(DODGE CITY, Kan.) — A new student center that doubles as a tornado shelter could be coming to Dodge City Community College.
The building would be designed as a "monolithic dome". The design is similar to a new addition built at a school in Fowler that also serves as a tornado shelter.
The new activity center would be built where there are currently tennis courts on the DCCC campus. It would be strong enough to withstand tornado force winds. Inside will be space for student activities, a tornado shelter and possibly even Ford County emergency operations.
The reason college officials say they are looking at the dome design is that it would make the project eligible for a Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, grant to pay for its construction.