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ABC Domes team to build FEMA-compliant* Safe Room/Gymnasium at Los Fresnos C.I.S.D. United Campus

ABC Domes team to build FEMA-compliant* Safe Room/Gymnasium at Los Fresnos C.I.S.D. United Campus

by Matthew PaulsonJuly 21, 2014

LIGHTNING RELEASES — Sealy, Texas  —  July 21, 2014  —  American Business Continuity Domes, Inc. (“ABC Domes”) and Dome Technology, the U.S.-based alliance that develops and builds disaster-resistant, steel-reinforced thin-shell concrete domes, was officially awarded the contract to build the dome component of the Safe Room/Gymnasium at the Los Fresnos C.I.S.D. United Campus in Cameron County. D. Wilson Construction, the McAllen-based general contractor of the project, awarded the project.

The new multi-purpose dome, designed by architects Gomez Mendez Saenz, Inc., will be utilized primarily as a gymnasium and will also function as a FEMA-compliant* safe room for the City of Los Fresnos.  ES2 Engineering is the mechanical engineer on the project.

The team has worked Los Fresnos officials on the design, engineering, and now construction of the FEMA-compliant” dome structure to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Hazard Mitigation Grant program.

Construction on the 161’ diameter dome is scheduled to begin in August of 2014, with the project slated for completion by the end of 2015.

ABC Domes’ facilities provide near absolute protection from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fires, and are utilized by a variety of industries for purposes ranging from secure storage to disaster recovery and business continuity. The domes are built for use as:


§  FEMA-361 Compliant Storm Shelter Domes *

§  Disaster Recovery Command Centers

§  Emergency Equipment and Vehicle Storage

§  Bulk Storage

§  Records/Data Warehousing and Inventory

§  Community Centers

§  Sports Arenas and Gymnasiums

§  Offices

§  Schools

§  IT Server Parks & Data Centers


The domes are far superior to traditionally constructed buildings. Because of their strong and ergonomic shape, and use of superior building materials, they are virtually unaffected by time, weather, seismic activity, or manmade assault, thus meeting standards for near-absolute survivability. The domes, built to withstand a minimum of 250 mph wind speeds, are the most disaster-resistant structures that can be built, and at a price-to-value ratio more favorable than traditional construction.

For further information, please contact Lisa Schunack at 305.633.3336. Or, visit:   

  • The interviewer / reader / viewer should not infer that the use of the word FEMA implies any formal or informal relationship between FEMA and American Business Continuity Domes Inc. (“ABC Domes”) or any member of the “Dream Team” or organization or individual noted in this document or referenced in this interview. FEMA neither sponsors nor endorses any event, activity, product or service as referenced herein.

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