West Union Elementary multi-purpose safe room addition adds a huge benefit to the students

North Fayette Community School District Elementary

West Union, IA
General Contractor:
Cresco Building Service
StruXture Architects
Raker Rhodes Engineering
North Fayette Valley CSD

The West Union Elementary construction project is underway with a new multi-purpose room addition.  The project includes a tornado safe structure, roughly 4,000 square feet, built to hold PE classes and assemblies, or even some youth athletics. Currently the “gym” in West Union Elementary houses both lunches and PE classes. As such, it generates many conflicts in the schedule. Separating these two will be a huge benefit to students and teachers in this building.

Wells Concrete contributed nearly 9,000 sq. ft of precast concrete for this project including 20 members of 12’ wide architectural insulated wall panels that boast an acid wash and sandblast finish.  In addition, 7 members of 32” deep x 10’-0” wide double tees supported the precast construction. The 32” double tee was used as it was determined to be the most cost effective roof member that could make the required span and handle the forces that accompany a tornadic event.


For more information about this project, contact Reed Hudson.