Martin Luther King, Jr. School Wins 2017 Green Award

| July 21, 2017

Design by Perkins Eastman

Boston – At the USGBC MA Green Building Showcase held in June at Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Perkins Eastman was awarded the 2017 Green Building of the Year award for its design of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School located in Cambridge. The design, targeting LEED for Schools Platinum, was recognized not only for its impressive, significant list of sustainable features, but also for its altruistic impact on education and the immediate surrounding community. The MLK School stood out among the other exemplary green buildings in the contest, demonstrating the impact that a sustainable design from a forward-thinking firm can have in a major city.

Martin Luther King, Jr. School classroom

Completed in December 2015, the MLK School has an impressive list of sustainable features and results. With one year of operating data collection, the project performed 12% better than predicted, and its actual Energy Use Intensity is over 65% better than the average school in New England; the design became a benchmark of success within Cambridge’s devotion to a net-zero future. The building’s PVs are projected to provide 47% of its energy needs, there are two 10,000-gallon cisterns that reclaim stormwater for toilet use, and 65 geothermal wells support the heating/cooling system.

“We are very honored that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School complex, which is Cambridge’s first near net-zero school, has received this prestigious award,” said Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “We believe this building represents Cambridge’s commitment to architecture that is beautifully designed and sustainable.”






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