Cultural Care Au Pair is a program of EF Education First, the world’s leading provider of academic, travel and language services. Last week, EF Education First broke ground on a new facility to serve as its expanded North American headquarters, prominently located in Cambridge, Massachusetts next to EF’s existing building, beneath the iconic Zakim Bridge and adjacent to the Charles River.
Governor Deval Patrick joined EF and Cultural Care staff to celebrate the milestone, which will result in the creation of 400 jobs during the next 18 months. Governor Patrick, who has visited EF in the past for a town hall forum for EF employees, said, “EF Education First has successfully used education and innovation to become a worldwide leader in international education. I am pleased to celebrate with them as they expand and create quality jobs in the Commonwealth.”
The building design features a striking glass “waterfall” cascading down the façade, which reflects the facility’s close proximity to the Charles River. Architect Gert Wingårdh conceptualized the building to reflect the design aesthetic of surrounding landmarks including the Zakim Bridge and the turrets on the Museum of Science.
The 10-story building will feature office and education space, a parking garage and a dedicated bike room for EF employees. In addition to developing North Point Park, EF plans to build a series of multi-use bike paths to connect the site to Cambridge, Somerville and the North Point Park Bridge. Only 28 percent of EF employees commute to work via single car trips (compared to 54 percent for a typical Boston building), so it was important to EF to provide pedestrian access and connectivity to the new building.
The project will also include public areas such as function space, conference rooms, a public meeting room and a restaurant with outdoor seating wrapping around the entire building. Families, au pairs with their host children and skateboarders currently frequent North Point Park and will be able to enjoy the newly expanded park, restaurant, bike paths and water features of the new building.
EF’s expansion is driven in part by rapid growth in the education and travel industries across the global economy. Today, EF Education First employs 34,000 globally in 400 offices and schools located in more than 50 countries. As the largest private education company in the world, EF was also recently tapped to serve as the official language supplier of the XXII Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In addition to its academic, language, au pair and travel programs, EF also owns and operates the Hult International Business School, the world’s largest accredited and ranked MBA program and Englishtown, the world’s largest online English language school. To learn more about EF, visit ef.com.