Joplin High School
After a devastating tornado destroyed 10 Joplin schools in 2011, the district and community rallied to chart a course of uninterrupted education for their students. After spending three years in an interim space, Joplin High School students now have a permanent facility constructed on the site of the former building.
CGA and DLR Group’s design incorporates the ASSOCIATED FIRMDLR GroupCOST PER SQ FT$216.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas concept of preparing students for a “career to college” experience. The center of the school, known as “Eagle Alley,” is where this concept comes to life. The coffee shop, student store and lease spaces offer business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Students may experiment with career pathways as in-depth as they desire in a flexible and collaborative environment.
Career pathways include technology, broadcasting, sciences, hospitality, culinary arts, automotive sciences, engineering, medical, and construction. Technology is a seamless component of the building infrastructure and an asset to flexibility for teachers and students.
The school’s landscape design provides a “park-like” setting with themed courtyards used for outdoor experiments, studying, dining and socializing. The four main courtyards are Arts; Main Commons; Science; and Marketplace and Legacy.