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resources. The award funded the construction and services of AfH design fellow, Greg Elsner. AfH, with its worldwide network of local contractors, further refined the design based on local construction techniques. Elsner lived in Mahiga for 17 months to manage the project with community leader Joseph Mutongu and assist Kenyan architects and builders employing age-old construction methods. Raising the steel trusses, for example, required the crew to erect 30-foot-tall scaffolding using three-inch diameter eucalyptus poles with the help of a concrete hoist—an extremely challenging process. The project includes a 4,500-sf playing surface sheltered by a metal roof with gutters that channel rainwater into five above-ground cisterns with a combined capacity to store 30,000 liters (almost 8,000 gallons). Annually, an estimated 180,000 liters of water can be harvested and rendered potable by an integrated solar-powered, ultraviolet purification system. The design of the gutter evolved to ensure that every drop of rainfall on this arid locale might be captured, with its ultimate placement in the valley of the roof to prevent splashover. Jurors were especially intrig ued by the design of the eight steel “Y” trusses supporting the roof. “The beauty of the structural trusses and the roof sitting on these trusses is really quite original,” remarked David Salmela, FAIA. Andrea Exter is the associate publisher of Texas Architect.

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