The Margarita Maza de Juarez school is part of the Happpy Hearts Fund – SURA rebuilding program. Architecture for Humanity is providing architectural support for site selection, peer reviews during the design development stage and construction oversight.
The Margarita Maza de Juarez School is located in the community of La Ceiba in Huimanguillo’s Municiplaity, a rural area in the State of Tabasco in Mexico. Before the reconstruction program the school was affected by floods every rainy season, the most critical flood affected the school in the year of 2008 raising the water level up to 1.80 meters high. The school’s community has managed the donation of a new land considerably higher than the existing school; it will make a safer location for the new school.
Before relocating the school’s 70 students had to miss from a couple of weeks to three months of classes each year as they had to wait for the water to be displaced. This yearly problem made school to have a feeling of been a temporary facility.
The school’s community has managed to involve local authorities, community members and parents to get the donation of new land in a nearby plot. The new project consists in the preparation of the site and the construction of a new school facility for primary students within the limits of the recently allocated plot. As the school is located in a very rural area the project includes the provision of basic services such as electricity and water.
The new school project includes:
|SCHOOL BEFORE RECONSTRUCTION||SCHOOL AFTER RECONSTRUCTION|
Architecture for Humanity
The role of Architecture for Humanity was essential throughout all the school construction stages. Firstly by evaluating the school and assessing the school’s proactivity. Secondly during the design stage Architecture for Humanity was involved by providing architectural support and peer reviews to the school design project. Once construction was taking place Architecture for Humanity was closely monitoring the construction progress and providing construction administration services in order to build a quality educational facility.
“… The new school is much better than the previous one, I like everything about it. I am very excited to move to the new school and I think our education will be better…”
Vivian de la Luz Garcia – 5th Grade student (10years old)
“… It is a very nice school, I like that now we have a football pitch where can play sports and it is great to have a computer lab with brand new computers…”
Jose Carlos Ramirez Hidalgo – Young student
“… I want to thank Happy Hearts and ING, there are no words to describe what I’m feeling, is like a dream come true. I have three children in this school is very nice to know that they will benefit by learning in a better place…”
Maria Garcia – School parent
Activities during construction
The following list includes the links to the reports and presentations of the most relevant activities that took place during the design and construction process.
| School evaluation
Evaluation form with most important data, information, images and details describing the school and its surroundings before the school reconstruction took place
| Architectural design brief
Report describing the architectural program including basic data, general concepts, guidelines and objectives of the school project.
|Architectural Project Architectural project developed by ITIFE.|| Construction schedule
Table showing the estimated construction schedule to build the school.
| Margarita Maza de Juarez opening ceremony:
Slide including photos of the new school and the opening ceremony.