This week at our new campus, a team of 30 workers have been busy completing the 'destruction' phase of the renovation process. They have removed old floor tiles, doors, windows, and ceiling panels, inset new electrical wiring into classroom walls, and dug a sump pit under the ground floor of what will become the toilets for our 2-storey teaching block. They are now getting ready for the fun stuff: rebuilding, repainting, and outfitting the first of our teaching blocks!
We are also laying the groundwork - quite literally - for the first of our sports facilities. Next week, we expect to see heavy machinery on site, carefully removing (and replanting) trees from the area that will become our football pitch and running track. After the tree transplants, we will see a process of land preparation that involves the removal of large rocks and other impediments, the addition of new materials to create a smooth surface, then levelling and compacting of this surface, creation of drainage channels, and finally the laying of turf and other finishing touches.
With the Vietnamese school year now over, we are also gearing up to take possession of the 3-storey teaching block and the canteen building, both of which we agreed that Hoang Sa could continue using until now so as not to interrupt learning for that school's students. These buildings will soon be emptied of Hoang Sa's furnishings and fittings so that we can get to work on their upgrade as well.