In December, Joe Dearden, the Lincoln School’s Network Manager, took some great drone footage of the renovation process. Click the image to check it out!
Since then, our construction team has continued to make substantive progress while navigating the challenges of winter weather, supply chain disruptions, and COVID. Check out the latest photos in our January photo gallery. Just for fun, you can compare them to where we were in January 2021!
The slides from last Wednesday’s meeting are here.
On Wednesday, Lincoln School students and faculty celebrated the placement of the final beam in a “topping off” ceremony. With her permission, we are sharing Principal Sarah Collmer’s letter to parents:
Dear K-4 Community,
Today we had a “Topping Off Ceremony” to commemorate the final beam being placed in Phase 2 of the Lincoln School Building Project! Consigli painted the beam white and all of the K-4 students and staff, as well as the 5th graders (who weren’t at the middle school last year to do the Phase 1 ceremony) added their names so that we will always be a part of the building’s history!
We went outside to watch the crane place the beam in its spot over what will be the new Learning Commons! It was extremely moving to be together as a school – something we have not done since before the pandemic; and what a thrill it was to hear the kids clapping and cheering. Your child will be coming home with a gift bag from Consigli with a few items to help them remember this special day.
Thank you to the School Building Committee, Consigli, and the Town of Lincoln for all of their hard work and commitment to this project. We are looking forward to returning to the new and renovated Lincoln School in the fall!
What a fun way to close out 2021! On behalf of the School Building Committee, we wish you good health, time to regenerate, and all the best as we start 2022.
–The Outreach Team
Yesterday (Saturday), the Lincoln School hosted a pediatric COVID vaccination clinic for children ages 5 – 12 in the Dining Commons. Thank you for the hard work of everyone who organized and ran the clinic, and deep gratitude to one very patient rabbit (and her owner!) who helped lift everyone’s spirits!
What was once the barest form of a structure is rapidly becoming a solid building! (slide the arrows below to compare the photos)
Just a few weeks ago, the Primary School was stripped down to some columns, concrete block walls, and part of a roof. Now there is new steel framing, new windows, a fortified roof, and new exterior brick. Work is progressing from south (near the parking lot) to north (toward the Dining Commons), and just in the last week steel framing went up for the building that will house the Administrative offices and classrooms:
Get ready for photos! On August 12th, SBC members were treated to a tour of the renovated Middle School. Building inspections were completed earlier in the week and faculty will be able to move into their classrooms starting on Monday, August 16th. The map below shows the tour route, and there are photos below that correspond to the numbered circles. More photos can be found in the August gallery. Slide deck from the August 11th SBC meeting can be found here.
Stop #1: Dining Commons
Stop #2: Kitchen
Stop #3: 5th Grade Hub Space
Stop #4: 7th Grade Neighborhood
Stop #5: 6th Grade Neighborhood
Stop #6: Auditorium
Stop #7: Connection between Auditorium and Reed Gym
Stop #8: Reed Gym
After the forum, the SBC held its regular monthly meeting. Highlights of progress include:
- Installation of the new seats in the Auditorium and Lecture Hall!
- Eversource is completing the connection of the main power line which will allow the HVAC system to begin start-up
- Window installation continues
- Interior finishes are being completed throughout the building
- Teachers have begun touring the renovated building and planning for their move back in to the middle school!
- Presentation to the SBC is here
TOWN MEETING IS ON SATURDAY, MAY 15th @ 9:30am!
- Check-in begins at 8:30am
- Please bring the Town Meeting materials that were mailed to you. Prefer them electronically? Visit https://www.lincolntown.org/1241/2021-Annual-Town-Meeting
- Town meeting is anticipated to last about 3 hours. Visit the same web page as above for an overview of Town Meeting logistics.
Some Key Dates This Week:
- Tuesday, May 11th @ 7:30pm: Finance Committee FY22 Budget Q&A
- Wednesday, May 12th @ 6:30pm: SBC Public Forum re: Project Update, register here.
- Wednesday, May 12th @ 7:00pm: SBC Monthly Meeting
- SATURDAY, MAY 15TH @ 9:30AM: TOWN MEETING! (In person, in the Hartwell Parking Lot)
The meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday are virtual. To get links and LOTS of information about Town Meeting, visit https://www.lincolntown.org/1241/2021-Annual-Town-Meeting
Just for Fun! Click the image below to see what the project looked like about a year ago in June 2020!
Phase 1 of the Lincoln School renovation is getting to the point where we can really envision the results! Below are comparisons that show current construction photos of the Dining Commons, new Reed connector, and the Auditorium versus renderings of the finished products.
The SBC met last Wednesday, click here to see the project update slides.
Town Meeting is on Saturday, May 15th @9:30am under the tent in the Hartwell parking lot. The SBC will give a project update and answer questions at a virtual public forum on Wednesday, May 12th @ 6:30pm (prior to the regular SBC meeting at 7:00pm). Register for the public forum here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqdu6prT0sHNeDkXEOuJLrGIvcQuz8nMVu
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
This photo is of the refurbished “clouds” being rehung in the Auditorium. What looks like the floor is actually the scaffolding needed to work safely this high up!
The SBC meets virtually on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00pm. Click here for the agenda and further information.
Just for fun: In the February 14th blog post, we mentioned the new Auditorium beams that were put in place through slots in the roof. Click here to see a video of the beams being lifted into place. The cuts in the roof are visible.