Center for Regenerative Studies
EWB-CPP partnered with EWB-UCR and EWB-Inland Empire Professional Chapter created a ferrocement model tank at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. This tank, similar in design, was built in preparation for the Guatemala implementation trip. In accordance with Dr.
Brown and Cal Poly Pomona, the project team was able to deliver a water supply system that was needed at the facility. Armed with shear will and effort, the team gained valuable experience and the facility gained a functioning ferrocement water tank.
This project’s purpose was to get the project team prepared for the Guatemala trip implementation. This is where hands on practice of tying rebar, hog-ringing, and plastering was key before the Guatemala trip. The Center for Regenerative Studies was in search for a water supply system for one of their test houses and we needed to build one.
The design was based upon a larger scale model that was built in San Lorenzo El Tejar, Guatemala. The tank was ferrocement, meaning heavy iron concentration in the cement mixture. It consisted of horizontal and vertical rebar with mesh as the armature to create a smaller area for the plaster to stick on. This armature served as the skeleton and as the main structure of the water tank. The dimensions were: twenty-five feet in diameter and four feet in height. Specifics on the design were discussed in the Guatemala water tank project.
In Southern California, 30 miles east of Los Angeles, is the city of Pomona. Located on 16 acres (6.5 ha) within the Cal Poly Pomona University campus, the Center promotes the integration of people and natural processes with systems vital for community living, including food, water, energy, the built environment, and waste processes.
In March 2011, five students from EWB-UCR chapter, four professionals, and twelve students from EWB-CPP volunteered two weekends to finish the tank.
Included in our budget were the following expenses: Portland cement, gravel, and sand for the cement mixtures, rebar, welded-wire mesh, hardware cloth, hog-rings, tools, and thorough-seal and other logistics…….. $1,500.