Construction skills take flight at Montrouis

Construction skills take flight at Montrouis

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jul 19, 2011
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Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, a 350-student school in the coastal village of Montrouis, Haiti, has begun pouring foundations following a three-day intensive on-site training session for the Montrouisien workers involved in the project. Our Construction Outreach crew reports construction progress and design fellow Carl Harrigan accompanied the training and shares with us photos from Build Change.

"Those guys are doing an amazing job," Carl enthuses. The crew left an early impression on the construction management team. "The contractor showed up to all the meetings offering good, valuable questions, which built a confidence in us."

When the crew was selected, its masons and steel workers attended the three-day construction training seminar. Other members of the Montrouis construction community attended as well, even though they're not helping with the school. "These masons will go and do jobs without having a firm. [Clients] will know he's been trained through our program." And the mason knows he's got an edge on the market.


Digging deep foundations in the sandy soil; The foundation walls are 'lean mix' appropriate for the eventual earthen floor.


20 local Montrouisiens attend the construction training course, lecture classes held on-site in a former classroom; Tools illustrating the innerworkings of steel reinforcement make sense of the intricate structural network.


Slump tests verify the strength of concrete mixes; Making wire ties for columns on a custom jig establishes consistent quality. Photos courtesy of Build Change.