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Modern School Renovation Provides Community With Sports Facility And Tornado Shelter

Project Name: Webb City High School Additions/Renovations
Location: Webb City, MI
Architect: Incite Design Studio
Consulting Engineers: Toth & Associates
Client & Installer: SGH, Inc.
CEI Materials System: R4000
Products: Metal Composite Material (MCM)
Photography: Incite Design Studio
Other Involved Parties: Dome Technology

When first viewing the Webb City High School Dome addition, it’s easy to assume it is simply an impressive sports facility, but this addition is much more. In 2011 Joplin, Missouri was hit with the country’s deadliest tornado in nearly 70 years. The tornado’s winds reached 200 mph and resulted in 158 deaths and $2.8 billion in damages. The city was in desperate need of safety facilities and opted for a high school addition that serves as a quality gymnasium until it’s needed.

Webb City High School, FEMA Dome, Incite Design Studio, Toth Associates, Dome Technology, SGH Inc, CEI Materials R4000, Photography Incite Design StudioPhotography © Incite Design Studio

Dome Technology specializes in producing dome shelters within the strict ICC-500 specifications. The team was commissioned due to the likelihood that a deadly storm would occur again and while reconstruction was already taking place it was the perfect opportunity to produce safety facilities. The resulting facility can fit over 3,000 people, just a five minute drive from Joplin should the need ever arise.

Webb City High School, FEMA Dome, Incite Design Studio, Toth Associates, Dome Technology, SGH Inc, CEI Materials R4000, Photography Incite Design StudioPhotography © Incite Design Studio

Incite Design Studio worked closely with the structural engineers at Toth and Associates to complete the FEMA tornado safe room. Interestingly, the project engineers assisted the district in their ability to obtain six safe room grants with the Webb City School project being the largest.

Webb City High School, FEMA Dome, Incite Design Studio, Toth Associates, Dome Technology, SGH Inc, CEI Materials R4000, Photography Incite Design StudioPhotography © Incite Design Studio

The gym can fit nearly 2,000 sporting spectators or 2,500 in an assembly-style event. The facility also houses a space for locker and training rooms and storage as well. The addition that serves as a connector between the existing school and the dome facility features the school’s new commons, weight room and football locker room. The dome was built for inclement weather with the potential to withstand an EF-5 tornado, the type of storm that devastated the area just seven years ago.

Webb City High School, FEMA Dome, Incite Design Studio, Toth Associates, Dome Technology, SGH Inc, CEI Materials R4000, Photography Incite Design StudioPhotography © Incite Design Studio

The building’s facade features the school’s signature cardinal red that juxtaposes the exterior brickwork. The red panels that envelope the school’s entrance provide a colorful fluidity that makes its way through the interior offering a sense of cardinal pride in every direction. Additionally, a grey metallic metal composite material was chosen to further complement the school’s color scheme on the exterior. Working closely with SGH, Inc. CEI Materials fabricated the exterior metal components utilizing the R4000 Rear-Ventilated Rainscreen system.


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Attachment System Used:  R4000 Series

CEI Materials’ Performance Tested & Approved R4000 Drained/ Rear-Ventilated Rainscreen Panel Systems offers rain screen technology with varying joint widths as well as color versatility.

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