The Jefferson County Daily Union recently published an article detailing the opening of a new dome school in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. This school is unique because it features 5 connected domes, each for a different purpose. It is the first school in the state of Wisconsin to use the dome design.
“The site has been under construction for the past two years, the school having been approved in 2014 in an $18.9 million referendum. It is located on the south side of County Highway B on 66 acres of property the School District of Johnson Creek already owned.”
“The school building project, which consists of five connected domes, has attracted a lot of attention from around the state and beyond due to its non-traditional construction. This is the first school in the state to utilize the dome design, which aims to combine simplicity with energy efficiency. The many-layered and insulated concrete domes help to maintain a constant temperature inside the building.”
“Besides the central administration dome, the other domes include the gym dome, the cafetorium dome, and academic domes for the middle and high school core classes. Connecting hallways link all of the domes.”
“It has been an exciting process,” said Michael Garvey, superintendent of the Johnson Creek schools. “Despite the challenges, it has been well worth it. We’ve had great partners here with our architect TSP of Rochester, Minn. and construction managers Maas Brothers Construction of Watertown, and South Industries of Idaho, the dome builders, have been great to have on site,” Garvey said.
The school opened for its first day of classes September 6th, and a grand opening ceremony was held on September 11th.