Union Parish Elementary School Safe Room

Electrical Engineering, Development

Electrical Engineering


Farmerville, LA

Forte and Tablada, Inc. was responsible for the electrical design including power service and distribution, lighting, and special systems. The project consisted of the provision of a Safe Room to be utilized by the Union Parish Elementary School, during times of tornado warnings and is designed to withstand the direct impact of a tornado and remain operational without harm to its occupants.  Two buildings were constructed in the space between existing school buildings, which was previously occupied by open covered walkways.  Structure was constructed of precast lift up panels which required exact coordination of electrical components during design to insure proper locations of electrical devices during construction.  The project design was provided to allow the school to remain occupied during construction and required close coordination with the User Agency to allow the educational process to continue. The electrical design portion of project provided interior and exterior lighting design utilizing high efficiency LED lighting sources to provide IES lighting standards for all the type spaces.  Design also provided the power distribution system for the HVAC system along with receptacles and specialty electrical loads.  Also included in the Electrical design were the Special Systems including Fire Alarm, Security, Intercom, CCTV and Data Systems with both hardwired and wireless components. All electrical components of the Safe Room are connected to a natural gas driven Standby Emergency Generator to insure operation during a utility outage.  Generator is provided with an outdoor housing capable of withstanding 150 mile per hour winds and generator installation was surrounded by precast concrete walls capable of withstanding the direct exposure of a tornado and remain operational.

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