Powell CWM provided full service architectural and engineering services for the new gymnasium and band room addition at Truman High School in Independence, Missouri. Powell CWM was involved with the School staff, administrators and Director of Facilities to develop the program for the facility while adhering to a tight construction schedule and budget.
The program for the Addition included an 8,000 square foot auxiliary gymnasium equipped with movable bleachers and 6 drop down basketball goals. The use of the gymnasium is primarily for the school, as well as for the City of Independence Parks and Recreation programs. The gym was also equipped with a roll up partition so multiple games could occur simultaneously.
The program also consisted of a 7,000 square foot Band Room. The goal established for this was to have a space that would be able to house the entire marching band in one location. This space was designed with walls that were angled for greater acoustic value. Large window from floor to ceiling were installed to flood the space with natural light. The ceilings and walls were equipped with acoustical treatments, including an acoustical curtain so the acoustics could be adjusted. A smaller Band Room was also provided for their smaller symphonic band. This space was also equipped with acoustical wall and ceiling treatments.
Equipment storage and office spaces were also included. The space was also designed to be closed from the remainder of the school for after hours activities.
During the early planning stages, it was determined that the budget was tight and the construction schedule was compressed. These two issues influenced Powell CWM to utilize tilt up concrete construction. The exterior skin consisted of thin brick and metal panels. Powell CWM was able to meet the owners schedule and budget.