Tornado proof dome shaped school building
GERONIMO, Oklahoma – It’s a spot in the road off I-44 just south of Lawton. If you blink, you might miss it. But the unusual dome shape buildings will catch your attention. They may look funny, but their design just might save lives during a tornado.
Those strange looking structures are actually Geronimo’s high school and junior high campus. Monolithic Domes. Five connected pods as they call them, built to withstand an EF-5 tornado.
School board member Michael Johnson took us on a tour. What makes the curved roof safer than a traditional square building? Johnson compared it to a basketball.
“It has no real sharp edges for the wind to push on,” Johnson said. “It deflects a lot of mother nature. Oklahoma’s wind. And it’s entirely made of concrete.”
Concrete walls, floors and even that strange round roof.
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Another dome project that I found :
Solar Equipped in Illinois — Kati and Robin Millers’ Monolithic Dome home has 6 solar-thermal collectors that collect the sun’s heat and convert it into thermal energy. It heats water that circulates through the radiant heating system to heat the home.
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