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Monolithic Rain Forest Dome

Details of Construction of Dome: Measurements: 55' diameter, 21' tall
Construction Materials: Outer cover, Polymer fiber

Interior as follows: 3" of sprayed foam insulation. Entire dome braced up (skeleton) with 20,000 lbs. of steel re-bar. Another 3" of sprayed foam insulation creating a R-60 insulation factor. Then 3" thick wall of 9,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI). Painted white.

Floor: 6" thickness of concrete slanted towards the center to the 6" drain for pressure washing cages and floors year round. Over the drain sits a huge artificial tree with real plants and trees inside to provide fresh oxygen.

Filtration hanging from top of dome. Embedded into ceiling in a circle are spray heads for rain ranging from a fine mist to a gentle shower. There are 6 windows, 5 skylights all protected with stainless steel diamond cut metal. These sheets of stainless steel are fashioned so they can be opened and then open the windows for fresh air, and can also be shut and locked, both windows and steel over the windows/skylights (which open also). Huge heating/air conditioning system that runs year round. Hot/Cold running water to a double, stainless steel restaurant sink for washing bowls and toys and food preparation.

The dome also has a 20' extension which serves as an air lock, also housing two handicapped bathrooms for visitors and a utility room for the hot water heater, rain machine, and other utility products.

Both the outside entry and inside entry doors are double french and both open for access to allow in over-sized cages and other things needed. We have stored ladders from 6' up to 18' for changing light bulbs, re-hanging ropes into metal rings that are also suspended from the ceiling. Swings are also hung, and cages are full of toys.

January 2009:
Dome was designed and paid for in 2000

Construction began in early 2001 and finished in June 2001 and birds flew for the first time.

Details of Construction of Dome:

Measurements: 55'diameter, 21'tall

Construction Materials: Outer cover, Polymer fiber

Interior as follows: 3" of sprayed foam insulation. Entire dome braced up (skeleton) with 20,000 lbs. of steel re-bar. Another 3" of sprayed foam insulation creating a R-60 insulation factor. Then 3" thick wall of 9,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI). Painted white.

Floor: 6" thickness of concrete slanted towards the center to the 6" drain for pressure washing cages and floors year round. Over the drain sits a huge artificial tree with real plants and trees inside to provide fresh oxygen.

Filtration hanging from top of dome. Embedded into ceiling in a circle are spray heads for rain ranging from a fine mist to a gentle shower. There are 6 windows, 5 skylights all protected with stainless steel diamond cut metal. These sheets of stainless steel are fashioned so they can be opened and then open the windows for fresh air, and can also be shut and locked, both windows and steel over the windows/skylights (which open also). Huge heating/air conditioning system that runs year round. Hot/Cold running water to a double, stainless steel restaurant sink for washing bowls and toys and food preparation.

The dome also has a 20' extension which serves as an air lock also housing two handicapped bathrooms for visitors and a utility room for the hot water heater, rain machine, and other utility products.'

Both the outside entry and inside entry doors are double french and both open for access to allow in over sized cages and other things needed. We have stored ladders from 6' up to 18' for changing light bulbs, re-hanging ropes into metal rings that are also suspended from the ceiling. Swings are also hung, and cages are full of toys.

October 2004:
The dome is now complete after what has seemed like an eternity, and approximately 25 birds are flying free. We still have lots of maintenance work to do on a regular basis, and need $20,000 to correct the errors the dome contractor made when he built the dome incorrectly. Nevertheless, the birds don't care about that, they are free at last!

If you would like to see the Dome as it was being built, simply click here and we'll show you a few pictures of what is this country's first ever RAIN FOREST.

Mid-June 2000:
John and Mary BradfordThe Tropics broke ground for its Monolithic Rain Forest Habitat. Included in the ground breaking ceremony are John and Mary Bradford (pictured right).

If anyone is interested in contributing to the upkeep of this project, please go to our Donations page to make a donation.

We would like to thank everyone who has been supporting us with encouragement and funds. We need your help now more than ever, to complete the dream!

If you would like to help in our efforts with the continuance of the Rain Forest Habitat, you may conveniently make contributions using credit cards by visiting our on-line shopping cart and choosing your level of support. Visit our Donations page.