Innovative Storm Shelter Case Study

Dadeville School Storm Shelters – Dadeville, Missouri – Case Study

StormShelterpic1On April of 2014 a renovation project for Dadeville R-II schools in Dadeville, Missouri. The renovation included gym improvements and the installation of a Family SAFE storm shelter complex capable of housing 150 students and staff members.

The storm shelter complex was part of a new 70’ x 80’ classroom building that included four classrooms, a new administrative office, new restrooms, and two separate storm shelter clusters on either side of the building.

The challenge of this project was creating a multi-access storm shelter network that could house 150 students, provide multiple entry points, and provide handicap access. The innovative approach was to design two large storm shelter clusters. StormShelterpic2These clusters were outfitted with multiple access points to allow access to the shelters from adjacent classrooms, as well as the hallway. Internal doors were added inside the shelters, to provide the ability to move between shelters without having to exit the cluster. Each cluster was completed with one ADA accessible door in the hallway.

The shelter clusters were also rigged with a lighting system, providing two lights per shelter and two battery backup emergency lights. The shelter cluster exceeded the district’s requirement of housing 150 people by providing storm shelter protection for up to 157 people.

Family SAFE storm shelter are EF5 certified, and because of their steel construction, are also resistant to all class three handguns, allowing them to serve as panic rooms in emergency shooter situations.

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