Today the contractor, Multi Sercons.sa, of Rivas, presented the keys of the new office building to the Fundación staff. Even with coronavirus prevention measures, the building was finished a month ahead of schedule. We are thrilled with the job MultiServicios and our Supervisory staff did, as the building is absolutely beautiful.
We look forward to the staff moving in to their new offices in May, and to planting a garden in front of the building. When that is complete we will be holding an open house for the entire community!
For the last four months the back of the Fundación offices has been filled with a storage shed, a contractor's office, and construction materials. Now that it has been cleaned out we are celebrating how much space we have!
The plan is to build a simple patio to make the yard useful for student meetings and other gatherings. Our longer-term goal is to build a meeting room here, which will be used for student meetings, workshops, and also be available to rent to provide an income for the Fundación.
In Nicaragua, when the contractor says they are finished there is what is called a "Pre-Entrega," or "pre-delivery". The owner and the contractors tour the building and any issues are noted in the official pre-entrega document. The contractor then has 15 days to fix the issues before final delivery.
Supervising Engineer Luis Mendoza was in charge of checking for problems and noting them in the official document. Thankfully there weren't many issues, which means we should be ready for final delivery at the end of April.
Nicaragua has beautiful hardwoods, and we chose Laurel for our doors. All the doors are handmade and finished on site. The front door of both the Fundación office and the rental module have a glass insert that will include a design crafted in iron.
From the beginning, the idea for the new offices has included plans for rental space to bring in income. This first phase has a module for rental, with its own entrance and bathroom. The second phase is the meeting room, which would be available for rent when not being used for Fundación purposes, and the third phase are second-floor apartments.
With the construction office set to be demolished, the Supervisory crew moved their office into the future student library. Today we had a meeting with the contractors about the plans for delivery of the completed building on April 30. It felt wonderful to already be using the offices. And it is exciting to be almost done - the contract called for a May 22 completion date so the contractors will have completed the job more than 3 weeks early. Considering we slowed down the work due to COVID-19 prevention measures, this is an impressive achievement.
The work site has been secured with a zinc fence since the first day, and when the workers began to remove it, it was a revelation to see the building fully. Soon the fence will be completely gone.
The doors are handcrafted from a Nicaraguan hardwood, laurel. The front door was the first to be installed, and the doors were also put on the storage shed so materials can be stored securely now that the construction shed has been demolished. The rest of the doors will be installed next week.
The concrete walkways have been put in place, including using a broom at the last stage of laying the concrete, to ensure a rough surface to prevent anyone from slipping when the surface is wet.