Tuesday's editions that architect Steve Elliott told Vilonia school board members the room will be a concrete shell that can accommodate 1,200 to 1,300 students and withstand a tornado with winds of 200 mph or greater.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $1 million grant to build a safe room at Vilonia High School. A tornado ripped through the central Arkansas town April 25, killing five people and destroying numerous buildings. Officials anticipate the room will cost about $1.3 million.
Elliott estimated the project could be completed by December 2012.