Port au Prince, Haiti
Since 2012 RTM project engineer, Chris Kneeland has been providing engineering design for The William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center (formerly known as Project Haiti) in Port au Prince, Haiti. Following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council spearheaded this project to not only replace a previous orphanage that was destroyed, but also to design and construct the first LEED-certified children’s center in Haiti.
The aim of the center is to provide a fully-sustainable and resilient facility for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphaned children, as well as a safe pathway to adoption. The three-story structure will include a main, L-shaped building, central courtyard, separate tower and stairs for training and office space, kitchen and dining areas, and a ground-level “safe zone” which will provide occupants an area to gather in the event of an earthquake. The project will be targeting LEED Platinum as well as WELL certification from the International Well Building Institute. The project includes an international team of architects, designers, and engineers that have been donating their time and services to see the project come to life.