This year, GDG completed construction on the expansion of Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary St. Etienne. The doors opened on February 1 and the new building features three consultation rooms, a laboratory, two nursing stations, a wound care room, staff bathrooms and a patient record room. The expansion will allow patients more privacy and, ultimately, more dignity as they seek the healthcare they need.
GDG Construction et Béton has been working with Catholic charity Caritas Austria to build low-income housing. They recently built 60 of these homes (each 36 square feet), in Gressier, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. Each of these homes were built on the same spot where the original structures were destroyed. “It was an honor,” said Michael Gay, “to be able to allow these homeowners a sense of normalcy and home by rebuilding what was destroyed.” GDG will continue to be an integral part of helping Haiti rebuild and reach for the future.
Michael Gay Sr. was recently featured in a profile of his construction work in Haiti in a glowing profile in Southwest Profile.
D.K. Christi writes:
GDG construction projects survived the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010 which killed more than 200,000 people, injured 300,000 and left 1.5 million Haitian homeless. “Before the hurricane, I worked to convince developers that more expensive, better construction would pay off.” GDG recent projects include hurricane proof housing financed by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the Oasis cruise ship port. Gay’s current projects in modern school construction represent Haiti’s future: free youth education for the first time, housing, and jobs.
Read the entire profile here.
GDG Beton et Construction is currently in the middle of constructing three new classroom buildings for the Basile Moreau School in Carrefour, Haiti. The construction methods being used are different than those used in the past; the buildings have been designed using seismic standards similar to those found in California and other earthquake prone zones. When complete, the school will have an additional sixteen classrooms and numerous administrative offices easing the overcrowding of the other existing buildings and tents currently being used. The new classrooms are going to be twice the typical size of those found in Haiti, and in addition there will be computer facilities.