Silliman University develops first climate–resilient classrooms

By Roi Lomotan

Silliman University's first climate-resilient classrooms located at 2nd floor of the university Nutrition and Dietetics Department building. (photo from SU-OIP/PIA7-NegOr)
Silliman University’s first climate-resilient classrooms located at 2nd floor of the university Nutrition and Dietetics Department building. (photo from SU-OIP/PIA7-NegOr)

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Silliman University (SU) has developed its first climate-resilient classrooms made of container vans.

According to SU’s Information Officer Mark Garcia, a total of twelve 40-footer container vans were developed into three classrooms and one storage room located at the second floor of Nutrition and Dietetics Department building.

The container van classrooms were designed by a team at the University Buildings and Grounds Department headed by its Superintendent, Engr. Edgar Ygnalaga.

Construction was carried out by SolidACE Construction and Development Corporation.

The vans were carefully handled with fittings and fixtures to make the entire structure look like they have been constructed in one piece.

A study on the use of container vans as classrooms was done by a team of engineers from the university.

The study focused on the integrity of the structure as well as the capacity of container vans to absorb impact from earthquake and strong winds brought by typhoons.

SU is planning to replicate the building design using container vans in the construction of churches and school building in the communities that it assisted under its Continuing Calamity Response Program where one beneficiary is a barangay in Leyte. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Mark Garcia, director of SU-OIP/This article was first published at PIA Website on Nov. 4, 2015)

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