Continental Crossings Nicaragua 2012


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We are a team of engineering students from Iowa who are designing and building a footbridge in Nicaragua.


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Continental Crossings was formed in 2006 by a group of civil engineering students at the University of Iowa. These students aimed to combine academics with their desire to provide assistance to communities in the developing world, through an augmented senior design project. The 2006 team committed over two full semesters and 500 hours of work towards the completion of a bridge located in Peru.

The students were responsible for the design and erection of the bridge, guided by the non-profit organization Bridges to Prosperity (B2P). The team was responsible for on-site surveying, development of technical drawings, material selection, and the final construction plans. The bridge was constructed in 2007 by a local mason and community volunteers.

In the summer of 2010, a new group of students traveled to Zambia in southern Africa to assist in the construction of another bridge through B2P. The bridge was designed through collaboration between engineering students from the University of Iowa and from the University of Zambia.

This same team of University of Iowa students is now designing a bridge that will be constructed in Nicaragua in Central America during the summer of 2012.

Team Captain

Nikki Larson Nikki Larson

I would like to use my engineering skills to help people across the world.