The technology of building thin shell Monolithic™ domes by spraying foam and concrete
to the inside of a pressurized, dome shaped, fabric airform was developed and patented
in Idaho by brothers, Barry, David and Randy South. In 1975, the South brothers
began experimenting with inflatable airforms, spraying them with polyurethane foam
to develop initial rigidity, then adding rebar and continuous-spray concrete to
form the completed structure. A year later, they created their first monolithic
dome using the continuous spray-in-place process. They built the first monolithic
dome home in 1977 and two years later were awarded their first United States patent
for the monolithic construction process. The first patent was followed by a Canadian
patent in 1980 and a second United States patent in 1982. Additional registered
and pending patents for various dome construction applications have followed in
the ensuing years.
By 1986, Dome Technology had constructed 100 domes and two years later built its
first dome in Europe. In 1989, the company built 28 domes for grain storage in the
Middle East. By 1994, Dome Technology had constructed 200 domes along with its first
dome in Eastern Europe. A year later the company built its first dome in Asia, and
three years later built its first dome in South America, as well as the world’s
largest clinker dome silo built in the United Arab Emirates. In 1988, Hurricane
George struck three of the company’s domes in Puerto Rico, none of which sustained
any damage. No structural damage has occurred to dome structures that have been
in the paths of recent hurricanes in the southeastern United States including Hurricanes
Charley, Francis, Ivan and Jeanne (2004) and Dennis and Katrina (2005). One of our
storage domes in Manzanillo, Mexico withstood 6.2 and 7.8 Richter scale earthquakes,
while most surrounding port facilities and structures were heavily damaged or slipped
into the ocean.
In 2000, Dome Technology built the then largest diameter dome ever built, a 280-foot
diameter church structure in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2007, we completed an industrial
coal storage dome in the Midwest with a diameter of 298 feet, making it the current
largest dome in the world. The Alabama church dome remains the largest architectural
dome. Over the ten years prior to 2002, the company averaged in excess of 20 domes
per year. With good business resiliency planning following serious setbacks caused
by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we began diversifying our products
and services and expanding our markets for non-industrial dome applications. We
have been successful in doing so and have experienced phenomenal growth over the
last four years.
Beginning in 2005 and continuing into 2006, the industrial market rebounded strongly
while the architectural market, particularly schools, remained strong. 2006 and
2007 marked an important entry into large recreational applications for our monolithic
domes with completion of our first indoor water park under an elliptical dome as
part of a new major chain hotel in Ohio. 2007 and 2008 showed very strong domestic
and foreign markets with foreign dome construction projects pending, underway, or
completed in Canada, Poland, Latvia, Morocco, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Over the last 30 plus years we have constructed some 500 monolithic domes throughout
the United States and in Canada, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Argentina, Germany, Jordan,
Lithuania, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and United
Arab Emirates. While we may be impacted by the current global financial upheaval
due to the subprime mortgage investment debacle, we are conservatively forecasting
a busy 2009 with additional projects already scheduled into 2010.
Dome Technology - Since 1976, The Pioneer and Leader of Modern Dome Construction.
When you hire Dome Technology, you're hiring the industry's most experienced team.
Dome Technology pioneered every technique used in today's modern insulated concrete
dome construction. The company's personnel have placed hundreds of domes around
the world, in dozens of custom applications. The company continues to lead the industry
in innovations contributing to the dome's versatility and efficiency of performance.
Whether you are considering a dome for the traditional application of bulk storage,
or are thinking of harnessing the dome's advantages for an architectural structure,
you'll find Dome Technology a capable partner, able to assume leadership in every
aspect of a successful construction.