MOORE, Okla. — More than 1,300 homes and businesses were destroyed May 20 in the Moore tornado.
Many families have already re-built, but hundreds are still making important decisions about how and where they will start over.
London Home Builders is building the first home with a ship-in saferoom at a new home site at 1601 Post Oak Lane in Moore.
“It’s a monolithic pour.” Jay London said. “Basically all one pour of concrete, and it’s the roof and the sides. What we’re going to do is drop it down on the slab that’s been specially designed to handle the weight of it.”
The saferoom is poured in Florida and shipped to Oklahoma on a semi.
The walls are four inches thick, reinforced with steel just like a pour-in-place concrete saferoom.
Builders brought in a crane to lift the concrete shell and place in on the slab.
“This whole side of the house will be the saferoom. It’s two bedrooms and a bathroom.” London said.
Montero Concrete Homes is the manufacturer. According to the company website, their ship-in saferooms have been used in residential, commercial and school construction.
The home on Post Oak Lane is 1,860 square feet.
The ship-in saferoom adds $10,000 to $15,000 to the price.
It is another option for families considering a re-build with a safe structure.
London owns the property. He will finish the house as a spec home for Moore residents to see the possibilities of a ship-in saferoom.