The Chitom School in the municipality of Joyabaj, Guatemala is a one-story confined masonry structure. The project includes a retaining wall structure consisting of masonry with tension ties and an on-site wastewater system consisting of a septic tank with field lines. Prior to the construction of the project, an existing school consisted of two teachers and 61 students meeting in a community salon divided into two rooms. The project provided the community with a more formal learning environment for the students in the community as well as improved sanitation.
We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the EWB-Wisconsin Professional Partners on this project. They provided funds, design mentorship, and travel mentorship, and this project would not have been possible without them.
Project Manager: Lauren Itzin
Faculty Advisor: Todd M. Davis, Ph.D.
Responsible Engineer in Charge: Max Schmiege, PE
Structural Design Mentor: Martin Aquino, PE
Water Resources Design Mentor: Doug Nelson
Rebar bent to account for the higher part that could not be excavated further for the retaining wall footing.