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Solar Powered Teaching Hospital Currently Under Construction In Haiti
The new 45,000 sq ft hospital is located in the Central Plateau region of Haiti in a town called Mirebalais and will serve an estimated 450-500 patients per day. When completed in early 2012, the main medical campus will encompass seven buildings, provide unprecedented medical care for the people of Haiti and serve as an educational facility for the next generation of medical workers. The facility will also include 6 operating rooms, laboratories, microbiology, radiology, and more. Even more amazing is that all of the funds for the hospital have come from direct donations from individuals and firms through Partners In Health and the hospital is expected to cost less than $16 million to build.
According to the philosophy of Partners In Health, the hospital includes a number of sustainable practices. Gardens and courtyards are an integral part of the design to encourage the flow of natural ventilation for cooling as well as to prevent the transmission of tuberculosis and other airborne diseases. Large shading roofs will protect the interior from the hot tropical sun and natural daylighting will primarily be used to conserve energy for hospital equipment. High efficiency ceiling fans and efficient lighting will further reduce energy usage.
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