Dover Hill Elementary
Joplin Puts New School on Dover Hill
When it comes to schools and children, safety must always remain atop the list of responsibilities and priorities.
So when the Joplin School District determined that two of their older elementary schools were suffering from a variety of issues, the time came to make a change.
Enter Dover Hill Elementary School
The new $23 million, 72,000 SF school replaces Columbia and West Central elementary schools, both of which were nearly 100 years old. Both older schools were suffering from structural issues stemming from underground mining features and poor soil conditions.
The new school was built on top of Dover Hill in Joplin, giving staff and students an awesome view of the city.
Exterior finishes include a combination of brick masonry and metal panels that mimic West Central Elementary. There are also arches, plinths, and a mix of modern and old architecture.
The interior features polished concrete, mill work, vinyl graphics, and color-coded classroom pods for the different grades. Movable wall systems inside allow for more communal spaces when needed.
To even out the hill for construction, Crossland was able to blast through rock to lower and flatten the surface. Crossland had to “poke and prod” the ground to find the best places to blast out the hill to flatten it. The rock that was extracted was crushed and used on site.
Working with local designers on the project led to a very smooth process, as they were often able to visit the site to discuss any issues that arose.
Dover Hill Elementary not only provides a much safer space for students and staff, it also provides much more room for educational activities, exercise, and dreaming for the future.
Industry Sector: Educational
Delivery Method: Construction Management
Self-Perform: Finish Carpentry, Rough Carpentry, Steel Erection, Concrete
Owner: Joplin Schools
Architect: CGA Architects
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