Park Crossing High School, located adjacent to New Park, was featured in July at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Below is the article featured on the AL.com website.
Montgomery’s new Park Crossing High School was featured this month as part of an exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum. The school features storm shelters designed by Alabama architectural and design firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood that can protect students and teachers from winds up to 250 mph. An entire storm shelter just like the ones at Park Crossing was set up inside the museum.
The exhibit, entitled, “Designing for Disaster,” features buildings and structures around the country that are built to withstand natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fire. Because Alabama is the only state to require “tornado safe rooms” to be built as part of all new schools, the state – and Park Crossing High School – were featured.
According to a statement by architects Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, the shelters are unique because they are smaller and integrated into classrooms throughout the school, making them safer than one large singular space. They are also enclosed by rebar-reinforced concrete walls, and steel shutters in the classrooms can be closed to block flying debris during a storm.
Park Crossing has enough safe areas to protect 1,200 students and teachers.
This article was written by Kathryn Jacoby of AL.com on July 25, 2014. The picture to the right is the sample Park Crossing High School tornado shelter set up in the National Building Museum taken from the article on the AL.com website.
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