Hanscom Faculty Video

Teachers Talk: Educational Impact of a Building Project

Lincoln Faculty Video

What is the impact of a building project on education? In this short video, you’ll hear some of our Lincoln School faculty talk about the current building. 

How do hubs and common areas change teaching and learning? Hanscom Middle School faculty talk about the impact of the new (2016) building (note: break-out spaces = hubs in this video). Click here to see photos of the building in action.  And for insight into how the HMS administrators and faculty prepared for their move into the new building, watch the May 26, 2016 School Committee meeting (fast forward to the 1 hour 43 minute mark).

Are we building an all-new school? No! All of the concepts renovate the Auditorium and the Reed Gym. Five (5) of the 6 concepts (including the “C” or “Compact” concept) renovate the Auditorium, Reed Gym, and the Library link. Only the Full Program Concept (which has not been actively developed due to cost) considers demolition of the Library link.

What do the cost estimates include? The cost estimates for the 6 Lincoln School concepts are for the total project cost of the school.  The estimates include: materials, labor, architectural design work, engineering, construction management, site work, permits and fees, escalation costs (to account for the fact that the project wouldn’t break ground until 2020) and FF&E (furniture, fittings, and equipment).  At this conceptual phase of the project, there are many contingencies built into the estimates.  After we choose a concept at the June 9th meeting, the project will go into the “schematic design” phase.  At the end of that phase, the design work will be 20% complete, major systems and materials will be chosen, and we will have more detailed cost estimates that will allow us to bond the project (fall 2018). To read more about project phases, visit the FAQ home page.

How do our cost estimates compare to other school projects in Massachusetts? The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) keeps track of the projects it funds. Click here to see an interactive graph that compares the costs of projects when they are in schematic design to the actual construction contract bids.  Please note, this is a comparison of “construction costs” NOT “total project costs.” When looking at the graph, note that the estimated construction costs for the 6 Lincoln School project concepts range from $283/SF to $497/SF. Other MSBA data on recent school projects can be found here.

How can I learn more? There will be a 2-part multi-board meeting on Monday, April 30th in Hartwell Pod B.

  • From 6:00 -7:30pm the focus will be on an update of the Campus Projects Briefing Document and a planning discussion for June 9th.  
  • From 7:30 – 9:00pm the conversation will focus on understanding both short-term costs and long-term value of the project.

What are the plans for the site? The design team will be talking about roadways, bus and car traffic patterns, bike paths, sidewalks, and parking at this week’s SBC meeting. Please join us on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00pm in the Hartwell multipurpose room.

What we heard on April 10th…And what’s next?

About 150 community members attended the April 10th workshops (Thank you!). After learning more about the six concepts currently being considered, table groups were asked to brainstorm with each other and come up with two they definitely thought should be brought forward for the vote on June 9th. Here’s what they said: Feedback from April 10 Workshops

The Special Town Meeting on June 9th is fast approaching, and the School Building Committee has scheduled a number of events to give the community as much opportunity as possible to learn, question, and discuss the options before us.

The next SBC meeting is on April 25th at 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room. Included on the agenda is a discussion of site considerations: traffic patterns, bus pick-up/drop-off, parking, sidewalks, and bike paths. On April 27th at 1:00pm, the Council on Aging is hosting an information session about property tax mitigation programs, and on April 30th at 6pm will be a multi-board meeting to 1) talk about costs; and 2) prepare for June 9th. Below is the calendar of SBC meetings and outreach events in May and June (click on the image to see a full-sized version). The public is invited to any and all! Feedback always welcome at SBC@lincnet.org.

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So here’s the dilemma…

…what is the right number of choices?

Currently there are 6 school concepts under consideration, ranging from $49M to $115M, and offering different levels of transformation of our educational spaces.

  • Some community members say this is too many choices for June 9th.
  • When the School Building Committee eliminates concepts, some community members wonder if there are solutions we’ve missed.
  • We get a lot of feedback that the community values a solution that transforms the educational spaces & is sustainable.
  • We get a lot of feedback that the price tag is high.

How would you narrow it down? We need you to help us answer that question on April 10th! (two workshop sessions: 8am & 7pm, Reed/Brooks Gym)

Why attend? What are we going to do?

  • Get more in-depth information about both the Lincoln School and Community Center concepts, including sustainability information.
  • Make the case! Which concepts do you think we should put forward on June 9th? Your feedback will have a direct impact on how we shape the Special Town Meeting.

A bit of history…

  • Many months before the 2012 vote on the Lincoln School project, the SBC of the time had to choose a “preferred option” to submit to the State.
  • After many public meetings, the committee used a complex evaluation matrix that weighed criteria such educational benefits, community benefits, sustainability, construction time, and cost.
  • The project did not get the 2/3 majority it needed at Town Meeting.
  • After the vote, the School Committee promised that in a future process there would be a Town vote to choose a pathway.
  • This is why multiple concepts are being brought forward on JUNE 9th!
  • We want you to be part of the process to help us determine how many/which concepts should be considered.
  • There’s more work after June! There will be a Special Town Meeting and a Ballot Vote to approve the $ in the fall (dates TBA soon!) A 2/3 vote at the STM, and a majority vote at the ballot are required for the project to happen.

Important Dates:

  • April 27th, 1pm: Are you eligible for a property tax exemption, deferral, or abatement? Bemis Hall
  • April 30th, 6pm – 7:30pm: Multi-Board Meeting – Update on “Campus Project Briefing Document” & discussion about June 9th Special Town Meeting. Hartwell Multipurpose Room
  • April 30th, 7:30pm – 9pm:  Looking at Costs – hosted by the Finance & Capital Planning Committees. Hartwell Multipurpose Room
  • May 3rd, 9am: SBC @ Lincoln Nursery School
  • May 5th: SBC @ Lincoln Library. Time TBA
  • May 11th, 10am: SBC @ Council on Aging
  • More to come, stay tuned!

Sharing Their Thoughts…

What are your friends and neighbors thinking about the Lincoln School and Community Center projects? Here are the comments that were collected at Town Meeting: Town Meeting Feedback

Remember, you can always send comments, thoughts, and ideas to the School Building Committee using the “Contact the SBC” page on the SBC website (www.lincolnsbc.org).


APRIL 10th: COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS, Two sessions! 8:00 – 10:00am and 7:00 – 9:00pm, Reed/Brooks Gym. These are joint workshops with the Community Center committee (CCPPDC).

APRIL 30th: MULTI-BOARD MEETING, 6:00 – 7:30pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room. Update on the Campus Projects Briefing Document; Planning for the June 9th Special Town Meeting.

APRIL 30TH: UNDERSTANDING COSTS, 7:30 – 9:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room. The Finance and Capital Planning Committees are hosting a meeting to discuss project costs. What do project costs include? What are the current market conditions affecting building costs?


Town Meeting Wrap Up

About 700 Lincoln voters attended Town Meeting yesterday! Of those, 120 filled out the Campus Projects Feedback Form, and 110 answered Question 1 (please refer to the feedback form below).  Here’s what they said:

  • 36 respondents (33%) said they preferred Campus Layout #1 
  • 73 (66%) said they preferred Campus Layout #2
  • 1 (1%) person preferred Campus Layout #3

If you did not have the opportunity to respond, please contact the SBC with your comments/questions (this will be a private message), or click the “comments” button at the end of this post (this will be a public comment).

March 30th – SBC forum at the Council on Aging, 10am, Bemis Hall

April 10th – Community Workshops: See you at either 8 – 10am, or 7 – 9pm, Reed/Brooks Gym.

April 30th – Multi Board Meeting (details, TBA)


Feedback Form, 2018 Town Meeting

Getting ready for TOWN MEETING – part 1


9:30am, Lincoln School Auditorium


7:30am – 8:00pm, Smith Gym

Campus Projects @ Town Meeting:  The School Building Committee (SBC) and Community Center committee (PPDC) will jointly update residents about the status of the two projects, and the milestones between now and the June 9th Special Town MeetingIf you’ve been following the process why attend?

  • We are at a crossroads of two projects that are being developed by two hard-working committees.  The projects require us all to weigh very complex, and sometimes contradictory, issues. The decisions we make are important to the fabric of our community and will, of course, impact our taxes. What will give us the best value for our investment?
  • Both committees need residents to weigh in and to help them see the path forward!
  • There will be hundreds of people at Town Meeting – this is a vital opportunity for us to listen to each other and understand the decisions we will be making in June. Both committees will be asking for feedback.

Sustainability Presentation:  On March 12th, architect Bill Maclay, who specializes in sustainable and “net-zero” architecture, presented a sustainability analysis of 5 school concepts. He outlined the likely energy efficiency of each concept, and the viability and cost of making the school a “net-zero” building. To see the slide deck he presented, click this link;  and you can watch his entire presentation here.

Campus Projects FAQ’s: New information has been added to the “Campus Projects Briefing Document.” Please visit the Project FAQ’s page to take a look.

RESCHEDULED for April 10th: Community Workshops! The joint SBC/PPDC Community Workshops that were snowed out on March 13th will be held on April 10th, 8:00am and 7:00pm. This is a crucial milestone, as community feedback will help shape the June Special Town Meeting. Please attend!

~ There will be a second blog post later this week! ~

Before Town Meeting you’ll get links to the current school concepts under consideration, and to other handouts that will be provided at Town Meeting.

Monday and Tuesday: Focus on Sustainability

Click the image to learn more about Bill Maclay.

Wednesday’s School Building Committee meeting that was cancelled due to weather has been rescheduled for Monday, March 12th, 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room.  The main focus of the meeting is to learn about the sustainability analysis performed by Bill Maclay Architects.  Mr. Maclay will be on hand to talk about how “green” each of the project concepts is, and what it would take to make the Lincoln School a “net zero” building. 

Can’t make Monday night? The meeting is being recorded and will be available on the website.  Also, the same information will be presented at the March 13th Community Workshops:  

  • The workshops are jointly sponsored by the School Building Committee and the Community Center Committee.
  • Two sessions! 8:00am and 7:00pm, Reed/Brooks Gym

CANCELLED: Tonight’s (Wed.) “Focus on Sustainability” Meeting

Due to the forecasted conditions for this evening, and the closure of the Lincoln School campus for evening activities, the School Building Committee has postponed tonight’s meeting.

The call had to be made early this morning in order to allow Bill Maclay to plan his travel.  We know many residents are looking forward to his presentation on sustainability, so we are working to reschedule the meeting ASAP.

Details to follow soon.

Thank you!

–The SBC Outreach Team

Making the Loop a Spiral…

Taken from the post “Conversation” on edtechnow.net

“Feedback loop” – while it accurately conveys a cycle of information, input, and revision, it also implies stasis – as a community, we want to make the loop move forward!
We – the School Building Committee (SBC), design team, and YOU – are doing just that.  



  • January 23rd: The design team presented 5 concepts at workshops. Based on community feedback and questions from the SBC, the design team has continued to develop different versions of each of the concepts.
  • February 13th: Gathered more input during both the SBC meeting and an open meeting with Lincoln’s design professionals, a well-attended open meeting. Ideas generated will be incorporated into the process after Town Meeting.
  • February 28th:  Feedback resulted in 12 concepts with varying features and price ranges. The SBC has narrowed them down to 6, which will be the basis of the March 13th and Town Meeting presentations.


  1. Wednesday, March 7th:  Focus on Sustainability: Join the SBC to hear about the “green” potential of the different school concepts. We’ll learn more about the impact of windows, insulation and mechanical systems, construction costs, energy modeling, and operating costs over time. 7:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose room. Read more about our energy consultants here.
  2. Tuesday, March 13th: Campus Projects Joint Community Workshops   The SBC and the Community Center committees are teaming up to update the community and gather more feedback! We need you! 8:00am and 7:00pm, Reed Gym
  3. Saturday, March 24th: Town Meeting, 9:30am, Auditorium: Hundreds of people in one place? Of course we’ll be gathering more input!


After Town Meeting the SBC and design team will start on the next forward-moving loop of the spiral.  More refining of the concepts based on what we learned in March, more information sessions, more input from the community. We know we are asking for a lot of your time and your patience, but continued engagement is crucial for forward momentum. Thank you!

Just for Fun:  What is “Budget Falls”?
  • A.  The latest Wall Street exposé by Michael Lewis.
  • B.  A thriller set in an abandoned mill town.
  • C.  What the students named the plastic tarp catching the leaks in the Brooks Hallway.
Click here for the answer!