Opening the Zendor....: Limache, Chile... Waldorf School and Community    
 Limache, Chile... Waldorf School and Community
5 Oct 2001 @ 11:34, by Zen Benefiel

Novalis Corporation
Limache Project General Presentation
San Francisco de Limache - Chile

The creation of the Novalis Corporation seeks to provide a space for human initiatives in the fields of: art, agriculture, medicine, education, architecture and overall to stimulate social, cultural and scientific awareness.




Novalis Corporation
Project Proposal



Section One: Limache Project General Presentation
Architect: Jorge Gomez Ramos

Section Two: Novalis School
Director: Angelica Ramos

Section Three: Health Center
Director: Dr. Liliana Vallespir Machado

Section Four: Art Workshops

Section One:

Novalis Corporation
Limache Project General Presentation
San Francisco de Limache - Chile

The creation of the Novalis Corporation seeks to provide a space for human initiatives in the fields of: art, agriculture, medicine, education, architecture and overall to stimulate social, cultural and scientific awareness. All of this in the light of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, Austrian Philosopher (1861-1925).

The project presented here for consideration includes the following:
-School
-Health Center
-Art Center

To better manage the development of these areas of the project, each has been studied separately in terms of the budget and timeline for achievement of goals.

This project has at its disposition a property of 60,000m2 located in the city of Limache. Limache is located in the V Region of Chile and has a population of 50,000. Surrounding Limache are a series of small towns such as Quillota, Villa Alemana and Olmué. Other more important cities located 30 minutes away by car are Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. The property has easy access being in the heart of the city of Limache. Santiago, the capital of Chile, is only 150 kilometers away. The entire population of the V Region of Chile is approximately 1,500,000.

Section Two:

Novalis School

The objective of the Novalis School is to create an educational facility to function as an integrated education based on Rudolf Steiner´s philosophy of Waldorf education. It is also important to create and support activities that will help the faculty of the school in its development of educators.

The school is already working, opening its doors in 1998 with only 3 students in kindergarten. Today, in 2001, the school has grown to 60 students, 30 in kindergarten. The other 30 are in first, third or sixth grades. The demand has come from the parents to seek a more wholesome education for their children. This school is the only one of its kind in the V Region. In order to target this high demand, since 1999 a group of people have been meeting each week (from Limache and surrounding towns) to study the foundations of a Waldorf schooling system.

The 60 children attending school today use a wing of one of the existing buildings on the site that has been remodeled. The intention is to grow and to accommodate for this increase, the reconstruction and remodeling of existing structures and the building of new ones is needed. There are several existing structures on the site that need to be repaired and remodeled to provide space for classrooms up to the 8th grade, with office space, administration, an auditorium and workshop areas.


Section Three:

Clinic and Health Center

The purpose of this Center is to give medical attention on an antroposophic style of delivery for the local community and any person in need. The objective of the Health Center is to provide care for convalescence, recovery from injury or caretaking of people in general. A first aid clinic has been established within the existing school site, with Dr. Liliana Vallespir Machado as physician. Dr. Machado functions as the director of the center.

The Health Center is located on the upper portion of the site, on a hill, surrounded by trees that are incorporated into the design of the structure in order to maximize the natural surroundings. The building consists of three floors. The first houses administration, therapy rooms and examination rooms, the second is open for activity and walking space and the third contains the client/patient rooms, totally approximately 1570 m2.


General Valuation
Estimated Costs (in US Dollars)

Item Unit Amount Unit Price Total
First Floor M2 715 540 386,100
Furnishings
Second Floor M2 180 600 108,000
Client Rooms M2 675 600 405,000
Furnishings Per room 1,000
Professional Fees G1 1 30,000 30,000

Total

Notes:
1. Cost of reconstruction of existing building is covered in “Recovery of Existing Buildings” (General Valuation) for a cost of $25,000 US.
2. Features not included are access to potable water, drains, electricity, coal, gas, phones, etc., valued at approximately $200,000 US.

Corporation Contribution

Section 1 Land M2 20,000 10 200,000
House on hill M2 50 140 7,000
Contribution 207,000
Total Project


Section Four:

Art Center

The purpose of this area is to create a space for the exploration of the arts through concentrated accelerated classes. The building structure for this area is positioned for optimum use of the site, against the outer wall and approximately centered between the school buildings and the beginning of the grade at the bottom of the hill.

The program features workshops concentrating on:

· Architecture
· Painting
· Sculpture
· Music

This includes living quarters for 20 students adjacent to the workshop building in a 240 m2 (restrooms included) structure. An area of 5,000 m2 is planned to be used for organic farming and is located between the workshops and the living space. The structure for the workshops is divided into three rooms, restrooms and a storage area. This section has a two year timeline from funding to completion.


Estimated Costs (in US Dollars)

Actual values do not include furniture and miscellaneous items.


Item Unit Amount Unit Price Total
Workshop Rooms M2 370 540 199,800
Living Quarters M2 240 540 129,600
Professional Fees G1 1 20,000 20,000

Total 349,600
Actual Property M2 5,000 20 100,000

Total 449,600


General Valuation Existing Site
Item Units Amount Unit Price Total Price Gen. Total
Site Sector 1 M2 20,000 10 200,000
Site Sector 2 M2 20,000 20 400,000
Site Sector 3 M2 20,000 60 1,200,000
Site Area Total 1,800,000

Existing Bldgs.:
Main Bldg. M2 600 200 120,000
Health Ctr. M2 70 160 11,200
S.E. Building M2 280 140 39,200
House on hill M2 50 140 7,000
Infrastructure G1 1 30,000 30,000
Total Existing 207,400
Novalis Total 2,007,000

Investment
Reconstruction of:
Main Building G1 1 50,000 50,000
Health Center G1 1 15,000 15,000
House on hill G1 1 25,000 25,000
S.E. Building G1 1 80,000 80,000
Exteriors G1 1 10,000 10,000
Professional Fees G1 1 7,500 7,500
Recovery Total 187,500

New Buildings
Kindergarten M2 180 540 97,200
School (1-8) M2 320 510 176,600
Workshops M2 370 540 199,800
Restrooms M2 240 540 129,600

Health Center
Rooms M2 675 600 405,000
1st Floor M2 715 540 386,100
2nd Floor M2 180 600 108,000
Professional Fees G1 2 70,000 140,000
Total New Bldgs. 1,642,300
Total Investment 1,829,800


General Valuazation (US Dollars)
Existing Site and Buildings 2,007,400
New and Recovered Buildings 1,829,800
Total Project 3,837,200


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