Domes in the news in 2019

In 2019 Dome Technology’s work showed up in the news cycle in positive ways. Here are a few places domes garnered attention:

Domes in the news: South Summit Fire District new station

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>> In November 2019 a Dome Technology fire-station project in northern Utah got noticed for its unique design.

Park City and Summit County news agency The Park Record reports that South Summit Fire District officials in Kamas, Utah, expect lower utility costs and a longer facility lifespan by selecting a dome for the new fire station. Expected completion is set for March.

The new station will be two stories and 13,000 square feet. Seven vehicles will be housed inside with additional space for training and administration.

South Summit fire chief Scott Anderson said the completed building will protect against natural disasters and provide an emergency shelter for locals. The project will cost $2.2 million; other bids ranged from $8 million to $14 million.

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Domes in the news: Iona water tank

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>> In August the Post Register in Idaho Falls covered the inflation of a new city water tank in Iona, Idaho. The article noted that the tank will store 1 million gallons and that “we can actually store water up into the dome roof,” Dome Technology project manager Daren Wheeler said. “We have that advantage over other precast storage tanks.”

The city wanted the new tank to boost water pressure and to increase its capacity to fight fire, the article said. Read the full text here.


Domes in the news: Tupelo High School storm shelter

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>> In June the National Storm Shelter Association published news that Dome Technology is finishing construction of a storm shelter on the Tupelo High School campus that, when complete, will be the largest community storm shelter in the state of Mississippi.

At 175 feet in diameter, the low-profile dome can withstand an EF5 tornado. The 24,000-square-foot shelter is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in a wind event, and though a large building, it is being engineered to meet city restrictions on height.

“Due to a height restriction on the site, the dome needed to be a 1:8 ratio—that means (the dome) has a very low profile. Being the only dome builder that promotes and builds domes with this low of a profile, we were able to provide the solution for this project,” said Dome Technology sales manager Daren Wheeler.

Federal regulations specified the height of the shelter based on its proximity to a national park. “Because of the sightlines and scenic vistas, we had to keep the height down,” said principal architect Will Lewis of JBHM Architecture. “That low-profile curvature of the dome was what made (the storm shelter) feasible for that location.” Read the full text here.


Domes in the news: Hansen School District gymnasium

>> In May dome news outlet published a feature on the Hansen School District gymnasium, built by Dome Technology. The project was funded by a $1 million anonymous donation.

The article notes that the 120-foot-diameter gym will benefit both the school and the community. The freestanding gym includes a full-size basketball court, a six-foot-wide walking tracks, a 1,100-square-foot fitness room, a concessions area, and bathrooms.

“This is a unique facility,” said district superintendent David Carson at the open house. “It’s a community-school district partnership. Both entities will be able to use it—a lot.”

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