Haiti Partners' Children's Academy Phase I: Master Plan & First Classrooms

Baocia, Haiti
Project Description

BAR has been working with Haiti Children’s Academy continuously since 2013.

Following the devastating earthquake in 2010, BAR Architects partnered with Architecture for Humanity and SF Haiti Partners to master plan, design and build a 450-student, pre-K to grade 13 school in Bawoysa, Haiti; a rural village in the hills outside Port-au-Prince.

BAR‘s internal response to the earthquake resulted in fully three-quarters of the staff volunteering in some capacity for the cause. A rotating team of individuals from BAR’s staff spent a combined six months of time working on-site in Haiti while being supported by staff in our San Francisco office.

The Children’s Academy was planned on a rough-terrain site with no existing infrastructure, and designed to be entirely off-the-grid and self-sustaining. Sustainable elements included solar power, rainwater collection for irrigation, a local well for potable water, and composting toilets for waste. A phased development, multiple structures are now built of local limestone and reinforced cinder block. Local Haitian ironwork was included to add function and beauty to the simple structures.

The new school serves as a resource center for the local community, a center for teacher training and a model school for other Haitian communities.

At full build out, the school will include open air classroom structures, a work force training facility, outdoor community gathering spaces, and composting latrines.

Construction of the project is phased. Phase 1, consisting of the first classroom building, composting latrines, rainwater collection, garden, and outdoor spaces, was completed in 2013. Phase 2, including a bakery and training facility, was completed in 2016. BAR recently completed an updated plan for Phase III. Approximately 120 pre-k through first grade students now attend the school.

Outcome

The project is ongoing.

Phase I, consisting of master planning, the first classroom building, composting latrines, garden, and rainwater harvesting, was completed in 2013. Approximately 120 students now currently attend the school.

Phase II, including the Bakery, multi-use room, additional classroom building, and Training Facility, was completed in 2016.