NEW AGREEMENTS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROGRESS OF THE CITY OF CONSTITUCIÓN
ONE OF THE AGREEMENTS, SIGNED WITH THE ARAUCO FORESTRY COMPANY, IS AIMED AT THE CONSTRUCTION OF 60 WOODEN HOUSES WITH HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS.
July 14, 2017
Our University assumed new commitments aiming at contributing to a better quality of life for the Mauleans when signing social housing construction and cultural development agreements in the city of Constitución.
The first agreement has to do with a housing project designed especially for non-urban areas of the Country, which incorporates new criteria regarding the particular needs of the various geographical areas.
In this context, Putu was the site chosen to formalize an agreement with the Arauco Company, under which our Academic Institution, through its School of Architecture, will support the construction of 60 homes whose recipients will benefit from the new rural housing subsidy.
This project considers the construction of wooden social housing - the first of its kind - with high-quality materials and with a constructive and architectural model that is capable of responding to the technical and economic requirements of the proposed challenge.
According to the agreement, the contribution of the University, through its School of Architecture, lies in the feasibility study for the design of the wooden houses adapted to the appropriate climatic, geographical and social particularities. At the same time, Arauco will provide all its experience in the production of wood for construction.
For President Alvaro Rojas, the community service role of the University is materialized with this type of collaboration in which our Academic Institution takes part, together with the private sector and the people. On this dimension of the work of the University, he emphasized that "our corporate mission is not only to train our students academically, but also to be part, to live and know the problems of our neighbors, in this case Putu’s, and, from Academia, to collaborate so that the very own effort of the people, the social responsibility of the company and our contribution will serve to improve the quality of life with comfortable and dignified housing."
German Valenzuela, Chief of the project and professor from the School of Architecture, explained that the principal material incorporated is wood which, in addition, is very special because it is the one that Arauco exports. "We're going to have houses with high technical, acoustic and structural resistance."
He added that the houses will have of 60 square meters, 15 more than the conventional social housing, and the possibility of building them with extension capability is being studied.
Charles Kimber, General Manager of Arauco, highlighted the value of the joint work of the company with the Academia and of "being partner in an initiative that will allow many families to have access to their own house."
In the ceremony that took place previously, a cooperation agreement to share initiatives in the cultural area between the Cultural Corporation of the Municipality from the coastal County and our Academic Institution was signed.
"As a State University present in the Region, we are convinced that we owe ourselves to its population and this agreement will contribute to the realization of artistic presentation events, both in Constitucion as well as in other places, to show our local artistic talents. As an Institution it is clear to us that “doing Culture” helps to a better quality of life and to improve our society", said President Rojas when signing the agreement.
Mayor Carlos Valenzuela, who is also the president of the Cultural Corporation, remarked that the agreement "opens up possibilities that we do not oversee, yet, in terms of artistic activities from different disciplines with the quality and support of our University of Talca".
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