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Meet Gary Clark of Monolithic Domes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gary Clark.

Gary, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started working construction early on in life and was always interested in new developing methods and materials. I took a job working w/ a friend spraying a new type of insulation, Poly-Urethane foam. At that job I met and learned about David B. South, his brothers and a new system for constructing dome shaped buildings. I assisted in applying the urethane foam insulation in a few of the new domes they were working on. At a later point, I began working for Monolithic full time. I learned all aspects of the construction method and traveled to many places constructing the dome buildings. In order to become more centrally located the company Monolithic moved to Texas. Since being here I have worn many hats both at Monolithic and in the community. At work, I now head up the Sales force where we promote the advantages of the Monolithic Dome.

I am also involved in my church. Have worked for several years with youth groups helping them to learn about life. I am also involved with the local community theatre group. We produce 5 shows a year. Our shows range from youth readers theaters to full blown musical productions like Fiddler on the roof, Joseph and his amazing technicolor dreamcoat and our current musical, Annie.

We have had a great time as we have constructed Monolithic Domes for many wonderful people and for many different purposes.

Has it been a smooth road?
This new construction method means challenges. Because there were no manuals when we got started. There were mistakes made along the way. Problems of ‘how to’ with certain projects and applications. For instance, the main structure of the Monolithic Dome is sprayed-in-place concrete, often called Shotcrete. Learning how to spray a liquid rock was fantastic . . . as long as everything worked. When it didn’t, it was very difficult. Concrete setting up in hoses and equipment is not what anyone would call a fun day. Then, there was the day the motor on our concrete mixing truck blew up, with a full load of shotcrete inside the mixer and now way to get it out. It took days with a jack-hammer and heavy-duty ear plugs to remove the harden shotcrete. The lessons learned were very valuable. Not only did the lessons teach us important principles, but we also learned that anything really worthwhile is not simple or easy. Plus, we learned that we can do hard things.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Monolithic Domes – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our business is the Monolithic dome. We build them. We teach others how to build them. We tell anyone who will listen the many benefits of the Monolithic dome. The first Monolithic Dome was constructed in the early ’70’s. Since then, we have constructed Monolithic Domes in 49 States and 52 Countries. Some of our dome have survived some nasty natural disasters, like hurricanes, fires, hail storms, earthquakes, blistering heat, sub-zero weather and tornados. In fact, FEMA has given the Monolithic dome a rating of ‘Near-absolute protection’ from storms. But that is not our best feature. Every Monolithic dome that is constructed properly will be rated as one of the most energy efficient buildings ever. Some of our clients have monitored the energy usage of their dome. They report energy savings of 50% to even 75%. Over the years the interest and acceptance of this not so average type of construction has grown in popularity. We are being approached by more and more people, groups and organizations to help fill their building needs. Before long, the Monolithic Dome will be as common as the automobile is now.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Life is full of choices. We here at Monolithic actually choose to set up business here for many reasons. First, Dallas is a great place for doing business in all the other states. Not to mention it is reasonably easy to fly anywhere from here.

Next, we have always noticed a friendly atmosphere when it comes to developing a new idea here. Folks are accepting and willing help.

The fact that we do not need to shovel snow is a plus also.

Great business environment.


  • How much Does a Monolithic Dome Cost? Roughly $125 to $135 per square foot of finished floor area. All Prices will vary depending on design, selected materials and other factors.

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Monolithic Dome Institute

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