In Chi Elias, Guatemala, about 180 students ranging from pre-K to 6th grade attend the local school, which requires students to walk up to 2 miles each way, every day. When the school was originally built, several different organizations contributed, leaving the structure in substandard conditions. The school building has proven to be a safety hazard, as two of the classrooms have contributed to respiratory problems in the children, and the fence around the school is only half completed. The school also lacks a meeting place for the principal, often resulting in canceled classes to accommodate meetings. These circumstances take away from the education of the school children and prevent them from learning in a safe, healthy environment, which this project aims to alleviate and improve.
3/6/19 – Analyzed live and dead loads so we can calculate the cement thickness in our foundation and discussed new details from our mentor about the roof, walls and excavation. Continued working on NCEES grant.
2/27/19 – Finishing school construction plan in a month, reached out to mentors and put info in accessible report. Finishing up foundation plan next meeting. Financial continued work on grants.
2/20/19 – Meeting cancelled today 😦
|Assessment Trips (Jan ’18)||Measurements and data were collected about the school. Meetings were run with school and government members to gather input about the project. The scope of the project was fully defined.|
|Moving Forward||The team is researching possible layouts for the classrooms, as well as mapping the entire school on AutoCAD. An MOU will be drafted soon, and further research will be conducted to further the progress of the school.|
Melissa Tu & Stefan Luong
Brad Moore, P.E.