Sapp Design is currently working on a FEMA safe room addition with renovations to Boswell Elementary, part of Lebanon R-III School District. The existing building is entirely made up of a series of small additions, developing a trend of short-term solutions that fulfill only utilitarian needs for the school. To resolve the issues created by this development, the renovations and placement of the FEMA shelter needed to create a core space, one which is currently lacking in the existing building.
As students will enter the school with its renovations, they’ll first pass the new administration area into an open corridor, connecting public spaces to classrooms corridors. At the crossroads of this new space is an open collaboration for students to congregate or utilize as a break-out space. The media center, located inside the FEMA shelter, is aligned to present direct views and access from the entry. Directly off of the media center is a STEM and TAG classroom. All these spaces are tied together through a new multi-purpose space, which inherently creates an open environment and essential core to the school as a whole.