Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Lonny G. Simonian, Philip L. Barlow
The use of photovoltaic panels in construction is rapidly growing all around the world. This paper summarizes the findings of a student-based project in Belize that was installed December 2016. The San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School is the largest school on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize with over 700 students in 22 classrooms ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Although the school has power supplied from the local electrical utility, power outages occur frequently and the cost of electricity is considerable.
The project had several issues related to preparing the design, acquiring the materials and equipment, and developing schedule, shipping, and work planning. In this paper, I will cover specific topics of the project, including estimation, communications, and installation. I will discuss some of the problems I encountered that included a lack of communication, accessibility to the construction site, site layout, as well as the solutions I took to mitigate each problem. Finally, I will discuss my findings and the lessons I learned while working on this project.