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Monolithic Domes: Surviving Bullets, Projectiles, Tornadoes

Image: The rifle used in this test was a Ruger 10/22, using a very standard 40 grain projectile. Damage from this rifle was minimal.

As they say on TV, “Don’t try this at home.” Don’t shoot holes in your home with a 30-06 caliber rifle. To test the bullet-resisting strength of a Monolithic Dome, Gary Clark, our VP of Sales, fired at our Monolithic Dome storage buildings. (Continued…)

Lumberton ISD FEMA funded dome in the news

Channel 12 News Now of Beaumont, Texas featured the new FEMA funded Monolithic Dome being built for the Lumberton ISD in a recent news report. The news article describes the Monolithic Dome as a disaster dome that will allow first responders and people who are unable to evacuate during emergencies to safely ride out storms like hurricanes. (Continued…)

KMOV of St. Louis news article features Valley R-6 School District’s domes

A recent news article at KMOV-St. Louis features a video interview with Valley R-6 officials in Caledonia, Missouri. Quoting, ‘At first glance the five domes that make up Valley R-6 Elementary School in Caledonia, Missouri look odd, but school officials say they are the safest buildings in the face of a tornado. “They are tornado proof – hurricane proof – fire proof and so our kids are very safe,“ says Valley superintendent Brad Crocker.’ (Continued…)

Video: Using Basalt Rope in Building a Monolithic EcoShell

David South, president of Monolithic Constructors, Inc., narrates this easy-to-understand, enjoyable, and informative video. In it, David describes the qualities of basalt rope and demonstrates the step-by-step process of using it when building a Monolithic EcoShell. (Continued…)

Newly released Xanadu of Sedona DVD

Image: Xanadu of Sedona

Bracken Cherry, his wife and their three daughters have produced a DVD that includes a tour of their home: Xanadu of Sedona, Arizona. The DVD takes you on about a 90-minute tour of their ten, rainbow colored Monolithic Domes. (Continued…)

Video: Flower Beds and fences made using basalt rebar

Because of a request by a lady who wanted permanent flower beds that people confined in wheelchairs could garden, Monolithic developed a new way of making attractive, practical flower beds, using thin concrete and a material we’ve recently discovered and have been working with: basalt rebar. That led to a new way of making tough, long-lasting but good-looking fences. That process also uses spray-on concrete and basalt rebar. Learn all about both items in this delightful video, narrated by President David South. (Continued…)

Peggy Atwood’s Monolithic Dome Construction Slideshow

In 2006 in Shokan, New York, work began on Peggy Atwood’s Monolithic Dome home, that has two intersecting sections: 40′ × 23′ and 30′ × 18′. Now Peggy has a slideshow of that construction – and a lot more. If you’ve ever wondered what all goes into the building of a dome-home, watch this slideshow. It begins with the clearing of the site to a completed, furnished, beautiful Monolithic Dome home. (Continued…)

Video: Monolithic Dome Schools

This video presents comments and information from superintendents, principals and teachers of Monolithic Dome schools in several States. Some talk about the advantages of going Monolithic because of significantly lower construction costs that influenced voters to pass bonds. Others comment on the energy-efficiency, affordable maintenance, and lower insurance premiums that Monolithic Dome schools enjoy. Still other comments focus on the dome’s ability to meet FEMA standards for near-absolute tornado protection, the design flexibility of a Monolithic Dome, and its use for community as well as school events.   (Continued…)

Tornado Tamer: A Tornado-Resistant Door

Image: The Tornado Tamer – It’s been tested by Texas Tech Wind Science University, and it meets FEMA 320 Guidelines for a unit that can resist a wind force of up to 250 mph.

For several years Monolithic has been searching for an affordable door whose ability to resist tornado-force winds matched that of a Monolithic Dome. “We did not have a problem finding doors with the integrity we wanted,” said David South, president of Monolithic. “We found them, but they were in the $5000 to $7000 range. Put a few of those on a building and they really skyrocket the price of a project. We needed a door with two advantages: tornado-resistant strength and affordability. About a year ago, we found both in the Tornado Tamer.” (Continued…)

Robert Bissett’s New Design Book

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Authored by architectural designer and artist Robert Bissett, this book takes the reader through all the stages required to produce a functional and attractive set of working drawings. The prospective home owner will learn how to start with a pencil-drawn floor plan, build a 3D computer model and produce and publish a complete set of house plans. (Continued…)

Monolithic Dome Suffers Slight Scorching In Oklahoma Wildfire

Image: Dome in Marlow, OK survived a 3000 acre wildfire.

For 16 months, the construction of Jerri and Darrell Strube’s new Monolithic Dome home, 50 feet in diameter and 23 feet high, in Marlow, Oklahoma went relatively smoothly. Once Andy Barnes, owner of Alpha Omega Builders in Kingston, Oklahoma, completed the dome shell, Jerri and Darrell began doing the finishing. And all continued going rather well – until January 12. (Continued…)

Video: Just Water Ceramic Drip Filter

This video presents well illustrated, detailed information about a tool every household should have: the Just Water Ceramic Drip Filter. It’s affordable and easily assembled. More importantly, it can get rid of dangerous bacteria and make any water potable. This filter was developed by the Texas Baptist Men’s Water Ministry, who travel with and deliver these filters to areas devastated by natural and manmade disasters. Through Domes For The World (DFTW), these filters can be contributed for use in Haiti during the rebuilding of Project Hope Orphanage. (Continued…)

Fertilizer Blend Plant Video

You can’t successfully operate a blend plant in any structure. It takes a building specifically designed for that job. This ten-minute, easy-to-follow and understand video explains and illustrates the advantages of a Monolithic Dome designed and constructed as a blend plant. The video describes the technologically sophisticated process and formula used in Monolithic Dome construction. It also details Monolithic advantages, many of which simply are not available in other structure types. They include: disaster resistance, super insulation that prevents interior temperature fluctuations, strength and durability. (Continued…)

Equipment Video

This is a very detailed but easy-to-follow and understand video about our Mudslinger EHP 1500 pump and its complementary equipment. It’s narrated by Blaine Green, Equipment Division Manager (retired), who played a key role in its design and development. The video displays and describes our EHP 1500 premier pump, designed specifically for the Monolithic Dome building process, shows how its used, how attachments are assembled and disassembled, and how to keep all parts clean and functional. (Continued…)

Monolithic Ecoshells in Developing Nations

Check out this video describing the Monolithic Ecoshell and why it is the choice for housing in developing nations. They are strong structures that can withstand natural disasters, fire, termites and rot. In underdeveloped areas with hot climates, EcoShells make affordable, low maintenance, sturdy housing. (Continued…)

Tour of Monolithic Headquarters

This video illustrates and explains all you can see and learn during a tour of our headquarters in Italy, Texas. It briefly explains Monolithic’s company goals, company structure and the unique technology used in the design and construction of Monolithic Domes as homes, schools, churches, sport and business facilities, etc. The video takes you on a tour of several actual dome-homes, our office complex, training center, Airform manufacturing plant and rental units. (Continued…)

New Monolithic Cabin Video

Image: Monolithic Transportable Cabin

Check out this video describing how to build a Monolithic Transportable Cabin! If you didn’t know, the Monolithic Cabin is the newest addition to the Monolithic family. It can be used as a rental unit, eco-housing or granny flat, disaster shelter, workshop, office or studio, game room, vacation dome, exercise room, temporary housing for work crews or home builders, guest house or storage. They can be designed as single living units or combined with others. The list goes on and on! To make it even better, you can transport it! (Continued…)

A New Way of Life

This is a video featuring the project by Domes for the World in New Ngelepen, Indonesia. The New Ngelepen project included 77 houses, 6 MCK’s (bathroom, shower facilities), 6 wells, 6 septic systems, a church, and roads. (Continued…)

Strengthening Churches

Click the play button below to watch our video about Monolithic Dome Churches. This video along with others is available on our free DVD(Continued…)

Video by Erika and Hannah

Two of my nieces made a video about Monolithic Domes while they were on Christmas Break. They really did an awesome job. Check it out. (Continued…)

Video of Paxis 10 Scaffold

You will hear a lot more about our new Paxis Scaffold in the future on Monolithic.com, but in the meantime I will post some raw video clips. It’s hard to describe how nice this scaffold is, but with the new drive motors and the 10′ stance, this scaffold makes one of the sturdiest, safest platforms I have ever seen. (Continued…)