Aerial view of Drummond Public Schools Gymnasium

The multi-purpose Monolithic Dome at Drummond Public Schools serves as a gymnasium, auditorium, classroom, and FEMA rated safe-room. The K-12 school completed the 123-foot (35.5 m) diameter by 39-foot (12 m) tall structure in 2016. … read more

Everything is the firehose of the Monolithic Dome Institute website. All the pages, sorted by most recently updated. If someone really wants to see what’s going on our website, this is the page to watch. Honestly, it’s going to be a mess most of the time, but what can you do. … 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

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

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

A Monolithic Dome home is more than concrete and steel. It’s a feeling. A feeling of warmth on a cold winter’s night. A feeling of serenity during a terrible storm. A feeling of beauty as light fills vaulted rooms. Living in a dome changes your expectations of how a house should perform. … read more

Satellite image of Hurricane Keith

Like the wolf of Three-Little-Pigs fame, Hurricane Keith huffed and puffed and literally blew homes down, but unlike our fairy tale wolf, Keith didn’t stop there. From Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, 2000, Keith — a force 4 hurricane with winds up to 135 mph — raged over Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. With the ease of a giant weeding his garden, Keith uprooted trees, flattened buildings, overturned aircraft, and jettisoned boats onto rocks. Meanwhile, the severe, three-day rains Keith brought with him caused floods and mudslides, swept jetties away, and downed power lines. … read more

The Monolithic Dome industry making news across the country and the world. … read more

Rendering of Italy High School gymnasium
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The Italy High School Multipurpose Center is a 148-foot diameter gymnasium in Italy, Texas. The finished gym will accommodate 1500 and is expected to be finished on December 1, 2001. The facility will be used for basketball, physical education, volleyball, theatrical performances, and more. Beyond the gymnasium floor, the building includes locker rooms, restrooms, storage, a concession stand, and a ticket booth. The dome will also serve as an emergency shelter during severe weather. … read more

Italy High School Gymnasium

The Italy High School Multipurpose Center is the official name of the gymnasium in Italy, Texas. The nickname is the Gladiator Coliseum in honor of the original Coliseum in Rome, Italy, and because the school’s mascot is a Gladiator. Of course, most students just call it, “The Dome.” … read more