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

Tying rebar for the retaining wall footing.

Retaining Wall

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

Retaining Wall

Tying in column bases for the retaining wall.

Retaining Wall

Pouring concrete for retaining wall footing.

Retaining Wall

Completed footing.

Retaining Wall

Tying in column cages.

Retaining Wall

Tying back column cages.

Retaining Wall

Laying first layer of block.

Retaining Wall

Pouring the first beam.

Retaining Wall

Backfilling retaining wall.

Retaining Wall

Last stage of the retaining wall construction prior to EWB-MSOE departure.

Wastewater System

Excavating septic field.

Wastewater System

Backhoe used for excavation.

Wastewater System

Laying pipe in the septic field.

Wastewater System

Leveling pipe in the septic field.

Wastewater System

Cutting pipe for the septic field.

Wastewater System

Covering pipe in the septic field with gravel.

Wastewater System

Covering the gravel layer with woven plastic bags.

Wastewater System

Making a tool used to punch holes in the woven plastic bags to create filters.

Wastewater System

Using the tool made on site to punch holes into the woven plastic bags.

Wastewater System

Covering the septic field with soil.

Wastewater System

Continuing to backfill the septic field.

Wastewater System

Leveling the pipes connecting the septic field to the distribution box.

Wastewater System

Constructing the walls of the distribution box.

Wastewater System

Final construction stage of the distribution box prior to MSOE departure.

Wastewater System

Pipe connecting the distribution box to the septic tank.

School

Preparing to pour the footing for the school.

School

Constructing the walls for the school.

School

Back view of the school during construction.

School

Front view the retaining wall and the school during construction.

School

Back view of the school displaying the roof structure during construction.

School

Bathrooms under construction.

School Front

Completed school.

School Back

Completed school.