College Mixte le Bon Berger

College Mixte Le Bon Berger [Montrouis] – Architecture For Humanity

The Stiller Foundation and Students Rebuild are delighted to be announce the completion of Phase 1 of College Mixte Le Bon Berger School. Designed by Sinead Hugh and Neil Wilson in late 2010 the building was released for construction bid in Spring 2011. Local firm Design Action was chosen as the contractor and construction started in June 2011. Under the supervision of Carl Harrigan and Stephane Cherduville and later Jacques Nixon and Gerry Reilly the building was completed on February 11th 2012. An opening ceremony was held on February 29th 2012 where School Director Wilson D’Or thanked the funders Stiller Foundation, Students Rebuild and PechaKucha and thanked the collaboration and help of Judy Chambers.

College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis and Architecture for Humanity are continuing their effort to find additional funding to complete Phase 2 (Kindergarden, Kitchen, Admin Block) and Phase 3 (Sanitary facility).

entryviewflatThe site for this school is located along Route 1, one of the country’s main coastal roads. The site has a five meter elevation change from the entry to the back with two flat yards and a flat entry point. The ground appears extremely rocky with very little soil cover. Following completion of Phase 1 (8 classroom building) there is remaining an existing school building – an administration office, a latrine. Upon the inital site visit in 2010, it is the opinion of the AFH team that some or all of the existing buildings be removed from the site due to faulty construction leading to structurally unsafe buildings. There is almost no rain water collection or drainage strategy. All of the existing buildings on the site have severe issues relative to access for the disabled.

College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis and Architecture for Humanity are continuing their effort to find additional funding to complete Phase 2 (Kindergarden, Kitchen, Admin Block) and Phase 3 (Sanitary facility).


The site is located in Montrouis, Haiti a few hundred feet from the beach. The water is visible from the top floors of the corner building. The school is naturally ventilated, with an East-to-West air movement. There is a 5 meter grade change from the entrance of the site (elevation +0) to the back, where the latrines are located (elevation +5). The site is located in the midst of a small community and has students who travel up to 15 km to school each day. When the school was constructed, it attracted the settlement that it sits within and continues to be a major component of the social structure in the community. There is a water pump on site but no potable water. The site is situated about 50 meters from the main road and is accessed by means of a narrow, unsurfaced road. It is assumed most of the children will approach the school on-foot using this road.

Site Specific information

  • Site Area: 1465 M2
  • Area currently occupied by buildings:550 M2
  • Building 1: Classroom Building
  • Building 2: Classroom Building
  • Building 3: Administration Office
  • Building 4: Kitchen
  • Building 5: Latrine

Classroom Building 1
• Constructed in 2009
• Six Classrooms
• There are no glass windows in the existing school. Apertures are made in the walls by using cinderblocks with an hexagonal void in the center. (Pictures 5) These are integrated into the cinder block walls. Cinderblocks measure 8 x 16 and are 6 inches deep.
• Cinderblock/Concrete construction
o In-situ poured Concrete frame superstructure with cinderblock infill.
o Cinderblock
o Concrete (cinderblocks with concrete poured around to fill)
o Cinderblock is coated in a finer, smooth plaster to hide defects in construction
o Corrugated metal roof
• Natural light.
• One classroom has access to non-potable water towards the rear of the site

Classroom Building 2:
• Constructed in 2009?
• Six classrooms for 12 grades (each class is approximately 16 M2)
• Timber stud half height partitions separate classes, giving very poor acoustic control
• No glass windows: Apertures are made using cinderblocks with a central void.
• Cinderblock walls with corrugated metal roof. Some timber used as lintels though most apertures have no lintels. Where there are doors, they are thin and metal. Minimal water retention system

Administration office: 10 M2
• Unknown Construction date
• One office
• Most likely cinderblock construction. Coated in cement and painted yellow.

Kitchen: Cinderblock construction. 10 m2
• Constructed in 2009
• Building already showing signs of wear: exposed rebar, cracked concrete.
• No windows
• Corrugated metal roof

Latrine: 4 M2 (Picture 10)
• Unknown construction date
• 2 stalls
• No access to water in the immediate area

(First) Building (This is about the condition of the building and if it can be reused as is, modified, adapted, or should be torn down)
(Short paragraph on condition of building)
• Building 1: Is structurally unsound and completely inaccessible. Should be torn down
• Building 2: Foundations and base plinth may be usable. Interior classrooms small. Already showing structural deficiencies.
• Admin office: Head Master accepts the idea of knocking it down. It is centrally located on the site and demolishing the current building and relocating the office would free up critical space on the site.
• Kitchen: Already showing structural deficiencies. Sited OK: near the top yard. Should probably be demolished.
• Latrine: Insufficient size for the number of users. Structurally probably fine.

We recommend the removal of all of the buildings on site and replacing them with new constructions. It might be possible to reuse foundations or to augment the existing buildings to conform with accessibility and safety regulations.




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