Together with classmates Sean Muirhead, Joaquin Iglesias, Patrick McAlpine and James Matzke, Rabell worked closely with the Caramanico Foundation to design a preschool that integrates the need for early education with a commitment to health and hygiene. In December 2013, Iglesias, McAlpine and VESL Director Jordan Ermilio returned to Cambodia to meet with the in-country contractor, zone the site, and break ground.
In 2014, the team’s preschool design took second place in the SEI (Structural Engineering Institute) Student Structural Design Competition. The students generously donated the $500 prize back to the Caramanico Foundation.
The preschool building has since been completed and now provides a safe and healthy learning environment for more than 80 children.