Joplin East Middle SchoolLocation: Joplin, MO
Architect / Engineer: Holace and Miller Architects of Overland Park, Kan., are working on the design for East Middle School and East Elementary School. Universal as CM (construction manager)
– Joplin East Middle School was designed on a 36-acre site and features 21st Century Learning Concepts that highlight collaborative learning environments, allowing classes to work together on projects and lesson plans. The school actually shares space with Soaring Heights Elementary and serves a total of 1,200 students in the Joplin community. In place of pre-cast walls, we poured the walls for the three FEMA Shelters and the 40’ tall gym walls. Branco self-performed all exterior and interior concrete, all exterior utilities and the entire carpenter package. The schools share a cafeteria, auditorium and commons area. The project was completed in a short 18 months. Partially due to this tight time frame, a unique aspect of this project was the building was still being designed at the same time we were building it.