Goyena Community Center Project, 2008-2015

USF and ViviendasLeon inaugurated a program in 2007 that brings architecture students together with international development projects in a new partnership benefiting rural communities. Students work with ViviendasLeon during the academic year to design new buildings for rural communities in a traditional studio setting in San Francisco, then travel to Leon to construct the buildings they design side by side with rural community members the following summer. In the 2007-08 academic year, students designed a community center that when finished will have adult education classrooms, an auditorium, clinic, offices, a library and kitchen, all surrounding a courtyard and large covered patio. The project is expected to take a number of years to complete and will provide opportunities for future student groups of all ages to participate in the ongoing development in the community.

Construction of Phase 1, the rear half of the project began in 2008 and was completed in 2013. This phase included a comedor, or eat in kitchen, a library, storage, two classrooms for adult education and a computer lab, and toilet rooms.

Construction of Phase 2 began in 2014 and to date the foundations and earth walls are completed. Depending on funding, the project will be completed as soon as September 2015 and open for the community to use. Major funding for this project has come from the Zoelimax foundation and from the numerous school and family groups that have come to take part in the construction of this very important project.