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Joplin Interim High School

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    • Joplin School District
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Design Achievement - On May 22, 2011, a tornado ripped through the southwestern Missouri community of Joplin, and destroyed or damaged nine schools, including Joplin High School. DLR Group's fast track design transformed an abandoned big box retail space into a 21st Century high school in 55 days. The design is more than a stop-gap solution. It is an inspiration to students and continues to serve as a rallying point for the healing community. Six small learning communities divide the larger student population into 200-student studios and offer a more intimate learning environment for students and staff. Small and large group collaboration areas with a variety of seating accommodate individual or group learning. Large openings, oversized pivot doors, and a diverse array of soft and structured furniture allow students to customize spaces to fit their personal preferences. The pivot doors allow classrooms to spill into commons areas to encourage project-based learning.

Scope Summary - The 96,000 SF design integrates every square inch of existing space and features 21st Century learning environments utilizing flexibility and interconnectivity for 1,200 students. The social commons is home to a school store and coffee bar, both operated by the Business and Marketing student groups. The school's media center and Information Technology support spaces are adjacent to the social commons. Vibrant "Eagle" logos and graphics help give students a sense of pride and ownership in their high school. The space inspires students to move beyond the tragic events of the past and move forward with their fellow students, faculty, and community in a space that is truly a healing and learning environment. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, planning and interior design services in conjunction with CGA Architects.

Tour Joplin Interim High School. And click here for a detailed story about how this school became a reality in just 55 days.

Awards & Recognition

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  • James D. MacConnell Award

    Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kansas City
  • Monsters of Design

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kansas City Young Architects Forum (YAF)
  • Award of Merit

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orlando
  • Special Citation

    American School & University magazine
  • Special Citation

    American School & University magazine, Interiors Showcase
  • Honorable Mention

    Learning By Design magazine
  • Special Mention

    International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Northern Pacific Chapter
  • Special Recognition

    Building Design + Construction magazine
  • Engineering Excellence Award

    ACE of Kansas
  • ImpacT Award

    Kansas City Business Journal
  • Bronze Award, Architecture

    KC Magazine

Joplin Interim High School

Joplin School District