Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

El-Korchi, Tahar

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica


The La Marta Wildlife refuge is a nonprofit educational and tourist facility. There are approximately nine miles of trials at La Marta as well as several pavilions and an historical attraction. Since they have little money, maintenance is difficult to perform and most improvements are donations-based. The project team had two goals: (1) Design sustainable trails for the refuge, (2) Design a transport system to allow mobility impaired persons to cross the Gato River and enjoy the historical attraction. The trails were designed using surveying techniques along with soil erosion and runoff analyses. The car transport was designed using safety and stress analysis, material and component selection, and Pro-E solid modeling software.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering