Chitom

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

 
 
Retaining Wall
Retaining Wall

Tying rebar for the retaining wall footing.

Retaining Wall
Retaining Wall

Rebar bent to account for the higher part that could not be excavated further for the retaining wall footing.

School Back
School Back

Completed school.

Retaining Wall
Retaining Wall

Tying rebar for the retaining wall footing.

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