The all brick 250,000 sf high school and accompanying multi-use athletic field serves the growing community’s 1,600 high school students and public. Deigned to take advantage of the terrain, the single-story entry greets the students into the large commons area covered with translucent skylights. The commons areas also serve as a gathering space for the two gymnasiums and a the “state of the art” performing arts auditorium. Additional educational areas include industrial, fine art, library, and music. Administration and counseling are adjacent to the student commons area.
The three-story classroom wing, with an east exposure, overlooks the multi-purpose field. The dual gyms with accessible locker rooms also have direct access to the practice facilities.
To allow the field to be open for year around activities, the Ozark School District opted to utilize a mono-filament artificial turf. The filed is marked for both football and soccer with extended goal posts to allow for installation of the soccer goals without the need of removing the goal posts. The field is circled by an eight-lane track covered by a half-inch rubber running surface. The home stands, on the west side of the field, have a capacity of 3,000 with sloped hillsides on either side providing overflow seating areas. On the east side of the field is a section of aluminum bleachers with a capacity of 1,000 for visiting team fans.
Along with the filed is a concession/press box structure and the main restroom structure, joined with a covered plaza. At field level are the locker rooms along with concession and restroom facilities for the visiting fans.
The all brick 70,000 s.f. elementary school building serves the growing northwest Ozark area and the 600 K-4 students in that area. The school is designed around a “pod” concept, grouping five classrooms around a shared learning space. The large overhangs, along with the pod design, create a building that flows with the site and has a scale that is welcoming to the students and nearby residential areas. Each pod has its own access to the adjacent playground areas, minimizing pedestrian traffic through the building.
The building is situated on the crest of a small knoll, overlooking the street intersection it faces. The parking is oriented such that separate access is provided for parent drop-off/pick-up and buss traffic, making it safe passage for the students.
In 1997, Marshall-Waters-Woody was selected to design a new classroom/laboratory building for Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) on their West Plains Campus. The 28,000+ sf building includes administrative offices, classrooms, computer lab, stepped lecture hall (141 seats), and three multi-purpose laboratories.
In 1995, Marshall-Waters-Woody was fortunate to be able to consult with Mr. Jerry Hoover at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) for the design of a new Band Hall for the Music Department. The building was designed for both the marching bands and performing ensembles. The building includes an instrument storage room, individual practice rooms, four rehearsal rooms, a student lounge, student lockers, and an administration area.