Late last week, the fourth Students Rebuild-sponsored school in Haiti signed off with a local contractor to enter construction. After weeks of vetting contractor teams to work on the project, a selection has been made by Architecture for Humanity construction managers and the headmaster of Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Wilson D'Or.
Architecture for Humanity Haiti design fellow Darren Gill reports on May 27:
"Following several weeks of bid negotiations and some detailed site inspections with the contractor, Design Action and the principal, Wilson D'Or, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis is now in construction. The contract was signed late Friday evenining and demolition is due to commence Monday morning. The contractor will mobilize his crew next week and set up the site to commence new construction in the coming weeks. Architecture for Humanity are currently setting up their on site construction supervision team who have been studying the drawings closely and will be on site for the duration of the build. In mid June an intensive three day training program with Build Change will involve approximately 30 site operatives (masons, carpenters, laborers etc) and train safe and improved construction techniques."
The estimated time of construction for Montrouis is roughly five months. Provided a couple weeks each needed for contractor setup on site, unskilled laborer training with the help of construction nonprofit Build Change, and demolition, groundbreaking should happen in June with the building to be completed by November 2011.
Above: Design Fellow Carl Harrigan (left) at the signing of the construction contract for Montrouis.