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Project Phasing

Getting to a "Guaranteed Maximum Price"

Flow Chart of Guaranteed Maximum Price Process

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Blog Posts - Construction Documents Phase

How it’s going…where it will end!

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 […]

Demolition is Underway!

This week, Phase 1 demolition began in earnest! To break down the work being done, the building has been divided into 8 sections (A through H). Phase 1 will include sections D, E, F, G, and H (See the image below to learn which parts of the building are included).  This phase will be completed […]

Navigating the Campus During Phase 1

Phase 1 construction is underway! This is very exciting and it also means that getting around the Ballfield Road campus has changed. When you walk, cycle, or drive to the school, you’ll notice more green stormwater barriers and more fencing. The school is situated in the middle of wetlands and the barriers are there to […]

Building in the Time of COVID-19

Project Progress: Over the past couple of weeks the temporary faculty parking lot has been paved and striped and the construction fencing around the temporary school has been coming down! Packing Up: This week the Lincoln School staff began the process of packing their classrooms and offices for the upcoming move! With the school closure extended […]

PPA & GMP Finalized! (What does that mean?)

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Signed! To address the Town’s sustainability goals for municipal buildings, the School Building Committee proposed, and the Town agreed, to design buildings and systems in the buildings that are powered entirely by electricity (Yes – there’s a back-up, gas-powered generator), and to provide enough solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to meet all […]

SBC This Week

The SBC will meet this week on Wednesday, April 15, 7:00pm, via Zoom. The meeting will be available live on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 33 and on the web at On Monday, the agenda will be posted here.

Recap from 3/25 Virtual SBC Meeting

On Wednesday the SBC met via Zoom. The meeting was broadcast live (as usual) on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 33, and the video of the meeting can be seen here: The main purpose of the meeting was to review and approve the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for the project. There are several […]

COVID-19 & the SBC

As seemingly everything gets turned upside-down, here is the status of the School Building Committee: CANCELED: March 17 SBC meeting CANCELED: March 18 Community Forum to present items that were to be voted on at the Special Town Meeting. At some point we will hold a virtual Community Forum. RESCHEDULED: The March 18 SBC meeting […]

Community Forum March 18th – Special Town Meeting March 28th

SAVE THE DATES: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 7:30PM:  COMMUNITY FORUM, Hartwell Multipurpose Room SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 9:30AM:  SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, Donaldson Auditorium In the wake of the February 12 meeting when the SBC had to cut $3.5M of scope out of the project to keep it on time and on budget, the SBC voted to pursue funding for […]

Special Town Meeting – March 28th

In the wake of the February 12 meeting when the SBC had to cut $3.5M of scope out of the project to keep it on time and on budget, the SBC met this past Monday morning to discuss options.  At that meeting, the SBC voted to pursue funding for the restoration of key project elements.   This […]

2 SBC Meetings This Week

Monday, February 24, 7:30am, Hartwell Multipurpose Room The SBC will be meeting Monday morning from 7:30am – 8:00am in the Hartwell Multipurpose Room. In preparation for upcoming meetings with the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee, the SBC will review the $3.5M list of items that had to be cut in order to keep […]

We Choose…(the Sequel)

“We choose to go to the Moon! …We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are […]

SBC Meeting

SBC Meeting – Wednesday, February 12th, 7:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room Included on the Ageda: Review Status of Trade/Non-Trade Construction Bids Construction Update Owner’s Project Manager Update

Wednesday SBC Meeting – Construction Bids

SBC Meeting – Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room Included on the Agenda: Review Status of Trade/Non-Trade Construction Bids Construction Update Owner’s Project Manager Update MEETING DATE CORRECTION: The next SBC meeting will be on February 26th (not the 19th). For a list of upcoming meetings, click here.

Happy Holidays from the SBC!

Project Updates — from last week’s SBC meeting: The project has nearly completed the permitting process with both the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board. The SBC voted to approve a list of over 100 companies to be in the pool of pre-qualified sub-trades. The construction bid documents will be released on December 18th and […]

A year ago today…

…we gathered for the Special Town Meeting to approve the funding for the school project! A year later, the final bid documents are almost ready and the temporary home of our K-4 students is being completed. Our faculty is already preparing for the move which will take place when the school year is over in […]

Budget Update

We are pleased to report that we’ve completed value engineering (VE) for the “90% Construction Document” phase. Our school building project remains on time and within budget. The next steps (proceeding through December) include finalizing plans and the 100% Construction Document drawings (Bid Documents) in preparation for soliciting sub-trade bids.   Just as we did at the […]


The next SBC meeting is: THURSDAY, November 14th, 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room.

Project Update

From the Superintendent — Construction activities on the Ballfield Road campus October 30 through November 15: NEW – A Temporary Parking Lot is being developed All of the modular trailers are now set in place and seaming the classrooms together is being completed.  A corridor connecting two sections of the building is being constructed and the […]

Nearing the end of the 90% Construction Documents Phase

The 90% Construction Documents (90%CDs) were submitted for a final round of cost estimates on October 15th, and the estimates will be presented to the SBC at its November 14th meeting. This is the last round of estimates before the bid documents are finalized in December. Below is an outline of the project schedule and […]

Settling into place…

All the modular units are in place, and work in underway to connect them. Each unit contains the halves of two classrooms and half a hallway, so when two get attached, they create two classrooms and a part of a hallway. All the units will be connected so that it is a self-contained K-4 building. […]

Inside & Out

At last week’s meeting, the SBC got a look at the latest refinements to the interior design of the school. The design and color palette will knit together the renovated and new portions of the building. The image above shows the new entry lobby of the school. See how this kind of ceiling looks in […]

A look forward…and a look back…

From Superintendent McFall: What to expect September 19 – October 10: Modular Trailer/Temporary School Update The modular classrooms (trailers) that are currently located on the Lincoln campus will begin to be set into place this week to form the temporary school in the configuration that will be used to operate the K-4 school for the […]

On Budget…

After a 3-meeting, 7.5-hour Value Engineering (VE) process, the project remains on budget! As anyone who’s done a major renovation knows, a construction project is a nearly continuous stream of choices and decisions. Things begin with big decisions like size, scope, and scale, and end with small ones like: Which knobs to put on the cabinets? […]

Making Choices…

Last Wednesday the SBC continued the Value Engineering (VE) process to ensure the project remains on budget. As reported last week, the cost estimates at the end of the 60% Construction Documents phase (60% CD) came in about $2.8M higher than the budget, so the SBC embarked on another round of VE. We’ll be honest, […]

Logistics Update

Next SBC meeting is Wednesday, August 28th, 7pm, Hartwell multipurpose room. Topics include: review 60% CD cost estimates; make value engineering decisions; review energy model. From Superintendent McFall: What to expect August 26 through September 18: Possible impact to activities on the Ballfield Road campus:NEW! – The Modular Classrooms will be arriving September 9th – […]

Site Update

Are you reading this on Lincoln Talk? (If not, thanks for being a subscriber!) Do you want to get a school project update directly from the SBC to your inbox? Go to and click “SUBSCRIBE.” You will get an email confirming your subscription. New blog posts come out 1 time/week on Sunday evening – […]

Progress – Inside and Out

During the past week, exploratory work went on inside the school. This was done to get a precise understanding of the infrastructure hidden in the ceilings. How does this help? The photo of the Consigli worker on the ladder is taken at the spot in the building that will become the dividing line between Phase […]

Making the Grade?

Leveling the playing field? Either way, the piles of dirt are moving and the area is one week closer to the arrival of the temporary classrooms! Next SBC meeting is Wednesday, August 14th @ 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room.

Looking Ahead: July 29 – August 9

A Note from Becky McFall, Superintendent… Dear Lincoln School Families, Staff, and Community Members, The Lincoln School Building Project is underway on the Ballfield Road campus. Our team of architects (SMMA) and our construction team (Consigli) meet with us on a regular basis to discuss the schedule and process for carrying out the renovation and […]

Something’s Happening Here…

Last week, Consigli began site preparations for the “Enabling Phase” of the school project: The northern portion of the center field (future location of the temporary classrooms) was fenced off; screens were installed in the drainage grates to filter out construction debris, and; protective materials were placed around wetlands areas. Stay tuned! Reminder: Next SBC […]

Exterior Update

Last Wednesday, while the sun was still up, the SBC spent part of its meeting outside looking at proposed exterior materials in natural light. As a result, the SBC approved 1) a red brick that mimics the brick on the current Smith School; 2) a dark, warm gray accent brick; and 3) a pallet of […]

SBC Summer Fun!

What a fabulous 4th of July parade! Enjoy some more parade photos below. The SBC will continue to meet over the summer. On the agenda this Wednesday (July 10, 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room): Update on exterior elevations and materials Review mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) systems Review LEED scorecard Project budget update ***Please Note*** The SBC website will be […]

1 Week Away from Starting!

Dear Lincoln School Families, Staff, and Community Members, Evidence that the Lincoln School Building Project is underway will soon be visible on the Ballfield Road campus! Our team of architects (SMMA) and our construction team (Consigli) meet with us on a regular basis to discuss the schedule and process for carrying out the renovation and construction […]

Coming Soon!!!

After the parade…after the cookout…after the fireworks… During the week of July 8th, early signs of the school project will begin to appear!!! The first phase of the project, the Enabling Phase (site prep), begins after the 4th of July. Here’s what to expect over the next several weeks: Consigli will install construction fencing around […]

SBC Meeting on Wednesday!

  Next Meeting:  Wednesday, June 19th 7:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room Included on the Agenda… Review Exterior Elevations and Materials Review Construction Logistics Plan Updated Monthly Budget Site Permitting Update

Interior Design…Blending Old and New

On Wednesday SMMA presented the plans for interior materials and colors. As they developed the palette, they drew on the surrounding landscape for inspiration: One of the interesting challenges in designing the interior is finding a way to update the building’s look while working with existing cabinetry, walls, and tiles that are being reused. The […]

What’s on the Inside?

SBC Meeting: Wednesday, June 5th, 7:00pm, Hartwell Included on the agenda: Review Interior Finishes Review Furniture, Fittings & Equipment (FF&E) Review Construction Logistics

See the Latest Design Updates!

At last Wednesday’s meeting, EwingCole and SMMA shared the latest updates to both interior and exterior designs for the center part of the school. The presentation (which can be seen in its entirety here) included: Light studies of the Learning Commons: The Learning Commons have an east to west orientation, and light control is important in […]

This Wednesday: Design Updates – LOCATION CORRECTED

Wednesday, May 22nd, 7pm: SBC Meeting, Donaldson Room, Town Offices Included on this week’s agenda: Review updated floor and site plans Review updated exterior elevations Review construction logistics plan Review monthly budget Updates from sub committees

Definitely Temporary (Modulars)!

Modulars: Last Wednesday the SBC approved the contract for the modular classrooms that will become the home of our K – 4 students during the 2020/21 and 2021/22 school years.  The bid for the modulars came in within budget, and preparations for installation will begin about July 8th! May 22nd – Updated Designs: The SBC will see […]

SBC Meeting on Wednesday!

After a couple of extra weeks off, the SBC is back to its every other week schedule. Wednesday, May 8th, 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room. On the agenda: Review Construction Documents phase schedule Review updated monthly budget Review construction logistics plan Next meeting is on May 22nd. 

On Budget…

The consensus of three independent cost estimates is that the project continues to be on budget! The Design Development phase is now drawing to a close, and the Construction Documents (CD) phase begins. The next round of cost estimates will been at “60% CD,” which means when the construction documents are 60% complete. Project Schedule […]

Answers to August 11th “Just for Fun” quiz:

a) 38 units will be put together to create the temporary K-4 school. 4 to 6 units will arrive at a time throughout the month of September. Consigli is working with MassDOT (Department of Transportation) and the Lincoln Police Department to create a transport and traffic plan.

b) 204 footings are being poured to support the temporary structure. They are being poured at a rate of 20 – 25/day. At the end of the project (in 3 years) they will all be removed and the field restored.

c) This is not a sign for lost Lincoln Minutemen! It is the meeting place for the construction team. Later in the project there will be a construction trailer.

Wood ceiling in Hanscom Primary School

Hanscom Primary School

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