What do a 5.5 million-square-foot research university in Saudi Arabia and a 6,000-square-foot orphanage in Haiti have in common? Inspired by sustainable architecture on two vastly different scales, their bond will soon help hundreds of children begin their journeys home.
HOK’s Thomas Knittel shared the story of Project Haiti, the design of a LEED Platinum replacement orphanage in Port-au-Prince, on Nov. 14 at Greenbuild in San Francisco. The presentation featured Roger Limoges, USGBC vice president of organizational development, and Gina Duncan, executive director of Fondation Enfant Jesus.
From left to right in this photo from Greenbuild are Knittel, Duncan, USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, HOK’s Mary Ann Lazarus and Limoges.
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“Jeffrey Boyer, a mechanical engineer in HOK’s San Francisco office, describes Project Haiti as a ‘three-dimensional textbook.’ Indeed, our design team hopes that exposing users to the building systems will help them understand the structure’s purpose, maintenance, and importance.
“Beyond this educational purpose, I think of Project Haiti as a three-dimensional storybook. It is the story of survival and perseverance, of rebuilding and restoring. It is the story of Haiti itself.”
Click here to read the rest of Sarah’s Metropolis P/O/V blog post, which explains how toys inspired Project Haiti’s design.
Sarah and a young boy at Fondation Enfant Jesus in Port au Prince (photo was taken by one of the children who discovered a new love for playing with Sarah’s camera)
When HOK was asked to partner with the USGBC on Project Haiti, a children’s center in Port au Prince, we decided immediately that the most appropriate approach to the project would require an integrated, multi-disciplinary team. So we assembled …
HOK is the USGBC’s official design partner for Project Haiti, a pro bono effort to build a LEED-certified orphanage and children’s center in Port au Prince. Sustainable Design Director Mary Ann Lazarus and a team from HOK recently returned from Toronto, where they shared the Project Haiti story at Greenbuild 2011. Read on for Mary Ann’s guest post and an amazing video from the USGBC:
“Imagine it: 15,000 people in the Air Canada Hockey arena, lights flashing, music playing, Jumbotrons running. Cue USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi for the introduction of the new Project Haiti video. The video features the recent site visit by the USGBC and HOK team members and meeting with the terrific clients, Gina and Lucien Duncan from the children’s center.
At the opening charrette for Project Haiti, we asked a few of the designers about the challenges they anticipated for this unique project. Their responses covered everything from technology to materials to cultural considerations. See more:
HOK is the USGBC’s official design partner for Project Haiti, a pro bono effort to build a LEED-certified orphanage and children’s center in Port au Prince. The original structure was severely damaged in the January 2010 earthquake that caused mass destruction throughout the country. (Read the first post in this series here.)
When you’re used to seeing colleagues in work attire, it’s strange to see them on a weekend. But there we were – a conference room full of people in shorts and jeans, spending a summer Saturday volunteering for an extraordinary project: rebuilding an orphanage and children’s center in Haiti.
The design process began on June 25, when 14 HOK designers and one USGBC representative met in St. Louis, …
Greenbuild 2011, the world’s largest green building conference, is less than a month away: October 4-7 in Toronto. Since Greenbuild began in 2002, attendance has grown from 4,000 to the nearly 30,000 people expected to assemble in Toronto in 2011. This year’s theme explores “What’s NEXT?” for green buildings and the growing green economy. Watch a preview here.
There’s lots of HOK activity at Greenbuild to tell you about – and even a big surprise that we can’t mention quite yet. But stay tuned! Sept. 21 update: We can now reveal that HOK is the USGBC’s design partner for Project Haiti, which is helping to rebuild an orphanage in Port …