ITALY — Many passersby on Interstate 35 may have noticed Bruco, Monolithic’s caterpillar-shaped complex, but there’s more to Monolithic than just a colorful caterpillar.

“The complex is painted like a caterpillar and named Bruco, which is Italian for caterpillar,” said Gary Clark, sales manager for Monolithic.

Monolithic has been constructing monolithic domes for more than 30 years and is a worldwide leader in monolithic dome construction.

“Monolithic domes are energy efficient, cost-effective and disaster-resistant structures with lifetimes measured in centuries,” Clark said.

Monolithic is a family of companies sharing the same goal, improving people’s lives worldwide by introducing and constructing monolithic domes for personal and public use. Monolithic has numerous stories on its website of monolithic domes withstanding F-5 tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires.

Monolithic domes can be designed for homes, school buildings, churches, evacuation shelters, gymnasiums, auditoriums, multi-purpose centers, libraries, cafeterias and many more. In some instances schools have received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We’ve been working on a small dome for people in developing countries to live in. The United Nations came up with the fact that 28 square meters is good for a family of up to eight people,” Monolithic Dome Institute President David South said. “All we need is a small pile of sand, bags of cement and some reinforcing to build one of these homes.”

Many missionary teams have trained with Monolithic to be able to build monolithic domes in third-world countries. Darren Collins, a missionary on the Monolithic tour said he had been to Cambodia on mission six times.

“A missionary that I worked with died two years ago, and his vision was to provide housing for the people of Cambodia,” Collins said. “I am carrying on with his plan and fulfilling his vision.”

Monolithic hosts educational workshops and tours to enable individuals, architects and other construction companies to learn how to build monolithic domes and other energy-efficient technology.

Monolithic also designs, manufactures and markets airforms, which are used in the construction of monolithic domes. Airforms are inflatable structures made of PVC-coated nylon or polyester fabric. These airforms determine the shape and size of a dome.

Monolithic is also in the business of researching new energy-efficient technology, such as a wind generator meant to be installed on top of monolithic domes.

“Wind accelerates as it goes up over a monolithic dome, so this wind generator would catch that wind and generate electrical energy for the building,” Clark said. “We also sell machinery commonly used when building monolithic domes.”

Monolithic provides professional services through all phases of their customers’ design, planning and construction of monolithic domes. They offer free information in their tours and workshops and are willing to answer any question an individual may have about monolithic domes.

Contact Aaron at 469-517-1456 or a.schwaderer@wninews.com