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.
One supply chain challenge for the Lincoln School project has been steel delivery. While waiting some extra days for the steel to arrive, our team from Consigli rearranged the construction schedule to ensure that progress continued to be made. The good news is that this past week more steel arrived, including the largest beam in the project! How big? Where is it going? Take our quiz and check your answers at the bottom of the blog post!
Where is the steel coming from? a) Canada b) China c) Donelan’s d) Something Special
How long is the biggest beam? a) 102′- 1″ b) 600″ c) 53′-3″ d) 20 cows + 2 chickens
How much does it weigh? a) 6000 lbs b) 8673 lbs c) 2 tons d) 9535 lbs – “the Covid 19”
How high will it be off the floor? a) about the height of an Anklyosuarus b) 16′-3″ c) 11′-10″ d) 20″
Where will the beam be? Scroll to the bottom of the blog post to find out!
The beam we’ve been highlighting is in section C of the building. As you’ve read prior SBC posts, you’ve probably come across the letter designations for each zone of construction. Below is the image that breaks down the building into sections. Phase 1 (Middle School) was comprised of sections D, E, F, G, and H. Phase 2 (Primary School) is currently underway, and is comprised of section A, B, and C. The slide deck from last Wednesday’s meeting can be found here.
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!
The SBC meets virtually on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:00pm. Click here for the agenda and here for the new December photo gallery.
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:
Click here to see the slides from last Wednesday’s SBC meeting and here for more photos.
…We are reminded that the school project is a complicated renovation. Along the way, lessons have been learned and are being applied to the second phase of construction. Here is one highly visible example:
When the Middle School was renovated, the existing exterior walls were preserved in many places. Because we are super-insulating the school, it was crucial to carefully apply a vapor barrier on the entire exterior of the building (a.k.a. building envelope). The project team quickly realized that the condition of the existing walls did not provide the high-quality surface needed for the vapor barrier to work properly. After several solutions were explored, the construction team decided to “parge” the exterior of the Middle School. Essentially, a skim coat was applied to the entire building envelope to create a smooth surface. This work required a lot of time and a significant dip into the project’s contingency funds.
That is why the exterior of the Primary School was demolished. New walls will be built incorporating the insulation and vapor barrier required to meet our sustainability goals. This meant using some contingency funds up front for the increase in demolition. The result will provide long-term value to the project.
What will it look like in a year? Looking at the shell and gaping holes in the building, it is hard to remember what it will look like when it is complete in the Fall of 2022.
The empty space where the original building was demolished will make way for the new main entrance, the Learning Commons, a new 3rd-grade classroom neighborhood, the central Administrative suite, and a new Media Center.
The remaining buildings will be renovated to hold grades preK-2.