We are extremely pleased to confirm that we will be returning to Haiti in 2015 to continue our commitment to delivering essential school construction following the 2010 earthquake that took the lives of over 300,000 people.
We are designing and leading on the delivery of the Bois Rond Tonnerre Primary school in Petionville, which is run by The Community of Christ international church group. We are working on the project alongside our partners at Outreach International and with the assistance of Max Fordham and Buro Happold. The Community of Christ run schools all across Haiti and Bois Rond Tonnerre in Petionville is the biggest in the area, serving children between school years 1 and 6. The impact of the earthquake caused the original school building to completely collapse in just 12 seconds, illuminating the need for more robust structures in such a vulnerable environment.
The new school will contain 6 classrooms, a new kitchen and a community hall, and allow hundreds of children to return to full-time education. Emergency relief tents initially used in the wake of the earthquake are no longer present in Petionville, highlighting the urgent need for a new educational facility in the area.
Article 25 architect Rafael Marks and Buro Happold engineer Dirk Rinze Visser visited Haiti in March 2015 to undertake community consultations about the design of the school and an audit to assess what local materials are readily available in the community. During their visit the community was presented with a 3D model proposing how the new building could look, which was well received. It is envisaged that the new building will be in operation for the start of the new school year in September 2016.