Upcoming events in the Monolithic Dome industry including open houses, training, airform inflations, and more. Check it regularly. … read more

Eye of the Storm
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Located on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina is a beautiful Monolithic Dome home known as “Eye of the Storm.” That beachfront property can be yours because the home is now up for sale. Listed at $4.9 million, this hurricane proof home is spread across 4,097 square feet. It features three bedrooms, five bathrooms, and other amenities and is one of the most well-known dome homes in the country. … read more

Eye of the Storm

It’s perhaps the best known of all the Monolithic Dome homes in the world, and it continues to make headlines every time a hurricane threatens the U.S. mainland. The Eye of the Storm on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, was the focus of another news feature after Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. … read more

Monolithic Dome workshop graduation photo

We live with hope for a better future, yet we need to recognize the realities of today. COVID-19 cases are surging in Texas and across the US. There is no reason to believe the coronavirus pandemic will end anytime soon. We must accept that this is our new “normal” and plan accordingly. To that end, we are canceling the Fall 2020 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop. … read more

Lincoln County Farm Center
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Children are generally the first to notice them, pointing up as they enter the Lincoln County Farm Center. “I think their perspective is magnified because they’re low,” said Mandy Myers, who runs the store with her mother, Nelda Matthews, and her sister, Mara Blackwell. “They immediately notice the ceiling. They’re the first to see the eagles.” … read more

In-depth, feature stories about Monolithic Dome structures as well as other interesting curved and thin-shell structures.  … read more

FEMA P-361 are the published guidelines by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for constructing tornado safe rooms for communities and residences. It provides guidance in qualifying, constructing, and managing these structures. FEMA offers grants to communities and schools at-risk areas for tornadoes to build safe-rooms that meet FEMA P-361 guidelines. … 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

Brick-like appearance of concrete stem-wall

Five Monolithic Domes under construction in Wisconsin will become the first Monolithic Dome school in the state. The Johnson Creek Middle School / High School will include classrooms, gymnasium, cafetorium (cafeteria and small auditorium), administration offices, and more. Good weather and hard work mean that construction is slightly ahead of schedule. Everyone is optimistic it will all be ready for the 2016-17 school year. … 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

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