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Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative library and lab  

In 2014 OTS was awarded a grant of $289,000 from the U.S. National Science Foundation program for our field station in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This award extended the research and training capacity of the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (SSLI) with the construction of a laboratory and library facilities.  

Creating an inspirational and sustainable learning space in Skukuza enhanced the science and learning opportunities for the students while showcasing to Park officials and the community in Skukuza the ways in which low impact design and materials can reduce the environmental footprint of new facilities in all aspects of daily living.

Rammed earth walls and a living roof provide thermally passive, cool spaces during hot South African summers and other external walls built demonstrate the benefit of using recycled concrete slabs from an old helicopter landing pad on site, rather than using new bricks. The floors are comprised of tightly compacted earth with a veneer of lime/cement, further reducing the carbon footprint of the building.

We are excited to share pictures of the construction on the combined laboratory and library facility. We will begin construction on the lecture theatre shortly, and look forward to keeping you updated on the progress.  

Photos: Karen Vickers


Last Updated ( 12/21/16 )
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