Five more residential buildings need to undergo this refurbishment, three have been completed.

This work might not sound very exciting to you, as you browse through the school website, but this work is vital as it will increase the resilience of the buildings in the event of an earthquake which is critical for the life-safety of the students and staff. The mudslide disaster was in 2010, but the school is still recovering from this. Funding is needed for this long-term refurbishment programme.

It was early in 2016 that Sonam Angdus, the construction manager, noticed problems with several timber columns, which prompted a series of structural surveys. They showed that the devastating mudslide in 2010 had caused hidden structural damage throughout the campus.

Over that winter, Drukpa Trust worked closely with the Arup design team to prepare a mudslide repair and seismic upgrade programme, with life safety and resilience for the next 50 years as key factors. On completion, the school will be a resistant post-disaster community aid hub in the event of an earthquake, serving Shey and the surrounding area.

Being a functioning school with around 840 students, open from March to early December (then closed for the harsh winter), the repair work will be phased over several years so that groups of students can be placed in temporary classroom and residential accommodation while the work is completed building by building.

 

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