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DOME TECHNOLOGY

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OVER 500 DOMES SINCE 1976

DOME TECHNOLOGY · 3007 EAST 49TH NORTH · IDAHO FALLS, ID 83401 VOICE: 208-529-0833  FAX: 208-529-0854  E-MAIL: dome@dometech.com VISIT US AT http://www.dometech.com
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CONTENTS
Who we are ..................................................................................................................................... 3 From Idaho to the world .............................................................................................................. 3 Professional services ...................................................................................................................... 4 Dome Technology - pioneer and leader of modern dome construction....................................... 4 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ......................................................... 4 The Dome Technology team ........................................................................................................ 5 Architectural design services ................................................................................................... 5 Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering Services ................................. 6 FabricSpan state-of-the-art air form manufacturing facility.................................................... 7 Construction process ..................................................................................................................... 8 Phase one: ringbeam .................................................................................................................... 8 Phase two: FabricSpan™ air form inflation ................................................................................ 9 Phase three: insulation ............................................................................................................... 10 Phase four: steel reinforcement .................................................................................................. 11 Phase five: shotcrete .................................................................................................................. 12 Project portfolio - Commercial .................................................................................................. 13 Looking forward ................................................................................................................ 13 Basic Statistics ................................................................................................................... 13 Beggs Event Center.................................................................................................................... 14 Hinton Coliseum ........................................................................................................................ 15 Panther Dome............................................................................................................................. 16 Pirate Arena ............................................................................................................................... 17 Grand Meadow School District ................................................................................................. 18 Living World Bible Church ....................................................................................................... 20 Faith Chapel ............................................................................................................................... 21 Legacy Church Sanctuary .......................................................................................................... 22 Holiday Inn & Water Park ......................................................................................................... 23 First Bank Performing Arts Center ............................................................................................ 24 Hurricane Resistant Critical Storage .......................................................................................... 25 Rendering Services ...................................................................................................................... 26 Durability - the Dome versus the U.S. Air Force ...................................................................... 29 Letter of Recommendation ......................................................................................................... 30

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WHO WE ARE
FROM IDAHO TO THE WORLD Barry South, the President of Dome Technology is an original co-patent holder of the technology of building thin shell concrete domes by spraying foam and concrete to the inside of a pressurized, dome shaped, fabric air form. In 1975, Barry and his brothers began experimenting with inflatable air forms, 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 dome using the continuous spray-in-place process. They built the first dome home in 1977 and two years later were awarded their first United States patent for the 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 (at that time) 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 300 feet and an apex height of 178 feet, making it the current largest thin-shell volume 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 several years. NEW MARKETS 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 domes with completion of our first hotel-integrated indoor water park under an elliptical dome for a 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, Latvia, Morocco, and Romania. Dome storage for coal and other materials associated with power production installations, as well as storage of fertilizers, are important emerging markets where Dome Technology is leading the way in innovation and dome turnkey projects.

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Many of our team is LEED Accredited. cities. Dome Technology pioneered every technique used in today's modern insulated concrete dome construction. and fabrication of state-of-the-art air forms in order to bring you superior results for your project. general curiosity and traffic to your building. able to assume leadership in every aspect of a successful construction. Dome Technology will work with your architect or with CShells (a local architectural firm specializing in dome-related structures) to design and build energy efficient buildings that are 30%+ more energy efficient than ASHRAE 90. construction. Green Building Council (USGBC) and understands LEED Green Building Rating System™. you're hiring the industry's most experienced team. 4 . Dome Technology has assembled in one place the best team of architectural design services. The company's personnel have placed hundreds of domes around the world.S. certify. offering publicity. THE DOME TECHNOLOGY TEAM As a complement to its own unsurpassed dome construction capabilities. or endorse the products or services offered by its members. This equates to 6+ points in the Energy and Atmosphere section of the LEED ratings system and possible additional points under the Innovation and Design Process category. LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED®) Dome Technology is a member of the U. The 'USGBC Member Logo' is a trademark owned by the U. The LEED Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design. The logo signifies only that DOME TECHNOLOGY is a USGBC member.PIONEER AND LEADER OF MODERN DOME CONSTRUCTION When you hire Dome Technology.1 baseline energy efficient buildings.S. in dozens of custom applications. structural/ mechanical/ electrical/plumbing engineering services. hurricanes and other natural disasters. USGBC does not review. and operation of high performance green buildings. Whether you are considering a dome for the traditional application of bulk storage. Besides the energy efficiency. towns and churches. the distinctive design of the dome creates a distinctive landmark structure for school districts. Let us introduce you to the rest of your team. Green Building Council and is used by permission. you'll find Dome Technology a capable partner.PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DOME TECHNOLOGY . The number of LEED points a dome structure can give a client may mean the difference between a silver certification and a gold certification. Domes can also be designed as community disaster shelters to provide a safe building during tornados. The company continues to lead the industry in innovations contributing to the dome's versatility and efficiency of performance. or are thinking of harnessing the dome's advantages for architectural structures such as schools and churches.

When a client teams up with C-Shells. RENDERING SERVICES Aesthetics. Dome structures add a dimension of interior space utilization that is unique to circular buildings. they can be assured of obtaining the best-designed thin shell dome structure for their particular need. C-Shells provides a unique design/build solution for architectural dome structures such as schools. C-Shell’s narrow focus in architectural/ commercial dome design and exclusive services agreement with Dome Technology provides our customers unique one-stop shopping for specialized thin-shell dome design coupled with the world’s leading dome construction firm. cities and town. it is imperative to have a seasoned dome architectural team create exterior design elements and treatments that integrate utility and aesthetics with interior functionality to provide creative and more productive interior working environments. pre-design meetings and ―beginning with the end in mind‖ are important factors facing many committees and boards as they begin a construction project. 5 .ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN SERVICES C-SHELLS C-Shells is a world leader in the design of architectural/commercial thin-shell concrete domes and FabricSpan™ tension fabric structures. churches. churches and the like. the C‑Shells/Dome Technology team provides you with designs that create better space utilization and functionality than conventional buildings. C-Shells and Dome Technology meet all of those needs. Because of its close relationship with Dome Technology. performing arts centers. Knowing the unique spatial relationships and conceptual design associated with domes. The renderings give clients an appealing marketing piece and help with understanding what the final project will look like. And because the dome’s distinctive profile creates a notable landmark for school districts. C-Shells provides a rendering service to our clients to illustrate the look of the building before construction drawings have been started. gymnasiums.

quality. engineers. and service by engineering its projects to ensure a cost effective design using building techniques that are efficient and economical while maintaining structural performance and function. In addition to in-house designed software. including LEED APs. maximize the cost efficiency of rebar and concrete. Green Building Council and is used by permission.STRUCTURAL. ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING ENGINEERING ES² ENGINEERING SYSTEM SOLUTIONS Engineering System Solutions (ES2) is a full-service. ES² has coordinated and designed thousands of wood. plumbing and electrical requirements. The ability to solve various design problems comes from the diverse backgrounds and deep experience of ES²’s engineers and project managers. or endorse the products or services offered by its members. steel and masonry building projects. ES² is a recognized name in engineering throughout the West and Southwest. The 'USGBC Member Logo' is a trademark owned by the U. They provide the expertise and leadership needed to navigate through the USGBC Green Building Rating System. Each engineer is provided with 3D modeling software for design purposes. Las Vegas. electrical. plumbing and mechanical engineering firm with offices in Idaho Falls. licensed. ES2 has a group of design professionals dedicated to the engineering of dome structures. MECHANICAL. concrete. Sacramento and Salt Lake City. ES² uses the latest software available to assist in the design of structures and to meet the standards of current building codes. project managers. The Company’s design team has 74 professionals. The Idaho Falls office also uses SDS for the Structural Detailing department and ArchiCAD. The Idaho Falls office was established in 1999.S. Its engineers are currently licensed in 42 states as practicing engineers and have many years of experience to draw upon. 6 . ES² offers over 45 years combined experience between its three licensed Structural Engineers (SE) and experience in excess of 100 years among its Professional Engineers (PE) and Engineering Interns (EI). and provide the specifications needed to meet other LEED mechanical. With years of experience. all ES² locations use AutoCAD 2008 and their own in–house plotting systems. USGBC does not review. certify. Its attention to detail and knowledge of current construction techniques results in clear and accurate construction documents. ES² is committed to and focuses on providing value. design the HVAC to precise performance standards. CAD technicians and 9 customer interface personnel. and insured structural. The logo signifies only that DOME TECHNOLOGY is a USGBC member.

000 square feet. FabricSpanä is a state-of-the-art air form manufacturing facility that designs. our combined team can better monitor and control the superior quality of the FabricSpanä air form. to their delivery at project sites around the world. cuts and fabricates the intricate air forms incorporated by Dome Technology to form the permanent roof membrane in each constructed dome. Air form products are tracked from purchase of the fabric in Germany. Radio frequency and heat welding bind the polyvinyl. Proprietary software and fully automated head interchangers cut fabric to precise specifications.FABRICSPAN® STATE-OF-THE-ART AIR FORM MANUFATURING The cutting table is 20’ long with a cutting width of 102”. polypropylene and polyethylene fabrics together. lays out. The FIAB fabric welder runs the length of the 290’ welding table allowing for large projects and timely completion. By manufacturing FabricSpanä air forms next door to ES Engineering System Solutions and Dome Technology’s main facility. through manufacture of the air form in Idaho. FabricSpan is housed in a 65’ by 350’ facility with a working floor space of over 20. 2 7 . Visual and mechanical control methods ensure quality control. FabricSpan LLC is an affiliated company recently located on the Dome Technology campus.

and anchors the building through hurricane and tornado force winds. The continuous circular footing is extremely strong in bearing both compressive and sheer forces. debris impact. 8 . and earth movement.CONSTRUCTION PROCESS PHASE ONE: RINGBEAM The ringbeam is a circular foundation of reinforced steel and concrete that will support the weight of the completed dome.

Huge fans inflate the air form to its engineered profile. The FabricSpan air form is made from a rugged multi-ply material similar to a commercial roofing membrane.PHASE TWO: FABRICSPAN AIR FORM INFLATION Air form after being unloaded off Rebar and construction equipment located inside ringbeam under air form before final attachment and inflation of the air form. The air form forms the permanent exterior roof membrane of the completed dome structure. Workers check air form holds as inflators blow air into the air form. 9 . In some cases the air form may be tiled or painted.

Above: A worker sprays insulation on a wall Below: workers applyin 10 . the dome sustains a comfortable average temperature year around. This foam layer provides initial rigidity so initial mats of rebar can be attached to the foam. the HVAC system does not work as hard or as long and saves money on energy bills. therefore. The time it takes to raise or lower temperatures in dome compared to conventional structures is reduced. workers spray polyurethane foam insulation onto the inside of the air form.PHASE THREE: INSULATION Once the air form is inflated. By eliminating air penetration and reducing the extreme outdoor air temperature fluctuations on the concrete. The insulating foam layer combines with the thermal mass of the concrete dome to give domes their exceptional energy efficiency. When heating or cooling inside the dome is necessary. temperature ranges are smaller than a conventional building.

balconies. catwalks. lighting. A dome can require over 1 million pounds of rebar! 11 . mezzanines.PHASE FOUR: STEEL REINFORCEMENT Rebar is staged inside the ringbeam perimeter prior to inflation along with the cranes. and then secured with additional sprayed insulation. suspended from the dome. etc. Wire stickers are mounted over the entire surface of the sprayed on foam. man lifts and other equipment that will be needed to hang the rebar once the air form is inflated. The quantity and diameters of rebar are engineered to maximize the required performance of the dome taking into account the height of the stem wall and distributed loads and point loads of mechanical and sound systems. Each dome is sized and engineered according to our clients’ needs. Rebar is then tied to the stickers horizontally and vertically forming an incredible spider web of steel.

shotcrete is uniformly applied around the dome in progressive layers and mats of rebar until the dome acquires its pre-engineered thickness. Coupled with the natural airflow characteristics of a sphere. A properly engineered thin shell dome will have a much thicker application of shotcrete and steel in the lower zone of the shell compared to the middle and upper zones as the overall thickness gradually tapers to an application of shotcrete at the apex of the dome than can be just a few inches thick. The shotcrete acts as an efficient thermal mass that captures and maintains ambient temperature and slowly radiates it back into the space. and able to bear incredible loads placed on its exterior or suspended from its interior. Working in circles from the bottom to the top. workers begin spraying concrete (called shotcrete) onto the rebar and foam. this thermal mass helps keep temperatures relatively uniform and constant throughout the dome. 12 .PHASE FIVE: SHOTCRETE Once initial rebar mats are in place. is entirely self-supporting.

Morocco. Iraq. Jordan. Russia. Spain. Puerto Rico. We remain committed to strengthening our markets in all sectors of industrial storage and architectural applications with the capacity to meet increasing demand for the versatility and efficiencies of the thin shell concrete dome. Croix. Estonia. we are conservatively forecasting a busy 2009 with additional projects already scheduled into 2010.000+ sf of covered floor) 13 . Turkey. Algeria. Mexico. South Korea.PROJECT PORTFOLIO—COMMERCIAL/INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS LOOKING FORWARD Over the last 30 plus years we have constructed some 500 domes throughout the United States and in 20 additional countries: Canada. Germany. Saudi Arabia. Latvia. and United Arab Emirates. Romania. While we may be impacted by the current global financial upheaval due to the subprime mortgage investment debacle. Norway. BASIC STATISTICS Some 500 domes in 30 years ≈ 200 architectural/commercial domes ≈ 300 industrial storage domes Over 20 foreign countries Largest dome diameter 300 ft (70. Argentina. St.

BEGGS EVENT CENTER.36/sf or about $600/month  Yearly heating/cooling costs of classrooms about $.000 sf  Yearly heating/cooling costs of gym about $. OK Project highlights:  160’ x 56’ (gym) 20.53/sf or about $442/month  Built 2004 14 .000 sf  112’ x 33’ (classrooms) 10.

HINTON COLISEUM—HINTON. OK Project Highlights:  180’ x 30’  19’ vertical wall  1500 fixed seats  Generates revenue through ball tournaments  Designated community tornado shelter  Built 2006 15 .

PANTHER DOME—OKEMAH. OK Project highlights:  150’ diameter  Seats approximately 1500  Built 2006 16 .

PIRATE ARENA—LOCUST GROVE. OK Project highlights:  150’ diameter  Seats approximately 1500  Built 2006 17 .

faculty and students) 18 .500 (most energy efficient district in Minnesota)  Estimated cost on previous building $52.000 (estimated $200.000+ energy savings costs)  Lowest absentee rate in surrounding area (both staff.GRAND MEADOW SCHOOL DISTRICT –GRAND MEADOW. MN Project highlights:  5 Dome Complex  Ground-source heat pump system  Average monthly winter energy cost $7.

KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH GRADE IN 5 DOME COMPLEX Project highlights:  With savings from energy each student receives laptop in 8th grade  Student Ratios at 13-to-1 (because of savings in energy costs)  1 in 7 students open enroll to this district  Built 2001 19 .

100-seat café/dinner theater and gymnasium  3 Dome—themed medieval children’s dome  Built in 2000 20 . AZ Project highlights:  (3) 150’ diameter by 40’ tall free span chapel/auditorium & administration  Seats approximately 2.LIVING WORLD BIBLE CHURCH—MESA.000  1 Dome—sanctuary-auditorium  2 Dome—classrooms. fellowship hall.

000  Encloses over 61.4 acres)  Built in 2000 21 . AL Project highlights:  280’ diameter by 73’ tall free span chapel/auditorium & administration  Seats approximately 3.FAITH CHAPEL—BIRMINGHAM.500 square feet (about 1.

NM Project highlights:  190’ diameter x 48’ tall on 14’ vertical wall  Seats approximately 3.000  Built 2004 22 .LEGACY CHURCH SANCUARY—ALBUQUERQUE.

OH Project highlights:  150’ major axis  100’ minor axis  28’ vertical wall  Built 2006 23 .HOLIDAY INN & WATER PARK –MAUMEE.

FIRST BANK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER—GAINESVILLE. TX Project highlights:  130’ diameter x 41’ tall  360 seat auditorium  4 classrooms  Band room  Choir Room  Built 2004 Photos courtesy of North Central Texas College 24 .

HURRICANE-RESISTANT CRITICAL STORAGE –LAKELAND. FL Project highlights:  (2) 165’ diameter x 48’ tall  Solar power and automatic backup generators supply emergency power  Stores critical data and equipment  Built 2006 25 .

RENDERING SERVICES –AUDITORIUMS/PERFORMING ARTS 26 .

RENDERING SERVICES –CLASSROOMS/ADMINISTRATION 27 .

RENDERING SERVICES –NATITORIUM/GYMNASIUM 28 .

1st Combat Camera Squadron. laser-guided bunker buster bomb initially punched a ―skylight‖ in the top of the dome.000 lb.A member of the Combined Weapons Effectiveness Assessment Team assesses the impact of a precision-guided 5. The impact point is one of up to 500 the team will assess in coming weeks. (U. although it blew out the doors and totally destroyed the interior architectural features. BUNKER-BUSTER BOMB ON A DOME TECHNOLOGY DOME? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? NOT MUCH This dome was built by a sister company in Iraq using our patented thin shell dome construction methods. but did little other damage to the dome shell after it detonated inside.000 LB.S. Iraq (AFPN) -. The exposed twisted metal hanging from the roof interior is not dome rebar. Carla Kippes.S. The GBU-28 Deep Throat 5. AIR FORCE DROPPED A LASER-GUIDED 5. 621st Air Mobility Operations Group) 29 . BAGHDAD. but post-installed steel reinforcing that once anchored the interior architectural features.000-pound bomb through the dome of one of Saddam Hussein's key regime buildings here.DURABILITY—DOME VERSUS THE US AIR FORCE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE U. Air Force photo by Master Sgt.

A metal classroom building of the same size cost $30.k12. People come from all over the nation to see them. homes or businesses. Our Event Center Dome is 30. I recommend Dome Technology for the construction of any size dome for schools. We are very pleased with our dome buildings.000 square feet. Dome Technology was great to work with during this whole building project. we will be building more domes in the future with Dome Technology. The cost for electricity for it during the 2006-2007 school year was $6. Darryl Cunningham led the crew that built our domes and he is the best! You can trust him and he is a very hard worker. Feel free to call me or email me any question you may have about our domes. We recently looked at the past year’s savings in utilities in these buildings verses traditional style buildings of the same size. Marsha Norman Superintendent mnorman@beggs.00 for that year.00 for the 2006-2007 school year (12 months) to heat and cool.000.LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION Beggs Public Schools 1201 @ 9th Beggs. They are wonderful.us W (918) 267-3629 H (918) 267-4053 C (918) 830-7695 30 . OK 74421 To Whom It May Concern: Beggs Public Schools in Beggs. After visiting some of the domes in Texas. Oklahoma recently had Dome Technology build two domes on our campus. our Board of Education was sold on the idea of the dome as classroom building and as our event center.600. We have a dome classroom building of 10. They are very knowledgeable about domes and building them.00 for the same year.650.ok. Hopefully.000 square feet that cost $5500. Sincerely. I would work with them again any time.00 and another metal building of the same size cost $42.