On May 22, 2011, one of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in the history of the United States ripped through Joplin, Mo. As it traveled along a 13-mile path, it damaged or destroyed 10 schools. Joplin High School was a total loss.
Two days later, superintendent C.J. Huff stated emphatically that school would open as CO FIRMCGA Architects, Inc. COST PER SQ FT$57.30CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation on Aug. 17. An abandoned big-box retail space was selected for an adaptive reuse to house 1,200 students. The design had to be more than a stop-gap solution. The new high school needed to inspire students and serve as a rallying point for the community.
The design integrates every square inch of the existing space and features 21st-century learning environments utilizing flexibility and interconnectivity. Large openings, oversized pivot doors, and a diverse array of furniture enable students to customize spaces for collaborative learning. Vibrant eagle logos and graphics help give students a sense of ownership in their temporary high school.
"A remarkable transformation in a short amount of time. Great variety of spaces. This achievement is a case study for big-box conversions."--2012 jury