Lumberton's disaster dome, weddings, fine artsLumberton's disaster dome, weddings, fine artshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=66952013-08-01T07:24:00Z2013-08-01T00:00:00Z

LUMBERTON, HARDIN COUNTY - Construction is popping on the $5.8 million, 25,447-sf FEMA-compliant dome on Hwy. 69 between Lumberton High School and Lumberton Intermediate School.

The disaster-resistant, steel-reinforced concrete dome will be able to withstand 200 mph winds, according to Fran Cole, project director and federal programs coordinator at Lumberton ISD.

“FEMA developed a $50 million project to build safe rooms in the counties that bordered the Texas Gulf Coast,” Cole said. “Because Lumberton does have an edge along the (Neches) river line, we were eligible for one of these safe rooms.”

The dome will be used for a command center for city and county officials during emergencies or disasters for not only Hardin County, but possibly for Jefferson and Orange counties as well.

It consists of a safe shelter and a fine arts facility which can be utilized by the school district on an everyday basis for educational purposes.

The new Fine Arts Center will be utilized as a 1,500-seat auditorium/convention center, and will also function as a FEMA-compliant safe room with capacity for 1,133, according to developer ABC Domes.

The dome may also be rented out for weddings, banquets and other events, providing revenue for the city.

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