Posts Tagged ‘Project Haiti’

Ottawa Office Haiti Lunch Fundraiser a Success

On May 10, HOK’s Ottawa office hosted a lunch fundraiser in support of Project Haiti. Lynn Ferron, Ottawa’s Sustainable Leader, organized this event, setting the stage for a lovely afternoon. Lynn was inspired by the creation of Project Haiti, its development, and all those dedicated to its realization, many of whom are passionate volunteers who have devoted much of their personal time to the redesign of the Orphanage and Community Center in Port-au-Prince.

In the same spirit, the Ottawa office worked together in support of the fundraising effort, approaching grocery stores for gift card donations, and ingredients for a pot-luck at the office. Several HOK foodies cooked up …

Project Haiti’s Seeds of Hope: HOK Design Team Donates $50,000 to USGBC’s Orphanage Project in Haiti

This post, written by HOK President Bill Hellmuth, originally appeared on the U.S. Green Building Council‘s blog.

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.

The HOK team that designed the LEED-NC Platinum King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) campus in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, earned a $50,000 award. Instead of dividing this money among the team, Science + Technology Director Bill Odell and other project leaders set out to

Project Haiti Team at Greenbuild

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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A Model for a New Emergent Approach to Building in Haiti

By Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED® AP

The New Year always causes one to reflect on the recent past, but especially so today, the two-year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated group of volunteers at HOK to design a children’s center and orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Earlier this week, we presented our latest design to the client, Fondation Enfant Jesus, as well as to the U.S. Green Building Council. The results were very positive.

Our collective goal to create a nurturing and restorative place is taking shape. In many ways, though, this project is more difficult than the large, …

Project Haiti: The 3D Storybook

Sarah Weissman, a St. Louis-based architect and member of our Project Haiti team, writes:

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.


Library at Fondation Enfant Jesus’ Lamardelle

Project Haiti on Metropolis POV

We’re thrilled that Sarah Weissman, architect and fearless leader of HOK IMPACT, is guest blogging about Project Haiti for Metropolis magazine’s Point of View blog. You can click here to read the first entry and check out her latest post below:


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 …

Project Haiti Takes Center Stage at Greenbuild 2011

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.

“I was quite …

Project Haiti: Challenges

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:

Also, on the subject of Project Haiti, USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi recently penned a Huffington Post guest article on the project. Check it out to read Rick’s perspective on how efforts like Project Haiti are simply a matter of making a commitment and sticking to it.

Project Haiti: The First Charrette

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, …

HOK Volunteers Helping USGBC Rebuild Orphanage in Haiti

HOK is USGBC’s official design partner for Project Haiti


Children at Fondation Enfant Jesus (image from HOK site visit, August 2011)

In January 2010, a devastating earthquake shattered the island country of Haiti. One of the countless destroyed buildings was that of Fondation Enfant Jesus, a non-profit, non-denominational orphanage and children’s center that cares for more than 250 children per year. A few months ago, the U.S. Green Building Council invited HOK to join a partnership to design a replacement facility on the same site. The project is now a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, an honor that will help provide support for …

What’s NEXT for Green? Join HOK at Greenbuild 2011

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