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St. Mary's Construction on Target Core of School is Storm Shelter

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   Saint Mary's church, school, and parish center all went down with the Joplin tornado,  but new construction is bringing them back at a new site, and today the architect was in town to look at the progress. 

 

 Architect Randy Milbreth takes a look at steel creating the structure of the St Mary's parish center.  It will also serve as the school cafeteria.

Milbreth says, "Thus far everything has been steady, on progress, on track."

Dan O'Connell who represents the parish as owners says, "I think we have not really lost any time. Crossland seems to work  on a Saturday or Sunday if we get a little bit behind."

Just nine months after ground breaking, the school itself  is enclosed  and ready for roofing  and interior work. Milbreth says  
there's a lot of duct work  and mechanical systems piping occurring right now.

Pastor Justin Monaghan says staying on schedule and opening in August is "Real important to parents and also  because our other St Mary's  schools is going to be occupied by St peters they're moving in to that building so its vital that we be ready."


Crews are on target to finish construction in July and for the school to be  ready  for students in August. 
That was the architects biggest challenge and it influenced design choices.
Building officials credit  the speed at which the building is going up to prefabricated walls set in place by a crane. 

O'Connell says "They've been getting up to nine  panels a day, they anticipated six so they're moving faster but  in a week, a  good week they get 27 panels up."

MIlbreth says, "It allowed us to build a lot of those panels in the shop and bring them to the site and enclose the building rapidly so we could get  inside in the winter months and start working on the interior."

Designed  as structural elements to stand on their own, ten inch thick walls line two halls and enclose ten classrooms.

MIlbreth says, "They perform well thermally and   they're also giving us  the advantage of providing a safe environment.  So in this case the design of the school,  the entire  interior core, is actually a FEMA storm shelter safe area for the kids." 

As well as up to 750 church members. Crews are working on footings and heating and air for the church soon to rise from the ground itself. But what's built already is inspiring awe in Father Justin who says, "I love I just get excited every time I go by."

  Leaders hope the church will be ready by Christmas.

 


 

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