Carteret Community College considers proposal for geohome prototype on campus

The Carteret Community College Board of Trustees agreed to consider a proposal Tuesday to allow N.C. State University researchers to build a geohome prototype section, similar to this smaller version, next to the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology. (Contributed photo)

MOREHEAD CITY — The Carteret Community College Board of Trustees agreed Tuesday to consider allowing N.C. State University researchers to build a geohome prototype next to the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.

The CCC board heard a presentation by Dr. George Elvin, associate professor of architecture with NCSU’s College of Design, to construct a 20-foot tall section of a wooden geohome prototype just west of CMAST.

After hearing his presentation, the board approved sending the proposal to its buildings and grounds committee for further discussion.

Dr. Elvin said the domed structure would be outfitted with sensors, enabling researchers to collect data during hurricanes. The goal is to partner with industry and community leaders to create affordable, hurricane-resistant housing.

His proposal states, “Strengthened by a solid wood frame made from Carolina timber, the geohome proposes affordable, secure housing for the residents of North Carolina and beyond. Its streamline, elliptical form allows winds to pass it by, and its positioning atop 8-foot piers places it above floodwaters.”

The proposal calls for the construction of a 20-foot tall section, which includes 12 feet of enclosed space and 8 feet of piers. It would be 15 feet wide, 20 feet long and located adjacent to CMAST.

 In other action, the board:

  • Approved board officers for the 2021-22 academic year, including Chairperson Melodie Darden, Vice Chairperson June Fulcher, secretary Dr. Tracy Mancini and assistant secretary Jo Ann Cannon. They will take their seats in July.
  • Approved student activity fees for 2021-22. The fees can be covered by federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding.
  • Approved the addition of an associate in general education degree.
  • Approved an associate in general education degree for health sciences.
  • Heard reports by committees, Dr. Mancini and other administrators.


Reporter’s note: The News-Times did not attend the June 8 meeting. Information compiled here is reported by CCC staff.


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(7) comments

David Collins

This has been tried before , long before . In 1971 there was one built adjacent to interstate 95 , the super slab of it’s time . It hung around for a bit and then vanished .

Teaching responsible building practices and energy conservation would serve the students far better . Gimmicks have no place in the classroom .


I think this is a great idea and hope the CCC board approves this project.

Several things come to mind, and one of the most significant issues may be to build beyond code requirements, which for the most part are a joke and done, of course, to save money for all.

Build high and on concrete support pilings. Roof structures are a massive issue that this project may discover solutions to during a storm.


When mother nature wraps this thing like a pretzel around some trees, we can simply fill it with concrete and use it for the next great 'ocean barrier project'! (or a ship anchor , heck, multiple uses). [wink]

David Collins

To be sure this is a designer’s misconception. Something cobbled together on a Friday afternoon from scraps . No one would consider actually living in that but it would have a life as a child’s playhouse . Glad to see that the school is involved in serious projects , or perhaps not . Might be signaling that some instructor retraining is needed .


Concrete domes never really caught on from the 70's either. Despite being nearly indestructible, with modern lightweight concrete, they are about equal in cost to wood. I gather this is more science experiment in real world conditions.

Roof design and wind load are important considerations certainly. The more domed it is the less likely it will end up in neighbors back yard.


Just copy the Lackey house on Mexico Beach with plenty of ties, hip roof among other smart planning and design.

sick and tired

I can barely type through the tears, I am laughing so hard. I am pretty sure deadbolt is right and this will be wrapped around a tree or more seriously a structure and cause more damage. Apparently there is no end to the money our government has to waste, um, I mean spend. I honestly feel we need a committee to discuss this in depth.

Welcome to the discussion.

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