Carl Junction School
After developing an extensive Master Plan for the Carl Junction school district, the findings revealed an extensive need for safe and secure multi-purpose facilities. The master plan called for three major improvements to three of their existing buildings. The High School building lacked a multi-purpose practice and activity space as well as a locker room shortage. The 2-3 building experienced limitations and constraints in their existing cafeteria due to an inadequately sized kitchen and eating area. The existing primary school buildings were separated by a playground and neither structure provided storm shelters. Both buildings were accessed via a back alley, making the entrance to the schools difficult.
The proposed solution was to construct a FEMA rated safe room at each of the existing buildings, while simultaneously addressing the program shortages. This solution resulted in three different structures capable of withstanding an EF-5 tornado while providing much-needed space and a new remarkable identity.
High School | Additions, Renovations and Safe Room
At the high school, the storm shelter functions as a multi-purpose indoor practice facility complete with artificial turf and batting cages. Support spaces include Football locker rooms, coaches offices, as well as public toilets and Concessions. The structure bridges between the high school and the football field, creating an end zone plaza and a landmark identity for the district.
2-3 Building | Additions, Renovations and Safe Room
The 2-3 building benefited from a new entrance and administration, multi-purpose cafeteria/gymnasium and a new state of the art kitchen capable of serving all of the grades in (2) lunch periods. The storm shelter at this site functions as a gymnasium with a full-size basketball court and collapsible bleachers when lunch is not underway. Rubber athletic flooring was utilized to provide flexible use of the space.
K-1 | Additions, Renovations and Safe Room
The K-1 storm shelter doubles as classrooms, thus allowing the K1 students to safely occupy one building and provide a much-needed sense of identity – a front entrance of which the school district could be proud. Within the shelter, overhead glass doors function to provide flexible space between classrooms and widened corridors provide break-out space for small group learning.