During the final construction week (December 13th), there was a farewell party organized by the community to say goodbye to Architecture for Humanity field staff including dancing, local ceviche and even some football. Jesus Porras and Eugenia Zoubtchenko left Piedritas with a lot of good memories and with the knowledge that the work they did not only brought quality infrastructure, but also community empowerment.
Thanks Jesus and Eugenia
We have the outdoor walkways fisnished! The idea of connection the different rooms of the school is taking shape!
Carlos resprepo, from Taller Cotidiano, just came to check on the project.
Yesterday, we have a successful community meeting with teachers and mothers to explain options for the sol y sombra and outside spaces, including games, bottle caps, gavion… we got a promising list of community people who want to pick up the shavel with us! ;)
We are expecting to finish with the construction at the end of November. It is going to be a very intense month! :)
Eugenia (a volunteer from AfH headquarters) is in Talara! She is already fully hands-on construction. Her help is great so far. The only thing I am not so happy with is that the kids already love her more than me! ?
We are starting a new activity in our weekly recycling workshops. We are going to make the entire world map with bottle caps! ;)
Construction is progressing well. The metal structure for the roof is almost done in the preschool classrooms. The concrete work in the primary room is about to be finished, and the outside pavement work has already started! We decided to build with ramps instead of steps, to make more friendly corridors for the kids.
We have 11 new little pigs in the farm! :)
You can imaging the kids.. they are just getting crazy!
Construction is going well. We are starting with the metal structure for the roof. The shape of the classrooms is looking very interesting . the brick walls are almost finished in all the classrooms.
Tomorrow is coming AfH Design Fellow Eugenia to Talara to get involved with the project on site! It will be exciting for the community and kids to have her here. The kids would practice their English with Eu :)
Today, the boat workshop was pretty good, we have many options from the student about what to do with the boat. They will vote for the best options.
The brick walls in 3 of the 4 classroom are done! The computer room is ready to start with the bricklaying next week.
The recycle workshops are going very well. Kids are enjoying. We are going to start tomorrow with a “brainstorming” about what to do with the abandoned boat we got from the beach few months ago. We want to repair it with the kids input, and place it in one of the courtyards.
The atmosphere on site is still pretty relax and friendly. Kids and teachers are getting more and more excited of seeing how their new school is going up! ;)
That´s all for now.
This week we have been making the columns and beans and concreted them on the preschools clasrooms. In the next days we will start with the steel work on the top part of each classrooms.
This week we are starting a weekly “recycle workshop” with the kids, to teach them ideas about how to reuse and recycle materials (I think probably they know more than me about reusing materials!) ;)
We are continuing the tapitas proyect and starting soon the boat and mosaic project for the school courtyards.
Busy and exciting weeks are coming!
This week was very exciting.
We finished the entire brick wall in one preschool!(It looks great!) The workers laid the bricks with so much care and love and you can feel it ;)
We also found the right mesh for the “tapitas” project. We think it can look awesome if we are able to finish all. We need a full community engagement. We will try it!
We have 3 differents wind turbine prototypes. We tested them on site. It was amazing to be on top of the hill and see how the blades were moving so fast, and the noise! This weekend we will have the workshop with the community and Matt will show them how they can build a wind turbine by themselves :)
The construction is progressing well.
We just finished the brick wall in one of the classroom. It is looking very interesting, although the kids are asking all the time…. but “Where are the windows??!”
Wind turbine prototype is progressing but Still need some days to be finished. There are many women interested in participate in the workshop (I am not sure if it is because they want to learn about turbines or because they just wanted to be closer to the “blue eyes´ gringo”: Matt) ;)
We will see…
Construction keeps progressing very well.
The foundation of the computer rooms just started so we have the four classrooms going ahead!
We presented the Wind Turbine project to the community and they look very excited about learning how to do it. The first prototype for the Wind Turbine has being finished.
Tomorrow is the school aniversary so we will go for a party with the community! :)
That´s all from now,
This week we stared the bricklaying of one of the preschool. I think the walls are going to look just fantastic! The others classrooms are still in foundation stage.
Mathew Tarosky (from the Guild) has come to Talara, to getting involved in the Wind Turbine project. We got already some material to start prototyping. We are very excited!
Next week the students will restart lessons and the school will be again a beautiful chaos
The construction workers are everyday asking me: “how many ´likes´ we already have in AfH facebook page?” ?
That is all from now,
The construction keeps progressing well. This week we finished the foundation of one preschool and we are ready to start with the brickwork! The other two classrooms, are still in foundation stage. The bricks are all expose so we have to be extra careful during the bricklaying.
We are demolishing the old toilet and building the new ones, before the kids restart the lesson (12th Aug).
We are also prototyping for the “tapitas” project. We build a piece of roof (1 x 1,5 m) and attached all the bottle cups(730). It is looking amazing! The kids are very excited because each one is going to design their own piece of roof.
That´s all from now!
The construction is progressing very well so far. We just finished the foundation of one of the classrooms and now we are starting with the second one. We also just finished the digging for the foundation of the primary school.
The site environment is pretty friendly and relax. The contractor is hiring 2 new people from the community every week so everybody will have the chance to work during the construction.
Today, the students and teachers will go on vacation for 2 weeks. The construction will keep moving forward. Also the Saturdays´workshop will continue.
That´s all from now!
Students, their families and friends gathered excitedly last week at the site of the Santa Elena de Piedritas in Talara, Peru, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new school building. The project is the first of the seven that make up the Enel Cuore Community Empowerment Program to start construction, representing the culmination of more than a year of hard work by community members, Design Fellows, local partners, Enel Cuore and Architecture for Humanity.
The large audience at the ceremony was a testament to the enthusiastic following the project has gained in the community thanks to committed Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow Jesús Porras, who has been living in Talara since February. The value of his work in creating dialogue between all stakeholders was certainly felt on the day as students, teachers, builders and representatives from Eepsa, the Talara Municipality, and the Board of Education all gathered to take part.
The action-packed event included a ceremonial cavity filling, in which a representative from each organization poured concrete into the hole to set the project officially underway! The schoolchildren performed a song for their family and friends and showed off the model they had built of the school (you can see more of the model here).
The crowd finally toasted to their future school (the adults with champagne; kids with Inca Kola) and looked on as a local priest blessed the site.
The students of Santa Elena de Piedritas are currently getting to know the design for their future school, at a scale of 1-50! Since September 2012 the school (the only one in the rural town of Talara, Peru) has been collaborating with Architecture for Humanity and the Enel Cuore foundation on a new design which will provide four new classrooms, toilets, a canteen and create useable outdoor play spaces. For the last three weeks the children have been taking part in workshops to make the architectural model for the project, which is expected to start construction in the coming weeks.
Cracking the whip is Jesus Porras, Architecture for Humanity's Design Fellow in Talara. Since his arrival in the community in January, Jesus has been not only getting to know the school and the community, but also investigating recycled materials and innovative construction techniques. As a result the architects’ design for a shade structure that ties the individual classroom buildings together with playful outside spaces will be now be realized with steel section repurposed from a local junk yard, and lightweight, locally grown cane cladding.
Photos of the model making process can be found here.
With the model making nearly finished, stay tuned for final photos, and for news on Jesus' next project: prototype a DIY wind turbine on the school grounds!
Tenders from four contractors have been received for the Santa Elena de Piedritas project. The tender evaluation process is currently underway, and a contract should be negotiated in the immediate future.
The entire team looks forward to beginning construction at Santa Elena de Piedritas in the coming weeks!
• Schematic design (SD) completed by AoR currently starting with Design Development (DD).
• The Project Designer presented the schematic design to the different stakeholders, the feedback was positive and they approved the proposal.
• The Schematic design was submitted to the municipality. If everything is in order it is expected that they could emit a preliminary authorization after one week.
• Research for potential contractors interested in Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction in development, during site visit it was targeted another local potential contractor.
• Willingness from EEPSA for using some of the materials from its warehouse to be used in the school. A lot of materials can be used for the exterior areas, playgrounds, shelter, pavements, benches, etc.
• The Municipal’s engineer inspected the site and surroundings. There were not any objections regarding the project.
• There are some fishermen with old boats, willing to sell them (for a cheap price) to the school.
• EEPSA will provide two temporary classroom for the new students until the construction is finished.
• Schematic design complete currently started with Design Development (DD).
• Project Designer already agreed the terms of work with engineer consultants.
• Preparation of logistics for visit to site to present the Schematic Design to Enel Local Partners, Community and Municipality.
• Volunteer-Construction Administration arriving to the site.
• Research for potential contractors interested in RFP for construction.
• Project Designer/Project Lead reviewing conceptual proposals for the school.
• Design brief has been reviewed by project lead.
• Schematic design progress, expected to be completed in January 2013.
• Project Lead/Project Design Agreement signing: activated.
• Community workshops completed by AoR currently working on design brief.
• Schematic design to start once approval of design brief.
• Preparation of logistics for initial site visit and introduction of Local partners, Endesa and design team.
• Geotechnical studies complete including 3 samples.
• Topographical survey complete for 5000 sqm including level curves each meter.
Design agreement with project designer Taller Cotidiano has been signed, and we are happy to collaborate with the Lima based architectural firm for design development and construction administration. In the next few weeks the team will travel to the site to run the community workshops and share with the stakeholders.
The design team is getting ready to start the preliminary engineering studies that will lead into a new school project benefiting the Santa Elena de Piedritas community.
Currently the final details are being completed as the project has been approved by the sponsors and is expected that the first stages to develop the Schematic Design should start soon.