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.


Completed 2012

Program: two 3,600 SF shelters, hardened to FEMA 361.

Cost: $3,500,000

Project Team:

Compton Engineering, Project Management, Civil Engineer

unabridged Architecture, Architect

David Cooper, Structural Engineer

Canon, MEP Engineer

C. Perry, Contractor