Crowder College Breaks Ground for Safe Room

Posted: Jul 17, 2013 7:08 AM by The Associated Press

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WEBB CITY, Mo. (AP) - Crowder College in southwest Missouri has broken ground on an expansion at its Webb City campus that will include a large room intended to provide the community safety during tornadoes.

The college's new building in Webb City will add a total of 22,000 square feet to the campus. It is scheduled to open in fall 2014.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) the new building will include a 9,000-square-foot safe room able to withstand an EF-5 tornado, which can pack winds of 200 mph. The safe room, which will also be available for classroom space, will be open to the community during tornadoes.

The $6 million cost of the project will be covered by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and money from the college's building fund.

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