One of the first things children learn when they go to school is how to add and subtract. As officials in Locust Grove, Oklahoma were contemplating building a Monolithic Dome school, simple math convinced them it was the only way to go.
For starters they could save $2.5 million over the cost of a conventional building. Secondly, their savings would continue annually in the form of $25,000 in utility costs. It all added up when they tallied the benefits that would come from buildings that could resist an F5 tornado. The result is a five-dome structure that serves as an early learning center for school children.
Television crews in the area recently had the opportunity to tour the new school. A reporter for the The CW 39 described it as a futuristic design that would make Dorothy (of Wizard the Oz fame) proud. Channel 6 News in Tulsa reported that the space-age school looks like it belongs on the television show The Jetsons, adding that the domes don’t cut corners, just costs.