Construction Update Thru June 4th, 2021
Work continues on the footings around the Annex. Xcel was on site today installing the new service lines for the American Legion. This will allow the removal of the remaining service poles in the rear to start further excavation of the rear hill to expand the rear access path. Concrete curtain walls have almost been completed and the HVAC contractor has started running refrigeration and control lines to the utility closets in the Dome connecting them to the condenser locations that will provide heating and air along with indirect lighting. Brick has arrived on scene and a mock-up has been completed for approval of brick and mortar color. Front and rear parking lot grading continues and base application has started on both. Footings have been dug for the front entryway and the back storage area. These were the last two areas lacking footings.
Construction Update Thru May 28th, 2021
Work continues on the footings and utilities for the annex and dome addition area. Initial plumbing work has started inside of the dome along with initial framing for the foundations of the annex and dome bathrooms. The new curtain wall around the dome continues and should be completed next week.
Construction Update Thru May 21st, 2021
Work continues on the footings and utilities for the annex and dome addition area. Subbase preparation of the parking lot has begun along with the new curtain walls in the Dome. The foundation forming as begun for the new bathrooms for the Dome and the bolts have been added to the inside of the Dome with will support the new dropped ceiling and insulation panels.
Over the years the Aluminum Dome has become an iconic part of the community. Represented on the City Seal and logo, the Dome has been home to the Magic Plains Oil Expo, the World's Largest Fish Fry, the Hutchinson County Junior Livestock show, the Hutchinson County Oil Patch Extravaganza and most recently the area was utilized for the All-American City Celebration, a free community concert that featured Texas Country star Kevin Fowler and a firework show. If you're from Borger, or have family here, chances are you have a memory of the Dome.
Ownership of the Dome was transferred to the City of Borger from Hutchinson County in late 2018. Identified as a strategic pillar by the Borger City Council, the City of Borger began initial planning for a complete renovation and expansion of the iconic piece of infrastructure.
Following the transfer of ownership, the City of Borger began assessing the dome for its structural integrity, current condition, weight load capacity, waterproofing system and future longevity. The City Engineer, Parkhill, reached out to WJE Associates, Inc. to assist. WJE’s previous work includes assessments on the Washington Monument and other unique structures. The assessment showed the dome to be structurally sound with a high load bearing rating and the future life expectancy of the dome could be in excess of 50 years.
Schematic Design Package and Design Statement
The City of Borger has contracted with Parkhill for design of the dome renovation and expansion. We have completed the the schematic design and Parkhill has submitted the Schematic Design Package and Program Statement. The Schematic Design Book can be accessed below:
A preliminary concept and opinion of probable cost was developed. Financial Information can be found on the "Dome Proposed Financing Plan page or by clicking here. Details on the preliminary concept can be found below:
Renovation of the Existing Dome
- Including the complete replacement of the floor, curtain wall and electrical. The dome panels will have a new engineered waterproofing system and the interior of the dome will be insulated and acoustical panels will be added for sound deadening and appearance. New lighting, heating and air conditioning will be added. Existing restrooms will be demolished and replaced.
- Central Annex Addition
- A new Central annex will be added to the east of the Dome. The annex will serve as the new central entry point. A new lobby, office, bathrooms, catering kitchen and two small meeting rooms will be added. New accessible parking and access will be added and a rear parking lot will be added for staff and/or event needs.
- Multi-Purpose Event Space (Banquet Hall)
- A new multi-purpose event space will be added that can accommodate up to 750 people in a banquet setting or that can be divided into three smaller spaces. A 1/2 space and two 1/4 spaces.