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CTPH to Create Home for Gorilla Research in Bwindi
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to an estimated half of the world’s 720 critically endangered mountain gorillas, and is surrounded by one of the highest human population densities in Africa of 200 to 300 people per square kilometre.
These remote human settlements have very limited access to basic modern health services and health education. This adds a special challenge to conservation efforts because humans share more than 98% of their genetic material with the great apes, so many diseases can jump between the species.
Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)– a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by Ugandans in 2002–works to prevent and control disease transmission where wildlife, people, and their animals meet, while cultivating a winning attitude toward conservation and good public health in local communities.
The new Health and Gorilla Conservation Center would enable more centralized research material to CTPH’s goals, allowing closer tracking of the gorillas; provide housing for staff members; and offer facilities to accommodate ecotourism, a valuable income source for local communities that helps conservation education efforts in the area.
Sustainable Design Features:
- Sensitive siting allows building to follow existing landforms, minimizing site disturbance and grading.
- Mechanical systems and electricity use are reduced by designing with passive systems.
- Passive solar design lets the sun help heat the building and shade to keep it cool.
- Narrow footprint optimizes daylighting and natural ventilation.
- Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels will provide power for the clinic.
- Solar thermal hot water uses sun instead of electricity to heat water.
- Rainwater catchment will supply water for the Gorilla Research Clinic.
- Water filtration will supply drinkable water for staff and visitors alleviating the need for disposable plastic bottles.
- Metal roof with recycled steel content, reflective color limits solar heat gain.
- Plastered masonry walls provide thermal mass, passively maintaining interior temperatures.
- Operable clerestory vents induce air movement for cooling and ventilation.
- Natural site-specific materials selected for durability and timeless beauty.
- Indigenous artwork and patterns will be incorporated into the design.