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Bear Creek Charter fleshes out details of project

February 26. 2013 12:23AM
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BEAR CREEK TWP. — It was another lengthy meeting for the Bear Creek Community Charter School board of trustees on Monday as it continued to drill down on the details of a $10 million new-school project.

The board met for more than two hours in public session with architects and other members of its construction team, addressing some of the broad details of the school, which will be built on a 100-acre plot off of Route 115.

Items discussed included the placement of the school facility on the lot, the need for security in the form a gate on the main drive to the school and video cameras, as well as a potential second road for emergency use, parking needs and access for food service deliveries, and considerations for offices and special-use classrooms for convenience of use and best use of space.

Board members also spent time considering potential future needs and uses for the building and directed the construction team to plan the site to allow for the possibility of additional parking, sports fields and a day care center.

After discussion, the board decided to include two showers for men and women in the gym area and one unisex shower in the nurse’s office, but asked the construction team to configure the waste water system to allow for more if the school ever decides to include a fitness center or otherwise expand the use of the gym facilities.

The plans also will be drawn up to include an elevated running track in the gym, with pricing developed both with and without this addition. The insurance impact of the new building was also discussed.

The board heard a presentation from Brown and Brown insurance brokers that covered the school’s existing insurance, the options for a builder’s risk policy during the construction and the estimated 30 percent increase in property insurance premiums once the new building is constructed.

In other business, the board:

• Approved food service designer Renald M. Corsi & Associates to help coordinate the space, design and equipment for the new school’s food service area at a rate not to exceed $9,000

• Approved BF Environmental Consultants Inc. to provide hydrogeology services related to the new school construction at a cost not to exceed $11,000

• Approved Meredith Galasso as a substitute school nurse at a per diem rate of $100

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