Fiji Kindergarten Project

Prospective Students

All majors are welcome, but we are specifically looking for Structural Engineering, Economics, and International Business majors (as well as any other students interested in business). We will be working with Solidworks in this project.

Mission Statement

The team is designing a kindergarten for the Loloma Foundation to promote early education in Fiji. Considering the natural disasters in Fiji and the sloped hilltop location of the site, the team this quarter came up with a wood frame house design. This year, the team is divided into 2 subteams to conduct individual research for completing a easy-to-read construction manual and gathering funding sources. After several iterations of ideas, the team designed an earthquake-resistant structure with a wood and concrete combined foundation, shear walls with a bracing frame, and a wood gable roof with water catchment system. The team also designed an easy to follow construction manual for the build of each element of the kindergarten.

Quarter Goals

For this quarter, the team will be divided into two subgroups: 

  • Technical
  • Social Innovation



The Technical sub-team is tasked with finishing the design of the kindergarten roof and creating the step by step guide for the construction of the finalized Fiji Kindergarten design. The procedures for construction of the structure’s four walls, roof, and the foundation will be divided amongst this sub-team. Utilizing Solidworks, a computer-aided drafting software, the team will use exploded views of the model and its assembly to plainly map out each step.

Social Innovation

The Social Innovation sub-team focuses on turning the kindergarten project into a sustainable enterprise. The team will focus on improving the existing Fiji Kares business proposal. They will focus on beginning a fundraising platform with the use of social media. For this quarter, the social innovation team’s goal is to obtain funding through competing in the Big Ideas competition and presenting the business proposal to rotary clubs, corporations, and foundations.


The Loloma Foundation is a California-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide medical, dental, and infrastructure support to communities in the South Pacific. They have distributed medical supplies, organized and implemented medical missions, and joint funded sustainability projects. The Foundation partnered with the Global TIES program to convert shipping containers into a functional kindergarten.

Team Members

  • Raquel Balboa
  • Esmeralda Ochoa
  • Vinh Nguyen
  • Chin Wong
  • Andrew Shehata
  • Vala Zia
  • Eric Rohrer
  • Neil Justin Bascos

Loloma Foundation Advisor

  • Dr. Lance Hendricks

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Mandy Bratton

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Crystal Im