Underground condominiums built into the ballistic missile silos of a former US military base have sold out after being taken to market.
The development, Survival Condos, consists of seven-floors – sold as entire or half floors – constructed in an underground, 1960s-era missile base on an ex-military site in America.
The tower development is blanketed at ground-level by a Torus dome, which can withstand winds of more than 800 km per hour.
The former concrete missile base forms the outer layer of the tower, made of structural steel and concrete. The condos are furnished; the three-bedroom, two-bath with ‘high end’ finishes has been the most popular floor and trim package.
The air supply is filtered by nuclear, biological and chemical filters, and physical air intakes are protected by blast valves. The development has a three-source water supply and reservoir system, and a purification system. It also has a three-source electricity supply; local electric grid, a large wind turbine and a diesel generator.
The tower has two floors of hydroponic gardens to provide fresh produce, and an aquaculture system for fish. It has a military grade security system and blast doors.
It will also comprise:
minor medical/surgery center,
an indoor pool with waterfall,
a workout room,
a home theater,
a classroom & library,
pub & game room,
security & communication control center,
high-speed fiber optic network,
online and offline Internet and computer communications,
spare parts and machine shop
Prices ranged from $1 to $2 million. Buyers undergo mandatory training which includes system orientation.
Larry Hall, Survival Condo project manager, says in the event of an apocalypse, people could live comfortably in the condos for more than five years.
On development, Hall says it took nearly a year to remove all the old launch steel and debris that was in the former silo.
“It was flooded with 2.3 megalitres of water. It took a month to remove the silo doors which each weighed more than 75,000 kilograms,” he says.
“Then we were ready to start the new construction, that was a year ago and we are still at it. Building down into the ground is in many ways more difficult than building up.”
“If this project were above ground it would be the height of a 15-storey building at just under 60 metres tall.”
The development is due for completion end-September this year. With a second, similar development already in progress, and a waiting list for potential buyers.
Source: Survival Condos