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Pod planning proceeds at NBE

TIFFIN— Design work continues on the six-classroom pod addition for the North Bend Elementary in North Liberty. Keith Johnk with Shive-Hattery gave the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) board of directors an update Wednesday, April 18 as part of their regular monthly meeting.
Johnk said the site plan and floor plan were in place, with soil borings done and the geothermal testing scheduled. One feature yet to be worked out, involves relocating the west entry door, which serves as access to the gym, particularly for the North Liberty Recreation Department when that program uses the facility. The doors and short hall allow access to the gym, while keeping the rest of the school closed-off to the general public.
“We’re trying to minimize construction disruptions in that area,” Johnk said, but said the recreation department may have to find another venue during the work.
Johnk said the North Liberty planning department, believes the NBE plans will not have to go before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. “This is good,” Johnk said, adding the department will review the plans, and send them to the state fire marshall’s office in Des Moines for approval. The department has received elevation drawings showing the exterior of the addition matching the existing structure in appearance.
Johnk anticipates bids going out around the third week in July, and back for review August 15. “They could be in the ground a week later,” he said, with a groundbreaking window of late August to early September.
Concrete and masonry work is to be completed before winter, and Johnk was optimistic that substantial completion could be achieved sooner than originally anticipated.
District construction manager Ray Willoughby gave the board an update on the new concession stand at the softball diamonds in Oxford. Willoughby said the structure is coming along with electrical and plumbing work roughed-in and waiting for drywall to be installed.