Church Dome Inflated

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

May 8, 2006

The 325 member Lake Christian Church has been meeting at the Lake Monticello Fire Department for six years, but now they will finally have a place to call home.

"The prayer support, the excitement, the enthusiasm, it's tremendous to see all of us connected on such a big project," said Brian Orahood Minister of Lake Christian Church.

Orahood looked at churches in Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina before he settled on this design.

"The dome's going to give us and interesting look, be an appeal to the area. It fits in with the Jeffersonian look and Monticello architecture," said Orahood.

To get the rounded shape, builders inflated a giant balloon, or bladder with fans. They then poured foam on top for insulation. Steal covered that and concrete was added as the final layer. But not only does the building look interesting--it's also highly efficient.

"The cost savings on energy has been estimated anywhere from 25 to 30 percent for your heating and cooling bills," said David Cooke who is on the Church Building Team.

In the end the church will have two levels and seat over 400 people. There will also be three separate wings for offices.

The Minister says they hope to be inside worshiping for their November anniversary.

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