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King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex Project

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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.

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NOTICE: Temporary Extended Weekday & Saturday Construction Hours

Beginning this week and through next week, crews will be working until 5pm on Monday – Thursday. Saturday work on October 14th and October 21st, has also been approved and will take place from 9am-4pm.

The work being performed is installation of the deep foundations for the east building, and the contractor has requested to perform this work during these hours to expedite the foundation installation.

We hope this will expedite the start of the steel erection on the east building.

Thank you in advance for your patience and 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.


UPDATE: Willow Street Steel Deliveries, Crane Erection, Parking

This notice is to clarify changes that have been made by the project team to the timing and details of the work zone based on work and safety considerations. We apologize for any inconveniences or confusion created by these changes.

Beginning the week of September 18th, structural steel erection of the west building (nearest Willow St) will begin.

This will involve the installation of cranes inside of the project site, as well as steel deliveries to the site via both Cambridge St. and Willow St.

Due to safety considerations, residents will be prohibited from parking on the school side of Willow St. between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. After 5 p.m. and all day on weekends, these spots will be available for resident use.

This work and restrictions are anticipated to be in effect from now through December 2017.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


NOTICE: Willow Street Steel Deliveries, Crane Erection, Parking

Beginning the week of September 18th, structural steel erection of the west building (nearest Willow St) will begin.

This will involve the installation of cranes inside of the project site, as well as steel deliveries to the site via both Cambridge St. and Willow St.

Prior to the start of steel deliveries, the jersey barriers currently located in the roadway on Willow St. (near Palermo St.) will be moved back onto the sidewalk and several resident parking spaces in that area will be restored for 24-hour use.

Due to safety restrictions with steel deliveries and crane movements, residents will be prohibited from parking on the school side of Willow St. near Cambridge St. between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. After 5 p.m. and all day on weekends, these spots will be available for resident use.

This work and restrictions are anticipated to be in effect from September 18, 2017 through December 2017.

Please see the image below for more details.

King Open Crane Site Map

Thank you in advance for your patience and 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 - King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex

The City of Cambridge and the architect, William Rawn and Arrowstreet, will host a public meeting on Wednesday, June 21 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 present the latest design for the project as well as discuss the construction schedule and impacts on residents. The Cambridge Traffic, Parking, & Transportation Department will also present on bicycle lane and pedestrian design considerations as well as bus and student drop off/pick up.

Those attending should enter the Millers River Apartments via the Cambridge Street entrance and take a left into the community room. If entering the building 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.


May 22, 2017

After listening to feedback from residents and discussing with the project team, accommodations have been made to maintain he jersey barriers on the sidewalk in much of the area on Willow St. between Cambridge and Palermo streets.  For equipment access, safety, etc., the barriers will need to be moved into the roadway near the crosswalk.

Please see the image below for an updated diagram with more details.

Willow St Jersey Barrier Diagram


NOTICE: Willow Street Jersey Barrier Positioning

Beginning the week of May 22, the concrete jersey barriers currently located on the sidewalk on Willow Street between Cambridge St. and Palermo St. will need to be moved into the roadway to allow additional room for work on site.

The jersey barriers will be moved onto Willow Street, leaving a 12’ travel lane and 8’ parking lane on the west side of the street. There will be no parking allowed on the east side of Willow St. next to the barriers between Cambridge St. and Palermo St.

The existing jersey barriers near the Frisoli Playground will also be moved south to enclose the former playground during the removal and reconstruction of the equipment. A new, temporary playground has been installed on the south side of the Frisoli.

The new positioning of the jersey barriers will likely be maintained for the next two years as the project progresses.

Please see the image below for more details.

Jersey Barrier Diagram

Thank you in advance for your patience and 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.


NOTICE: Playground Closed Beginning Monday, May 15, 2017

Beginning Monday, May 15, 2017, this playground will be closed to public use.

Please use the temporary playground installed on the south side of the Frisoli Youth Center.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


Board of Zoning Appeals Public Meeting - Thursday, April 13

The Board of Zoning Appeal will hold a Public Meeting, THURSDAY – APRIL 13, 2017, at the Senior Center located at 806 Massachusetts Avenue, First Floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The following cases will be heard:

7:30 P.M. CASE NO. BZA-012724-2017

850 CAMBRIDGE STREET    

Residence C-1 Zone

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE – C/O LOUIS DEPASQUALE, CITY MANAGER

Variance:  To construct Administrative office portion of the Cambridge School Department violating dimensional standards setback & height.   Art. 5.000, Sec. 5.31 (Table of Dimensional Requirements).   

More information is available here.


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

Noise:

Beginning the week of March 6, 2017, there will be increased trucking on and off the site for hauling materials. Trucks will continue to enter the site on Cambridge Street near Hunting Street and depart on Cambridge Street at Berkshire Street.

Neighbors may also notice increased noise at the southern end of the site due to a different method that needs to be used for some of the geothermal well installation in that section.

Playground:

In the coming weeks, the existing playground and artwork located in the area between the Frisoli Youth Center and the former King Open School is to be demolished to make way for the installation of the geothermal wells in that area.

To ensure that the neighborhood and Frisoli Youth Center have play equipment in the interim, there will be a temporary playground installed on the south side of the Frisoli Youth Center. 

After the wells are installed, a new playground and reinstallation of the existing artwork will occur. It will include a new design that will be presented in detail at a future Community Meeting. The general area is defined in the presentations on the project website at www.CambridgeMA.gov/KOCUS.

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 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 http://www.cambridgema.gov/departments/citymanagersoffice/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.  


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.

ANTICIPATED 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

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


Questions/Comments regarding the project, construction issues, etc., please contact:

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


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


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