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Working in Haiti

After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, millions reached out to aid with the rescue, cleanup and rebuilding of Port-au-Prince and the affected surrounding areas.  Craig Barnes, P.E., CBI Consulting Inc.’s Founding Principal, spent two weeks in Port-au-Prince following the earthquake reviewing and commenting on reports prepared by Haitian consultants to determine if buildings were safe for occupancy.  CBI then became involved with the Gheskio Tuberculosis Hospital project in early 2011 when we were contacted by MASS Design Group, an architectural firm whose portfolio includes the design of numerous medical/health centers and educational buildings in struggling communities.  They needed structural engineering support to rebuild this hospital which was destroyed in the earthquake.

The design called for a two-story reinforced concrete building with a good portion of the building area open to the outside for continuous airflow.  CBI designed the concrete frame, walls, and roof trusses to support the severe environmental loads of the island; an area that combines the seismicity of the California coast with the severe wind loads of the Florida coast.  CBI worked with the MASS Design Group throughout the construction process to help the local contractors achieve the innovative design.

Follow the link below for more information on the Gheskio Tuberculosis Hospital and Cholera Treatment Center:

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/29/arts/design/in-haiti-battling-disease-with-open-air-clinics.html?_r=1#