Directory of companies that build, manufacture, design, and support the Monolithic Dome, related structures, and other curved architecture. … read more

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

The Thousand Oaks gymnasium is a single dome built near Barry, Texas, as a gymnasium and multi-purpose facility for the DFW Church of Christ Jesus retreat center. … 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

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

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

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

Domes are often portrayed as the building of the future when they are one of humanity’s oldest structures. There are dome dwellings constructed as far back as 19,280 BC. The concrete dome Pantheon in Rome (126 AD) is the oldest, ancient structure with an intact roof and is still in use today. The Renaissance produced many famous domes, but the real renaissance in dome construction was in the 20th century. … 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

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

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

This free evaluation is intended to give a general idea of the scope and cost for a potential Monolithic Dome school project. It will be based on the extensive files and experience of our staff and associated professionals. Of course, it is just a ballpark estimate to help start the process. This is a free service and you are under no obligation. … read more