spine visually and physically will connect a new Cambridge Street Plaza to Donnelly Field. The building is surrounded by multiple green spaces and playgrounds to engage all residents of the community.

“We are very pleased to be under way with this project to rebuild and renovate our public schools as part of our ongoing commitment to having high quality educational and community facilities,” said City Manager Richard C. Rossi. “We hope this new facility will also affirm our commitment to architecture that is both beautiful and sustainable.”


Community Notice - August 18, 2016
Demolition to Begin at King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex in September

The City’s Construction Manager (Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture) is set to begin demolition at the site of the King Open/Cambridge St Upper School, Valente Library, and Gold Star Pool School on Cambridge Street on or about September 1, 2016.

It is anticipated that demolition will commence on the North side (Cambridge Street), working southeast and west through the middle of the building. The demolition should last approximately 6 weeks.

While the direction of the demolition through the building should help control dust, contractors on site will be taking other precautions (such as watering) on site each day to further mitigate dust.

Vibration monitoring devices will also be installed on site in multiple locations to ensure vibrations stay within an acceptable range.

As is currently the case, general work hours will be from 7:00am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday and trucks will enter the site on Cambridge Street near Hunting Street and depart on Cambridge Street at Berkshire Street.

Questions about the demolition? Stop by the construction trailer located opposite 122 Berkshire Street on Tuesday, August 30th and Thursday, September 8th from 5:30-6:30pm to speak with members of the onsite City staff and construction team.

Please also join us for a public Groundbreaking Ceremony for the project on Wednesday, September 21st from 3:30-5:00pm at 850 Cambridge St. to celebrate with members of the construction team, City officials, and neighbors (see reverse side for details).

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.cambridgema.gov/CityManager/kingopenandcommunitycomplexproject.

Groundbreaking Invite


MBTA Bus Stop Relocation


Community Notice -Shuttle Service Discontinued between Frisoli Youth Center & DCR Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool at Magazine Beach - July 28, 2016

Following the completion of an online survey to which 34 residents responded, the City began piloting shuttle service between the Frisoli Youth Center and the DCR Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool at Magazine Beach on Saturday, July 16 and Saturday, July 23.

The shuttle pilot was widely publicized on social media, the City’s website, the Cambridge School Department parent list serve, through notices delivered to residences in the area, and more. Despite the service running both Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there were no riders on the first Saturday and just one family of four riders on the second Saturday.

Based on the evaluation of the pilot and the limited utilization by residents, the City has decided to discontinue this service, effective immediately.

Thank you for your understanding.

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.


Community Notice - Pilot of Pool Shuttle to begin Saturday, July 16

Given that the Gold Star Pool will be closed this summer, community members had inquired about the possibly of a City-run shuttle for residents to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool at Magazine Beach.

An online survey was distributed to our King Open project email list and flyers were distributed to neighbors. 34 residents completed a survey about their thoughts on possible shuttle service, with a majority stating they were “very likely” to use such a service.

In response to this resident feedback, the Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) will begin piloting a shuttle from the Frisoli Youth Center (61 Willow St) to the DCR Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool at Magazine Beach this Saturday, July 16th and next Saturday, July 23rd to gauge interest and use. The City will then evaluate whether or not this shuttle service will continue and will notify residents before Saturday, July 30th.

See below for a full shuttle schedule.

Please note that children under age 12 riding the shuttle should be accompanied by an adult as, per DCR rules of conduct for swimming pools, “No person under the age of 12 years old may be admitted to any DCR swimming pool or wading pool without a parent or adult.”

Thank you to all who participated in this survey and shared their feedback.

Information and Assistance:

To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.

Shuttle to/from DCR Veterans Memorial Pool Schedule
Pilot begins Saturday, July 16, 2016

Departing Frisoli Youth Center (61 Willow St) for DCR Pool on Memorial Drive:

  • 10:45 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 12:30 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
Departing DCR Pool on Memorial Drive for Frisoli Youth Center (61 Willow St):
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm
  • 3:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm



Community Meeting Notice - King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex

The City of Cambridge is currently in the design phase for the reconstruction of the King Open School on Cambridge Street. Last year, the City heard comments on the feasibility study and design concepts. If you were unable to attend these public meetings, the meeting notes and presentations are available through the project’s website at www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the City of Cambridge and the architect, William Rawn and Arrowstreet, will host a public meeting in the Community Room at the Millers River Apartments located at 15 Lambert Street from 6:30 – 8:00 pm as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex.

City staff, Architects, and the Construction Manager will be in attendance to provide an overview and update of the Schematic Design which has just been completed. Their presentation will include parking, student drop off, transportation flow around the building, landscaping design elements, building exterior finishes being considered, and an update for residents on the inclusion of the CPS Administration Offices as part of this project. New information regarding the construction schedule, specifically when the abatement and demolition activities will begin, shall also be provided. The City, Architects, and the Construction Manager look forward to listening to your comments on the project update.

Those attending may enter the Millers River Apartments via the Gore Street or Lambert Street entrances. If entering the building from Gore St., take a right, go past the library and laundry room, and the Community Room will be at the end of the hallway on the right. Entering from Lambert St., take a left, go past the library and the laundry room, and the Community Room will be at the end of the hallway on the right.

Your attendance and participation at this meeting are encouraged and appreciated.

Information and Assistance:

To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.


Community Notice - King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex Update

The relocation of the Cambridge Public Schools District Administration Offices from Thorndike Street to the project site was considered as part of the feasibility study for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex.

The inclusion of the CPS Administration Offices has been considered as a programming and design element through Schematic Design, and after a detailed review of cost, zoning, net zero, community feedback, and other related issues, the final determination by the City has been made to include CPS Administration Offices on the site.

The project includes the complete demolition of all existing structures on the northern side of the site at 850 Cambridge St and the construction of a new facility. The project boundary is approximately the walking path between the existing school building and Donnelly Field. In addition, the basketball courts, seating area, and play area at the Frisoli Youth Center will be redesigned and rebuilt as part of the project. All programs currently on the site will be incorporated into the new building, including King Open School, Cambridge Street Upper School, Human Services Preschool, Extended Day and Community School programs, Valente Library, and Gold Star Pool. The district offices for Cambridge Public Schools will also be added to the program on the site.

The addition of the CPS Administration Offices to the site is not anticipated to impact open space, function of the school buildings or community areas, or overall timeline of the project. A separate entrance and exit for the offices will be located on Berkshire Street as to not interfere with students or overall function of the site programming.

As parking was a top concern for residents in the area, the decision to include the CPS Administration Offices on site took into account the addition of the underground parking garage and other accommodations that will be made for teacher and administration staff as to not to significantly burden already constricted parking in the area. Additional traffic and impact study information will be shared at the next Community Meeting on Thursday, May 26th.

The City is pleased to be able to incorporate the CPS Administration Offices into the site and solve a long-standing need for school department employees.

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.cambridgema.gov/KOCUS.


April 6, 2016

The March 31st Community Meeting presentation is now available under the "Documents" tab.


March 11, 2016

The City of Cambridge is currently in the design phase for the reconstruction of the King Open School on Cambridge Street. Last year, the City heard comments on the feasibility study and design concepts. If you were unable to attend these public meetings, the meeting notes and presentations are available through the project’s website at www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the City of Cambridge and the architect, William Rawn and Arrowstreet, will be hosting a public meeting at the Frisoli Youth Center from 6:30 – 8:00 pm as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff, architects, and the Construction Manager, Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture, will be in attendance to discuss the design. Your attendance and participation at this meeting are encouraged and appreciated.

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.cambridgema.gov/CityManager/kingopenandcommunitycomplexproject.



March 4, 2016 A few weeks ago you were notified about the final City functions that were occurring at the King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools, Valente Library, and Gold Star Pool. Since receiving that notice, the site perimeter fence and site trailers for the Construction Manager and City site staff have begun being erected to prepare for the first construction phase of the project – the abatement and demolition of the existing buildings.

The City of Cambridge and the Construction Manager, Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture, would like to invite you to a meeting to introduce the staff who will be on site daily and who will serve as points of contact during the construction phases of the project should you have any questions or concerns regarding the ongoing activities.

This meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Frisoli Youth Center.

Staff in attendance will be presenting and discussing the following topics:
  • Overall site security, site access, and construction traffic flow
  • Hours of construction operation
  • Parking
  • Rodent control
  • Construction schedule
  • Basketball courts
  • Picnic area relocation
  • Contact information for City and Construction Management Staff

Please Note: Staff will not be presenting any design status information during this meeting. On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Frisoli Youth Center (6:30 – 8:00 pm), the design team and the City will be holding a community meeting to present an update on all aspects of the project design. Your attendance and participation at this meeting are encouraged and appreciated.

Information and Assistance:
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.cambridgema.gov/CityManager/kingopenandcommunitycomplexproject.



February 2016

The City of Cambridge is set to begin work on the reconstruction of King Open School on Cambridge Street.

The school began moving all of the teachers’ materials and furniture to the swing space(s) on February 12, 2016, and community and after-school programs will continue in the building during the February recess from February 15 – 19, 2016.

On February 22, the contractor will begin delivering construction barriers and installing them around the site. At this time, the basketball courts and seating area, as well as the existing school parking lots, will be unavailable for use by the public. Nearby basketball courts include Sennott Park, Gold Star Mothers Park and Ahern Field. Please click here for a plan showing the fencing locations, site trailers, and gate access.

The last school function in the building will be a performance on Feb 25 and 26 in school auditorium.

On March 1, 2016, the last City function will occur in the building as 850 Cambridge Street will be used as a polling location for the Presidential Primary.

On March 2, 2016, the City’s Construction Manager (Rich – KBE King School Joint Venture) will have full control of the site.

The King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School plan to reopen in September 2019. The Valente Library plans to reopen in 2019 and Gold Star Pool in 2020.

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the City of Cambridge will be hosting a public meeting at the Frisoli Youth Center from 6:30pm-8:00pm as part of the community process for the King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion with the Construction Management team to discuss project status and schedule.

Information and Assistance
To receive future updates via email regarding this project, please contact Dan Riviello at driviello@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825. To view more information on this project such as updates, documents, etc., please visit www.cambridgema.gov/CityManager/kingopenandcommunitycomplexproject.


November 2015
In response to requests from community members, the City, War Memorial Recreation Center, and Department of Human Service Programs will be adding an AM Adult Lap Swim beginning December 1, 2015. AM Adult Lap Swim will be available Monday-Friday, 6:15am-7:30am at a cost of $5 for Cambridge residents and $6 for non residents.

More information about Adult AM Lap Swim or any program hosted by the War Memorial can be obtained by calling 617-349-6279 during normal hours of operation.


October 2015

On Thursday, October 22, the City of Cambridge will be hosting its fourth public meeting (King School Auditorium - 850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion with the Construction Management team and present the option being considered for the design.

On Thursday, October 22, the City of Cambridge will be hosting its fourth public meeting (King School Auditorium - 850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), as part of the community process for the . City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion with the Construction Management team and present the option being considered for the design.

September 2015

On Thursday, October 22, the City of Cambridge will be hosting its fourth public meeting (King School Auditorium - 850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion with the Construction Management team and present the option being considered for the design.

On Thursday, October 22, the City of Cambridge will be hosting its fourth public meeting (King School Auditorium - 850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), as part of the community process for the . City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion with the Construction Management team and present the option being considered for the design.

August 2015

On Thursday, September 17 (King School Auditorium -850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), the City of Cambridge will be hosting its next public meeting as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion and to introduce the Construction Management team. The presentation will include the options being considered for the design.

On Thursday, September 17 (King School Auditorium -850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), the City of Cambridge will be hosting its next public meeting as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion and to introduce the Construction Management team. The presentation will include the options being considered for the design.

June 2015

As many in the Cambridge community are aware, a fire broke out on Saturday, May 30 at the Martin Luther King Jr. School (located on Putnam Avenue), which is currently under construction. The State’s Fire Marshal’s Office and the Cambridge Fire Department continue to investigate the cause of the fire. While the construction team and the disaster recovery team have made every effort since the May 30th fire to keep this project on schedule, it has become clear that in order to ensure a safe and secure teaching and learning environment for all staff and students, the completion and opening of the MLK Jr. School/Putnam Avenue Upper School will be delayed. The City Manager’s office and officials from the Cambridge Public Schools, are currently working on a revised project timeline, which will be completed prior the end of the current school year. The second set of school communities (i.e., King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School) that were scheduled to move during the summer months also will be delayed.

In light of this new information, the City is postponing the Thursday, June 11, King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex Project community meeting. Once the revised timeline is solidified, the City will reschedule the meeting; this will enable the City to provide more accurate information to the community. The delay in the opening of MLK Jr. School/Putnam Avenue Upper School may impact the schedule for the King Open School, Cambridge Street Upper School, Valente Library, Gold Star Pool, and Community Complex Project. The City Administration will work closely with the Cambridge School Department to create a detailed logistical plan for the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 academic years. Once the revised project timeline is completed, we will update the community. We will also provide updates on the project’s webpage as important information develops.

As many in the Cambridge community are aware, a fire broke out on Saturday, May 30 at the Martin Luther King Jr. School (located on Putnam Avenue), which is currently under construction. The State’s Fire Marshal’s Office and the Cambridge Fire Department continue to investigate the cause of the fire. While the construction team and the disaster recovery team have made every effort since the May 30th fire to keep this project on schedule, it has become clear that in order to ensure a safe and secure teaching and learning environment for all staff and students, the completion and opening of the MLK Jr. School/Putnam Avenue Upper School will be delayed. The City Manager’s office and officials from the Cambridge Public Schools, are currently working on a revised project timeline, which will be completed prior the end of the current school year. The second set of school communities (i.e., King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School) that were scheduled to move during the summer months also will be delayed. In light of this new information, the City is postponing the Thursday, June 11, King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex Project community meeting. Once the revised timeline is solidified, the City will reschedule the meeting; this will enable the City to provide more accurate information to the community. The delay in the opening of MLK Jr. School/Putnam Avenue Upper School may impact the schedule for the King Open School, Cambridge Street Upper School, Valente Library, Gold Star Pool, and Community Complex Project. The City Administration will work closely with the Cambridge School Department to create a detailed logistical plan for the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 academic years. Once the revised project timeline is completed, we will update the community. We will also provide updates on the project’s webpage as important information develops.

March 2015

On Thursday, March 26 (King School Auditorium -850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), the City of Cambridge will be hosting its second public meeting as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion.

On Thursday, March 26 (King School Auditorium -850 Cambridge St. 6pm-7:30pm), the City of Cambridge will be hosting its second public meeting as part of the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and architects will be in attendance to lead the discussion.

December 2014

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the City of Cambridge will be hosting the first of many public meetings to begin the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and Architect will be in attendance to lead the discussion. The meeting will be held inside of the King Open School Auditorium (850 Cambridge Street) from 6pm-7:30pm. See the "Documents" tab for the Community Meeting Agenda.

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the City of Cambridge will be hosting the first of many public meetings to begin the community process for the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex. City staff and Architect will be in attendance to lead the discussion. The meeting will be held inside of the King Open School Auditorium (850 Cambridge Street) from 6pm-7:30pm. See the "Documents" tab for the Community Meeting Agenda.

3 WEEK LOOK AHEAD SCHEDULES

• November 6, 2016 - November 26, 2016


ANTICIPATED OVERALL PROJECT SCHEDULE

FEASIBILITY STUDY: January 2015 –July 2015


DESIGN PHASES
• Schematic Design January 1, 2016 - May 1, 2016
• Design Development June 15, 2016 - November 1, 2016
• Construction Documents January 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017
• Trade Bids August 1, 2017 - November 20, 2017


CONSTRUCTION PHASES
• Abatement and Demolition March 1, 2016 - December 1, 2016
• Geothermal Wells early package November 1, 2016 - December 1, 2017
• Sitework, Concrete and Structural Steel May 1, 2017 - September 15, 2017
• Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) July 2017
• Construction July 15, 2017 – June 1, 2019
• July 2019 Substantial Completion
• Commissioning December 2016 – August 2019
• September 2019 – School Opens

The Cambridge Public Schools’ Innovation Agenda will result in the creation of four new upper school campuses serving students in grades 6 to 8. The King Open School, located at 850 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, will be the second school to be redesigned to include a JK-5 Program, an Upper School Program, Community School and Afterschool programs.

The City of Cambridge has selected William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. in association with Arrowstreet Inc. to prepare a Feasibility Study for this project. The Feasibility Study is expected to be completed In July of 2015, then followed by design and construction of the approved recommendation of the study. The anticipated school opening is September 2019.

This anticipated NET ZERO project is to include the redesign of these schools to continue the Innovation Agenda vision of the Cambridge Public Schools. The school programming will include pre-school and Community School programs. This site and project will also include the redesign of the Valente Branch Library and the Gold Star Pool. This study shall include reviewing the feasibility of relocating the Cambridge School Department administrative offices to this same site. This study will provided an opportunity to review existing and new traffic flows for student drop off and pick up. It will also explore the possibility of engaging Donnelly Field and the Frisoli Center with better lines of sight from Cambridge Street. It is anticipated that this study will provide more engaging open space around the complex and will be enhanced with better lighting and landscaping.

Link to Cambridge Public Schools

Michael J. Black
Construction Program Manager
617-349-4300
mblack@cambridgema.gov


Questions/Comments regarding the project, please contact:

Dan Riviello
Community Relations Manager
617-349-4825
driviello@cambridgema.gov

Sign Up - Project Updates


Questions/Comments regarding Rodent Issues, please contact:

Anthony Tuccinardi
Inspectional Services Department
617-349-6193
atuccinardi@cambridgema.gov

Dave Power
Inspectional Services Department
617-349-6119
dpower@cambridgema.gov

Department Information

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

City Manager:
Louis DePasquale

Deputy City Manager:
Lisa C. Peterson

Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139