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HOK Architects Partners with USGBC on Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center

April 19th, 2012

The lives of thousands of children were devastated by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. HOK, a 2008 ECUS Sustainable Business Award winner, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are teaming up to build a new children’s center.

“We have developed the design’s core principles around a balance of social, economic and environmental concerns,” says HOK vice president Thomas Knittel. HOK’s goal for the project was to create a facility with net zero water and waste. The Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center will be built with sustainability in mind and will “tell many of these children for the first time in their lives they are valued, they deserve to breathe clean air, they have the right to live in comfort, and they are cared about,” according to the USGBC website. Read More