Salvation Army, Chikankata, Zambia
Campus Infrastructure Assessment
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in England, when William and Catherine Booth began to minister to the destitute in the slums of London. It expanded rapidly and now works in 127 countries worldwide, where it continues to provide holistic care to the most poor and marginalized. The Salvation Army has had a presence in Zambia since 1926, when two pioneer pastors arrived to minister to mica miners. At the invitation of a village leader, the mission at Chikankata began in 1945 with the provision of education and health services to the Tonga people. Since the 1940s, the mission has grown into a sprawling campus that includes a hospital with outreach services, a secondary school, a radio station, schools of nursing, midwifery and biomedical sciences, a Salvation Army church and divisional headquarters.
Due to its remote rural location and insufficient public infrastructure, the Chikankata Mission suffers from unreliable power and inadequate water supplies. The primary water source is an existing reservoir that was constructed by the local council. Water is pumped to the campus from the reservoir by an electric pump, but a prolonged drought has reduced the availability of hydro-electric power from the national grid, leading to frequent blackouts. The campus features approximately 300 buildings and nearly 1900 people can be found living on the site at any one time.
The EMI team is tasked with providing an overall assessment of the campus infrastructure including the water, wastewater and electrical systems. Current and proposed building uses will be evaluated to determine the capacity of the existing infrastructure to meet operational goals and future needs. Included in the project scope is an assessment of an existing reservoir and water distribution system, an analysis of the existing power system, and an evaluation of solar energy as an alternative power source.
Will you consider joining our team to help provide the Salvation Army mission with a clean and sustainable water system that will improve the health and wellbeing of the staff, students and patients at Chikankata?
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|Master Planner – Perform analysis of existing campus, summarize existing programming and develop preliminary recommendations for future improvements and growth.
|Civil Engineers – Analysis and design of systems for water supply/distribution, experience with reservoir supplied systems required.
|Electrical Engineer – Conduct a quality assessment of the existing on-site electrical system and offer recommendations for improvements including an evaluation of solar energy as an alternative energy source.
|Structural Engineer – Consult with architectural team, conduct structural assessments of existing buildings and developing rating system for structural deficiencies requiring improvements.
|Geotechnical Engineer – for evaluating an existing reservoir's embankment and make recommendations for future improvements
|Surveyor – for creating a map of key features associated with the water supply/distribution system.