Letter Regarding Participation in Rebuilding Efforts

Letter Regarding Participation in Rebuilding Efforts

June 11, 2013

 

Prepared for:

 Moore Public School Board of Education
1500 SE 4th Street
Moore, OK 73160

 

Prepared by:

AFTER Homes Foundation, Inc.
a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization
401 N. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 205-8800
www.dstantonarchitects.com

June 11, 2013

Moore Public School Board of Education
1500 SE 4th Street
Moore, OK 73160

RE:      Letter Regarding Participation in Rebuilding Efforts

Dear Sir or Madame:

First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and residents of Moore, OK for the losses that you have all suffered as a result of recent tornadoes. Even a single life lost is one too many, and I join you in honoring the memory of those who perished. I also would like to assist you in preventing such unnecessary tragedies from ever happening again.

Because I lived and worked in Oklahoma early in my career as an Architect and I visit my family in Central Oklahoma frequently, I am aware of what tornadoes can do; and I would like to use my expertise combined with the resources available from FEMA and other government agencies as well as private funding sources to help Moore Public School Board of Education to rebuild its facilities that were damaged beyond repair.

Our group, AFTER Homes Foundation, is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. It was established in 2012 in order to provide safe, affordable, and sustainable concrete dome housing to people in need throughout the world. One of our structural consultants who is a Licensed Engineer in California visited the devastation in Moore, OK with me, and we both believe that this Affordable, Fire, Tornado and Earthquake Resistant construction is ideal for this application for the following reasons:

           A concrete dome is substantially safer than a conventionally built structure under severe environmental conditions including tornadoes. Design flexibility associated with the dome shape makes it possible to create space that also works as a FEMA shelter thus qualifying for grants from FEMA,

           Construction of a concrete dome can be completed much faster than that of a conventionally built structure, often at a lower cost,

           A concrete dome is in fact a reinforced concrete structure and is expected to last a long time just like any other reinforced concrete structure would,

           Energy efficient nature of concrete domes makes this type of structure more cost efficient to operate,

 

           No wood is used in the construction of a concrete dome, thus other than being environmentally friendly, concrete domes have no mold or termite issues,

           The shape is more in tune with nature thus providing a more tranquil learning environment, and;

           The unique shape of concrete domes provides educational opportunities for teaching the students design, construction and echo-conscious ways of thinking.

The following outlines how I propose to accomplish this reconstruction task:

           Assessment of the School Board requirements,

           Development of a design that meets the school Board requirements as well as FEMA requirements for a shelter in order to qualify for funding from them,

           Raising money from private sources through the AFTER Homes Foundation, and;

           Coordination, consultation and cooperation with local architects, engineers and builders to design and build the facilities.

Thank you very much for reviewing our proposal. I would like to schedule to a meeting soon to further evaluate the needs, requirements and limitations of the Board in person and to initiate the rebuilding effort.

 

Sincerely,

AFTER Homes Foundation, Inc.

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Douglas Stanton
President

 

 

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V. Vic Beizai
Structural Consultant

 

 

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Picture 1, Concrete Dome School Gym Exterior by Monolithic Inc.

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Picture 2, Concrete Dome School Gym Interior by Monolithic Inc.

Examples of AFTER Homes

AFTER Homes Community Plan

Picture 3, Hypothetical Dome Home Community

This tornado resistant technology has been in wide use since 1940s. Since the Joplin, Missouri tornado of 2011, AFTER Homes Foundation has been working on variety of designs and aesthetic improvements to give these home a modern and inviting feel.

dome home exterior

An AFTER Home has a distinctive look and can be altered with stone, tile and paint to achieve a welcoming appearance. The windows allow for natural light, and the curved walls add an element of serenity to the interior.

after homes kitchen

The interior of the home can have an open floor plan for a more modern feel. Dividing or floating walls are options for a more traditional layout. Loft spaces can also be added as well as a second story. These homes can be modified to fit the needs and desires of the residents.

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