Joplin Interim High School

Joplin, Missouri

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Joplin Schools

  • AREA

    96,000 sq.ft.





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 emphatically stated school would open as ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCO FIRMCGA Architects, Inc. CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$57.30CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation on August 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 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 the students a sense of ownership in their temporary high school.

"From disaster to new learning opportunities, this design created true 21st-century learning environments in a sophisticated way."--2011 jury