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BEAR CREEK TWP. — The new Bear Creek Community Charter School building is a little closer to reality, but still only a fraction of the way through the preliminary planning work and months away from the start of any construction, the project architect said Monday.

The school’s board of trustees agreed to move into the design phase of the project, which the architect likened to the second trimester of the design process.

“If we look at the design process as we would a pregnancy, the schematic drawings are the first trimester and the design and development phase that we’re starting is the second. We’re about 35 percent through the design process,” said Tom Gercak, an architect with Hemmler + Camayd.

As the board continues to wrangle with options for trimming costs from the over-budget estimates and move closer to defining what the final project will look like, Gercak said work in other preliminary phases continues.

“Geo-technical surveys are being performed at the site, we’re having preliminary meetings with the zoning board, and land development meetings will be happening in the next two weeks,” Gercak said.

Architects will also start drawing up the specifications that will be used for bidding, Gercak said, based on decisions the board has already made, such as eliminating a proposed second boiler and considering options for gym flooring. Other items will be put out as bid alternates, including air conditioning for the gym and perhaps locker rooms, while still others, such as the size of an emergency generator, will be researched further, the board said.

The project should be ready to go out to bid in January, Gercak said, and the school should be ready to open in the fall of 2015.

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