Blog: Dome Stories
It’s turf repair day in Providence Academy’s new dome. Completed in early 2016, the dome flanks a sprawling campus filled with stately Georgian-style brick buildings.
Dome manager Daren Messmore watches the repairmen as they work their way down the field. He and his crew had carefully flagged every square foot of turf that needed a minor tuck and touch of glue. “We went all-out with this turf,” he explained. “It’s high quality and feels really good underfoot.” So on this day, the dome is closed to its regular school traffic so maintenance can be done.
Messmore runs this dome like an iron ship. “No food, no gum or seeds. Only water,” he said. He keeps a sharp eye on sensors and monitors, making temperature and pressure adjustments as needed. He’s got the heat controlled so the air is always warm and welcoming even for the first group of morning users.
Word about Providence Academy’s bright, spanking-new dome traveled fast. In its first year, a single renter snapped up all of its available hours. “The renters love our facility. It’s new. It’s clean. It’s in a great location. And they need to know they have a place to practice in the winter,” Messmore said.
Messmore makes the most of renting out this seasonal dome. He finalized his upcoming winter schedule and inked the last of his dome contracts in May – a full six months before the winter season. “It’s supply and demand,” he shrugs. It also helps that the space is maintained with a sharp eye for detail and excellence.