Construction to begin this summer on Bloomington safe structure
June 10, 2013 at 1:10 a.m.
Updated June 11, 2013 at 1:11 a.m.
Construction is expected to begin in July on a hurricane dome in Bloomington.
American Business Continuity Domes was awarded the $2.4 million contract.
Bloomington Independent School District will pay for 25 percent of the cost, and the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative, under the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will cover 75 percent.
The 18,385-square-foot facility will double as an athletic complex and Federal Emergency Management Agency-compliant safe shelter with capacity for 707 occupants, according to a news release from American Business Continuity Domes.
It was designed by architects Fromberg Associates LTD, of Austin.
Woodsboro and Edna school districts have similar facilities.
It will provide near absolute protection from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fires, according to the news release.
The project is expected to be complete by the summer of 2014.