All students should have a safe place to go when stormy weather threatens. In Edmond, Oklahoma, Sequoyah Middle School had some storm protection in place, but not with standards that met FEMA specifications.
With numerous school and safe room projects under our belt, the Edmond school district didn’t hesitate to hire Crossland to build Sequoyah Middle a new gymnasium that doubles as a storm shelter. The gym houses a coach’s office, concession stand, two restrooms, and locker rooms in addition to the safe room. A voter-passed $100 million bond provided funding for constructing this safe room and others in the district.
The gym/safe room structure is separate from the school, but a FEMA-required protective canopy covers the school's walkway to the gym. Inside, the building was constructed using 18-inch thick concrete panels with insulation through predrilled holes. Safe rooms require a specific foundation to classify it as a storm shelter, which our crews poured and formed on-site.
The building interior includes elaborately painted walls and ceramic tiles. The gym floor was laid using maple planks, plus automatically extending bleachers and 105 colored sound baffles to complete the look and feel that students and fans expect when attending an indoor sporting event. The coach’s office was lined with carpet, while the main walkways feature luxury vinyl tile.
Parents and members of the community were delighted to see the new storm shelter in place for students.