Steel framing is being set for new walls in the Dining Commons and Brooks, insulation is being added to roofs and walls, and interior work in the Auditorium is underway. Check out some of the latest project photos here!
The SBC meets virtually this week on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00pm. The agenda is posted here.
This week, the SBC was very pleased to receive news of a substantial, anonymous donation to the Class of 2020 Tree Fund! The SBC voted unanimously to ask the School Committee to accept this very generous gift!
Another piece of good news is that there have been minimal COVID costs added to the project thus far. The full report from our construction team can be seen here.
New and improved (temporary) kitchen: A temporary kitchen that will serve all grades was installed in the Smith Gym. Here are photos of the old kitchen…
And here’s a photo of new…
Now we learn our ABCs: Finally, if you check out the slide decks from our meetings, you’ll see that Consigli, our construction manager, has divided the building into sections labeled with letters. Here’s a reminder of what the letters mean…
Power outages are always an exciting topic of conversation in Lincoln and the school is a not-infrequent victim of branches falling on the wires that run between the road and the school. One very important aspect of the building project is that the electric lines are being buried under ground. This work has begun, most noticeably along the road between the center field and Hartwell.
With Deep Gratitude…
Because of a very generous gift from an anonymous donor, we will be able to restore the plan to build the courtyard outside of the Learning and Dining Commons. The design includes three large benches that will be made from several salvaged oak trees from Ballfield Road and from granite pieces that are on Lincoln conservation land. The SBC is very excited that the courtyard has been reinstated into the project! It will become a wonderful school and community asset.
We don’t mean to “drone” on…
…but we hope you’ll enjoy this aerial view of the construction site that was provided to us by our Owner’s Project Manager. They plan to take videos on a monthly basis, so stay tuned for more as we all watch the progress! More project photos are here.
Next (Virtual) SBC Meeting: Wednesday, September 16th @7:00pm.
Turning a building that was constructed between 1946 and 1994 into a unified, net zero building requires building super-insulated exterior walls and roofs. This work is now underway and you can see the footprint of the new outer walls. Not only does this work allow us to create the insulated exterior, it also provides a bit more interior space for the new Dining Commons and the middle school hub spaces. Click here to see the latest photos.
The SBC meets this week on Wednesday, August 12th at 7:00pm via Zoom. The agenda and Zoom link will be available here on Monday.
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
Town Meeting is on Saturday, June 13th at 9:30am in the Hartwell parking lot.
Because of COVID-19, this year’s Town Meeting is going to be set up quite a bit differently from usual. For starters, it will be outside! Also, it will be focused entirely on the Town’s budget and other financial warrants, one of which is the SBC’s request to use $829K from Free Cash to add 8 items back into the project. Another change is that all of the slide presentations are being done ahead of time and posted on the Town Meeting page of the Town’s website. In addition, boards and committees (including the SBC on June 4th and June 8th!) are holding virtual public meetings/forums to give residents the opportunity to ask questions. Here is a list of all the virtual meetings:
To get a sense of what to expect the morning of Town Meeting, below are two maps showing the set up for the day. Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, the Moderator, Selectmen, Board of Health, and Lincoln’s administrative team are all working together to finalize the logistics. Please join the Town Meeting Overview/BOS Listening Session via Zoom on June 12th to learn more and ask questions!