Attending next month’s ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX)? Be sure to check out A New Maternity Wing at St. Boniface Hospital on Wednesday, 11/20.
St. Boniface Hospital is located in a mountainous terrain, 3.5 hours west of Port of Prince. This new 20,000 SF addition, with an annual volume of 1,200 births, demands design and build strategies with a “back to basics” perspective. The most formidable challenge is accessibility in terms of transportation, resources, technology infrastructure and labor skill sets. Local sourcing has become cliché in the U.S. but in Haiti, it is the only alternative. The design and implementation is derived from working with what is readily available and the ability of the community to self-sustain thereafter. This session will focus on working with what’s readily available for building materials and technology and adapting to seismic demands. Because conditioned air will be restricted Neo-natal Intensive Care, we will examine how we achieve the appropriate level of natural ventilation while managing infection control especially in Labor and Delivery. Furthermore, we will also demonstrate other sustainable architectural features such as roof forms to maximize ventilation and rain water collection in addition to how the design takes into account local cultural habits and practices.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sho-Ping Chin, Principal, Payette
Ching Ho, AIA, Associate Principal, Payette