Goyena Preschool

This was a phased project over three years, beginning in 2005 and completed in 2008. It was built at the request of the community, and to support a preschool education program begun by the New Haven Leon Sister City Project. It is a two-classroom preschool building and is constructed of rammed earth and reinforced concrete, with steel purlins and corrugated metal roof. It also has an office and comedor at either end of the building constructed of decorated cement block for ventilation. To offset the heating characteristics of the roofing material, an interior sloping ceiling is designed to both insulate the interior and create a chimney like draft to help ventilate the interior, a design innovation introduced to Nicaragua. The project was built with the help of the community and student volunteers from the United States.