New Tornado Safe (FEMA) Room / Multi-Purpose Room For Ralls County R-II School District, Center, MO
In December of 2008, the Ralls County R-II School District contracted Architechnics, Inc. to design a Tornado Safe Multipurpose Building for the Mark Twain Junior High and High School campus located in Center, Missouri. The building construction was partially funded through a grant that the district acquired through the Federal Emergency Management Agency specifically for the construction of tornado shelters. The receipt of the FEMA grant required the building to be designed and constructed to stringent guidelines set forth by FEMA to prevent harm to occupants during a tornado event.
The building was designed to withstand 250 mph winds. Mark Twain students, staff and patrons, as well as the residents of Center are able to use the shelter. Signs are posted along the local state highway to identify a shelter to passers-by in case of an emergency severe weather event.
In addition to the building serving as a tornado shelter, the district use the space as a multi-purpose room. The building is used daily for physical education classes, assemblies, concerts, activity nights, athletic practices and basketball games.
The new building is 10,000 square feet and includes an enclosed walkway linking the new construction to the existing campus. To meet the FEMA requirements, the exterior walls are made of 1′-0″ thick precast concrete and the roof has a 4″ thick concrete slab. The multi-purpose room floor has solid hardwood for sports play and is equipped with basketball goals and telescopic bleachers. The building also includes locker room space, office space and storage space. The cost of the new building was $1,900,000.00.
Architechnics was able to bring this project in well under budget.