Joplin High School
In May 2011, a deadly 1-mile wide EF-5 tornado tore a path of destruction through the heart of Joplin with speeds over 200mph. Holding the record of the costliest tornado in recent history, the tornado caused an estimated $3.2 billion (2019 USD) to residential areas, parks, streets, and many more including key institutions, St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Joplin High School. While the school remained standing, enough damages were done that soon after the school was scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt. Emery Sapp & Sons were quick to accept contracts for both the hospital and the high school, helping the City of Joplin and it’s residents start the road to recovery. For the Joplin High School, the earthwork and utility packages were held by ESS who began to mobilize immediately.
Owner Joplin School District
Civil Engineer Allgeier, Martin & Associates, Inc.
ESS Role General Contractor
Project Duration 24 months
Scope of Work
ESS handled site demolition and clearing of 30 acres, excavated and set to grade over 200,000 cubic yards of material, stockpiled 17,171 cubic yards of topsoil, and handled 11 mine shaft closures. In addition to storm, sanitary, and water utilities ESS completed 792 linear feet of trench drains, 10,373 square feet of articulating block, and 841 linear feet of box culverts.