School districts in Missouri have been adding hardened rooms to their schools since 2011, when a tornado in Joplin left a path of destruction and killed 161 people. Hundreds of storm shelters, some built with federal grant money and most with precast concrete construction, have filled the need across the region.
In Blue Springs, Mo., three elementary schools (Daniel Young Elementary, William Bryant Elementary, and William Yates Elementary) have added gymnasiums that provide an area to shelter in place.
Read more about this project in the Fall 2022 issue of Ascent.
Using a total–precast concrete solution enhanced the construction schedule and enabled the interior fit out to be completed by the fall of 2020. The precast concrete was installed quickly to minimize the impact to the schools while in session.