Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School


The new construction of the Martin Luther King School consisted of the abatement and demolition of the original school, followed by the new construction of a 190,000 SF, state-of-the-art public school and community complex. The project was delivered through the MGL Chapter 149A Public CM-at-Risk process.  The construction management of this project was led by W.T. Rich in a joint venture with F.L. Caulfield and Sons. This is a Net Zero Building that has achieved LEED Platinum Certification. 


Project Information

Location: Cambridge, MA

Completion: December 2015

Contract Value: $80 million

Size: 190,000 SF

Type: New Construction, Academic, Sustainable

Owner: The City of Cambridge, Cambridge, MA

Designer: Perkins Eastman, Boston, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (M.G.L. Chapter 149A)

Awards & Honors: LEED Platinum Certification 



The work site was surrounded by three busy city streets in a densely populated residential neighborhood. Therefore, the confined work area required custom tailored site logistics and safety plans to ensure a safe and productive work operation. A number of stringent parameters were defined, clearly communicated and upheld. These included limiting contractor parking, strategically planning material deliveries and storage, implementing a construction debris mitigation plan, and a minimally intrusive vehicle and pedestrian traffic diversion plan.


Collaborative design and constructability reviews amongst W.T. Rich Company, the City of Cambridge, Perkins Eastman, and numerous sub-consultants resulted in an improved building design. Despite a catastrophic accidental fire in May of 2015, W.T. Rich Company was able to work closely with the City to minimize the delay, and was able to deliver in time for a December 2015 school occupancy and grand opening. So impressed was the City with our responsiveness to the fire, W.T. Rich was subsequently selected as the CM for an additional major school project within the City of Cambridge.

“I have now had the opportunity to complete two projects with the W.T. Rich team. Their response and effort to help the City of Cambridge open the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. project after a devastating roof fire in May of 2015 took extraordinary effort and full commitment of the firm’s management and site staff to allow the City to fully occupy the building in December of 2015. The City of Cambridge looks forward to the completion of our third project together, the King Open / Cambridge Street Upper School and Community project in the summer of 2019.”

Michael Black, Program Manager
The City of Cambridge
Martin Luther King Jr. School - New Construction