03.06.2014 – DRPILLA had the recent privilege of serving as the structural engineer for the construction of a Volunteer House in Yantalo, Peru. The project was coordinated through the Yantalo International Volunteer Organization (YIVO), a not-for profit organization established in 2009 dedicated to supporting the needs of volunteers past, present and future. The primary structural scope of the approximately 1,800 sf building involved the design of a concrete moment frame system with ribbed slab construction and a sloped wood rafter roof. The volunteers that will be utilizing the house will be part of building the first sustainable hospital in Peru. Local staff will be on hand year-round with international volunteer residents and professors present on a rotating basis through agreements with Universities in the US and Peru. In order to have a fully-staffed team, there must be housing available to volunteers.