As we move forward in building new construction, it’s exciting when we can incorporate cutting-edge design in a way that provides additional safety for our students,” said Bob LaBass, Executive Director, Tulsa Public Schools.
Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) November 25, 2014
KSQ Architects has designed a new addition to Tulsa Public School’s Edison Preparatory School that integrates a top-rated FEMA storm shelter within a high-design building that will function as the school’s Collegiate Center. The project is scheduled to break ground tomorrow.
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Place: Edison Preparatory School, 2906 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK
The Collegiate Center will be an 18,500-sq. ft. addition adding two new multipurpose lecture and testing halls, two new concurrent enrollment classrooms, academic counseling offices, a conference room, computer research center and an academic study hall and lounge. The new facility will have two new FEMA-361, ICC-500-rated safe rooms. The safe rooms are designed and constructed to provide near-absolute life safety protection during tornado and hurricane events.
“As we move forward in building new construction, it’s exciting when we can incorporate cutting-edge design in a way that provides additional safety for our students,” said Bob LaBass, Executive Director, Bond Projects and Energy Management for Tulsa Public Schools. “Once completed, this new structure at Edison will meet the most stringent FEMA guidelines.”
As a secure school, access and circulation were key factors in the design. Placing a new building at the single secure entrance posed a potential for confusion, so a circulation path will be made from the parking area through the building. A visual path to the entry was achieved by raising the front façade to the second level in the story-high cantilever structure.
“We are so proud of this project,” said KSQ principal David W. Short, AIA. “What you can’t see from casual observation is that the infrastructure beneath the building’s exterior is as impressive as what meets the eye. To have this type of progressive design and a top-rated storm shelter in one project is an accomplishment for our entire team.”
For more information or project images, please contact KSQ Associate and Communications Monica Roberts at (918) 592-0622 or mroberts(at)ksqarchitects(dot)com.
About KSQ Architects
With offices in offices in Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas, KSQ Architects is a full-service architectural firm providing programming, planning, architectural, interior design, and engineering services. The firm specializes in collegiate life, K-12, healthcare and multifamily housing facilities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ksqarchitects.com and http://www.ksqthegarret.com.