The King Open School, Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex

This educational complex is a community resource in the City of Cambridge. It includes King Open School, Cambridge Street Upper School, Cambridge Public Schools Administration, Cambridge Public Library branch, Department of Human Services programs, a community pool, and over an acre of open space. The facilities allow for after-hours and weekend use for both the surrounding neighborhood and the entire Cambridge community.

The project is designed to be Net Zero Emissions, with buildings using 43% less energy than the average Massachusetts school and 70% less than a typical school in the United States. Nearly 3,600 photovoltaic building panels produce renewable energy to offset the building’s energy use.

Crabtree McGrath Associates developed and implemented a fully capable cooking kitchen, including high efficiency cooking and food preparation equipment, comprised of walk-in refrigerated rooms, multiple food preparation counters, and combination cooking ovens utilizing state-of-the-art technology which maximize production output with minimal utility input.

Double-sided serving lines allow students to choose from a variety of hot and cold food offerings. Both serving lines funnel into a common area where a custom-made fruit and vegetable bar, which allows students second servings, is
strategically placed to gently encourage and teach healthy choices and eating habits.

LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts


FACILITY: Cooking Kitchen

OPENING DATE: September 2019


ARCHITECTS: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. & Arrowstreet, Inc.




MEALS SERVED PER DAY: 500 meals per day

FEATURED SERVERY STATIONS: Fresh vegetable and fruit bar


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