When the Avalon Independent School District in Texas needed a new multipurpose building, Superintendent David Del Bosque had safety at top of his mind. Since the nearby Italy school district had just completed a Monolithic Dome multipurpose center of its own, the decision was easy. “I personally was concerned about safety for students: the stability of the building in case of a storm,” Del Bosque said, adding that when he saw Italy’s dome, he knew that it was “the safest structure anywhere.”
Work on Avalon’s Monolithic Dome got under way in January 2002, and the building was completed the following year, under budget and ahead of schedule. In the eight years since then, the school district has had many opportunities to use the building as envisioned – to keep the town’s school children and residents safe. The dome served as a safe haven once again this week as tornadoes swept through Ellis County. News crews were on hand to document the storms and their aftermath.