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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 slides.

Dining Commons, facing east
Connection between Reed Gym and Auditorium
Auditorium

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.

What once seemed like “pi” in the sky…

…is now imaginable! We are on schedule to welcome faculty and students to a renovated Middle School in September!

Last week’s warmer days meant melted snow and the ability to get the roofing schedule back on track. As with most aspects of the project, the work moves from west to east, starting with Building D, the Dining Commons. The same is true on the interior, where finishes such as ceiling tiles, wall tiles, light fixtures, and flooring are progressing through the building. Check out the March photo gallery!

As we learned at the SBC meeting, part of getting ready for the fall is planning the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the project. Although the target date for the end of Phase 1 is June 22, it will really be a whole series of events that will need to occur before teachers and students are ready to start the school year. Click here for the slide deck presented at the March 10th meeting.

Happy Pi Day, everyone!

At the heart of this project…

…is our project team’s creativity and dedication.

We’ve said all along that this is a complex renovation, and at this week’s School Building Committee meeting we were reminded of the creative problem-solving and long hours it takes to make the project happen:

  • How do you install large beams in an existing structure? To meet code, the Auditorium required installation of new structural steel beams. To do this, Consigli figured out how to cut slots through the roof of the Auditorium so that the beams could be lowered in to place. Afterwards, the sections of roof were replaced and will by sealed by the new roof membrane.
  • 2:00am? Some residents noticed that there was activity at the school in the wee hours of the morning one night. Turns out it was the “finishers” on site when the new slab in H Building (the new connector between the auditorium and the gym) was placed.  As Consigli explained, “When you place slabs you have to wait until the concrete sets up before you can finish the slab to get the smooth surface.  Sometimes, especially this time of year, it takes a couple of hours for the slab to set up.  After the slab is finished, the slab has to be saw cut to help prevent/control cracking of the slab.“ 

Below is a photo of the slab in the new connector. Click here to see other recent project photos and here to see the slide deck from the SBC meeting.

The Library Begins to Transform…

…into our new Dining Commons! One big change coming to the school is that it will have a full kitchen and a dedicated Dining Commons. How will this impact the school?

  • Gyms will be available for classes all day — no more converting them into lunch areas for half the day; provides more scheduling flexibility for wellness classes and for indoor recreation when the weather is bad
  • Students will now eat in a centrally-located, light-filled space that looks out onto the center field!
  • A full kitchen allows a wider range of food preparation
  • Dishwashing facilities eliminate disposable styrofoam trays, dishes & cutlery
  • Kitchen and Dining Commons become new community assets during non-school hours

Here’s a comparison of the floor plans before and after renovation:

Current “Link” includes the Library, computer labs, Elementary Art, Science & Music, Nurse, and classrooms.

After the renovation, the Link will house the Dining Commons, kitchen, Nurse, classrooms & hubs, Special Education offices.


When it’s complete…

But to get there, first we have to…(click here for latest construction photos)


SBC Meets (Virtually) this Week – Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 7:00pm

The agenda and link will be posted on Monday.

90%

We are now almost at the end of the 90% Construction Drawings phase. The SBC met on Thursday evening to review interior finishes for the Auditorium and Learning Commons, get a project update, and to review the latest set of cost estimates. Another round of Value Engineering is needed to ensure the project stays on budget, and the SBC will meet on Wednesday, November 20th to do that work. The meeting will be at 7:00pm in the Hartwell Multipurpose room.

 

 

This Saturday, November 2nd!

  • 9:00am — Special Town Meeting (times after this are approximate)
  • 9:30 — Welcome
  • 9:35 — School Project Update
  • 9:45 — Setting the Context
  • 10:00 — South Lincoln Zoning Proposals
  • 11:15 — Community Electricity Aggregation
  • 11:30 — Property Tax Study Committee Update
  • 12:15 — Open Forum

For more information, visit http://www.lincolntown.org/1115/2019-Special-Town-MeetingState-of-the-To

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 real life here, and see other interior images here.


As reported in earlier posts, the SBC went through a Value Engineering (VE) exercise at the end of the 60% Construction Documents Phase to keep the project on budget. The single biggest savings ($500K+) was achieved by replacing the proposed concrete panel system on the upper levels of the Auditorium and Reed with brick. On Wednesday, the SBC reviewed several brick options, and chose a contrasting brick that will complement the accent brick being used on other parts of the building. The 3 photos below show: 1) the current building; 2) the previous concrete panel design; and 3) the new proposal. Click here for the entire slide deck, and here for the monthly project budget report.

Current Auditorium & Reed Gym
Concrete panel system
Current design proposal

The SBC will now meet once per month. The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 16th, 7pm, Hartwell multipurpose room.

Value Engineering – Part 2

At the end of each phase of the school project, the project team performs a new round of cost estimating. We are now at the end of the 60% Construction Documents phase, and at last Wednesday’s meeting the SBC reviewed the latest estimates. They came in about $2.8M above budget, so the SBC is engaged in Value Engineering to keep the project on budget. Here is a brief synopsis of the project’s cost estimation history:

  • The project scope and budget was set at $93.9M by the June 2018 Special Town Meeting.
  • In September 2018, at the end of Schematic Design, the reconciled cost estimate was $104M, and the SBC went through an extensive round of Value Engineering to keep the project on budget.
  • At a Special Town Meeting and ballot vote in December 2018, the $93.9M project was approved. The tax impact of the bond is here.
  • In April 2019, at the end of Design Development, the cost estimates determined that the project was on budget.

So if the project was on budget in April, why did the latest estimates come in higher?

  • Our project is about 75% renovation/25% new construction.
  • Two major goals of the project are to 1) ensure a comfortable and healthy learning environment, and 2) make the building net zero.
  • Meeting those goals means there is a heavy emphasis on the building envelope and the mechanical systems.
  • The 60% Construction Documents phase is when the specifications and details of those systems are determined. Therefore, this difference in cost estimates is not unusual.

The SBC began the process of cutting costs last Wednesday, and the process will continue over the next couple of weeks. An additional SBC meeting has been added on this coming Wednesday, September 4th, 7pm, in the Hartwell multipurpose room.

Click here to see a comparison of the three cost estimates.


Is the project continuing to meet its EUI (energy use intensity) goal of ~23? To find out, click here. To learn more about net zero and EUI, visit the FAQs home page.

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 slide below shows photos of two current elementary classrooms:

The floors will be replaced, but as a cost saving measure the cabinets will remain. To work with these colors, SMMA is proposing the following materials:

Below are images that show how the school will be transformed! To see the whole presentation, click here.

 

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