Excelsior Technical Institute

Functional Literacy Ministry


Re-Building Haiti

This trade school serves a growing need in the mountaintop community of Thomassin, Haiti. The school was chartered after the earthquake to teach construction trades and basic business skills to the local workforce. The design uses locally available materials and local craftsman (such as decorative welders) to create a signature building in the community which simultaneously reflects a contemporary aesthetic and Haitian building traditions.

Architect of Record  VMDO Architects | Steve Davis, Lead Designer


Project Facts

4,000 SF


Completed January 2013

Energy Use: Zero energy, with 7.5 kW
rooftop photovoltaic and battery array