Dome at the crossroads
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Thanks to a generous, anonymous donation the community of Hansen, Idaho, has a new gymnasium. The Hansen School District owns the 120-foot diameter monolithic dome but shares it with the city. “This is a unique facility,” said Superintendent David Carson at Friday’s open house. “It’s a community school district partnership. Both entities will be able to use it — a lot.” … read more

Sunrise on Eye of the Storm
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On a sunny morning in 1991, at a home site on Sullivans Island, South Carolina, George Paul, designer and builder of dome structures, anxiously watched an Airform inflating. Paul had watched many such inflations before — but never with this much anxiety. … read more

Top view of Captain America's shield
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MIT students hacked the MIT Great Dome by turning it into Captain America’s shield in honor of Avengers: Endgame. Students carefully covered the dome with a fabric “shield” on Saturday, April 27, 2019, during the opening weekend of Endgame. MIT sophomore Raymond Huffman shot a drone video of the shield on Sunday morning. By Monday, the shield was taken down. … read more

Antique barbed wire plaque
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The fourth Monolithic Dome built outside Idaho was in Chandler, Oklahoma for Bill Matthews in 1978. I had written an article for a fertilizer magazine explaining how a Monolithic Dome would be a terrific fertilizer storage. Bill read the article and flew to Idaho to see our domes. We hadn’t built a fertilizer storage, yet. His would be the first and it opened the gates to fertilizer domes all along the Mississippi River. … read more

The first Monolithic Dome was a potato storage constructed in 1976 in Shelley, Idaho. The dome was 105-feet diameter by 35-feet tall. … read more

Writer Freda Parker and husband, James Parker.

Freda Parker is a writer and long-time contributor to the Monolithic Dome Institute.  … read more

Architect Frederick L. Crandall (Rick) specializes in Monolithic dome projects and has completed over 200 dome projects since 1995. He is a voting member of the A.C.I. -A.S.C.E. 334 committee on concrete shell design and construction and has advised other professional firms in radial design principles, cost projections, and feasibility studies in several fields.  … read more

The Monolithic Dome Institute offers a free service to organizations seeking a Monolithic Dome for a school, church, safe room, sports facility, or storage. We have extensive files on structures built across all industries plus we have access to industry experts and professionals. We can help with an initial look at how a Monolithic Dome can fit a potential project. These evaluations are meant to give a ballpark idea of a basic look and price for a structure without a long-term commitment. … read more

Italy High School gymnasium
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Once the 2,000 residents of Italy, Texas, passed a $2 million bond for a multipurpose center, administrators began researching popular construction methods for school facilities. Superintendent Mike Clifton said, “Of course we were all familiar with the domes. We had a good overview. But we really had to see for ourselves, so we visited Thousand Oaks — a dome already operating — and we came away convinced.” … read more

Superintendent Mike Woods

The Eagle Event Center in Hennessey, Oklahoma, is finished. Hennessey Public Schools received the Certificate of Occupancy, and the new building is open — just in time for tonight’s graduation ceremony. Superintendent Mike Woods recently gave Jack Quirk of We’re Going in Oklahoma a tour of the new facility, and we get to tag along in the newly posted video. … read more

Golden Eye dome home

Golden Eye is the home of Margaret Clayton in Port Saint Joe, Florida. When she and her late husband lived in the Bahamas, they found that all homes were named so when she built this home, she named it “Golden Eye.” The house is situated on Beacon Hill — only 12-feet (3.6 m) above sea level — near Mexico Beach on the Florida panhandle. A half-mile walk (1 km) leads to a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. … read more

Gypsum crystal

Gypsum is a calcium sulfate mineral, mined from large natural deposits found all over the world. About three-fourths of gypsum is used in building materials such as gypsum board — also called wallboard, drywall or Sheetrock — as well as concrete, plaster, and more. It is also a fertilizer mainly used for soil conditioning. … read more

Eagle Event Center
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Before the sun came up on a cold December morning, the crew turned on the four large blowers that were to inflate the structure. They said it should take about three hours to completely inflate, which gave my team plenty of time to set up the four time-lapse cameras, a drone, and several ground video cameras. Next thing we knew, the roof was up within minutes, including that big heavy ring. We were not ready! Think about this, an entire weather-sealed, full-size gymnasium was completely standing in about 45 minutes! … read more

Hurricane Michael was a Category 5 hurricane which struck the Florida Panhandle in 2018. … read more