Mae Yang Min, Thailand
This ambitious project had several goals.
Design and construct a 6000 m water supply transmission line from the Huai Houk pressure break tank to Mae Yang Min.
Construct a 186 sq. meter (2000 sq ft) addition to the school.
Perform extensive data collection that included GPS mapping of both villages, a comprehensive water quality study of the area, wetlands and soils assessments.
Perform a health assessment in both communities.
Clean the existing storage tanks and distribution lines in both villages.
We also began investigation of the needs for other villages in the valley including Ah Nyi Ko.
The Fort Lewis College contingent included 17 students, two faculty members and three professional
partners divided into three working groups; water system, school project and data collection. Each group
had a designated student leader and a faculty or professional partner providing oversight. The groups
worked throughout the school year on the respective designs and procedures for each component of the
project. A comprehensive project document was compiled for use during implementation. The document
included pertinent design calculations, construction drawings and specifications, water quality testing
procedures, a health assessment questionnaire, lists of materials and equipment, cost estimates, a
detailed work schedule (Gantt chart) and work assignments for each individual for the duration of the
In addition to the FLC team numerous other groups participated in the project. This included five
construction specialist and interpreters who work for the NGO, approximately 30 to 40 villagers, and a
subcontracted truss installer and roofing crew. A total of at least 60 to 70 different people worked on the
project. The FLC phase of construction was completed in 11 days with an estimated work output of
roughly 4000 man-hours.