Rooftop Learning Center in Quito, Ecuador (Atuchcho)
2018; Alan Bugg (Principle), David Smith;
McWhorter Fund for Excelence ($7500)
Project partners include Auburn University Building Science faculty Alan Bugg, Scott Kramer, Junshan Lui, and their service learning class; Project coordination by Sifat International Missions of Lineville, Alabama. Auburn University students that participated are Amelia Bandy, Hailey Boutelle, Bailey Matthews, Anaaft Brown Sakyi-Addo, Natalie Walker and Allie Wright.
A second collaboration with Building Science was a rooftop playground/learning center upgrade for a daycare center located in Atucucho, one the poor neighborhoods inside the “Belt of Misery” in Quito, Ecuador. Through grass roots efforts and help from several organizations outside of the country, this daycare was established in 2004.
The upgrade was to build an open air covering to the rooftop, and two designs for educational graphics (the staff requested geometric shapes and farm animals), as well as an exterior identity sign. Vinyl graphics with associated metal frames were created and delivered for assembly and installation to the daycare.
Faculty and students worked with local contractors to install the canopy and graphics in October 2019. However, due to civil unrest, our trip was cut very short, and we were not able to oversee the final production. The work is completed, but Covid-19 has continued to keep us out of the country.