At Dome Technology, we build more than storage domes. Here is a snapshot of some current projects:
Dome Technology is wrapping up another project for concrete-producer Ozinga in Chicago, Illinois. The team was hired as construction manager for terminal expansion and oversaw the erection of two 4,000-ton silos, one rail silo, one blower building/electrical room, and three operator load-out kiosks. The new silos will store slag and fly ash.
In addition, new rail lines and switches were built, and piping, electrical, and controls were installed that allow the new storage and load-out systems to interface with the existing systems. Two new truck scales and one new rail scale were added to the site, as well as automation and programming for these systems.
A host of conveyance options were also introduced. For offloading, product can be conveyed from a barge, railcar, or truck; product can also be transferred from the existing 50,000-metric-ton dome, which Dome Technology built in 2017. On the loading side, inbound product can be housed in one of the 4,000-ton silos, the rail silo, or the existing 10,000-ton tanks or loaded into trucks or rail cars—“that’s a lot of versatility,” said Dome Technology project manager Brent Toone.
Hansen School District gymnasium
The interior build-out is underway in Hansen, Idaho, on an auxiliary gym for Hansen School District 415. The $1 million gym features a domed roof 120 feet in diameter built upon a 14-foot insulated-concrete-form stem wall. Total square footage is 11,310.
According to superintendent David Carson, the new gymnasium will make it easier for students and locals to schedule practice time and community events. “We were able to get a good facility at the price point we were looking at,” Carson said. “This will be used as a community center as well. Anytime you can have a second gym, it helps in a lot of ways.”
Interior features include a regulation basketball court, an exercise room, a walking track, ADA-compliant bathrooms, and locker rooms.
Funtown Splashtown USA
The dome built for Funtown Splashtown USA is complete. Located in Saco, Maine, the reinforced-concrete dome is an upgrade to the Astrosphere, a fabric dome that previously housed a Scrambler ride with a laser and light show.
Previously the Astrosphere was inflated constantly by fan, and the airform was approaching its 15-year lifespan. Park owners had employed air domes for this ride since the mid-1970s, requiring that the airform and ride be taken down for the off season, then reassembled come spring. Ready for something permanent with little maintenance, the company contracted with Dome Technology to build the dome.