Hennessey school board gets a preview of The Dome

Hennessey Public School's Board of Education met Tue., Jan. 15. The main topic of conversation was the ongoing construction of the dome.

The dome is a FEMA 361 compliant structure for the Hennessey school system, capable of withstanding EF5 tornados with winds exceeding 200 mph. However, the building will not be used solely for a tornado shelter. HPS will use the dome throughout the year as a gymnasium. It will also be used as a physical education facility and a location to hold events and activities. Further plans for the dome include using it to house administrative offices. HPS Superintendent, Mike Woods, presented renderings of what the completed building might look like, offering multiple options to choose from, and a final rendering was chosen for the project. The general idea expressed by some board members illustrated a desire to have the completed building match the overall look of the existing buildings already on campus. The project is scheduled to be completed Nov. 11 of this year.

During the meeting, Board members and other interested parties were allowed to tour the facility. Before entering the building, those touring were given hardhats and instructed in safety procedures for entering and exiting, which included not having the two outer doors open at the same time due to the process used for keeping the dome inflated as construction continues within.

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