Safe, inviting spaces promote learning, fitness, and pride for kids.
DeWitt + Education = Awesome! From classrooms to shelters to multipurpose buildings to athletic facilities, we help grow tomorrow’s leaders in elementary, middle schools, and high schools. Our projects have a respect for sustainability, economy of resources, safety, comfort, and future growth.
Kickapoo High School Performing Arts/FEMA Safe Room – Springfield, Missouri
2016 Project Team of the Year
The auditorium doubles as a Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room and includes a professional-grade performing arts center that provides students hands-on experience with theatrical productions.
The Performing Arts Center is equipped with state of the art technical theater systems that include sound attenuation characteristics to enhance the quality of the performances. It also includes an orchestra pit and a complete fly loft with staging curtain drop system. The addition is flanked by support facilities for the performing arts program including dressing rooms, make up areas and a newly enhanced south entry into the main facility containing a statue of an American Indian representing the Kickapoo Chiefs. This project was completed on time and on budget.
Sherwood Elementary School – Springfield, MO
2015 Project Team of the Year
The Sherwood Elementary project is an 80,000 sf replacement elementary facility with open spaces, interactive learning classrooms and a gymnasium designed to meet the structural requirements of a FEMA 361 Safe Room. A unique feature is the partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, making Sherwood the first school in the state of Missouri to have a dedicated BGC as part of the school building. The building is Net Zero capable, utilizing very little energy and can be powered completely by solar panels and wind turbines.
Kickapoo High School Student Center – Springfield, Missouri
The recent opening of the new commons area completes the first phase of a $19.25 million renovation and expansion of Kickapoo. First phase of construction included HVAC improvements and new Student Center. HVAC work was completed entirely over summer break along with a kitchen & cafeteria remodel. New Student Center was built within an existing courtyard in the middle of the building, while classes were in session on each side of the project.
Reeds Spring Middle School – Reeds Spring, Missouri
Three story middle school built with 21st century students in mind. The building features a gymnasium and auditorium that is underground allowing ample space for students and the community access to storm shelter. All floors feature collaborative learning spaces where students can learn in small or large groups. Teachers have separate offices near their classrooms. A new road was built to connect the campuses which has streamlined bus traffic.
Diamond Elementary School Multipurpose Room & Community Safe Room – Diamond, Missouri
18,245 sq. ft. structural steel, concrete masonry, and precast elementary school addition and renovation consisting of a new 6,965 sq. ft. FEMA 361 elementary school multipurpose and tornado safe room, restrooms, entry connection corridors, storage rooms, and a new kitchen addition and renovation that includes a new nurse’s facility.
Springfield Public Schools Health Sciences Academy at Mercy Hospital – Springfield, Missouri
A large vacant area on the second floor of Mercy Springfield Campus was renovated into classroom space. It can be separated into two classrooms or opened up. Sinks line one space, while power cords can be pulled from the ceiling to plug in computers. Students learn at tables rather than desks, and spend time elsewhere on the hospital campus.
Ozark High School Athletic Fields – Ozark, Missouri
Football, track and soccer fields, concession area, plaza and media booths, camera tower, home and visiting team locker rooms. Synthetic Turf Field and Grandstand cast in place concrete with stadium seating.
Hickory Hills K-8 New School “LEED” – Springfield, Missouri
Hickory Hills K-8 School was the first school building in Southwest Missouri to pursue LEED certification – Silver Certified. The building is over 125,000 sq. ft and consists of poured-in-place concrete foundations and floors along with precast concrete and cmu/brick veneer walls. The LEED Credit Scorecard for the project contains elements from sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
The building itself is designed to follow the contours of the existing site. Building form and materials pay homage to its agricultural heritage in a modern way with a touch of technicality. Constructed primarily of masonry and precast concrete, the durability of the building may be one of its most sustainable features- the life of this building is measured in decades, not years. The site has been designed as a whole, so that when the building and its exterior features are constructed they all work together to create a new ecosystem. A permanent wetland basin located on the northwest corner of the site controls both the quality and quantity of stormwater, using most of it onsite as opposed to piping it elsewhere.
Harrison Elementary School – Springfield, Missouri
65,000 sq. ft. new elementary school includes unique entryway, spacious gymnasium, state-of-the art library and unique interior finishes.