Great News Story with Timelapse of Catoosa Safe Room Inflation

Catoosa cafeteria after inflation.

Catoosa cafeteria shortly after initial inflation. A conventional entry way is planned for the front.

Mike South has a great story about the a Monolithic Dome inflation in Catoosa, Oklahoma earlier this month. The 136-foot diameter facility will be a cafeteria for the school and a safe shelter during tornadoes for the students and community. There’s an excellent time-lapse of the inflation in the story.

Monday students couldn’t look away, and neither could the adults, as crews blew up what will eventually be the shelter’s dome roof.

[Construction project manager Trent] Brown said, “I’ve actually toured some of them that had actually taken a direct hit of an F-4 tornado, and it withstood that impact. There was no damage.”

Seven people died in Catoosa 1993 from an F-4 tornado. It seriously damaged the high school.

Should history ever repeat itself, the shelter will be the ultimate safe haven for Catoosa’s middle and high schoolers.

Watch the rest of ‘Monolithic Dome’ Takes Shape At Catoosa Schools on

You can also read the story, Monolithic dome inflated in Catoosa on the Claremore Daily Progress .