Ask the man who owns one! or Ask the school that has one!
So said the Packard Motor Car Company (1899-1958), a designer of luxury American automobiles.
Now we say: Ask the school that has one – a Monolithic Dome that is.
If your campus needs more classrooms, a gym, library, auditorium, cafeteria, etc. ask a school that already has a Monolithic Dome that serves that need.
Please see our map of Monolithic Dome Schools built across America. for school names and locations. This article has links to information about and photos of specific Monolithic schools; it also documents the benefits, affordability and design flexibility of Monolithic structures.
The Monolithic Dome: a 21st Century solution for 21st Century problems!
Today’s schools have two relatively new, major problems: 1) How to keep students safe; 2) How to design and maintain a campus that provides what the community needs and does it affordably.
Monolithic solves both problems:
1) The Monolithic Dome is a natural tornado shelter. According to Federal Emergency Management Agency criteria, the Monolithic Dome provides near-absolute protection from tornadoes. It’s also hurricane-, earthquake-, and fire-safe. Nor can it rot or be eaten by termites. Built of super-strong layers of steel-reinforced concrete, the dome has a bullet-resisting strength, and its entrances can be secured against unauthorized intruders.
2) A Monolithic Dome is affordable – especially using a Design/Build plan. And its ongoing maintenance is equally affordable. No other building is as energy efficient as a Monolithic Dome. It can be heated and cooled with just one-fourth of the equipment that a traditional structure of a similar size would require. The dome’s fresh air need is measured by using CO2 meters and provided by ERVs (Energy Recovery Ventilators). The actual air inside the building is measured for freshness and replaced as needed when needed. Energy savings of 50% to 75% is the norm. With those savings, most domes pay for themselves in less than 20 years.
We’re here to help
Monolithic is available to help you get the school you need. We can provide a Design/Build plan. But if you prefer using the older system of Design/Bid/Build, we can work with your professionals. We can consult with your local architect, local general contractors, or construction managers.
Monolithic designed and built its first school nearly 40 years ago; we have the experience and know-how to make yours a success.
Please review, then ASK THE SCHOOL THAT HAS ONE!
Here is a short list of tornado shelter/schools partially funded by FEMA:
- Crockett, Texas gymnasium (under final construction 2013). Seats 2300 for total price of $3,380,000.
- Locust Grove, Oklahoma grade school. Built in 2011 and now in use. Twenty-three 900 SF classrooms; full commercial kitchen; 45,000 SF. Total cost $4,500,000. See http://www.monolithic.com/topics/locust-grove-school for more details.
- East Webster, Mississippi gymnasium (under construction 2013). Seats 1050 84 ft court. Total cost $2,100,000.
- Locust Grove, Oklahoma high school (under construction 2013) With combined gym/auditorium. 1400 seats as auditorium – 630 seats as stage seating for gym. Thirty-two classrooms. $6,500,000.
- Shallowater, Texas double gymnasiums with 94’. Two gyms with 300 seats each for practice. Total $2,900,000 (under construction 2013).
- Smithville, Mississippi – gymnasium (under construction 2013) Seating for 785 with 94’ court for $2,300,000.