School districts in tornado- and hurricane-prone areas of the United States have discovered the benefits of building Monolithic Domes to combat the fury of Mother Nature. Not only are the dome school structures energy efficient, they also can double as community disaster shelters.
Now our northern neighbors are discovering the benefits that Monolithic Domes can offer schools located in frigid climates. In Canada, Great Lakes Dome Company is planning to build an outdoor classroom for GC Huston Public Schools in Southampton. The inflation is scheduled for the last week in June.
“GC Huston is a really unique school; it’s a great school. The principal has been moving in a great direction,” Great Lakes’ Sunny Cushnie told the Shoreline Beacon. “They have all sorts of opportunities…. to expand upon their education.”
Having a Monolithic Dome puts the Canadian school at the forefront of innovation and design, but the most efficient in terms of energy savings.
Reflecting back on the company’s beginning, Cushnie says even he thought Monolithic Domes were too good to be true at first. “So we went and saw a monolithic dome that had been built near Ottawa, and upon seeing that we were convinced that all the information isn’t too good to be true,” he told the newspaper.
Upon his return from a workshop here in Texas, Cushnie constructed his dome home in Southampton, and shortly after incorporated the Great Lakes Dome Company with Collin MacLeod. "Since that time, the pair has built 14 homes. They are now working to educate people about the benefits of the structures with hopes of expanding their company both in staff and territory.
“We feel that this technology would be most beneficial in northern climates, and we are well aware with issues in the building in the arctic," MacLeod said in the interview. “This building system would solve all of their problems.”