SOTT Feedback…Next Steps

You Like: hubs; dining commons; maker spaces; natural light; a mix of one and two-story spaces; good light and solar orientation; outdoor learning spaces; considering renovation as part of the solution.
You Wish: for environmentally sustainable solutions; to consider renovation options; to understand the costs of different project concepts.
You Wonder: about the pros & cons of renovation vs. new construction; about fields, traffic, pathways; and a range of other important topics!
Many excellent questions and ideas arose out of the feedback from State of the Town. Also, thank you to everyone who looked at the educational program concepts on the website and completed the Survey Monkey feedback form. Click “sticky note comments” and “I like, I wish, I wonder” to read compilations of the community’s input.
So what’s next? The School Building Committee shares the community’s desire and need to understand more about possible renovation solutions and about the relative costs of different approaches. State of the Town was a “big picture” opportunity to look at possible configurations for the educational program, and to get feedback from the Town about different locations of the Lincoln School on the campus. Now it is time to think about the project from the ground up.
Here’s how the SBC will focus its work over the next couple of months:
  • We will be working to understand the differences between the cost of primarily new construction vs. renovation. Given the various ages and conditions of different sections of the Lincoln School, renovation may be a good value in some areas and not in others. Click here to see a draft of SMMA’s “Existing Conditions Report.”
  • We are currently working on a baseline renovation project estimate and on a refined understanding of what such a project would need to include. It is important to note that the Lincoln School is one, roughly 140,000 sq. ft. building (despite our references to the Smith and Brooks Schools), and that all of it will need to be brought up to current life/safety, accessibility, systems, and building codes. As we were reminded at the November 15th SBC meeting, construction costs have, for a number of reasons, escalated at a rapid rate since 2012. If you are interested in seeing the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s latest data, visit
  • We will think about concepts that combine different ratios of renovation and new construction.
  • The SBC will evaluate project concepts on criteria that include educational value, environmental sustainability, impact on campus infrastructure (fields, roads, parking), up-front cost, and long-term value.
Save the Date: The next Community Workshop will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. A wide range of concepts, that include cost estimates, will be presented in detail. The SBC will need your input and guidance to evaluate which concepts are viable options for further development!
Remember—all SBC meetings are open to the public, and we want your engagement! The next SBC meeting is on Wednesday, November 29th, 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room.

SOTT Video & This Week at the SBC

The video of the SOTT Meeting has been posted on Click on the image above to watch all or parts of the meeting!

The School Building Committee’s next meeting is on Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Recap of information gathered from residents at State of the Town
  • Discussion of the existing conditions of the Lincoln School
  • Update on the discussion about spaces needed in the school

Meetings are always open to the public, and participation is encouraged and welcomed!

Thank you…

State of the Town
Group A, Option 2

State of the Town
Group C, Option 2

…to the roughly 250 people who spent their Saturday morning at State of the Town!
If you weren’t able to make it, or you were there and would like further opportunity to weigh in on the Lincoln School concepts or the Community Center’s character-study photographs, you still have time! Responses will be collected through Friday, November 10th.
Lincoln School Initial Concepts:  Click here to see the concepts and to fill out an “I like, I wish, I wonder” feedback form.
Community Center Photographs and Survey: To see and weigh in on the character-study photographs and the wishlist survey, click here.
In the next few days, you’ll be able to watch the video of State of the Town here.

Show Us the Vision!

State of the Town
Group A, Option 2

At State of the Town you will get to see 6 exciting concepts for the Lincoln School! There will be a lot of information to absorb, and we will be asking for your initial thoughts and questions. So, we wanted to give you some time to look at the drawings and read the directions for the feedback activity. We look forward to seeing you at 9am on Saturday!
There will be 2 feedback activities at State of the Town: One focused on the Lincoln School, and one focused on the Community Center. These activities are important for both committees — they are intended to spark our imaginations, let us engage in creative thinking, and help our design teams better understand our community. The exercises will focus on site placement, building shape, and aesthetic preferences. They will not focus on square footage, cost estimates, or site elements (fields, parking, roads).
Goal for the Exercise:  Collect community members’ immediate “gut” reactions (positive and negative) to 6 possible shapes and locations for the Lincoln School.  This is not a vote — nothing is eliminated today, but ideas can be added!

State of the Town
Group B, Option 2

These are ideas for a mostly-new, or all-new building. This is intentional for today’s exercise.
The community has identified “support for educational vision” and “sustainability” as two core values.
The School Building Committee challenged the design team (SMMA/EwingCole) to think creatively and generate ideas for a building that fully embodies our vision for education and is true to our community.
Background & Context:
  • The Town has documented the needs of the Lincoln School building.
  • There is a well-articulated educational vision for our schools.
  • Project Focus:  A safe, comfortable, accessible building that supports and enhances education for our students, is a resource for the community, and is fiscally responsible.
  • The concepts are shown with the current site structure (i.e. no changes to roads, parking, etc.) Moving forward, concepts will be evaluated on how they maintain/improve the athletic fields, traffic flow, etc.
  • As you look/listen, consider the following:
    • What do you think about how the building sits on the site?
    • What do you think about the location of the “common spaces” (gyms, auditorium, kitchen, dining)?
    • Do you see different sized areas for small groups, large groups, collaboration, and projects (terms used may include “commons, hubs, and neighborhoods”)
    • Does the design provide good spaces for community and public use?
    • How do students move through the building? How close/far are the shared spaces?
    • How do you feel about a new/mostly-new building? What else would you like the SBC to explore?

State of the Town
Group C, Option 2

  • As you look at the drawings and/or listen to the presentation, use the feedback sheet to jot down your initial thoughts:
    • What have you seen or heard that you like? What sparked your interest?
    • What do you wish you had seen? or wish we could develop further?
    • What do you wonder about? What else should be considered? What questions need to be answered?
  • During the feedback session, visit the drawings posted on the Auditorium walls, ask the architects or SBC members questions, and write some more notes.
  • Hand in your feedback sheet — SBC members will collect them, or you can put them in the box at the back!
After State of the Town we will post an electronic version of the feedback sheet that you can fill out on
Thank you for being part of the process!