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Recap from 3/25 Virtual SBC Meeting

On Wednesday the SBC met via Zoom. The meeting was broadcast live (as usual) on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 33, and the video of the meeting can be seen here: https://lincolntv.viebit.com/?folder=ALL

The main purpose of the meeting was to review and approve the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for the project. There are several components to the GMP, including (slide deck is available here):

  • Construction Cost: $78,324,908
  • List of Allowances: $1,489,700 (work that is anticipated but not yet fully designed or scope that is not yet defined until the project begins)
  • Assumptions and Qualification: Clarifications made by the Construction Manager to demonstrate understanding of the scope of work and to supplement the information contained in the design documents.
  • Project Schedule: Anticipated start and completion dates, including important milestones:
    • Modular classrooms: Complete
    • Phase 1: Start, June 22, 2020; Substantial Completion, June 22, 2021
    • Phase 2: Start, July 8, 2021; Substantial Completion, July 8, 2022

The SBC voted to approve the GMP subject to final review of the contract by Town Counsel.

Happy Holidays from the SBC!

Project Updates — from last week’s SBC meeting:

The piles of sub-trade submissions
  • The project has nearly completed the permitting process with both the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board.
  • The SBC voted to approve a list of over 100 companies to be in the pool of pre-qualified sub-trades. The construction bid documents will be released on December 18th and bids are due on January 29th.
  • Contract negotiations with SunPower for a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) continue — many thanks to the PPA sub group that has been working hard on the details!
  • Due to the snow, the paving of the temporary parking lot is being postponed until the spring.
  • The link to Daedalus’ project update is here.

2020 SBC Meeting Dates: All meetings will be held in the Hartwell multipurpose room.

  • Wednesday, January 8th, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 26th, 7:00pm

Until the New Year! The Outreach team is taking a break for the rest of the year and will start up again with a post on Sunday, January 5, 2020. We wish everyone a safe, healthy, relaxing, joyous holiday season and all the best in the New Year!

A year ago today…

…we gathered for the Special Town Meeting to approve the funding for the school project! A year later, the final bid documents are almost ready and the temporary home of our K-4 students is being completed. Our faculty is already preparing for the move which will take place when the school year is over in June. Here’s a glimpse inside the temporary school (photos courtesy of Principal Sarah Collmer):

The photos show a typical classroom, a connecting hallway, the view from what will become Principal Collmer’s office, and a view into her office.


Next SBC Meeting:

Wednesday, December 4th, 7:00pm, Hartwell multipurpose room. Click here for the agenda.

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.

 

 

Project Update

From the Superintendent — Construction activities on the Ballfield Road campus October 30 through November 15:

NEW – A Temporary Parking Lot is being developed

All of the modular trailers are now set in place and seaming the classrooms together is being completed.  A corridor connecting two sections of the building is being constructed and the roofs are being refurbished.  Each of the trailers will be anchored to the foundation.

Work has begun to create a temporary parking lot that will serve the temporary K-4 school for the 2021 and 2022 school years.  Once the project is complete and the modular trailers have been removed, the parking lot will also be removed and the center field will be restored.  Paving of the parking lot is scheduled to take place on November 12th.

Please be aware that there may be increases in truck traffic as construction debris related to the setting of the trailers is removed from the site along with actions being taken associated with creating the parking lot.

What you won’t see is all of the work that is taking place to prepare the interior of the modular classrooms for use.  Over the next couple of months, the interior of the temporary building will be renovated and refurbished creating a “new school” for our use in August 2020.

Next SBC Meeting: THURSDAY, November 14th, 7:00pm, 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

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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