Jack Ryan Leads the Design and Construction of Schools in Haiti for Plan International

May 18th, 2010 § 5

EXTERIOR NORTHWEST OVERALL

EXTERIOR NORTHWEST OVERALL


Jack Ryan (FAR Design) is currently leading the design and construction of semi-permanent schools in Haiti for Plan International. Wilbur Yoder is providing the structural engineering review of the design. The semi-permanent school building design is hurricane and earthquake resistant and able to be constructed with a low-skilled work force. In April, Jack traveled to Haiti to present the design to the Haitian Ministry of Education. The Ministry approved the design, making it one of the first approved school designs for the reconstruction of Haiti.

Jack returned to Haiti with Plan International in May as architect and construction supervisor in charge of the construction of the first classrooms to be located in Jacmel. A construction team of fifteen local young men were hired for the construction team. The team had limited to no carpentry experience so carpentry skills had to be taught to them. In two weeks the construction team under Jack’s supervision and guidance were able to complete one classroom module and two others are near completion. The Jacmel construction team will continue to build the classrooms in Jacmel. Construction contracts have been awarded to local construction companies for the first set of eighteen buildings in Croix-des-Bouquets.

EXTERIOR SOUTHWEST OVERALL

EXTERIOR SOUTHWEST OVERALL


EXTERIOR SOUTH ELEVATION

EXTERIOR SOUTH ELEVATION


INTERIOR CORNER WITH BENCHES

INTERIOR CORNER WITH BENCHES


INTERIOR OVERALL

INTERIOR OVERALL


INTERIOR WITH CHALKBOARD

INTERIOR WITH CHALKBOARD

Plan International currently plans to build ninety of the classroom buildings in Haiti (two fifty student classrooms per building). Forty of them are to be located in the southern coastal port city of Jacmel and fifty are to be located in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets (Port au Prince). There are hopes to expand the construction program to other locations throughout Haiti.

SCHOOLS 2 AND 3 UNDER CONSTRUCTION

SCHOOLS 2 AND 3 UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Founded over 70 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. Plan works in 48 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.

Plan works with more than 3,500,000 families and their communities each year.
Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Plan’s US national office and headquarters is located in Warwick, RI.

Plan International

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Design Proposal Renderings:

EXTERIOR 1
EXTERIOR 2
EXTERIOR 3

(Tim DeCoster and Nick Croft assisted in the project renderings)

§ 5 Responses to “Jack Ryan Leads the Design and Construction of Schools in Haiti for Plan International”

  • Andrew Warren, Architect says:

    In the sketches I see cisterns at the base of the roof leaders It appears that the intent is to use the water in some way. Caution should be used in this approach if the roofing is galvanized or if the nails or screws are galvanized. I believe that lead is used in the galvanizing process and drinking the water is not recommended.

    I like the simplicity of the structures. It makes it easier to build without a heavily skilled labor pool. Is wood plentiful or does is all need to be shipped in? Are the trusses made in Haiti? What’s the square foot cost of one building?
    I have so many other questions but I imagine space is limited.

  • I am going to design and build my own conservatory next spring, so will come to blogs like this to get information

  • What a great project to be involved with. It would be great to see some photos of this project a year on and see what a difference the site has made.

  • I work in commercial construction and am going to lead the effort with our church to build a school in Le Pretre, Haiti (Northwest of Les Caye (mountainous. I am very interested in Jack Ryan’s designs and what Plan Interanational is doing. Is there someone I could communicate with more directly and in more detail about design and logistics? Larry Northup LEED AP BD+C (10/19/11)

  • I am involved through my church (St. Christopher’s-Pensacola, Fl.) in planning for a school in the southern part of Haiti (just N.W. of Les Cayes). I love your concept and what to see if you will share design details etc. The village of LePretre is very remote so materials are going to be a challenge to obtain and transport to the site. We hope to allow for about 2oo students overall. We have finished a well and latrine so far and several medical/dental visits.

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