College - Author 1
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Department - Author 1
Architectural Engineering Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Architectural Engineering
Allen C. Estes
Through the help of Journeyman International, local cooperatives, and the Empowering Villages Organization, a large part of Rwanda is being redesigned and rebuilt. Changes hope to enable access to electricity, and will empower communities with leading socio-economic development solutions in energy, environment, entrepreneurship, and education. These efforts have led to the vision of the Virunga Coffee/Cocoa Co-op along the Mukungwa River in the Northern Province of Rwanda. This project consists of a team of two Architectural Engineering students, an Architecture student, and a Construction Management student from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, working with a local representative in Rwanda. The purpose of this project is to create a community center and warehouse for the advancement of coffee and cocoa farming that locals can access for both learning and economic empowerment in order to increase education standards and employment in the community. This project report consists of a personal reflection of travel experiences in Rwanda, preliminary research of the history of Rwanda, drawings and calculations of the structure, challenges faced during the project, and reflections of personal encounters throughout the project.