Rural sites have great exposure to wind, with the possibility of collateral damage from nearby trees. These parameters met with strict guidance from FEMA to extend site clearing areas for two new shelters, built for coastal residents well outside of the flood zones.
The central shelter volume is high to disperse sound and allow for natural ventilation, with low support spaces surrounding three sides. The entrance tower frames views of the countryside, but doorways are shielded by wedge-shaped berms to protect against debris impact. Low-impact site development allows overflow parking on grass recreation fields.
Program: two 3,600 SF shelters, hardened to FEMA 361.
Compton Engineering, Project Management, Civil Engineer
unabridged Architecture, Architect
David Cooper, Structural Engineer
Canon, MEP Engineer
C. Perry, Contractor