Dec 2, 2019

Ready for Groundbreaking!

Supervisors planning for meeting with contractor
Supervisors planning for meeting with contractor

To our GlobalGiving family,

I am thrilled to report that the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fundación A. Jean Brugger offices is scheduled for December 15!

 Our Building Committee, which is made up of two members of the Board of Directors and two Fundación graduates in engineering, spent the last two months searching for the right contractor. The group interviewed seven contractors and received offers from six, and after careful analysis, chose a firm called MultiServicios.

Not only will this project build our new offices, it will build capacity in our students and graduates, because part of the agreement with the contractor is that they will provide work opportunities for our students and graduates. Aurora, a recent engineering graduate, will have a job as an assistant to MultiServicios’ on-site engineer. Henry, an engineering student who needs only to do an internship before he graduates, will be able to do that internship on the office project. Current engineering students will be welcome to visit the construction site and observe at any time. Three Fundación engineering graduates will form an independent supervisory team. They will be on site at all times, making sure the contractor is following the plans and technical specifications for quality of materials.

One of the reasons we chose MultiServicios was precisely because of their openness to this level of participation by our students and graduates. 

Thank you for believing in the Fundación and helping us take this big step forward to ensuring the long-term future of Fundación A. Jean Brugger.

In gratitude, 

Kathleen Brugger

President, US Board of Directors

Fundación A. Jean Brugger

Sep 4, 2019

Contractors are Submitting Bids for Project

To our GlobalGiving family,

Our Building Project continues to move forward, thanks to the support of our faithful donors.

We are currently in the exciting - and challenging - period of deciding on the builder for our new offices. We have met with two contractors and have plans to meet with two more in the next week. Thankfully we have a committed and knowledgeable team to review the contractors’ bids: Nicaraguan architects and engineers who benefitted from Fundación scholarships working in partnership with experienced North American builders who are friends of the Fundación.

Our goal is to begin construction in November, which is the beginning of the six-month dry season. Hopefully our next update will be full of news of the groundbreaking celebration!

Thanks again for your support,

Kathleen Brugger President,

US Board of Directors Fundación A. Jean Brugger


Jun 10, 2019

Architect has submitted Building Plans

We are happy to report the progress we are making in our Building Project to our GlobalGiving family. Our architect, Jessica Céspedes, has finished the plans. Two of our former scholarship students, Architect Kiara Olivas and Construction Engineer Luis Mendoza (in photo with Fundación founder Jean Brugger) looked over the plans carefully, before giving them to a structural engineer who will review them and provide a baseline estimate for the construction.

This estimate should be complete by mid-June, at which point we will be opening the project up for bids from contractors. We already have 4 companies who have expressed interest in the project.

Nicaragua is still suffering economically from the political unrest that occurred in 2018. Because one of the requirements for our builder will be that he or she employ people from San Juan del Sur, this project will not only help the students of Fundación A. Jean Brugger when it is complete, it will also help the people of San Juan del Sur while it is being built.


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