On May 11th, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) invites you to join a tour of the King Open / Cambridge Upper School & Community Complex which recently received the national COTE Top Ten Award. This event will be hosted by the architectural team, William Rawn Associates in association with Arrowstreet.

This facility establishes a new standard for education design and high-performing buildings by creating a 21st-century learning lab. This new building type combines two separate schools (King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper School) with a mix of diverse community programs, creating a community resource that supports student learning with a vast range of social and family support services. The result is an equitable, inclusive, and beautiful community resource.

The first net zero emissions and first LEED v4 Platinum school in Massachusetts, the building uses 43% less energy than a Massachusetts code school and 70% less than the average school in the United States. The building is a Learning Lab with sustainability features prominently displayed to create transparent learning opportunities. Exterior features include 3,600 façade and roof-mounted PV panels, sunshades, bioswale bridges, and a hand pump at the rain gardens. Interior features include digital dashboards in each lobby, custom educational graphics on the walls, display areas for student projects, daylight controls, and visible heating and cooling elements.

To learn more about the tour, please visit: 

Boston Society for Architecture | K-12 Educational Design: Tour of… (architects.org)

Topics: Resiliency, Sustainable Design, BSA, Community, AIACOTE, KingOpenCambridgeUpperSchoolCommunityComplex, CityofCambridge, STEAM