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Caravelle Clinic for Medical Relief International (MERLIN)

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MERLIN contacted Architecture for Humanity seeking assistance to repair and develop plans for several clinics in the Port-au-Prince area. They have a three-way plan to continue providing healthcare in the area: 1) Employ mobile clinics 2) Repair existing clinics 3) Construct new clinics. We were asked to evaluate damaged clinics for which contractors had submitted a wide range of pricing for repairs.

Architecture for Humanity was contracted by Merlin to repair and improve 2 clinics supported by Merlin. Both clinics, Caravelle and Turbe are recognized by Haiti’s Ministry of Health (MSPP) and after years of neglect were damaged by the January 2010 earthquake. The work conducted involved structural repairs, and related carpentry, plumbing and electrical as well as upgrades to a laboratory and cosmetics including interior and exterior paint.

Located on Rue Caravelle, Port-au-Prince, this clinic was structurally retrofitted and renovated which inherently includes complications and assessments requiring the expertise of a licensed engineer. Rick Ehlert, P.E. specified the design of the works. Construction was carried out under strict supervision to ensure the quality of materials and the construction itself adhered to the intent of the drawings and specifications. Both buildings were designed and built to the specifications, guidelines, codes and norms described in the following:

2009 International Building Code
Caribbean Uniform Building Code
SSTD 10-99 Standard for Hurricane Resistant Construction
2007 California Building Codes Title 24 (seismic engineering)
NFPA 101-2000: Life Safety Code
CHPS
USGBC LEED
MTPTC Guide Pratique De Réparation De Petits Bâtiments En Haïti
MTPTC Guide De Bonnes Pratiques Pour La Construction De Petits Bâtiments En Haïti

Location

Port-au-Prince
Haiti
Project posted by burtlandgranvil

Project Details

NAME: Caravelle Clinic for Medical Relief International (MERLIN)
PROJECT LEAD: Burtland Granvil
LOCATION: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
START DATE: November 26, 2011
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $40000 USD (Estimated)
SIZE: 150 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Health Clinic
FUNDING: MERLIN
CLIENT: Caravelle Centre
DESIGN FELLOW: Stacey McMahan, Burtland Granvil, Gerry Reilly
DESIGN TEAM: Michael Spinello, Dorothy Miller, Natalie Desrosiers
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Rick Ehlert
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: Rene Balan
CONTRACTOR(S): Pirotech Enterprise de Costruction
BENEFICIARIES: Community members.
NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES: 36,250