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NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA and Honeywell Inaugurate School Campus in Jacmel, Haiti

By • Mar 11th, 2011

For Immediate Release

OPERATION USA AND HONEYWELL INAUGURATE THE LARGEST SCHOOL IN SOUTHEAST REGION OF HAITI

Nine-Building, 40,000 sq. ft. Complex, Serving More Than 400 Local Children, Rises Just Seven Months After Groundbreaking Following Devastating January 2010 Earthquake

JACMEL, HAITI (March 11, 2011) — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Chairman and CEO Dave Cote and Honeywell Hometown Solutions President Tom Buckmaster and Operation USA CEO Richard Walden joined students, parents, teachers, school administrators and community leaders for ribbon-cutting ceremonies to open Ecole Nationale Jacob Martin Henriquez, a new, state-of-the-art public school in the hard hit city of Jacmel in southern Haiti. The nine-building school complex will provide a new educational home and free meals to more than 400 local children in grades K through 7.

The school was built using contemporary, sustainable building methods and is designed to withstand any potential future earthquakes. Honeywell used the school’s construction to train local builders in modern earthquake-resistant construction and environmentally-conscious techniques that can save Haiti both money and natural resources in the years to come. Honeywell has established a scholarship fund in partnership with Operation USA to help cover the cost of books, uniforms and other student expenses.

“Working together with Operation USA, Mayor Edwin Zenny, and the City of Jacmel, we have delivered on our commitment to rebuild creating a terrific community asset and environment for learning just 7 months after we broke ground,” said Cote. “This is one of the largest post quake rebuilding projects completed in Haiti so far. Haiti’s children have been profoundly affected and we are gratified to be able to help Haiti continue their education and to play a meaningful role in improving the learning environment.”

Jacmel, a seaside town with a population of 80,000 and located 45km from the epicenter of the earthquake, saw an estimated 80% of its buildings either damaged or destroyed, with the most severe devastation in the poorer neighborhoods. Before its destruction, Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez – one of the few free schools available to the city’s children – served 400 students between the ages of 7 and 17. The new school complex, which sits on one and a half acres overlooking the bay of Jacmel, will offer its K-7 students a new, free educational home featuring a computer lab, library, cafeteria, administration building, six classroom buildings, a sustainable community garden and an athletic field.

Immediately following the earthquake, Honeywell committed $1 million in aid to Haiti, including a 100 percent match of employee donations, to fund rebuilding projects. Honeywell also made business jets available to Operation USA for airlift support to deliver medical supplies and transport medical staff.

In an effort to promote good health and nutrition while also incentivizing school enrollment and thereby enhancing literacy rates, a feeding program will be implemented for all students attending the school. At the core of the program is a community garden on the school grounds. The garden will be cultivated and maintained by the students, their families, and school staff. All produce grown in the gardens will be used in the daily meal provided to the children. These “learning gardens” will integrate practices of resource management, basic horticulture, water harvesting, composting, and small animal husbandry.

The government of Haiti estimates that approximately 230,000 people were killed and over 300,000 injured in the massive January 2010 earthquake, including 38,000 students, more than 1,300 teachers and other education personnel. Over 4,000 schools and the Ministry of Education’s headquarters were destroyed, and all available data on education was lost. An estimated three million students are believed to have suffered an interruption to, or complete cessation of, their educations. Only 50% of the children living in resettlement camps and relocation sites attend school.

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FACTS:
• Nine Buildings
• 40,375 Square Feet
• 15 Classrooms
• 10 Bathrooms
• 5 Showers
• 20 Computers
• 600 Students Capacity
• Average building is 4,486 sq ft (largest 5,821 sq ft)
• Total Construction Workers Employed: 500+
• Number of masons trained in US standards and protocols: 200
• Number of engineers trained in US standards and protocols: 35
• Foundations:
• Built of reinforced concrete
• Cell Masonry:
• Used 2-cell masonry blocks, which are less susceptible to breakage, accept the vertical steel elements and additional concrete, and have higher compressive strength.
• Wall Reinforcement:
• Horizontal and vertical steel in the masonry to take the lateral (horizontal) and gravity (vertical) loadings on the wall.
• Placement of horizontal and vertical reinforcement in the masonry walls.
• Provides for a redundant system where the walls act as hundreds of columns and also are reinforced to take the lateral loading from earthquakes and wind.
• Long Span Roof:
• Steel used throughout roof and tied to walls
• Roof has drop beams at 3M on center and a 5″ slab that spans between them. This roof structure will span the 10.5M distance and allow for overhangs on both ends.
• Creates a “cage” for the entire building and distributes weight more evenly to the walls.
• The slope of the roof allows for drainage and also for ventilation and natural light into the classroom

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