‘Project Haiti’ To Help Orphans Build A Home

December 2, 2010

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is hosting a fundraising drive to help design and construct a new LEED certified orphanage in Haiti, replacing the facility that was destroyed during the recent earthquake.  The announcement was made at Greenbuild 2010 in Chicago during the closing plenary.

Together with the Lend Lease Corporation, USGBC has committed to catalyzing the unrivaled passion, expertise and generosity of the green building movement to provide the people of Haiti with both a powerful symbol of hope for the future and a model of sustainable building practices upon which to rebuild their nation. That’s the mission of the Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center – to provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphaned children and provide a pathway to adoption.

A full-day design charrette was held in Chicago during Greenbuild.  Thirty five design professionals met including USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi, Maria Atkinson, Global Head of Sustainability for Lend Lease Corporation, and project owner and contractor Michael Mahon of Adaptive Building Solutions.  This diverse group developed two conceptual designs for the project.  Those designs will now be developed by the team and Nicholas-Clarke Architects.

Once the center is constructed, it will be operated by Fondation Enfant Jesus, which operated the original orphanage on the building site, at Del Mas – Rue Fernand de Baudiere, Port au Prince, before it was destroyed by the earthquake.

Donations can be made through the USGBC site.  100% of the funds donated will go towards design and construction costs for a LEED certified orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti.  Any additional funds collected will go to fund operation of the facility.

Photos courtesy of USGBC and Rick Fedrizzi.



Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.