A team of 10 Thornton Tomasetti engineers from six offices recently travelled to Boca de Lura in Panama as part of the TT Gives Back initiative. By partnering with Bridges to Prosperity, the team was able to help provide a crucial passage over the Lura River for area residents.

Designed to encourage, improve and increase volunteerism opportunities for employees whilst at the same time build leadership skills and increase Thornton Tomasetti’s social impact, the programme supports at least one service project per year and collaborates with an international community service organisation. This time, it partnered with Bridges to Prosperity for a project in Panama.

For about half the year, the Lura River floods and is dangerous to cross. By building a suspended pedestrian bridge, a community comprised of over 1,170 women, children and subsistence farmers who raise cattle, grow rice, corn, plantain and yucca will always be able to access the local hospital and health centre, schools and the local market on the other side, regardless of the state of the river.

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