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Springhill Elementary is located in a tornado-prone area, and the school sought to provide its students with a safe haven during severe weather. To meet this need, Coreslab Structures was commissioned to design, deliver and install a precast concrete gymnasium that would serve as a storm shelter.
The project was in compliance with FEMA 361 design criteria and included a wide range of precast solutions such as double tees and wall panels. The total precast project size was 7, 072 Square Feet. The building was designed and constructed to have a blast exterior finish to receive paint, and the architect chose photoluminescent paint to give the structure a unique and attractive aesthetic. To further enhance its look, the building featured vertical and horizontal reveals. The precast walls were partially covered by a prefinished metal roof and metal wall panels.
The project was successfully completed in 2015, providing the students of Springhill Elementary with a safe and secure space to take shelter in the event of a tornado or other extreme weather event.
Precast concrete is an ideal solution for projects like Springhill Elementary due to its strength, durability, and cost-effectiveness. Precast structures are designed to meet specific design criteria and can often be erected quickly and efficiently, making them perfect for this project. Additionally, precast concrete is extremely resistant to environmental damage, making it an ideal choice for tornado-prone areas. The prefinished metal roof and wall panels provide additional protection and a unique aesthetic, while the photoluminescent paint creates a unique look that stands out.
Precast concrete also provides a high level of customization and is a great choice for projects that require an individualized design, like the Springhill Elementary gymnasium. The precast walls, double tees, and flat slab provide a strong and secure structure that is designed to withstand extreme weather events. Ultimately, precast concrete was the perfect solution for this project, providing a safe and secure space for the students of Springhill Elementary and a unique look that stands out.