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.