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See what destruction tornados can leave:
THESE STRUCTURES CAN BE LEASED TO PURCHASE!
Questions follow disaster that killed 8 students; 12 others
also lose lives
ENTERPRISE, Ala. - On a mournful mission, President Bush climbed over piles of concrete, roofing, insulation, broken glass and textbooks Saturday that littered Enterprise High School, battered by a tornado that killed eight students.
Down hallway three, lined by blue lockers, he went in private, the corridor where the students died and scores more were trapped in Thursday's storm. The president also saw the wing "now just rubble" where students had hunkered down as the tornado approached.
"Today I have walked through devastation that is hard to describe," he said, standing with students, one of whom had a tear running down her face. "Our thoughts go out to the students who perished. Thank God for hundreds who lived," he said.
If the Enterprise High School which was hit by tornadoes on March 1st 2007 would have had the following type of building, 8 students would still be alive.
How safe are the children in your school buildings?
If you could influence the type of structure that you may build in the future, what would be some of the major considerations in the type of structure?
As I attended the National School Boards Association Annual Conference in 2005 and 2007. I moved about the commercial exhibits at the National School Boards Association Conference in 2005 and 2007, I asked people, at each booth at which "Architectural Design" firms were touting their expertise in school architectural design and engineering, if they were aware of monolithic type construction or monolithic dome construction.
Without fail, no one indicated more than a brief awareness of domes, such as Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome design. Not one spokesperson indicated any knowledge of a technology that has been proven in the United States, as well as worldwide, over the last 30+ years, a technology that produces structures FEMA has judged as virtually indestructible. Structures that offer almost absolute protection from natural and manmade disasters.
In 2008, most "Architectural Design" firms expressed the same opinion, however, Dome Technology did have a display booth.
When I ask people what is the most important consideration in considering a new school building, without fail, parents say SAFETY!
Dome Architects and Designers
South Industries, Inc.
Phone (208) 754-4422 Fax (208) 754-4433
Dome Technology Inc.
Telephone: 1 208 529 0833
Toll free: 1 800 252 4078
Maurice Dubois - Dome Builder
Address: Future Dome Corporation
P.O. Box 2313 Cedar Hill, TX 75106-2313
Office: (972) 299-2233
FAX: (972) 291-8095
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Maurice Dubois - (972) 814-7391
John Dubois - (214) 418-4829
For a little history, check out these links:
See: the Pantheon - (built about 125 AD) and
the Florence Cathedral - (dome completed in 1418)
For examples, pictures, and an informational document Download these PDF files.
School Buildings - http://www.monolithic.com/gallery/schools/schoolpak.pdf (45 pgs)
Sports and Arenas - http://www.monolithic.com/gallery/sports/arena-both.pdf (33 pgs)
Please investigate the information in the various links on this page.
Please view this 16 minute video to see what a school superintendent has to say about choosing and working in a SAFE, durable, economical school structure.
The superintendent in the Grand Meadow video has moved
to another district, however the current superintendent, Mr.
Joseph Brown Sr., invites anyone interested to come visit
the school and see why they have a growing student
population. Mr Brown said they are easy to get to from
anywhere. (2008-06 gg)
Monolithic Domes Related Article in Environmental Design + Construction
I have had spokespersons
for design and engineering firms tell me that this type of construction
just won't work for
Please take note - Risky Business: Hiring an Architect
by: David South. Please inspect this point by
point answer to most talking points about why this type of construction
will not work at:
Monolithic Dome Schools: The Defense Rests http://static.monolithic.com/gallery/schools/defense/index.html
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Homes, They cost about the same per square foot as conventional construction, but much greater fire and vermin resistant, lower operating cost, longer life, tornado proof, and lower heating and cooling cost (easier to get off the grid). Add LED lighting and save even more!
Learn about Dome of a Home
More about Dome of a Home. http://www.monolithic.com/domenews/2005/dennis.html
Government Buildings, More secure, Lower Initial Cost, Lower Total Cost of Ownership, No Evacuation Required -
Church Buildings -(Construct a real sanctuary)
Surviving Hurricanes and Tornadoes
New Life Family Church: Now the second tallest building in Biloxi - September 15, 2005
Caring for the survivors of natural disasters in the developing nations Domes for the World
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