Jackson Community Center and FEMA Safe Room
Type: Community Center and FEMA Safe Room
Square Footage: 25,000 sf
Construction Cost: $5,200,000
The Jackson Community Center is a result of a collaboration of a civic minded philanthropic group along with the City of Jackson.
This new facility has been a vision of a private community betterment group for years. While this group was willing to donate the cost to construct the facility, due to the economic times the city was unable to fund the operation of the building.
The leaders of this group contacted iDS when they learned of the work we were doing with FEMA grants and safe rooms. We filed an NOI with the state and were approved. With the addition of the safe room and the grant, the city was more than open to running a sales tax issue to fund the facility’s operation while also funding other needs within the Jackson Parks and Recreation system.
Construction commenced in October 2014 on the new community center. The space will provide the Jackson, Missouri residents with meeting space, gathering space, exercise space, and a FEMA 361 safe room for protection during severe storms.
The Nearly 23,000 square foot facility features meeting space for up to 230 people, which has the ability to be transformed into three smaller meeting areas. A large two story atrium lobby serves as the pre-function space for the meeting rooms as well as the facilities main circulation route.
The 12,700 square foot FEMA safe room is constructed of 12-inch thick, integrally colored, insulated pre-cast concrete panels. The room can hold 2,000 people during a weather event, but also doubles as a competition gymnasium for basketball and volleyball during every-day use. A walking track is designed around the perimeter of the gymnasium.