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The Rebuilding Center, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The Haiti Team of Architecture for Humanity runs its reconstruction programs out of the Rebuilding Center in Port-au-Prince. These efforts are aimed at coordinating and collaborating with local professionals, educational institutions and other NGOs, training and educating professionals and building owners and directing the design and construction of primary and secondary schools. The Rebuilding Center will serve as a one-stop shop for professional design and construction services. It will provide workforce training, consumer education, professional referrals, and serve as a clearinghouse for reconstruction bid and tender opportunities. Architecture for Humanity intends to transfer ongoing operations to Haitian hands within five years, following our long-term plan for reconstruction. Updates can be tracked on architectureforhumanity.org, the Open Architecture Network and Students Rebuild.

The Rebuilding Center liaises between local design and construction communities, foreign NGOs and international university collaborators. The Center hosts a monthly Open House in Pétionville to foster dialogue and is coordinating partnerships between UPENN, Columbia, Parsons, the University of Minnesota and Université d’État d’Haiti and Université Quisqueya, among others. The Rebuilding Center engages in micro-planning projects and lend its design and construction expertise toward various smaller projects around Port-au-Prince.

Haiti School Initiative

The Haiti School Initiative focuses on the design and construction of at least 10 primary and secondary schools across Haiti. Designs will emphasize hurricane- and earthquake-proof construction, climate sensitive/passive cooling techniques, community-centered design and development, local materials and the stimulation of local economies. The Initiative is supported in good part by Students Rebuild, a program coordinating youth philanthropic efforts from across the world.

The Haiti School Initiative Grant will temporarily close Monday September 27, 2010 and will remain closed for the rest of the year. During this time we will announce Round 1 and Round 2 grant recipients (on October 1 and December 15, respectively) and our team in Port-au-Prince will begin construction on the selected schools.

We recommend for those interested in applying for the grant to carefully review the application questions and be sure all of the information and appropriate documents (ie land titles) are accounted for. Questions can be directed to haitivolunteer@architectureforhumanity.org.

Completed Schools

Ceverine School with Save the Children

Outside Maissade, Artibonite. The Ceverine School has been under construction for several years and is not yet complete. The school provides education to 257 students–approximately 4 classes of 60 students each. Architecture for Humanity assisted the retrofit of the existing four-classroom block, the design and construction of a new two-classroom block, new kitchen and latrine.

Schools in Construction

École La Dignité

Cayes de Jacmel, Sud-est. The only free private school in the Jacmel area serves 227 students and intends to launch a secondary school program for an additional 90 students, requiring a two-classroom expansion. Status: 16% CA.

École Baptiste Bon Berger

Pele, Port-au-Prince, Ouest. A two-storey critically damaged school serving 1100 students requires a multi-year phase-in of 20 classrooms with improved ventilation and sanitary restrooms in the form of composting latrine blocks. Status: in Demolition.

Schools in Bid Negotiations

Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger

Montrouis, Ouest. We were asked to inspect a school in a coastal town north of Port-au-Prince. The six classroom, 12-grade school built just a few years ago is structurally unsound and must be entirely replaced. The new scheme includes rain water catchment and handicap accessibility. Status: 80% B/N.

Schools in Construction Documents

Institut Foyer du Savoir “Home of Knowledge”

Delmas 75, Port-au-Prince. Since the earthquake and destruction of their old building, the Institut has determined their old site, a rented piece of land, was not suitable for the anticipated 50% enrollment increase. A new site in the hilly Delmas 75 will support 400 students from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Status: 75% Phase 1 CDs.

Schools in Masterplanning

École Elie Dubois

Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince. A secondary school run by seven nuns two blocks from the presidential palace. The campus supports a vocational program and several historic buildings to be restored. The school serves about 250 students. The nuns lived on campus prior to the earthquake and currently commute across Port-au-Prince. Status: 25% MP.

Schools in Schematic Design

Haiti Partner’s Children’s Academy

Mariaman, Port-au-Prince. John Engle of Haiti Partners contacted Architecture for Humanity seeking architectural assistance in the creation of a new primary school for 250 children. Status: 10% SD.

Collége Mixte LaConcorde Orphanage

Carrefour. The La Concorde Orphanage is run by Mama Bastien and her family. They have operated at the Carrefour location for at least 11 years. The orphanage is registered with the government, but is not a Haitian NGO or non-profit. The orphanage cares for and provides education to 45-60 kids. Architecture for Humanity have been asked to design an entirely new facility as all buildings on site need to be demolished and many current activities take place under temporary shelters.

Assessed Schools – March 2010

  • École St. Joseph, Cité Soleil
  • École St. Martin de Porres, Cité Soleil
  • École St. Marc, Cité Soleil
  • École St. Amboise, Cité Soleil
  • École St. Patrick, Cité Soleil
  • École St. Francois, Cité Soleil

April 2010

  • Good Samaritan School, Saut-d’Eau
  • Baptiste Conservatrice d’Anton, Saut-d’Eau

June 2010

  • STEP School, Bolosse, Port-au-Prince, with Churches Helping Churches and Hands On Haiti
    Lafond School, Petit-Goâve

July 2010

  • Collège Mixte Frère Raymond, Carrefour, Ouest

August 2010 

  • Nadal’s School, Palma, Isle de La Gonave

September 2010

  • École Communautaire de l’Odevich, Ferrier Morne l’Hopital, Ouest

November 2010

  • Genese: Ecole Evangelique de Savanne Henri, Fond-des-Blancs, Sud
  • Presterale School, Chacha, Fond-des-Blancs, Sud

Reconstruction of SMEs

The Haiti Rebuilding Center will participate in both short term and long term recovery process by reconstruction of commercial corridors: mapping and documenting commercial corridors to understand economic demands in partnership with SMEs and lenders; providing support for construction financing for SMEs and key ‘anchor’ projects integrating sustainable design and construction services putting more than 5,000 Haitians back to work and impacting the lives of 30,000 people within three years contributing to the Haitian economic development

Bati Byen: Building Back Better

The Rebuilding Center is additionally a one-stop shop for technical assistance, education and training for Haitian building owners and construction and design professionals.

Bati Byen Page

The Rebuilding Center is compiling a professional directory of Haitian design and construction firms. The directory had a first round of distribution at the Building Back Better Communities conference the week of January 24 and the Hotel Caraib in Pétionville.

Rebuilding Center Monthly Meet and Greet

The Haiti Rebuilding Center hosts an open-door Meet n Greet the last Friday of every month. The event is informal and may be structured around a lecture or movie screening. Please contact haitivolunteer@architectureforhumanity.org if you are in the area and would like to attend!

CAD Training Workshop A two-week session on AutoCAD for Haitian professionals and students in the design and construction industry. Kyle Miller from the San Francisco office of Gensler conducted the classes at the Rebuilding Center with the help of some dedicated laptops and copies of the AutoCAD Suite 2009 donated by Autodesk.

AIDG Assessment & Mason Training

The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group conducted a preliminary round of mason training sessions through a grant from Architecture for Humanity. These sessions trained 600 masons who have since reported back progresses in practice. What could Round 2 yield?

Haiti Rebuilding 101 Manual

A concise 32-page graphic manual of recommendations for seismic and hurricane resistant buildings. Free to download, print and distribute!

Transitional to What? Report

This 51-page report examines and compares 10 transitional shelter types (“T-shelters”) currently housing thousands of Haitians in Port-au-Prince, Leogane, Papette and elsewhere. The report rates components for longevity, adaptability and satisfaction of users’ needs amongst other criteria.

Design and Construction Services

Mme Joa Clinic

Outside Maissade. A small clinic built only a few years ago is suffering from severe deterioration. Save the Children has asked Architecture for Humanity to explore and employ solutions for an architectural renovation.

Digicel Group – Accessible House for Marie

LaRousse, Port-au-Prince. Handicap accessible house for a family of 14. Status: 100% Construction Documents

Accessible House for Odeline

Moler, Port-au-Prince. Handicap accessible house for a family of 4, including 2-year-old Odeline, who has limited mobility. Water and electricity to be sourced on-site. Status: 100% Construction Documents

Planning

Santo Community Development Plan

Santo, near Leogane. At the request of the Municipality of Leogane Habitat for Humanity and Architecture for Humanity are collaborating with the local community to create an urban infrastructure that will support the settlement of a core home village, schools, health facilities, recreation and community spaces as well as opportunities for commercial development. The project is supported by local planning company, SODADE, who will help facilitate community engagement and review the design process.

J/P HRO

Pétionville Club Improvements

Projects for benefit of 50,000 camp residents include women’s clinic platforms, an elementary school, child-friendly spaces, and an art school.

Nike

In collaboration with Nike, Architecture for Humanity recently launched a Request for Proposals to the GAME ON? Haiti Sports Micro Venture Fund. We are seeking proposals from Community or Implementing Partners for the next round of funding to support the construction of sports facilities offering programs that tackle social issues in the community.

Monitoring & Evaluation

Architecture For Humanity will hire a third-party Monitoring & Evaluation company to conduct an evaluation our projects in Haiti, which are centered around five types of activity:
Construction financing Haiti School Initiative Workforce development and Training Consumer advocacy and Education Local Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

In each of these activities we seek to use better design to improve safety and quality of life. The key aim of the Monitoring and Evaluation is to assess the extent to which we are successful in meeting these goals.

Program Update, 07-Apr-2011

Project Updates

  • Ceverine officially opened the doors of its new addition March 7, becoming the first completed permanent school for Architecture for Humanity in Haiti.
  • École La Dignité broke ground April 1 following a touching opening ceremony.
  • A dedication ceremony was held at École Elie Dubois, where designs of the new school were shared and students folded paper cranes to support earthquake recovery in Japan
  • Design Fellow Stacey McMahan walks the new site of Home of Knowledge with its students and doesn’t forget the flip cam!
  • The Rebuilding Center has brought on a Construction Outreach team to work with contractors of its various projects, and is recruiting a Haitian marketing and communications firm to help put the word on the street as part of its Bati Byen Initiative
  • Students Rebuild expands its focus to assist Japan reconstruction with a very popular “Paper Cranes or Japan” program alongside DoSomething.org. While the Bezos Family Foundation is cranking out matching funds for the expected 100,000 cranes collected for a public sculpture, Students Rebuild is also preparing a final series of Interactive Video conferences and Webcastsfrom Haiti

Project Status (as of April 1)

Haiti Rebuilding Center: Bati Byen

Monitoring & evaluation – RFP close-out. Interviewing potential consultants

Professional workshop & training – Upcoming Business Edge Program for Architects, Contractors and Engineers slated to launch April 15

Vocational training – J/P HRO training at Pele for demolition; Build Change training at Dignité for construction

Consumer awareness – Local marketing consultant hired

Haiti School Initiative

  • Ceverine – 100% Construction Administration
  • École Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele – 100% Construction Documents
  • Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis – 20% Bid Negotiations
  • École La Dignité – Entering Construction Administration
  • École Elie Dubois – 5% Phase 1 Design Development
  • Institut Foyer du Savoir – 75% Phase 1 Construction Documents
  • St. Louis de Gonzague Main Campus – Predesign

Haiti Design Consultancy

  • Santo Community Development Plan – Phase 2
  • Mme Joa Clinic – 30% Construction Documents
  • J/P HRO Sante Pou Tout Moun Clinic – 70% Construction Administration
  • College Mixte LaConcorde Orphanage – Schematic Design
  • Nike Sports Micro-Venture Fund – RFP issued

About the design phases STAY INFORMED: Reports from the ground and other news are compiled in a monthly Progress Report that we distribute on an opt-in basis. To subscribe to the Haiti team Progress Report, send a request via the “Contact Us” form on the Architecture for Humanity web site (set category: Haiti Rebuilding). Also be sure to check our UPDATES tab for the very latest.

Our Maison is also on facebook. 

GET INVOLVED: Interested in volunteering? Architecture for Humanity accepts volunteers in our Haiti office and at our San Francisco headquarters on an on-going basis. Volunteers will help train and provide design services to the rebuilding community. Volunteers in the field should be willing to commit at least 3-4 weeks, pay for their own travel and provide their own computing/drafting/designing equipment. Architecture for Humanity provides lodging and transportation for all volunteers at the Haiti team house in Pétionville.

Check out our Haiti Volunteer Overview which articulates our volunteer expectations and application process. Interested? Send questions to Get Involved.

We appreciate help making the Haiti Open Architecture Network clear and navigable. If you experience problems navigating to or learning about a project, feel free to send a note to haitivolunteer@architectureforhumanity.org so we can improve it!

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