Phase 1 On-Site Construction is Fully Funded!

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We have reached our first fundraising goal! Since launching this campaign, we have received 675 individual donations totaling $49,898! We were also able to sell a land asset this month (closed escrow on 3/15/19) for $126,660!

This means that Phase 1, which includes all on-site improvements, has been fully funded. We have all the permits and expect to break ground April 1st. The estimated cost for Phase One is $87,445 (see the original estimate below), but due to some changes requested by the City of Hesperia, the estimated cost for Phase 2 Off-Site has increased, so the overall project total has gone up to $214,243.

Fortunately with the land sale we have funded the majority of Phase 2 as well, with a remaining total balance of $37,685 (still waiting on final approval from city and final estimate to follow).

As soon as construction begins on Phase 1 (see timeline below), we will continue to raise the remaining funds for Phase 2 off-site improvements.

Thank you to the CalEarth community for helping us raise the funds needed to re-open our campus. Your support and generosity has been overwhelming.

Stay tuned for our official campus re-opening date!

 

Anticipated Project Timeline:

Learn more about the required Civil Improvements and the history/timeline here.

CalEarth on BBC Future: What is SuperAdobe?

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CalEarth was recently featured in the BBC's 'Future,' stories that range from health to psychology, climate change to technology.

In this article, meet Pablo Cuauhtémoc Saavedra Castellanas, a resident of Hueyapan, a small town in Morelos, Mexico whose home crumbled during the 2017 7.1 magnitude earthquake. He and his family chose to rebuild using SuperAdobe because of its ability to withstand earthquakes and stand up to the area's harsh environment.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190228-what-is-superadobe


SuperAdobe Spotlight: CalEarth Alumni Ayal Bryant

Ayal built with SuperAdobe in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico and continues to teach, build and advocate. Learn more about his extraordinary buildings below!

1. You have built SuperAdobe structures in different countries. How do you choose the location you will build? I have built wuith SuperaAdobe in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, but these have been for clients who have already defined the project location. What I do is visit the site previous to designing in order to assure that SuperAdobe is the appropriate building technique for that specific site and the client's needs.

2. Why do you choose to build using SuperAdobe over more traditional types of building methods? This is a very important question and I am very careful about recommending SuperAdobe to a client as it is very particular and is not ideal for all situations. If we decide to build with this technique it is because I have analysed factors such as: climate, soil, risks (flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.), aesthetics and availability of workers. I prefer SuperAdobe in dry/hot climates or where earthquakes and hurricanes are a possibility.

3. Tell us about the structures you built. What are they used for? Both structures are used as homes. The first is for a couple who live in it full-time and even offer tours of the house on AirBnB. It is 170m2 and made up of 4 full-sized domes, 4 apses and a main 6m diameter and 2 story kitchen, living, dining and mezzanine. The second is a 70m house comprised of 5 domes built as a home for a couple who are starting an organic farm in the mountains of Puerto Rico.

4. Do you have a team of builders who travel with you or do you employ local builders? I employ local builders as much as possible, otherwise the price of the project becomes too expensive.

5. Highlight some unique design features in each of your buildings. Where did you get the inspiration to incorporate them? The house in Costa Rica was built 2 feet below grade, and a cellar built about 4 feet below grade with the intention of regulating the internal temperature and using all the material removed as fill for the sacks.

We also designed a unique water catchment system dividing the exterior surface of walls in two by means of a farrow cement gutter that runs all the way around the house directing the rainwater into catchment points at the intersections of the domes.

On the Puerto Rico project, we built on a ruble trench foundation that helps keep all the water away from the walls of the house as well as absorbs some of the energy in case of an earthquake. We also incorporated fixing points all around the house for a roof that will be added later.

6. Talk about some of the environmental concerns you had while building and what steps did you take to make the structure suitable for that location? Rainfall was the biggest concern definitely as it slowed construction and affected not only the work pace but the materials as well. As the earth we used had a really high proportion of clay, it was difficult to work with if it was saturated with water.

7. Do your buildings have amenities such as bathrooms and kitchens? If so, how were these spaces constructed? Yes, all the buildings have normal bathrooms and kitchens; this includes composting toilets, tadelakt shower stalls and grey water treatment systems.

8. What surprised you the most when learning to build using SuperAdobe? The beauty of the finished products.

9. If you could describe your buildings in one word, what would it be? Inspiring.

SuperAdobe Spotlight: Bonita Domes

Tucked away in Joshua Tree, CA, lies Bonita Domes a luxurious private home studio retreat. Owned, designed and built by Drum Medicine Woman, Lisa Starr, Bonita Domes is a model of SuperAdobe technology at it's finest. After attending a one-week intensive workshop on dome building, plasters, and finishes at CalEarth, Lisa set out on her own adventure to build her dream dome home. The home is comprised of three separate structures; one 12-foot diameter dome and two 8-foot diameter domes plus her own private 1,360 square foot dome home. Walk around the property and you'll discover a communal kiva fire pit, shower house, an art studio and more! Having sourced 85% of the retreat's materials from her own land, Lisa strives to create a sustainable life living in peace with nature.

“Bonita Domes is the dream that was calling me about building my own house, building community and working and playing with the earth within my spiritual practice. I kept following my heart and spirit and somewhere along the line of that calling out, the dream met me. I think we are coming to a time where the other side is meeting us to make us whole and complete," said Lisa. 

Guests who visit Bonita Domes come to relax and rejuvenate. In addition to tours of the retreat, Lisa offers a group Drum Medicine Journey as a wellness experience where guests can enhance their own spiritual practice through the use of instruments and take part in private Shamanic Healing sessions. Stargazing is also a must at this desert oasis!

For more information about Bonita Domes, visit Lisa’s website: https://drummedicinewoman.com/bonita-domes/