Due to the excessively high cost of the bids received during the tender phase, the Architect of Record (AoR) is currently redesigning the building. The goal is to modify the design in order to make it more affordable to build. Additionally, the AoR is in conversations with a prospective local contractor.
The first three tenders for the project have been received for the Ruka Llallin Domuche project. All three tenders are excessively high due to the remote location and complex nature of the project. Architecture for Humanity and the local Architect of Record are now exploring alternatives to allow the project to move forward; discussions are underway with a fourth potential contractor, who is based locally and is expected to submit a more reasonable proposal.
Meanwhile, the onset of winter in Chile is expected to push the start of construction back to mid-September.
Design development currently in progress. Discussions are underway to formalise offers of materials donations that will allow the currently proposed design to be executed within the project's budget. The team hopes to finalise the design development package within the coming weeks to begin the tender process and break ground before the onset of winter in Chile.
• Research for Tender process in Chile including contract type and tender package sent by AoR.
• Schematic Design stage completed as AoR had submitted all required documentation and was approved by local partners.
• Pehuen Foundation following up with municipality for land tenure documentation. The Municipality didn’t submit the paperwork as they initially indicated.
• Community workshops report complete shared and posted.
• Schematic Design ready for completion currently waiting for final details.
• Design development ready to start once SD is approved.
• Research for Tender process in Chile including contract type and tender package.
• Community workshops took place the third week of December.
• Project Lead visited the sites and communities.
• Meeting with all stakeholders and relevant representatives.
• Conceptual proposal reviewed by Project Lead.
• Pre-design work complete project currently starting design development stage.
• Project Lead/Project Design Agreement waiting for activation.
• Preparing logistics along with Fundacion Pehuen for design team to do initial visit.
• Community workshops preparation between design lead & project designer.
Project scope has been completed, currently starting the request for proposals procedure in order to find the most suited project designer to develop design development and construction administration for the project.
The complexity of the cultural context by working with local communities with strong heritage ties with the local culture has been intensified as the team works closely by preparing the project scope.
After deep feasibility studies and project proposal development; the project has been approved by the board of directors. Two new facilities will benefit Pehuenche women weaving groups soon to be built in southern Chile.
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