A 1958 geodesic dome based on Buckminster Fuller’s design has been purchased by an Oklahoma environmental engineering firm. The historic Gold Dome building had been in danger -- its previous owner decided to put the building on the market after finding it would cost $2.5 million to repair various problems with the building, including long-standing damage to its roof.
This isn’t the first time the historic building has been saved from destruction. In 2001, the building was slated for demolition due to issues ranging from asbestos to a broken HVAC system. The iconic domed roof has also caused problems for previous owners, since the average roofing company just isn’t up to the task of routine repairs.
The new owners, TEEMCO, believe the building needs to be preserved for future generations to appreciate. Speaking to Heidi Schwartz of Today’s Facility Manager, CEO Greg Lorson explained, “Revitalizing the Gold Dome reflects our core belief in protecting the environment; whether natural or man-made.” TEEMCO plans to repair the original building while also introducing new features, preserving the dome as a piece of functional art for visitors to enjoy.