The International Code Council (ICC) standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. The ICC-500 is similar to the FEMA specification. … read more

Michael South is the General Manager of Monolithic and a contributor to the Monolithic Dome Institute. … read more

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary

The Mile Hi Church Sanctuary is a 233-foot (71 m) diameter by 63-foot (19.2 m) tall Monolithic Dome. It is the third, and largest structure on the Mile Hi Church campus in Lakewood, Colorado. The huge dome required a 55,000 square foot (5100 m²) inflatable Airform membrane. The sanctuary seats 1,500 with plans to add a 600 seat balcony. The wooden stage features movable towers and platforms and can accommodate a 140-member choir. … read more

Great Dome at MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Great Dome is a 100-foot (30.5 m) diameter concrete and limestone dome. It sits on top of Building 10 in the heart of the MIT campus. Completed in 1916, the whole building complex is an early example of steel reinforced, concrete construction. Building the dome required a grid-like scaffolding framework to create the dome shape which was then poured with concrete and covered with limestone blocks imported from Indiana. … read more

Monolithic Constructors, Inc., is the original Monolithic Dome construction company that started in 1980 by David, Barry, and Randy South. … read more

The Monolithic Dome Research Park is the multi-dome campus near Italy, Texas, and headquarters for Monolithic and the Monolithic Dome Institute. … read more

The Monolithic Dome Roundup is our email newsletter. It is a lightweight email delivered only once or twice a month. It mainly shows what’s new on our website. … read more

Inside a Transverse Airform
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The offer for a commemorative plaque always arrives first when a patent is granted. The plaque company usually beats the patent office by a day or two. It’s an effective marketing strategy; after all, Monolithic has five of these plaques. Now there will be six. A couple of days later, the official notice from the United States Patent and Trademark office arrives. Monolithic Constructors, Inc., is granted patent number 10,400,462 for the “Transverse Span Airform Structure.” … read more

The phrase, “near-absolute protection” is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to mean “based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room built in accordance with [FEMA361] guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.“ … read more

David and dome map
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We are sad to announce the passing of David Barney South Sr. — husband, father, entrepreneur, and inventor. David was married to the late Judy Lynne South (née Bates), and they raised nine children together. He co-invented the Monolithic Dome with his brothers, and they built a new construction industry. … read more

An oblate ellipsoid is a common shape for Monolithic Domes. The foundation is circular, but the profile is elliptically shaped. It creates higher “walls” around the outside of the dome, giving more headroom. … read more

Delaware State Park Tornado Shelter
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Ohio is probably not the first State people think of when discussing tornadoes. Oklahoma or Kansas are more likely to provoke visions of violent skies and Dorothy running for the storm cellar. Yet, 36 tornadoes already struck Ohio this year — double the total tornadoes in 2018. “We are not dealing with a theoretical hazard,” said Sean Miller at the open house of the new Delaware State Park Tornado Shelter. “This is a very realistic hazard … and campers are vulnerable.” … read more

Oktibbeha County Community Safe Room

The Oktibbeha County Community Safe Room is a Monolithic Dome built near McKee Park and the Starkville Sportsplex in Starville, Mississippi. The structure is a FEMA P-361 rated safe room that can protect 1,500 people during a severe storm. Planning for the tornado shelter began in 2014 after “a tornado outbreak ravaged Mississippi, including an EF-4 tornado that devastated Louisville.” … read more

Palapa Pineapple in Belize

The Palapa Pineapple is a beach-front Monolithic Dome home on Caye Caulker, Belize owned by David and Mary Spellings. It’s a tall, prolate ellipsoid — 25.5-feet (7.8 m) diameter by 40-feet (12.2 m) tall — divided into four levels plus a rooftop patio. … read more

Palapa Pineapple by Caribbean
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For the Spellings, a house on the beach was their dream. Inspired by a Monolithic Dome Island Resort, Dave Spellings decided that a dome would be the perfect abode for him and his wife. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the two-story dome home provides a comfortable place for the couple to enjoy their island life.  … read more

Directory of the people —builders, designers, engineers, architects, and more — involved in the Monolithic Dome industry and related industries. … read more

A prolate ellipsoid or prolate spheroid is a special general ellipsoid where it is elliptically shaped in the major or long axis and circularly shaped in the minor or short axis. Simply put, it looks like a watermelon or a rugby ball. … read more