A panel of industry veterans with extensive global experience has named Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief the winner of Global “Best Project” in the Renovation/Restoration category, the Engineering News Record (ENR) announced Tuesday. The projects for each category were selected as “exciting examples of the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing throughout the world.” Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief and its partners won for the seismic repair of the Lycée Nationale de Cité Soleil, a secondary school serving 1,500 students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
We’re the only nonprofit structural engineering organization in the world that provides technical expertise before, during and after a disaster. Our mission is to save thousands of lives through state-of-the-art engineering in communities in need.
“My name is Charles and I live in Simon Pele, and I go to school here. We were learning under the sheet metal roof, it was hot and prevented us from learning well. The young people who will follow me, they will be able to learn better, they will be better supported, and they will be better trained.” -Charles Charlot, 23 years old.
“My name is Stephanie and I’m from Soley 4. I want to become a health agent to give help in my society. That is my plan. I don’t like it when people are suffering and I cannot help them. The Lycee, at noon, the sun is so hot for us underneath the sheet metal roof. You cannot study – it is a catastrophe.”
“The Lycee is the last monument we have left in Cite Soleil. We cannot leave it for it to break down like this. It is our biggest monument and we don’t have anything else like it. We had this school and Hospital St Catherine, and the hospital has fallen apart, so we cannot let the school fall apart.”
“My child is a student inside too, and I’d like the children to have the space for them to be comfortable, to play, to be happy. The work is good because it takes the children out from under the shelter because it isn’t good for them.”
“I have seen so few projects meet my definition of success, which includes not only that a project was accomplished but that it did so while respecting the dignity of everyone involved. It was an honor to do my part to help ensure his vision became a reality.”
The need is great and together we can make communities seismically safe and save lives.
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