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The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation Supports Earthquake Resistant Construction Practices in Peru with Grant to Elementary School Retrofit Project

Chocos, Peru – October 5, 2011 - Children in the Peruvian village of Chocos, perched at 7,000 feet above sea level, will soon be studying in a newly retrofitted school that is no longer a collapse hazard during earthquakes, thanks to a GeoHazards International (GHI) program funded in part by the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation.

This summer, the village’s three-room elementary school was rebuilt with a more robust foundation. Its adobe brick walls were bound together by high-strength plastic netting called geomesh, and a reinforced concrete beam was placed atop the walls. These important additions will keep the school and the children inside safer during future earthquakes.

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“The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation was created to support humanitarian efforts such as GHI’s earthquake resistant construction program in Peru, offering impoverished residents the skills to use affordable and readily available materials to make a real difference in the safety and durability of future building projects in this earthquake prone region.”

Richard Tomasetti, chairman, Thornton Tomasetti Foundation

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About The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation

The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in February 2008, has two primary missions including funding fellowships, scholarships and internships for undergraduate students, and those planning to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology and providing financial support for individuals and organizations pursuing philanthropic activities related to building engineering, design or technology. Key elements of the program are college scholarships, traveling internships, and grants to, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations.


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