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Municipal Facilities Improvement Plan

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About the Municipal Facilities Improvement Plan (MFIP)

The City recently initiated a Municipal Facilities Improvement Plan, which evaluated and prioritized 43 buildings for capital improvements in areas such as accessibility, climate resilience, building envelope, fire and life safety, historic preservation, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, occupant comfort, and mechanical systems. The goal of the MFIP is to establish strategies to improve, maintain, and protect the City’s capital investment in its building portfolio. The first phase, which included building site assessments, occupant surveys, energy analyses and stakeholder workshops to assess buildings has been successfully completed. The assessment results have been incorporated into an Assessment Tool that helps to evaluate the portfolio and assist in project prioritization. Phase 2 is currently underway and includes further project prioritization, establishing a phased capital improvement program, design guidelines and best practices. 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets

2020 GHG emissions reduction target: The City established a 2020 GHG emissions reduction target for municipal operations and is on track to achieve a 30% reduction from 2008 levels with a stretch target of 35%.
2030 GHG emissions reduction target: Work is underway to establish 2030 targets for municipal operations through the Municipal Facilities Improvement Plan, Clean Fleet project and a Zero Waste Master Plan.

Solar Energy

The City is on target to meet its goal of generating 5% of its municipal electricity consumption from onsite solar PV by 2020. In FY17 the City added a 174 kW solar PV on the roof of the Kennedy Longfellow School and a 12 kW PV system on a new shade canopy at the Citywide Senior Center. Additional rooftop PV systems are being designed for the Fletcher Maynard Academy and Cambridge Main Library in FY2018 that will increase total onsite solar PV to 1,147 kW. The King Open School reconstruction is in design as a Net Zero school. The City currently has five virtual net metering agreements. The first three solar arrays, with a total PV capacity of 4,5 MW, are operational and generating clean, renewable solar energy. Deepen Commitment to Sustainable Energy & Strengthen our Capacity for Resilience

MFIP Projects

Some of the projects of the MFIP Include:

  • HVAC upgrades at the East Cambridge Firehouse, Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility, DPW Ryan Garage and the Main Library and Central Square Library
  • Rooftop photovoltaic solar arrays at the Kennedy Longfellow School, Citywide Senior Center, Fletcher Maynard Academy and Main Library
  • Roof replacement projects at the Citywide Senior Center, Moore and Moses Youth Centers 
  • Interior alteration projects at the Coffon Lower Level, City Hall Annex, and DPW Frazier Building 
  • Accessibility upgrades across multiple buildings, and other improvement projects
  • Designs for all electric variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems with geothermal heat pumps are underway at two fire stations 


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