Mile Hi Church and Its Monolithic Dome Sanctuary

Mile Hi Church — Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado calls its new Monolithic Dome sanctuary, “A work of heart!”

Mile Hi Church — Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado calls its new Monolithic Dome sanctuary, “A work of heart!”

Big! — Their new sanctuary is the third and largest building on Mile Hi’s campus and the largest dome building in metropolitan Denver.

Big! — Their new sanctuary is the third and largest building on Mile Hi’s campus and the largest dome building in metropolitan Denver.

Huge Airform — This Monolithic Dome required an Airform of 44,000 square feet.

Huge Airform — This Monolithic Dome required an Airform of 44,000 square feet.

An opportunity — Mile Hi sees its new dome sanctuary as, “An individual and collective opportunity … to put principle into practice, and to leave a legacy of unity and peace.”

An opportunity — Mile Hi sees its new dome sanctuary as, “An individual and collective opportunity … to put principle into practice, and to leave a legacy of unity and peace.”

Surprising growth — In 1960, Mile Hi’s congregation numbered 17. It now has 20,000 members.

Surprising growth — In 1960, Mile Hi’s congregation numbered 17. It now has 20,000 members.

Extensive campus — In addition to the Monolithic Dome Sanctuary, the campus includes an Administrative Center, Community Center and Education Center.

Extensive campus — In addition to the Monolithic Dome Sanctuary, the campus includes an Administrative Center, Community Center and Education Center.

Busy, busy — The church maintains a calendar of special events that includes everything and everyone from nationally acclaimed motivational speakers to equally famous, but much louder, rock bands.

Busy, busy — The church maintains a calendar of special events that includes everything and everyone from nationally acclaimed motivational speakers to equally famous, but much louder, rock bands.

Variety of shapes — Mile Hi’s campus is a blending of round domes and rectangular structures.

Variety of shapes — Mile Hi’s campus is a blending of round domes and rectangular structures.

Lobby — Soft lighting, framed art work and plants greet visitors.

Lobby — Soft lighting, framed art work and plants greet visitors.

Awards — The Monolithic Dome sanctuary has won several awards, including the City of Lakewood’s “Sustainable Building Award,” for the dome’s energy efficiency.

Awards — The Monolithic Dome sanctuary has won several awards, including the City of Lakewood’s “Sustainable Building Award,” for the dome’s energy efficiency.

Stage — The dome sanctuary has a large, wooden stage with movable towers and platforms that easily accommodate a 140-member choir.

Stage — The dome sanctuary has a large, wooden stage with movable towers and platforms that easily accommodate a 140-member choir.

State-of-the-art — The sanctuary is professionally equipped with sophisticated audio/visual and lighting packages.

State-of-the-art — The sanctuary is professionally equipped with sophisticated audio/visual and lighting packages.

Aerial view — People flying into Denver often spot the Monolithic Dome at Mile Hi.

Aerial view — People flying into Denver often spot the Monolithic Dome at Mile Hi.

Built for growth — Mile Hi Church plans to eventually add another 600 seats in its dome sanctuary that now seats 1,500.

Built for growth — Mile Hi Church plans to eventually add another 600 seats in its dome sanctuary that now seats 1,500.