Sunday, May 13, 2012
Some people believe the world will end on December 21. One man is making sure he has what he believes is a safe place to go if that day ever comes. That safe place is an old missile silo not far from Concordia, Kansas.
From above, the piece of land looks like any other in north central Kansas, but once you break the surface, it has a much different look. Creator Larry Hall calls it his survival condo.
"It's going to be very modern and high tech," said Hall.
The old missile silo extends 14 stories underground. Hall says each floor designed to provide a different part of life for the people who will eventually live there.
"We're trying to make this place all that it can be in terms of long-term off-grid survival," he said.
For four years, crews have been working to bring the blueprints to life. When it's finished in August, the facility will house up to 70 people, indefinitely. The hydroponics room will provide the food, growing up to 70 different plant types.
"We actually have aquatonic tanks. We're raising three species of tilapia and then there will be a vertical growing system that has a symbiotic relationship where it's fertilized by the fish," said Hall.
If disease kills off the food supply, they have a five-year supply of freeze-dried and dehydrated food as a back up. From a 75-thousand gallon water treatment facility to a minor surgery center, Hall says he's planned for everything. He says the goal is to prevent depression by normalizing life underground.
"Everything from the frequency of the lighting to the ceiling height, to the square footage per person to having a four-hour work day where everyone does job rotations so that they feel productive... all of these things have been engineered into this facility," he said.
As for living arrangements, once finished, there will be seven floors of fully furnished condominiums. The 1,800 square feet of high-end living space is completely customized for the buyer. The underground city also includes some nice amenities.
"We have the spa, the pool, the workout rooms, a bar and a lounge, a movie theater, library and classroom," said Hall.
Nine-foot thick concrete walls protect everything inside.
"It's seismically isolated from the outside walls so if there were an earthquake or an explosion or a meteor or whatever would hit the ground, it would stop. The energy would not be transferred into the middle here," he said.
A full floor carries a $ 2 million price tag while a half floor goes for $1 million. Nearly all of the condos are already sold to buyers nationwide. Hall calls it a sense of security.
"For an individual to participate in something that is a community-type structure, this is about as good as it gets," he said.