GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center: Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
MASS Design Group
When cholera rapidly spread across Haiti in 2010, independently operated cholera treatment tents were assembled as a short-term response. More than three years later, these facilities remain the mainstays for cholera treatment, despite the fact that they cannot provide dignified, prevention-oriented, and long-term healthcare.
The cholera treatment tents fail to adequately withstand the Haitian climate and rely on manual sewage collection that risks human exposure and recontamination of the water table. Meanwhile, 36% of the Haitian population lacks access to an improved drinking water source, and only 28% have access to an improved toilet. Diarrheal disease remains the second leading cause of death for children under five.
The GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center (CTC)--the first permanent facility in Port-au-Prince--aimed to heal the community as well as the patients through culturally specific, innovative solutions. It was designed based on an understanding that Haiti deserves a solution that integrates cholera treatment into the existing healthcare infrastructure, and the threat that cholera will become endemic in Haiti without a comprehensive solution. With on-site wastewater treatment and purified water integrated into the building's design, the CTC provides an aggressive model for cholera treatment, while creating a healing space that promotes a dignified patient experience.
Using local culture and local resources, the project improved quality, reduced cost and expanded population health. It provided sustainable water technologies and a training opportunity for the Haitian construction industry. Additionally, the CTC's flexible design will allow it to maintain a role as an inpatient healthcare center when the need for cholera treatment becomes obsolete.
Category: Innovations in planning and design research, built and unbuilt
Project: Cholera Disease Treatment Center
Project Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Architect: MASS Design Group
Partner in Charge: Alan Ricks
Principal in Charge: Christopher Scovel
Project Architects: Adam Saltzman, David Saladik, Christopher Scovel, Kyle Digby, Ben Hartigan, Alix Joseph
Principal Designer: David Saladik
Project Manager: Adam Saltzman
Interior Design: MASS Design Group
Landscape Architecture: MASS Design Group
Structural Engineering: Matt Sisul
Mechanical Engineering: Mazzetti
Electrical Engineer: Mazzetti
Plumbing/Fire Protection Engineer: Mazzetti
Civil Engineering: Fall Creek Engineering
Construction Management: MASS Design Group
Photographs/Illustrations: MASS Design Group
Anticipated construction cost: $600,000
Building area GSF: 6,750
Construction start date: June 2012
Substantial completion date: December 2014
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|Title Annotation:||AIA/AAH HEALTHCARE DESIGN AWARDS: CATEGORY D RECIPIENT|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2014|
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