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Settling into place…

All the modular units are in place, and work in underway to connect them. Each unit contains the halves of two classrooms and half a hallway, so when two get attached, they create two classrooms and a part of a hallway. All the units will be connected so that it is a self-contained K-4 building.

Dates to Note…

A look forward…and a look back…

From Superintendent McFall: What to expect September 19 – October 10:

Modular Trailer/Temporary School Update

  • The modular classrooms (trailers) that are currently located on the Lincoln campus will begin to be set into place this week to form the temporary school in the configuration that will be used to operate the K-4 school for the 2020 – 2022 school years.
  • There will be 3 additional overnight moves to transport the remaining trailers from Hanscom Air Force Base to the Lincoln campus. These overnight moves will take place on September 24, 25, and 26.
  • As the trailers arrive on site, they will be set in place and anchored to their foundation. Additional work will be carried out to connect utilities and create a temporary parking lot. This initial phase of setting the trailers is expected to be completed by October 10. Additional work on the site and interior of the temporary building will continue through December.

A Brief History of the Project...

From time to time, questions come up about where we are in the process, how much has been decided, or what the decision process has been. The links below follow the journey of the Lincoln School project:

  • 1994 – 2017: Studies that led to the project.
  • March 2017: Town votes to authorize the School Committee to use $750K for the first phase of the current project and to appoint a School Building Committee. Start of Concept Phase.
  • Summer 2017 – June 2018: Concept Phase. The design team & SBC develop a range of project choices that achieve different levels of renovation at a range of costs.
  • June 9, 2018: Special Town Meeting. Residents are given the opportunity to choose between 5 project concepts. After 2 rounds of voting, concept “L3” (a $93.9M major renovation) gets 73% of the vote. L3 is a 75% renovation/25% new construction concept that retains the “L-shape” of the current school, reconfigures/provides new spaces to support the educational program, and determines that the school will be net zero.
  • June 2018 – December 2018: Schematic Design Phase. The L3 concept is developed further in preparation for a December Special Town Meeting to bond the project. The phase ends with cost estimates before the bond vote; SBC goes through a value engineering process to make decisions that keep the project on budget.
  • December 2018: December 1st Special Town Meeting and December 3rd Special Election to bond the project.
  • December 2018 – April 2019: Design Development Phase. Continued work on interior and exterior design and materials, major systems, etc. The phase ends with cost estimates; no value engineering needed.
  • April 2019 – September 2019: 60% Construction Documents Phase. Materials, plumbing and electrical plans, mechanical systems, site work, and phasing plans are refined; design/construction team works with Lincoln Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, and Building Department on required permits. Phase ends with cost estimates; SBC goes through a value engineering process to make decision that keep the project on budget.
  • NOW: September 2019 – December 2019: 90% Construction Documents Phase. Continued refinement of plans and drawings in preparation for sending the project out to bid. Final round of cost estimates will be performed before the bid documents are finalized.
  • SUMMER 2020: Phase 1 begins – renovation of the Middle School (Brooks). Grades K-4 move into the temporary school; grades 5-8 move into the elementary end of the school (Smith)

Next SBC Meeting: Wednesday, September 25th, 7pm, Hartwell multipurpose room.

  • Review refinements of interior design
  • Review exteriors of Brooks & Reed Gym
  • Review plan for salvaged items
  • Monthly budget update
  • Construction update

On Budget…

After a 3-meeting, 7.5-hour Value Engineering (VE) process, the project remains on budget!

As anyone who’s done a major renovation knows, a construction project is a nearly continuous stream of choices and decisions. Things begin with big decisions like size, scope, and scale, and end with small ones like: Which knobs to put on the cabinets? Each choice has a range of options & tradeoffs, almost always at different budget points (some of us may remember “Good,” “Better” and “Best” rankings in the Sears catalog).

To keep the school on budget, the SBC considered well over 100 items spanning every aspect of the project. For example: Should we have phenolic (composite resin) lockers, as was proposed in the design, or choose metal lockers, which are very durable and less expensive? The SBC made the choice to go with metal hallway lockers, which is a good alternative and saved $134,550. Making these kinds of choices allowed the committee to ensure that the project is entirely within budget. To see the slides that accompanied the discussion, click here.


The Modulars are Arriving!

Late-night arrival of the first modular units!
9/13/19

How is the project a learning opportunity? Check out this drawing by a Lincoln School 1st grade student who was very proud of his drawing because he “used real shapes.”

First-Hand Scientific Observation + Geometry + Drawing + Writing + Feeling Connected to Your Work = Authentic Learning! Thanks for sharing your drawing, Graeme!

Next SBC Meeting: Wednesday, September 25th, 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room.

Logistics Update

Next SBC meeting is Wednesday, August 28th, 7pm, Hartwell multipurpose room. Topics include: review 60% CD cost estimates; make value engineering decisions; review energy model.

From Superintendent McFall:

What to expect August 26 through September 18:

Possible impact to activities on the Ballfield Road campus:
NEW! – The Modular Classrooms will be arriving September 9th – 18th! The temporary school building that will house the K-4 school from August 2020 – August 2022 will be developed using modular classrooms that are currently at Hanscom Air Force Base (HAFB). The modular classrooms were used as temporary school facilities while we constructed Hanscom Middle School and Hanscom Primary School and will now be moved to Lincoln and refreshed to create the K-4 portion of the Lincoln School.

To create the temporary school, 37 modular classrooms will be transported from HAFB to the Ballfield Road campus between September 9th and September 18th. The classrooms are large and will be loaded on trucks that will take up most of the roadway as they move from HAFB to Ballfield Road. Our construction team has been developing the logistics of this move with the Lincoln Police Department and HAFB Security Forces. Here are some of the details:

  • The modular classrooms will be moved during the night to minimize traffic delays. They will be transported between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
  • Police will provide traffic details at key points along the route to assist with traffic control, if necessary.
  • 37 modular units will be transported, approximately 6-7 units per night.
  • This work will not take place on weekends.
  • All modular units will be within the fenced construction area by 6am prior to the arrival of staff and students to the Ballfield Road campus.
  • The travel route will go from HAFB to Route 2A, down Bedford Road crossing Route 2 and continuing down Lincoln Road, finally turning onto the Ballfield Road campus (see map below).
  • Once on the campus, the modular units will be taken through the Hartwell parking lot and into the fenced construction area (see attached diagram).
  • Overnight parking in the Hartwell parking lot will be prohibited September 9 -18.
  • Within the fenced off construction zone, the foundation for the modular building will be prepared. The foundation will include piers and a stone pad.
  • Excavation will begin to prepare for utilities and laying the foundation for the modular classroom building.
  • Preparations for a temporary parking area adjacent to the modular building will begin.
  • Parking spaces adjacent to the center field in front of the Brooks entrance may not be available for use.
  • There may be minor traffic delays when trucks are delivering materials.
  • The northern half of the center field will not be available for use until the end of the project in the fall of 2022.
Route modulars will take through Lincoln..

What Will Not be Impacted:

  • The Codman Pool and the Brooks parking lot will be open for regular operation.
  • The Lincoln Public Schools Central Offices and Facilities Office will be open for regular business (M-F).
  • The Lincoln School main offices will be open.

A Further Look Ahead:

  • The northern half of the center field will be occupied by the temporary modular classrooms and will not be available for use until the end of the project in the fall of 2022.
  • All students will remain in their current buildings for the 2019 – 2020 school year.
  • We do not anticipate major disruptions to drop off and pick up traffic during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Construction traffic will not be allowed during peak traffic times.

Just for Fun

What are the green barriers all over campus? Click here to find out!

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Progress – Inside and Out

During the past week, exploratory work went on inside the school. This was done to get a precise understanding of the infrastructure hidden in the ceilings. How does this help? The photo of the Consigli worker on the ladder is taken at the spot in the building that will become the dividing line between Phase 1 (Brooks) and Phase 2 (Smith) of the project. The construction team will have to ensure that one half of the building is operational for faculty and students while the other half is under construction. NOTE: All ceilings will be re-installed this coming week.

Outside, J&J Construction has been hard at work pouring the footings for the temporary classrooms. J&J, which has built both the Hanscom Primary and Middle schools, was retained by Consigli to both prepare the site and move the temporary units from Hanscom to the Lincoln School. The move will happen in stages during the month of September.

Just for fun...

a) How many units will be put together to create the temporary school?

b) How many footings are being poured?

c) What does this sign mean?

Click here for the answers and to see more photos of the site!

REMEMBER: SBC meeting this Wednesday, August 14th, 7pm, Hartwell multipurpose room. The meeting will feature site plan and floor plan updates and a construction update.

Looking Ahead: July 29 – August 9

7/28/19

A Note from Becky McFall, Superintendent…

Dear Lincoln School Families, Staff, and Community Members,

The Lincoln School Building Project is underway on the Ballfield Road campus. Our team of architects (SMMA) and our construction team (Consigli) meet with us on a regular basis to discuss the schedule and process for carrying out the renovation and construction of the Lincoln School. This communication provides updates on what will occur in the weeks ahead and is intended to inform you of any impacts you should be aware of in planning your visits to the Ballfield Road campus. The Look Ahead Schedule for the work taking place July 29th through August 9th is provided below. Additional information can be found on the School Building Committee website, www.lincolnsbc.org.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the following contacts:
Becky McFall, Superintendent of Schools
bmcfall@lincnet.org
Shane Nolan, Owners Project Manager, Daedalus Projects Inc.
SNolan@dpi-boston.com
Buck Creel, Administrator for Business and Finance
bcreel@lincnet.org
Michael Haines, Facilities Manager
mhaines@lincnet.org

All the best,
Becky McFall


What to expect July 29 through August 9:
July 29 – August 9

  • After further analysis, soil stripped from the center field will be located off site during the building of the modular classrooms. This is a cost savings for the project and results in less disruption to the site in this phase of the project.
  • Stripped soil will be removed from the site by truck
  • NEW: Trucks will be travelling on and off of the campus transporting the soil removed from the center field site of the temporary modular building.
  • NEW: Within the fenced off construction zone, the foundation for the modular building will be prepared. The foundation will include piers and a stone pad.
  • NEW: Excavation will begin to prepare for utilities and laying the foundation for the modular classroom building.
  • NEW: Within the Lincoln School, sections of the ceiling will be removed for exploratory purposes. All ceilings will be re-installed once exploratory activities are completed and will pose no safety concerns to staff and students in the building.
  • CONTINUING: Parking spaces adjacent to the center field in front of the Brooks entrance will not be available for use.
  • CONTINUING: There may be minor traffic delays when trucks are delivering materials.
  • CONTINUING: The northern half of the center field will not be available for use until the end of the project in the fall of 2022.
  • The Codman Pool and the Brooks parking lot will be open for regular operation.
  • The Recreation Summer Camp will be in full operation.
  • The Lincoln Public Schools Central Offices and Facilities Office will be open for regular business (Monday – Thursday).
  • The Lincoln School main offices will be open for summer hours: 8:30am – 12:00pm, Monday – Thursday.  

A Further Look Ahead:

  • The northern half of the center field will be occupied by the temporary modular classrooms and will not be available for use until the end of the project in the fall of 2022.
  • Modular classrooms will be installed on the center field during the month of September.
  • All students will remain in their current buildings for the 2019 – 2020 school year.
  • No major disruptions to drop-off and pick-up traffic are anticipated during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Construction traffic will not be allowed during peak traffic times.
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