ABC Domes’ steel reinforced concrete structures are well suited for any facility requiring wide-open space. The dome’s open span design means no columns to obscure visibility or interrupt valuable interior space.
For that reason, they are perfectly shaped for:
- Schools & college facilities
- Convention halls
The interior buildout can safely support suspended features, such as balconies, mezzanines, walkways, press boxes, galleries, scoreboards, AV equipment, etc. Further, the dome shape delivers the maximum amount of space with the least surface area.
The dome construction process itself has significant advantages over other methods, including:
- Lower construction cost
- Shorter construction time
- Design flexibility
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Longer life span
Two constants in the dome benefits are energy efficiency and sustainability.
Because steel reinforced concrete domes are fully insulated with a single layer of polyurethane foam, they are micro-energy users, meaning they need 35% to 50% of the energy used by traditionally shaped buildings to maintain a comfortable interior.
Regular maintenance on steel reinforced concrete domes is minimal, with maintenance costs generally running 50% less than other conventional buildings. In fact, when amortized over 20 years, the energy savings of a dome often recoup a portion of the facility’s original cost.
Steel reinforced concrete domes are extremely sustainable on many levels. First, the durable construction of the rebar-enforced concrete shell enables them to withstand hurricanes, tornadoes, or other crisis situations. Secondly, domes require significantly less building materials than regular structures. While they are made primarily of concrete and steel, they use much less of it compared to other buildings – up to 50-70% less. And because they are nearly indestructible, if a disaster does occur, there may be no need for expensive replacement materials.