Searcy Junior High School Gym and Safe Room
The Searcy Junior High School campus (grades 7-8) sits just a few blocks away from the White County Courthouse in downtown Searcy, Arkansas. The City of Searcy is located on the Little Red River along US Highway 67/167 approximately 50 miles northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Searcy Junior High School Gym and Safe Room accommodates a design load of 1,396 students, faculty, and staff during an emergency. The safe room is approximately 7,015 square feet (5 SF per occupant plus storage and bathrooms). In addition to serving as a safe room, the main space is used as a practice gymnasium. The building includes toilets, showers, locker rooms, and training space.
The FEMA rated area is constructed with reinforced precast concrete and the additional spaces are masonry with brick facing. The project is partially funded by FEMA, and the structural, ventilation, and electrical systems are designed to meet the requirements of FEMA 361 and ICC 500.