09/01/16 High Profile - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School
W.T. Rich Company, through its Rich-Caulfield MLK Venture, served as the construction manager for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art 190,000sf, $79 million public school in Cambridge. The city of Cambridge is a leader in sustainable construction, and the new Martin Luther King Jr. School (MLK School) embodies those principles. The school is on target to achieve the coveted LEED Platinum certification. LEED certification is a common goal among schools in Massachusetts, but net-zero emissions is an uncommon goal. The MLK School is changing that by becoming one of the first schools to target net-zero emissions.
The new MLK School includes a community complex, a preschool, a lower school for grades kindergarten to 5, and an upper school for grades 6 to 8. It also includes a 400-seat auditorium, two gymnasiums, a learning commons that is tightly woven into the library and media center areas, and a cafeteria with a full kitchen. There are also the City Sprouts outdoor roof patio and garden and 69 underground parking spaces for school faculty and staff.