As you may have heard, the students, faculty, and alumni of David Lipscomb University School of Engineering in Nashville have been working together for over a year to design, fund, build and deliver a 106 foot walking bridge to connect the two HOI schools in Honduras. Each school sits atop a bluff on opposing sides of what has become a busy and dangerous highway. The vision to connect them with a walking bridge was conceived as a safety precaution at the request of the parents and teachers.
A team from Lipscomb, supported by their donors and also advisors from McBurney Energy in Atlanta, will be at Rancho el Paraiso in the Agalta Valley the week of August 8-15 to receive the container shipment housing the disassembled bridge. They will then reconstruct the structure and hoist it into place with a 100 ton crane that is coming out over the mountains from Tegucigalpa. The huge concrete footings for the bridge were designed by Lipscomb engineers, and constructed in March by team members of the Bob Hope Wilderness Team, led by Coach Vince Dooley. There was more concrete mixed by hand and poured by these team members than any other project in the history of HOI. Ranch staff and local volunteer workers dug the massive holes for the bridge caissons.
Our thanks goes out to all the people at Lipscomb, other US and local volunteers, Daniel Toon of the HOI Board, and the HOI staff members who have worked so hard to make this dream a reality.