USAID Nepal Reconstruction Engineering Services (NRES) Task Order I: Schools Project.

Client: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Location: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Sankhu

Status: Ongoing 2017

Area: : 34,500.00 sq.m.

Services: : Architectural and interior design and supervision.

The Project includes detail design and supervision of reconstruction of 3 Secondary Schools (Early Childhood Development Grade - 12 grade) at Kathmandu Valley those were destroyed or damaged by April 2015 Earthquake.

All the school buildings are designed with emphasis on detail interior design to meet the ergonomics of the students and staffs. These schools are designed to be local climate responsive, child friendly design with conducive learning environment and differently-able persons complying Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standard. It includes detail design not limited to administrative sections, office areas for principal, teachers and staffs, but also for library, computer room, science laboratory, audio-visual room etc.

Architectural theme for Kanya Mandir school is to retain existing western neo-classical design and configuration. In Bhagawati school, the design approach adopted is to be in harmony with local Newari Architecture. Regarding Adarsha school, it is rather a restoration project with some retrofitting and design of several new classroom blocks to suit existing Architecture of the main building.

Earthquake resistance design has been taken as basic principle in the structure design. Therefore, the structural system consists of moment resisting frame structure with shear walls.