The Martin Luther King Jr. School Construction Project

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 Martin Luther King Jr. School located at 100 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge, will be the first school to be redesigned to include a JK-5 Program, an Upper School Program, Community School and Afterschool programs.

Link to Cambridge Public Schools 

The City of Cambridge has contracted with Perkins Eastman to perform Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Document and Construction Administration services for the project. The City of Cambridge has also contracted with CDM/Smith for Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Geotechnical engineering services. The City has also contracted with Stephen Turner Inc. for Commissioning services.

During the Summer and early Fall the City of Cambridge reviewed submissions and interviewed four Construction Manager at Risk firms. The Rich-Caulfield Venture was highest rated by the selection committee and is presently under contract with the City of Cambridge to perform pre-construction services.

The scope of hazardous abatement work is presently being compiled by the Industrial Hygienist for incorporation with the early demolition scope of work for the CM at Risk contractor to bid.

December 1, 2014
The MLK project look ahead schedule as of December 1, 2014 has been added to the Schedules Tab.

October 28, 2014
The MLK project three week look ahead schedule as of October 27, 2014 has been added to the Schedules Tab.

September 22, 2014
The MLK project three week look ahead schedule as of September 22, 2014 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab

September 3, 2014
The MLK 3 week Look Ahead Schedule through September 20, 2014 is posted on the Project Schedule and Documents Tabs.

The City and Construction Manager Rich-Caulfield are planning a topping off ceremony on September 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. (Please see invitation under Documents Tab).

August 27, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: On Thursday August 28, 2014 the contractor may need to work beyond 5 p.m. in order to pour concrete for the elevated slabs. The contractor and concrete supplier have coordinated concrete additives to accelerate the curing, but nature may dictate how long it actually takes before the final surface finishing can start. 

July 22, 2014
The MLK Construction webpage is located on the City Manager's page and can be accessed from top menu bar of city's website.

The MLK three week look ahead schedule for 8-14-14 has been added to the Project Schedule and Documents tab

PLEASE NOTE:
On Tuesday July 22 and Thursday July 24, 2014 the contractor may need to work beyond 5 p.m. due to the pouring the concrete for the elevated slabs. The contractor and concrete supplier have coordinated concrete additives to accelerate the curing, but nature may dictate how long is actually takes before the final surface finishing can start.   

July 16, 2014
The MLK three week look ahead schedule for 7-1-14 has been added to the Project Schedule and Documents tab.
PLEASE NOTE: On Thursday July 17, 2014, the contractor may need to work beyond 5 p.m. due to the start of pouring the concrete for the elevated slabs. The contractor and concrete supplier have coordinated concrete additives to accelerate the curing, but nature may dictate how long is actually takes before the final surface finish can start.   

May 28, 2014
The MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of May 28, 2014 and Sequencing Document have been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab

March 27, 2014
The MLK 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of 3/31/14 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab

April 28, 2014
The MLK 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of 4/28/14 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab Please note there may be construction activity on Saturday during the month of May.

March 27, 2014
The MLK 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of 3/31/14 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab

Please note there will be construction activity on Saturday March 29,2014March 19, 2014
The presentation to the MLK school Council on February 26,2014 has been added to the documents tab.

February 3, 2014
The MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Schedule as of Feb 2, 2014 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab

December 17, 2013
The Community Meeting presentation from December 12, 2013 has been added to the Documents tab.


December 9, 2013
The MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of 12-09-13 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab.

November 14, 2013
The MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of 11-12-13 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab

October 23, 2013
A Community Meeting is scheduled for Thursday Dec. 12, 6–7:30 p.m., at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge to provide an update on the final design building elevations, landscaping plan, site improvements, demolition and construction schedule.

October 14, 2013
The Community Meeting presentation from October 9, 2013 has been added to the Documents tab.

October 9, 2013
A Community Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue to update all on the demolition and design schedule.

October 2, 2013
A revised MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-week Schedule dated 10/2/13 has been added to the Project Schedule and Documents Tab.

September 9, 2013
A revised MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-week Schedule dated 9/9/13 has been added to the Project Schedule and Documents Tab. The schedule has been affected by additional abatement work that has been discovered in the existing building. The MLK overall abatement and demolition schedule is presently being revised and shall be posted to the website in the upcoming days. The anticipated delay to demolish remaining building structure is expected to be approximately 2 months in duration. The overall project schedule for occupancy of the school in September of 2015 is not impacted by this delay.

July 25, 2013
The MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Schedule as of 7-25-13 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab.

July 10, 2013
The Community Meeting presentation and meeting notes from June 26, 2013 presentation have been added to Documents tab.

June 26, 2013
The MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of 6-26-13 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab.

June 11, 2013
The Architect, Perkins Eastman and the City provided a status briefing of the project to the School Committee on June 4, 2013. The presentation has been added under the documents tab

The MLK School Overall Abatement and Demolition Schedule has been added to the Project Schedule and Documents Tab.
The MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule as of 6-11-13 has been added to Project Schedule and Documents Tab.

June 5, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School & Putnam Avenue Upper School Groundbreaking Ceremony June 17
The City of Cambridge will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School & Putnam Avenue Upper School Monday, June 17, at 12 p.m., 100 Putnam Ave.(rear), Cambridge.

Note on Directions/Parking: All attendees should access site from Kinnaird St. or Hayes St. only. Please do not use Magee St. As you enter the site, you shall be directed where to continue on foot and/or where to park your vehicle. As a reminder, this is an active construction site and you are asked to stay inside marked barriers for your safety.

Link to Invitation and Draft Image.

The City of Cambridge will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School & Putnam Avenue Upper School Monday, June 17, at 12 p.m., 100 Putnam Ave.(rear), Cambridge. All attendees should access site from Kinnaird St. or Hayes St. only. Please do not use Magee St. As you enter the site, you shall be directed where to continue on foot and/or where to park your vehicle. As a reminder, this is an active construction site and you are asked to stay inside marked barriers for your safety.

Link to Directions

 May 25, 2013 

Contractor 3 week look ahead schedule added under Documents tab 

Next Community Meeting to update construction, design and schedule issues is planned for June 26, 2013 at the Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

May 13, 2013

Contractor 3 week look ahead schedule loaded see Schedule tab, this schedule shall be update bi-weekly.

April 18, 2013

The City’s Construction Manager at Risk, Rich-Caulfield MLK Venture, has entered into a contract with Costello Dismantling Company (CDC) of West Wareham, MA. CDC has subcontracted the abatement work to American Environmental Inc., of Holyoke, MA. CDC is a leader in the abatement and demolition field, and has performed many projects with American Environmental Inc. as their abatement subcontractor.

Some examples of recent CDC projects are included in the documents tab. CDC shall start mobilizing on site next week, a copy of their anticipated activities over that period are also provided in the documents tab. Further updates shall be posted when available.

April 8, 2013

Special Permit Public Hearing for Martin Luther King Jr. School Construction Project, 100 Putman Ave., Cambridge
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7:20 p.m., Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave.
This meeting is part of the Planning Board Special Permit Public Hearing.  

March 4, 2013

Added presentation and meeting notes from Feb. 7 Community Meeting to Documents Tab. 

February 1, 2013

Starting sometime the first week of February, the contractor will start to take over the site. These initial activities will include setting up site fencing, removing some site obstructions for delivery of trailers for the contractor and the City, and delivery and setup of these trailers.  Residents shall receive a presentation of the anticipated abatement and demolition activities and schedule at the Community Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., at the Morse School, 40 Granite St., Cambridge.

The next Community Meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm., at the Morse School, 40 Granite St., Cambridge.
There will be a presentation that will include introduction of the Construction Manager at Risk for the project and an update on the design and construction schedule.

Special Update November 28, 2012

Testing by our Environmental Consultants for hazardous building materials has identified asbestos, lead paint and PCBs in several building materials. This is not uncommon for this type of construction and the time period when this building was erected. These hazardous materials will be handled as required by federal and state regulation during demolition of the building for proper disposal. The testing has also identified PCBs in soil directly adjacent to the building as a result of these building materials. The City of Cambridge is taking precautionary measures at one location where PCBs in the soil was found based on the concentration level test results. This exterior area at the southwest corner of the gym near the loading dock is fenced off to make inaccessible and has been covered with polyethylene while the design team develop plans to remove the soils as part of the abatement and demolition of the building.

For more information, visit the websites below:
http://www.epa.gov/pcbsincaulk/ and specifically for schools reference http://www.epa.gov/pcbsincaulk/caulkschoolkit.htm

Sam Lipson, Director of Environmental Heath for the Cambridge Public Health Department has been provided a copy of this report.

November 2012

Added presentation and meeting notes from Oct. 24 Community Meeting to Documents Tab.

September 2012

Community Meeting Oct. 24, 6-7 p.m., at Martin Luther King Jr. School, 400 Putnam Ave., Cambridge.

July 2012

The Embodied Energy Study is a section of the Feasibility Study. The Final Feasibility Study from the Architect, Perkins Eastman, shall be added to the Documents Tab in August 2012.

MLK 3 Week Schedule 12-14-14

MLK 3 Week Schedule 10-27-14

MLK 3 Week Schedule 10-14-14

MLK 3 Week Schedule 9-14-14

MLK 3 Week Schedule 8-14-14

MLK 3 Week Schedule 7-1-14

MLK 3 Week Schedule 5-28-14 & Sequencing Document

MLK 3 Week Schedule 4-28-14 

MLK 3 Week Schedule 4-1-14 

MLK 3-Week Schedule 2-2-14

MLK 3 Week Schedule 12-9-13

MLK 3 Week Schedule 11-12-13

MLK 3 Week Schedule 10-23-13

MLK 3 Week Schedule 10-2-2013

MLK 3 Week Schedule 9-9-2013

MLK 3 Week Schedule 7-25-13

MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule 6-26-13

MLK Abatement and Demolition 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule 6-11-13

MLK School Overall Abatement and Demolition Schedule 

Contractor 3 week look ahead schedule - May 13, 2013

Complete programming and issue Feasibility Study - June 2012 

Approval of Construction Management at Risk by Office of the Inspector General – June 2012

Negotiate design contract with Perkins Eastman – July 2012

Schematic Design Phase July 2012 – November 2012

Construction Management at Risk Interview and Selection Process July 2012 – October 2012

Abatement and Demolition late 2012 through early 2013

Construction Documents available for bidding late Fall 2013

Construction schedule 2014 through August 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. School reopens September 2015

Michael J. Black
Construction Project Manager
City of Cambridge
617-349-4300

Other City Project Management staff contact info:

Richard Burditt 617-780-7920
Brendon Roy 875-998-7312
Larry Winnett 617-631-5304

Contractor Contact:
Rich-Caulfield 617-467-6010

mblack@cambridgema.gov

Department Information

Hours of Service

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

City Manager:
Richard C. Rossi

Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139