Modular Gyms and Classrooms
February 1, 2005
by David B. South
What's On Your School's Wish List?
In all my years of dealing with schools, I have never heard a superintendent, principal or teacher complain about having too much room. The opposite, however, is not true. Administrators often bemoan the lack of space for all of their school and community activities, and each has a wish list. Often the number one, top item on that wish list is a practice gymnasium. That's frequently followed by a multipurpose building -- one that can be used for band and cheerleading practice, arts and crafts projects, dances, and community meetings.
Solution: Monolithic Dome modular gyms and school modules. When it comes to construction and operating costs, disaster resistance and durability, no other structure can currently compete with a Monolithic Dome. They make great practice or competition gyms, arenas and multipurpose buildings.
Construction costs for a Monolithic Dome are significantly lower than costs for other comparably sized and outfitted structures. Ongoing operational expenses such as those for heating and cooling, maintenance and insurance are also lower. In fact, through a twenty year period of energy savings a Monolithic Dome may pay for itself.
The Monolithic Dome is also disaster resistant. It can withstand tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire and termites. It therefore meets standards for what FEMA calls near-absolute protection, and qualifies as a community disaster shelter.
Monolithic has designed modular domes as practice gyms in several sizes. They include the minimum for a junior high, full-size practice court; an abbreviated high school court; a full-size high school court; and a fully equipped competition gym. They can be built, usually in a timely, trouble-free manner, anywhere in America. School districts can even buy just the gym shell and finish it themselves.
Monolithic's school modulars can be used in two ways. They can be added to an established school that has outgrown its facility and needs more classrooms or space for other activities.
Modules can also be joined or grouped to create an entirely new school. For example, a campus might encompass four modules: an academic module with classrooms; a module with a cafeteria core, serving kitchen and bathrooms; a module with a library core, teachers' preparation room and offices; a Mini-Gym Module.
Sample Monolithic Modules: