Martin Luther King, Jr. School
Next-Gen Schools: Good for the Climate; Good for the Kids 1
Next-Gen Schools: Good for the Climate; Good for the Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr. School

Cambridge, MA

An innovative complex for 740 students and the surrounding community leverages sustainable design to enhance educational outcomes and community resilience.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. School campus raises the bar for sustainable, high performance school design. Drawing inspiration from extensive stakeholder workshops, Perkins Eastman created a campus on a compact, urban site to provide indoor and outdoor spaces to learn specifically tailored to the needs of children in preschool, lower school, upper school, and community school programs. Each program has its own distinct place, identity, and access to meet the specific developmental needs of these diverse students. All of these programs are unified by King Street, an internal public area that provides access to the shared areas including a library/learning commons, cafeteria, gymnasiums, and auditorium. King Street also allows for convenient and safe community use of the building after hours. According to extensive Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluations, the building set a new benchmark for well day lit classrooms which—combined with other conservation and healthy building systems—resulted in the building being honored as the second highest-scoring LEED for Schools project in the world.

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