Remagen Safe Rooms RETROFIT
The concept of retrofitting structures into existing buildings is not new.
Naval and military vessels, vehicles, and aircraft are routinely retrofitted with new equipment to improve mission capabilities. In 1909 a massive four story granite wall indoor equestrian riding hall was constructed at West Point for cadet cavalry and horsemanship training. This structure served as the home of equestrian instruction until horsemanship and cavalry skills training were removed from the curriculum during World War II. In 1958, without disturbing the historic four-story granite exterior walls, the hall’s wood truss roof was removed and the 218’ x 78’ interior space was retrofitted with a four story steel and concrete structure which became the primary academic facility at West Point. The retrofitted riding hall (now Thayer Hall) includes 98 classrooms, two 200-seat writ rooms, two 200-seat map-problem rooms, an 800-seat auditorium, 1,500-seat auditorium, a material testing laboratory, a large military museum, and a roof which provides parking for nearly 200 vehicles.
Remagen Safe Room System – Retrofit safe rooms employ the same interior structural retrofit concept to harden interior spaces of existing buildings, but without having to remove any part of the existing building. The Remagen Safe Room System is shipped on pallets as individual shelter structural components (steel frame tubes, wall and roof panels, end connectors, protected vents, doors and door frames, screws, adhesive, etc.) which are carried into an existing building through doorways, corridors, stairways, elevators, etc. as individual components or partially assembled sections and assembled within an existing room, corridor, or other interior space, including spaces on upper floors, wherever tornado protection is desired.
The safe room, which may be entirely assembled from the inside, provides a protective envelope within the former room or corridor which complies with the storm shelter requirements of ICC 500 and FEMA P-361 for protection of occupants from forces and debris impacts of 250 mph EF-5 tornadoes. Enhanced ballistics protection can be added if desired. Other than the steel, FEMA 361 labeled tornado-rated door and multi-latch hardware, the assembled and finished safe room may retain the character, appearance, and functions of the former space while providing unseen hardened walls, ceilings, and vent protective cowlings that will resist the enormous forces and debris impacts resulting from the direct hit of the most severe tornado. Electrical boxes and conduit for lights, switches, and outlets are concealed within the walls and roofs of the safe room.
Having a school corridor tornado shelter with direct access from the adjacent classrooms facilitates swift occupancy of the shelter by students and staff with the least travel distance and child accounting issues. When seconds count, the Remagen Safe Room System – Retrofit school corridor shelter offers the optimum solution for protecting students in a rapidly developing tornado or active shooter situation.