Foundation University

To be a dynamic, progressive school that cultivates effective learning, generates creative ideas, responds to societal needs and offers equal opportunity for all. In its quest for excellence in mind, body and character and the pursuit of truth and freedom, Foundation University commits itself to: develop students of sound character and broad culture; prepare students for a definite career; imbue students with the spirit of universal brotherhood; and advocate truth, promote justice and advance knowledge.
Aug 27, 2015

University Conducts Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Quinones and David
Quinones and David

As part of the research extension program, Foundation University is conducting post-occupancy evaluations on the first three Estudio Damgo structures to improve future projects for its long-term success.  Led by research department faculty, Ma'am Geraldin Quinones, former Estudio Damgo project manager, Anna Koosmann, and with the assistance from Estudio Damgo student alumni, they are gathering qualitative data from community residents, teachers, and baranguay officials after being occupied over the past years.

Surveys from 7 Core Shelter community members reveal that the majority of the residents are largely satisfied with the multipurpose hall design and performance of the structure.  During the survey discussions, the president of Core Shelter, Jona David, expressed her gratitude for the building.  She reflected that before the multipurpose hall was built, residents would meet in one of the houses to hold community meetings.  There are over 50 households in the community.  The homes are small, one-room spaces that hold no more than 10 people comfortably.  Before, not all residents felt welcomed to join in on the discussions.  If they did attend meetings, residents would stand in the street or outside the window to participate.   Now, community meetings are filled between 50-60 residents at each meeting.  The multipurpose hall can accommodate at least one representative from each household to participate in one, unified space.  The president emphasized, by having a neutral space, it has largely benefited the community to resolve conflicts.  Before, if there were a conflict between two families, the residents would find a neutral family household to work out the issues.  Now, the multipurpose hall creates a neutral and safe space to have meaningful discussions, helping to create harmony among the community.  It was also expressed that the residents prefer to use the multipurpose hall to resolve issues instead of going to the local baranguay hall.  

The positive reactions expressed by the community are fuel for the Estudio Damgo program to continue creating meaningful structures that enable positive change within the community. 

After assessing the post-occupancy condition of the building structure, remarkably the bamboo columns and truss members are weathering well after one year.  The research team has taken notes on areas to maintain and repair, in order for the community to make full use of the building for other activities, such as access to medical services and adult training. 

Still, the multipurpose site remains without the grey water management system.  The Phase II plans for the livelihood program includes improvements to the site sewer trench by creating a bioswale, and a livelihood program that uses aquaponics and vertical growing wall.  The program is waiting for funding to support this essential part of the program.  Without the water management system, the site continues to flood due to poor sewer system. The dirt trench alongside the road collects debris and garbage and overflows with heavy rain.

Please donote to support Phase II of our program so that we can ensure the completion of this project to help the flood survivors. The benefits from the training of this livelihood program will nourish the community and the environment.  Please help.

Exterior Building
Exterior Building
Students and David
Students and David
Dirt Trench
Dirt Trench
Phase II Site Plan
Phase II Site Plan
Phase II 3D Rendering
Phase II 3D Rendering
Jun 18, 2015

Floating Pyramid on Brgy. Bantayan Sea

Diver putting a marker
Diver putting a marker

Seeing the Marine Sanctuary Center floating on the sea is a dream come true to the design team of Estudio Damgo III for nine months ago (August 2014) all we have was just the miniature model we tested on the same site.

March 2015 was supposedly the deadline of the project but due to some circumstances that is out of the team’s control, the construction was extended for another two months. But despite this, we never ceased to continue the dream we have from the very beginning. We took a break on April and came back on the month of May. We reorganized, made some adjustments on the schedule and the work distribution in order to bring back the momentum we have before the break. Laying out the markers on the actual site (which is approximately 200 meters away from the boulevard), dropping the deadman (concrete foundation), Lifting and floating the base structure, and assembling the upper structure were the major activities for the last few weeks of construction.

The divers from Dauin volunteered themselves to help the team with things that needs to be done underwater. Fully geared, the four divers laid out the nine buoys as markers of the building on the second week of May. The following week, the entity that poured the concrete on the formworks of the concrete foundation delivered it to the site. But we were not able to bring the foundation on its actual location that day. Lifting it was impossible with the plan we initially have. It was a nightmare! The people who helped lifting have used all their energies but it didn’t make any difference. Given that situation, the team thought of a plan B to drop the foundation in place. They fabricated a steel raft with barrels as the floatation to be the courier of the concrete foundation from the shoreline to the site. The A-frame and a chain block at the shop were the solution to the challenge encountered in lifting the deadman. And thankfully, we were successful on our second attempt! The lead diver, was the one who gave the command and direction to those who volunteered in pulling and dropping the concrete on site. The Philippine Coast Guard were also there to help the team, they sent their men equipped with aluminum boat and diving apparatuses.

The spirit of camaraderie and unity was the key to the accomplishment of lifting the platform of the structure to the sea. People from Barangay Bantayan, Foundation University workers and Estudio Damgo III team lifted the base structure with our bare hands. Slowly, we slide the structure into the ramp down to the sea and in a span of five hours, we are able to float the two 4m X 8m base structure modules on the water. That time, the team showed that “bayanihan” still exist these days.

Estudio Damgo III team with the workers then started to construct and assemble the upper portion of the structure. It wasn’t easy assembling it on top of a moving water especially when the weather is bad or when the wind is blowing hard. But these factors didn’t stop us in completing the project. The upper structure is almost done both its exterior and interior. The project will be inaugurated on July 2, 2015.

Lifting the Concrete Foundation
Lifting the Concrete Foundation
Transferring the base structure
Transferring the base structure
Louvers partially installed
Louvers partially installed
building interior
building interior
Building exterior almost complete
Building exterior almost complete
Jun 10, 2015

Education to Sustain Communities

As part of Estudio Damgo's (Dream Studio) mission to teach Filipino college students sustainable design to benefit a chosen community, Foundation University's Agriculture extension program, lead by Mark Espedilla, continues to work with the residents of Core Shelter community since the relationships were formed through the Multipurpose Hall project in 2013.  During the second semester this past February (and marking nearly one year after the ribbon cutting), Espedilla's extension program took their fieldwork on solid waste management to Core Shelter.  Espedilla says the residents are proud of the Multipurpse Hall and they keep it clean. The students used the Multipurpose Hall to instruct residents on urban composting and gardening.  The community is now supplied with a rotary composting unit and the knowledge to reduce and use their waste for gardening.  Espedilla's extension program demonstrates Estudio Damgo's mission through and exchange of ongoing relationships, which benefit both Foundation University's students and the local community.  Foundation University’s College of Business Administration has also conducted fieldwork with Core Shelter using the Multipurpose Hall.

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