The small town of Spencer, Wisconsin, dedicated a new Monolithic Dome gym and arts facility this past weekend. The dome was part of a $5.9 million upgrade to the high school with FEMA providing $2.9 million as a grant to construct the dome as a shelter-in-place facility during severe weather.
WSAW-TV covered Saturday’s dedication with a tour of the new dome facility.
The dome is a project three years in the making. Inflated back in January, construction inside the dome has taken place over the course of 2021. Jordan Buss, the Vice President of the Spence Board of Education, originally proposed the idea for a concrete dome. He says the idea started as a pipe dream but turned into something for the whole community.
“Whether it’s in the arts, athletics or the trades, this facility will benefit every single kid in our community,” said Buss.
The centerpiece for the dome is a new gymnasium, complete with new locker rooms as well. There’s also a new wrestling room adjacent to the gymnasium.
On the performing arts side, Spencer High School will now have a handbell room and a choir room for the first time.
The 170-foot diameter Monolithic Dome encompasses 22,700 square feet and will be used for more than school events. It will be a community center as well. Plus, it meets the requirements for FEMA P-361 near-absolute protection so it is also a storm shelter.