Tupelo city, school district break ground on storm shelter
Dome Technology is contracted to build the shelter, a 175-foot diameter low-profile dome that will be able to withstand an EF5 tornado. The 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) is really flat,” said Dome Technology sales manager Daren Wheeler. When not used as a storm shelter, the building will be used as a multi-purpose facility.
For video on the groundbreaking and an article with further project details, click here.
About Dome Technology
Founded in 1975 by Barry South, Dome Technology builds domes that can be used for industrial bulk storage such as wood pellets, gypsum, fly ash, coal, grain, fertilizer, mining ores and other bulk products. Dome Technology also builds domes for practical architectural facilities such as schools, churches or gymnasiums. Dome Technology has built some 550 domes in the past 35 plus years throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.