GLENWOOD | The Brookwood School District 167 board is expected to decide next week whether to fast track completion of the new Brookwood Middle School.
Two scheduling options are under consideration. The first would have the building ready for students in August 2015. A second option would have the school opening in the summer or fall of 2016.
The board is expected to decide at a special meeting beginning at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 24.
Superintendent Valorie Moore said opening in 2016 would allow the review of architectural designs on a regular basis and avoid numerous change orders which are sometimes common when fast tracking a project.
Representatives of both Gilbane Construction and architectural firm STR Partners LLC said at a forum last week the fast-tracking option had its challenges but was possible. Portions of the design and construction process would have to overlap and necessitate acquiring the proper permits very quickly.
A 2016 opening gives builders a more feasible timetable. Architect Alan Armbrust said at last week's forum that just drawing the building up can take up to four or five months. Gilbane's Douglas Lim called the 2016 timeline the "typical, normal process."
Construction can begin once the building is designed and the proper permits are issued. The current Brookwood Middle School, which is more than 100 years old, will be demolished after the new school is built to make room for parking, buses and additional space, Moore said.
The board will also decide next week whether to build the school on the east end of the property at the corner of Glenwood-Dyer and Glenwood-Lansing roads. This would allow students to occupy the old middle school building while the new building is built, Moore said, and provide space for a retention pond and sidewalks.