BOISROND TONNERE SCHOOL
PORT AU PRINCE / HAITI
PROJECT TYPE: Primary School (up to age 14)
PROJECT PARTNERS: Outreach International, Community of Christ
ENGINEERING PARTNERS: Buro Happold (Structural), Max Fordham (M & E)
STATUS: Final stages of construction
What it’s about:
The Boisrond Tonnere School is a primary school that educates children from low income backgrounds. The school is located in Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince. During the devastating 2010 earthquake most of the city including the school was destroyed.
We have designed a new earthquake resistant classroom as well as a new community hall. In the event of another earthquake, the school should remain standing, enabling students to return to a sense of normality soon after a natural disaster. The structural design was developed in close collaboration with our structural engineering partners to arrive at the simplest and most economical earthquake-resistant structures.
The school includes six classrooms and a community assembly hall, kitchen, toilets and outdoor play areas. All spaces are naturally ventilated and designed to remain cool during Haiti’s tropical summers.
A functional challenge was the issue of providing sufficient potable water for the school community. In anticipation of water shortages, we have designed a rainwater collection tank and an underground water cistern that collect and store rainwater during the wet season.