AFH is still estimating and cutting prices to the work extension. The plan so far is to to refrain the growth of the drainage trench by building a sturdy foundation on which will sit a solid perimeter masonry wall and deviate the existing channel by creating a proper run-off system for the sewage. Our budget only allows us to build the foundation for this. We're estimating 1 month of administrative duties and construction work given how limited we are on this budget-wise is and our eagerness to close out this project.
Work on this should likely start end of next week soon after we get the necessary approvals.
The punchlist items have been carried out promptly after the report was sent to the firm. We performed a final walk through last week aand we certified that the work and fixes have been executed according to the punchlist notes issued to the GC.
There's still some work to be done outside of the present GCs scope of work . From our recent visits to the site, we've noticed that a huge rainwater channel was created right below the temporary site perimeter wall and this passageway keeps growing deeper and wider as it rains.
This issue is one of possibly 2 or 3 we would like to solve by building a solid perimeter wall and a proper channel for the sewage to pass through. We're presently determining the extent of the works and putting together a budget for this newly emergence.
Construction has completed at College mixte le bon Berger!
View of louvered doors and windows_ classroom building
View of inside a classrom at doorstep
View of building C (Toilet) with hand washing station and water tank
Side view of Building B (Toilet)
Keys to the buildings were handed over to the School director on october 2nd. The school facilities have been in use since then and the school owners and students are delightful with the new addition. Punchlist work started from that point on and concluded finally this past week end. Substantial completion payment will be released to the GC following a final walktrhrough scheduled for early next week.
A few students and the school director showing their appreciation towards everyone who contributed in making this whole project a success.
Last month’s core work mainly focused on the roof structures of the three buildings. The metal trusses for building A were finally put up after a series of crucial directives. The whole procedure (from fabrication to installation) had its special requirements and three of those essentials aimed on the welding job, the gusset plates and the connection of the truss element to the plate embedded in the walls and beams. All adjustments and additions were unrestrainedly made and the outcome was approved by GSA, our structural engineering consultant.
Photo taken on the roof of the new classroom building Looking south-Sept 2nd, 2013
toilet building - trusses built up
Overall masonry work completed for all three buildings. Cement plaster applied on all exterior and interior walls. Paint job started on sanitation buildings. The idea is to reflect all colors of the first building to the 3 being constructed. The main colors are green, white and Gray. With an intelligent mix of those colors, we’ll hopefully create a cohesive campus.
We’re in the midst of contacting Give Love, an organization which primarly focuses on sanitation projects treating and composting waste, to provide the necessary training and guidance for the good use, maintenance and management of the sanitation block.
All block work of building A and C is finished.
Building A; after today's inspection they are ready to pour the last two shear wall elements. When that is done they will start setting up the ring beam construction, for it to be ready for inspection next week.
To catch up some time they will start putting up crepisage on the finished wall elements of building A
They have dug the tranches and set up the layout of the building.
The rest of the week they will work on the rebar construction in the foundation, for it to be ready for inspection next week.
Building C; they are waiting for the timber, to be able to start the roof construction. In the mean time they will crepisage the building.
At the end of this week(30), or early next week(31) Design Action will start the production of the metal windows, doors and trusses in their depot. As soon as they have the materials ready in the depot AfH and GSA will come to the depot to do an inspection.
This week DA has started with the demolition of the existing toilets and the layout of building B. During the layout of this building they realized the size of the toilet area in real is not the same as in the drawings. Together with AfH they decided what would be the "new" place of building B in relation to the existing school building and the fence.
DA is doing some improvements in the rebar construction after a visit to the site of GSA and AfH.
The block work done so far is of a good quality. Two weeks ago DT of GSA made a comment on the space in between the blocks. The block work done after that looks good.
Rebar is sticking out of the foundation of building C at the level of some of the back doors. AfH adjusts the design by mirroring two toilets and changing the position of two of the back doors. In this way the rebar can stay in its place and the space between the two doors becomes the size of one block.
In the back side of building C (and for later also building B) sits a drop of 30 cm. This is to creat for the buckets to fit underneath the toilets. To have the blocks in the wall aligned the first 10 cm above the dropped floor will be made of concrete.
Wednesday the 10th of July Design Action has poured the concrete floor slab of building A.
On Thursday the 11th of July Design Action starts putting up the block walls of building A and the re-bar in the walls of building A.
Thursday, the 4th of July, in the afternoon Design Actions is ready with all the adjustments that needed to happen op the foundation. Thursday evening Jeanty sends photos by email to the office. Friday, the 5th of July at 8am the approval is given that Design Action can start pouring concrete for the foundation of building A.
On Monday, Natalie, Jacques and Kate are having a site visit and also do a steel inspection on the re-bar of the foundation. They give the building recommendations to be able to be fully ready for the steel inspection with the engineer on Tuesday.
Tuesday, Dany, the engineer, Jacques and Fleur go to the site to have a weekly site meeting and to do a re-bar inspection of the foundation.
Adjustment to be made before pouring concrete:
- because they use 40-steel instead of 60-steel, Design Action has to ad 25% more steel into the foundation and walls of building A
- in several places the form-work is to close to the re-bars. In these places the form work has to be taken out and moved further out so the spacing between the bar and the form work will be 5 cm.
- the mix of mortar they use is not right, to much sand
- the mortar in between the blocks is to wide; it should be 6mm
- the separation wall is not connected to the outer wall, they should use a "herringbone"
- at the junction of the separation wall and the outer wall there is no reinforcement in the wall. They have to add re-bar at those points.
When Design Action has improved these points Jeanty will make pictures and send them to the AfH office to be able to give the approval to start pouring the concrete of the foundation wall.
Construction is about a week behind on schedule.
Design Action works on the re-bars of the foundation of building A and C. During the steel inspection on Tuesday the 25th of June the work is not yet up to the point that the engineer can approve to start pouring concrete of the footing.
On Wednesday the 26th of June Design Action has completed the following tasks:
• Fix the vertical rebar in a straight position.
• Lift the rebar of the footing 75mm of the floor, supported every 60cm.
• Clean the trenches, no rocks, leaves and plastic.
• Have 5cm of space in between the rebar and the formwork.
• Take out unnecessary rebar.
After these tasks being done they continue to pour the concrete footing of building A.
On Wednesday, the 25th of June Wilson D'Or has transferred the money from the account of the school to the bank account of Design Action.
Last week Design Action continued to dig the slots of the foundation of building A (the classroom building) and building C (4 toilets)
Because the soil is very hard DA, AfH and DT the engineer have agreed that building A is going to be build with a stepped foundation.
This week DA is going to continue to put in the re-bars of the foundation of building A. DA has to wait pouring the concrete for DT to give his approval over the installation of the re-bars.
Thursday the 6th of June Kate has send out the first TR request to St.Francisco.
Design Action continued working on demolition.
The main building layout has been set up.
The site turns out to be smaller. After our weekly site visit everybody agreed on keeping the distance to the fence as it is foreseen in the drawings and make the space on the north side of the building slightly smaller.
WD will do the first payment this week into the account of Design Action.
Natalie Durosiers, Jacques Nixon, Gerald Jeanty and Fleur Messer went to the site to have a kick off meeting with the school director Mr.D'Or and Design Action.
Design Action already has already started demolition on Monday.
Unfortunately Ermilus didn't make it to get to Montrouis because of transport problems.
Natalie and Fleur went together with Mr. D'Or to the bank to have the school bank account being re-opened. Of course it was a long time waiting, but finally we managed to get the bank account to be re opened that same day.
Now having the Grant agreement and the bank account in place we can contignue to have the contract signed between Mr. D'Or and Mr. Duverna (Design Action)
On the 4th of June the contract is signed by Mr. Wilson D'Or.
On the 5th of June the contract is signed by Mr. Rigaud Duverna.
Also that afternoon the first TR (transaction request) was send out to the AfH Head Office in St. Francisco.
Mr. D'Or and Mr. Duverna sign the contract.
Tuesday May 28, 2013 first site visit with Design Action and AfH at Montrouis. The discussion was mainly about what needs to be done for mobilization, where they would be able to store materials on site and which buildings are going to be demolished.
An other subject was how to arrange the project payments. The account Mr. D'or used to have for phase one is closed. He will open a new school account at UniBank.
AfH will sort out what the fees over the payments of phase two.
Friday May 24 AfH and Design Action have an agreement in principle on the contract of Montrouis. The reason that we can't sign it yet, is because we have to wait for the official approval from AfH headquarters in St. Francisco.
With a letter of agreement Design Action approved to start on Monday the 27th of May.
Today AfH had a final meeting about the contract with the contractor "Design Action". We have both agreed on a total price of $136,000 for the second phase. The contract also includes a schedule, which says the second phase will be finished by the 31 of august 2013.
Because the grant agreement isn't signed yet by the head office in St.Francisco, the contract between the school principal and Design Action can't be signed yet.
We hope to do that at the end of week 22, so they will be able to start construction as soon as possible.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, mr Wilson D'Or, the school principal of " College Mixte Bon Berger" in Montrouis signs the Grant Agreement. This is the agreement between the school principal en Architecture for Humanity for the second phase of the project "Montrouis". The second phase of this projects includes; demolition of the old existing buildings on site, the construction of a two classroom building, two composting toilet buildings (which include 10 toilets in total) and landscaping of the site.
After the Grant Agreement has been signed by the Head Office of Architecture for Humanity in St.Francisco the money can be transferred into the account of the school principal. As soon as this has happened the contract between the school principal and the contractor can be signed.
Mr. D'Or signs the Grant Agreement.
We experience contractors are more cautious than a few years ago. They are not willing to take as high a risks as for example one or two years ago.
Also because of that we are still negotiating with the two contractors about the final offer for the second phase of the Montrouis project.
The drawing sets, architectural and structural + the BOQ have been send to two contractors. YCF and Design Action.
At the end of this week we expect a response from them.
Working to get the BOQ final, to get it out tomorrow with the drawing sets to the two contractors to do a bid offer.
Final set of structural drawings done by Genie d'Ayiti for the two toilet buildings.
Final set of structural drawings for the two classroom building.
At 3.30pm Genie Ayiti (Dany's office) gave us the construction drawings of building A. (instead of having them finished on the 18th of March and still missing the construction for the 2 toilet buildings (B and C)
We will update the BOQ a.s.a.p. to the last construction drawings.
As soon as that is finished we will send the drawings to the 2 contractors (Yves/YVF and Regaud/Design Action)for them to update their bid-offer.
Updates on that have to be ready next Wednesday, April 3.
End of next week, April 5th AfH will chose the contractor for this project.
The students are having a week from today.
Mr. Wilson, the principal will start taking of the roofs from the old buildings to reuse them on his other property. He will also start to build temporary classrooms on this other property for the children who had classes in the buildings that we are going to demolish on main property.
This second property of his is about 50m from the existing school, down the street at the main road along the cost.
Today CD drawings were handed out to two contractors.
The two offices are Design Action, who did the first phase of Montrouis and YCF.
They will do an bid by the end of next week. (22 March)
Demolition on site will be postponed with one week.
Start demolition 25th of March.
Start construction beginning of April.
CD is 80% ready and will be given to two contractors do start the bidding process.
Still planning to start demolition phase 18th of March.
A schematic drawing set from the contractor has been given to us. CD are ready for 60%.
Spoken with the constructor Dany about the MP for Montrouis.
The basic decisions on the construction design have been made.
We had a meeting with Mr. D'Or the school principal to explain him the MP and the composting toilets that we would like to use in the new plan. The principal agrees on the MP with two classrooms. He is enthusiastic about the outdoor space that can be used as play area, but also as outdoor classrooms. The school had some questions about the toilets, but after explaining the benefits of a composting toilet they agreed this is the best solution for this site.
Mr. D'Or is having some doubts if the contractor of the 1 phase should also be the contractor of the second phase. The biggest concern he is having is a delay on the project. The principal wants the second phase been build as soon as possible.
Last week we did a site visit to take more pictures and measurements on site. This week we finalized the MP to continue with the DD and CD drawings.
Next week I will go to the site and talk to the school principal about the MP drawings.
This we we had a look at the possibility to move the entrance up at a higher lever in the street. It will be better for the circulation on the whole site and also in terms of how you actually are going to experience the site.
The other thing we looked at is if it would be possible to build a two story building and where it would be the best place to build the toilets. (all together, or divided in two different place)
During the first 2 weeks of the New Year we have been working on the Master Plan.
Next week the design of the Master Plan has to be clear for about 90%, so we can have the drawing construction set be ready by the end of February 2013.
Today Kate and me went to Montrouis to have a meeting with Wilson D'Or the school director and his son Ellie the school secretary. We explained them the new proposed Master Plan for the second phase. As expected they were a little shocked when they realized all of the old school buildings have to be torn down. But they responded very enthusiastically after seeing the new plan.
Proposed master plan phase 2.
We also discussed the date when we could start the to demolish the old class rooms and the construction of the new building.
- The beginning of the school year for 2013 is set for the beginning of September.
- The whole building process of the second phase is expected to take about 5 month.
- They have school exams until mid march.
With knowing all of this we agreed that the start date of the second phase on site will be the 16th of March.
Meeting with Wilson D' Or and his son.
This week and next week we will be working on the Master Plan for the second phase. We are planning a meeting with the principal of the school, Wilson D'Or, early week 51 to talk to him about the ideas for the second phase.
Proposed site plan.
Today we had an office meeting about the design for second phase for the Bon Berger school in Montrouis. After discussing different options everybody was positive about the idea that the design of the two classes has to be in such a way that the spaces in between the two buildings can be used as play areas or other (more) classrooms.
The new toilets will most likely be located at the bottom end of the site. The open space created after the exciting toilets have been taken out will be added to the play area of the older students.
Existing site plan.
On November 15 we had our first visit to the site in Montrouis. The school principal, Wilson D'Or and his son, Elie the school secretary showed us around on site.
Building site second phase.
We saw the 8 classes build in the first phase. The building looks great and is used by a lot of students. This building is mainly used by middle and high school students, who are in often classes often up to 50 or 60 children.
With the new building being in use the number of students at this school had increased from approximately 400 up to 500/550.
1.New class room. 2.Students
We also had a look at the 7 other class rooms in use by the school. Five classes are in classrooms, but the other two are only underneath a roof build in between two other buildings on site. The principal is explaining us the problems they are having with these buildings. The main problem is the bad quality of the constructions work of these buildings, and therefor being dangerous for the students. One of the other problems is that most of these classes have leaking roofs.
1.Existing, old school building. 2.Leaking roof of old school building.
Besides the classes there are a few other buildings on site; like a depot/guards office, a small depot used by the ladies who prepare lunch and snacks for the student and 5 toilets. All of these buildings are in quite a bad shape.
The principal is very enthusiastic that there will be a second phase for his school.