BC Ironworkers to Help Rebuild Lakay Trade School in Haiti
Press Release Feb 1, 2016
BC IRON WORKERS TO HELP REBUILD LAKAY TRADE SCHOOL,
Vancouver, BC - Five members of the Local 97 of the Ironworkers Union of BC are volunteering their time to help rebuild the Lakay Trade School in Haiti. The school is a new two story steel structure, and the Canadian welders will bolt and weld the vertical alignment and attach the steel sheeting to the second floor and roof.
The BC Construction Association and members of the Canadian Construction Association, in partnership with Builders Without Borders, are funding and managing the construction of the Trade School in Port au Prince. The project launched in response to the massive January 2010 earthquake which resulted in 300,000 fatalities, and from which the Haitian people are still rebuilding.
L’Ecole Lakay is one of 30,000 commercial buildings severely damaged in the quake. The construction trade school is run by the Salesian Brotherhood of Don, who assist homeless children from the neighbouring townships. These townships are some of the poorest in Port-au-Prince. The students receive food and housing while they are trained in construction trades such as woodwork, metalwork, electrical, plumbing and HVAC.
Within weeks of the tragedy, representatives of the British Columbia and Quebec branch of the Canadian Construction Association met with Builders Without Borders to develop a plan to rebuild L’Ecole Lakay.
A cross-Canada fundraising campaign over two years raised $1.6 million, in cash and kind, for the design and construction of two buildings with a combined 2,000 M2 floor space to house the new Lakay Trade School. The new school will accommodate 200 students, an increase of 120 students from its pre-earthquake capacity.
The Canadian Construction Association has provided the management role and in 2016 the CCA Chair Anibal Valente, President of PCL , will see the completion of the Trades School.
Work on the project has progressed slowly but steadily through site preparation, piling, concrete foundations and recently, erection of the structural steel for the two buildings.
At the present time the steel has been fully erected and materials already donated and shipped to the project include:
- Structural steel, steel flooring and trusses;
- Reinforcing steel and mesh, and;
- Anchor bolts.
Materials already donated but yet to be shipped to Haiti include:
- All drywall material; interior walls and exterior wall.
- Corrugated roof material.
- Structural studs.
- All electrical cabling, power and lighting fixtures.
The completion of the exterior and interior walls, the structural studs, the corrugated roof material and electrical cabling, the power and lighting fixtures are scheduled for completion by mid summer of 2016.
For more information.
Contact: Brian Boone. Builders Without Borders (778) 994-4886)