Archie High School FEMA Gymnasium & Agricultural Technology Building
Type: Additions and Renovations
Square Footage: 25,925 sf new addition, 14,400 sf renovation
Construction Cost: $3,600,000
Services Rendered: Architectural Design, FEMA Grant Assistance, Missouri DESE Grant Assistance
incite Design Studio was hired by the Archie R-V school district in 2010 to assist them in assessing the needs of the district for a bond issue. The main objective was to create a learning environment in which students can have access to the core support areas of the school without interaction between the lower and higher grades.
The design solution turns the existing auxiliary gym into a new state of the art library which is now the focal point of the facility instead of being tucked away in the elementary school wing. The cafeteria that was in the basement of the elementary wing is now centralized in a brand new kitchen and commons area that provides plenty of natural light. Adjacent to the commons is a new 1,200 seat competition gymnasium that also doubles as a FEMA tornado safe room. iDS and our consultants worked closely with the State Emergency Management Agency to capture almost $900,000 in FEMA funding. The unique concrete dome shell of the gymnasium offers a safe place for all of the occupants of the building and the community in the event of a tornado. The music rooms which were once housed in a metal building on the grounds have now been brought into the building and, seven new classrooms were afforded to the district by the reorganization of the facility.
In addition, a new metal building to house the agricultural technology program was built. The facility was designed and constructed in a few months so students could move in to the new space before the start of the 2011-2012 school year. This project involved grant money from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.