…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
On Monday, the Pool will open with COVID precautions in place. To give families better access between the pool, tot lot, and sport court, our construction team from Consigli changed the configuration of the green stormwater barriers so that you can get to the pool and play areas from the Brooks parking lot.
NOTE: During the week, this is a very busy construction area! As a pedestrian, the safest way to the playground is from the trail near the Hartwell Pods:
Consigli also moved the barriers to allow access to the trail to Lincoln Station:
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 by the Fall of 2021, and then work will begin on Phase 2, which is comprised of sections A, B, and C.
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 protect the stream and wetlands from construction debris. We ask for your help in keeping these barriers intact both to protect our water andtohelp us avoid the expense of replacing broken barriers. Thank you for your patience!
Click here to see the “look-ahead” construction schedule and here for the budget update from the last SBC meeting.
Yesterday, 282 registered voters came together under a huge tent on a brilliant June morning for Town Meeting. The SBC is grateful to the community for approving the additional funds for the project – we know it was not an easy decision, and the show of support for the warrant article was very much appreciated!
After Town Meeting was over (only 90 minutes!), members of the SBC, the School Committee, other boards and committees, and our project team marked the official start of construction with some photos on the center field. We thank the representatives from SMMA, Daedalus, and Consigli for attending Town Meeting and supplying us with nifty hard hats and ceremonial shovels. We’re also grateful to Tyler Ory for his excellent drone photography – if we weren’t wearing masks, there would more than one photo of everyone gaping as it flew overhead!
Most importantly, we thank all of you. It has taken a lot of engagement and support from residents to get us to this point. We look forward to sharing the project’s progress as it unfolds!
SBC Meeting on Wednesday, 7:00pm, via Zoom
Link to meeting will be posted with the agenda on Monday. Agendas and minutes can be found here.
You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account. Just click the link below on Saturday morning (9:30am). REMEMBER, you may watch remotely, but there is no way to ask questions or vote remotely (per state law).
Annual Town Meeting page of the Town website – includes additional presentations and materials from the Finance Committee, Capital Planning Committee, Community Preservation Committee, School Building Committee, and Water Commission
Take a virtual tour of the school!
Lincoln Middle School Principal, Sharon Hobbs, created a video documenting each room of the school as it currently looks. It’s about 40 minutes long, and the 1st half features the Smith School and the 2nd half Brooks. It will be fun to compare the “before and after” in 2 years’ time. Thank you, Sharon!
The elementary school has been moved into the temporary classrooms
The middle school has moved into the Smith end of the building
Over the past 18 months, the SBC has gone through several rounds of lengthy and difficult decision-making to cut costs and keep the project on budget. At each step we used our core project values to make tough choices, and through the 90% construction document phase, we were able to make cuts without impinging on those values too much.
The last round was different.
In December, the project went out to bid and the marketplace got to have its say. Now we saw the impact of a combining a complex, phased renovation with a hot construction market and changing trade policy. The bids came in $3.5M over budget. So…we rolled up our sleeves once again – February was rough! Cutting $3.5 million out of the project meant that the SBC, for the first time, needed to eliminate parts of the project that we had tried really hard to protect. Parts of the project that represent our collective community values. Values identified after years of community conversation and collaboration.
As a result, we are asking residents to approve using $829K from Free Cash to restore 8 items (below).
To quote Chris Fasciano, SBC Chair, “…the SBC is acutely aware of the pressure of the current [COVID and financial] situation and we have given this request a lot of thought. In the end, we feel the responsibility of delivering a school project that has the most long-term value for our investment. We don’t want to look back in five years and regret that we didn’t present the community with a choice about whether or not to include these pieces of the project.”