Two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 315,000 people, the U.S. Green Building Council, along with global architectural firm HOK is working to build a safer and more sustainable future for the nations’ children.
The partners have been working to design and construct Project Haiti, a LEED Platinum orphanage and children’s center in Port au Prince. The goal of the project is to provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of the orphans of Haiti, offer a pathway to adoption and give them something that all children deserve; value, care and clean air to breathe.
The United Nations has called the earthquake in Haiti the largest urban disaster in modern history. Over 3 million people were affected, 1.5 million were displaced and 10 million cubic meters of rubble was created, severely affecting the air quality for those left in the aftermath.
According to Rick Fedrizzi, the President, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, HOK designed the project to be environmentally and financially sustainable and sensitive to the culture and history of Haiti. The building will include passive elements that require minimal maintenance and will not be dependent on mechanical systems. Green building methods used in the design include those like natural ventilation and on-site power generators that use solar, wind and biofuel technologies.
To learn more about and support Project Haiti, visit: usgbc.org/haiti