Cambridge, Massachusetts, Net Zero, LEED Platinum, K-12, Solar PV, Sustainable Design, School, Community Center
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex recently won a coveted honor in the sustainable design category from the 2020 Boston Society for Architecture Design Awards. The complex is the first in the state to gain both Net Zero Emissions and LEED v4 Platinum designations, and it uses 43% less energy than the average local school and 70% less than the average United States school.
Composed of multiple green and open spaces as well as five playgrounds to accommodate K-5 and 6-8 students, the $159 million complex spans 270,000 square feet. Headed by William Rawn Associates and Architecture with Arrowstreet, the project includes facilities for an elementary school, middle school, administration, preschool, afterschool, library, pool, human services programs and a parking garage.
â€śThe project successfully leverages many sustainable tools and strategies: geothermal wells, great expanses of photovoltaic on all of the roof real estate; the smart use of an urban site,â€ť said the award jury for the Sustainable Design Awards. â€śIn addition to the design teamâ€™s masterful design, the City of Cambridge deserves recognition for its investment in an ambitious project that sets the bar for future schools and libraries.â€ť The project is 100% electric and welcomes both students and the public to help promote community fellowship.