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College Mixte Le Bon Berger

Architecture for Humanity

Montrouis, Haiti

By Jenna M. McKnight

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Situated on Haiti’s west coast in the town of Montrouis, the College Mixte Le Bon Berger was forced to demolish its two preexisting, structurally unsound buildings following the 2010 earthquake. AFH recently completed the first phase of a reconstruction project for the 400-student private school. A new rectangular, two-story building contains eight classrooms, with decorative window and door screens fabricated by local metalworkers. To enliven the building, a steel-truss system extending beyond the exterior walls was recently painted a rainbow of colors. Plans for the project’s second phase are under way.

ARCHITECT: Architecture for Humanity.

BUDGET: $306,000.

CONTEXT: Primary school’s two buildings were razed due to structural instability resulting from poor construction and earthquake damage. Students travel up to 9 miles round-trip by foot to attend classes here.

March 2012
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