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Storm shelter project receives boost from WDC school board

Chad Rettke of Krause-Anderson and Cory Bandelin of Perkins + Will arrived at Tuesday night's Wadena-Deer Creek school board meeting looking for a direction to take with the proposed storm shelter addition. They left wth directions which should making the shelter a reality in 2012.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has presented District 2155 with a grant of $950,000 for the addition of the storm shelter to the new WDC secondary school. After Bandelin, an architect, presented the board with architectual blueprints and an artist's conception of the addition to WDC's physical education wing. Rettke, the project manager, informed the board that an additional $600,000 will be needed to complete the storm shelter and asked the board to give him a direction. Cost analysis of the storm shelter addition has been underway but there is no escaping the fact that the district will incur some of the cost of building the shelter.

"They directed Perkins + Will and Krause-Anderson to bid out the basic construction that FEMA will pay for and some alternatives that would be upgrades," WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom said.

The shelter will be the size of a gymnasium and will be used by the school as a fourth gym. It will have doors that will open automatically in an emergency and will house 1,200 people. The shelter will be constructed with the public im mind in addition to the student body and school staff.

The storm shelter will be able to withstand EF5 winds of 250 miles per hour. The storm that destroyed the WDC secondary school in June, 2010 was an EF4.

Construction has been under way on the new secondary building since the spring of 2011. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2012-2013 school year.