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

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

Destroyed neighbors house
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Hurricane Michael smashed a power transformer into Margaret Clayton’s caterpillar shaped Monolithic Dome home. The home is a few miles southeast of Mexico Beach in Port Saint Joe, Florida. Clayton stayed in her home during the hurricane. Everything was going well — until her neighbor’s house exploded. … read more

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

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

Jackson Farmers Fertilizer Blend Plant

The Jackson Farmers Blend Plant is a 3,000 ton (2,700 t) retail fertilizer blend plant near Holton, Kansas. The 100-foot (30.5 m) diameter by 35-foot (10.7 m) tall oblate ellipsoid dome is embedded into the hillside. Delivery trucks drive up the hill, around the dome, to a simple, angled conveyor which carries the delivered product to the apex of the dome. The product drops vertically onto a polar conveyor inside the dome where it is carried to one of seven large storage bins. … read more

Javier Figueroa is a job superintendent for Monolithic, expert dome builder, and “wrinkle whisperer” on complex Airform membranes. … read more

Lincoln County Farm Center ranch store

The Lincoln County Farm Center is a retail home and ranch store in Chandler, Oklahoma, situated on US Highway Route 66. It opened in 2015 and offers farming services, garden supplies, home décor, clothing, hardware, and much more. It is also the second Monolithic Dome at the facility. … read more

1978 Monolithic Dome fertilizer storage

The Lincoln County Farm Center provides retail fertilizer blending services from their Monolithic Dome facility in Chandler, Oklahoma. The 75-foot (23 m) diameter by 38-foot (11.5 m) tall Monolithic Dome is divided into six storage bins where various bulk fertilizer products are stored. Blends of bulk and bagged fertilizer products — each mix custom designed and created based on the season, crop, and soil conditions — are sold to Lincoln County area farmers. … read more

The Lincoln Community Safe Room is a FEMA P-361 and ICC 500 rated storm shelter that can protect up to 2,218 people during severe weather. It is also a community center for the city of Louisville, Mississippi. During the school year, it is used as an activity center for two adjacent elementary schools. Private organizations can also rent the facility for their own events. … read more

Aerial rendering of IGLOO Beach Lodge

A dome hotel is opening in Costa Rica this December. The IGLOO Beach Lodge is a series of individual Monolithic Domes surrounding a swimming pool. Each dome is a room with one or two beds with a huge windowed entryway. Vines will grow over the shells to complete what is billed as a luxury eco-tourism accommodation. … read more

Aerial view of the Mathena Family Event Center

The Mathena Family Event Center is a 35,000 square foot (3,250 m²) Monolithic Dome event center built as part of the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma. The multi-purpose facility can host nearly 2,000 people in a large meeting space that can be subdivided into individual conference rooms. The attached commercial-style kitchen supports banquets and other dining events. … read more

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

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary
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“We’ve built a work of heart!” On its website that’s how Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado talks about its new sanctuary — a huge Monolithic Dome that called for an Airform of over 55,000 square feet. Opened in April 2008, the dome has a diameter of 233 feet, a height of 63 feet, a seating capacity of 1500, and a balcony that will eventually accommodate 600 more. … read more