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William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center | Core Member of Design Team, 2011-2012

The William Jefferson Clinton Orphanage and Children's Center, a partnership between the USGBC and HOK to rebuild a Port au Prince orphanage and children's center damaged by the January 2010 earthquake, seeks to bring super-sustainable design to people in the developing world. The obstacles in designing this project are many and include an unreliable power grid, a contaminated water source, a limited network of infrastructure and the current lack of governmental organizations to address these issues.

To create safe, reliable access to basic utilities, the design provides resources such as a closed-loop water system and off-grid electricity. The team's focus on sustainability has played a major role in creatively addressing many of the issues the situation has presented. By working closely with the clients, this project provides a refuge for the most vulnerable people in the Haitian community -- children overcome by starvation, dehydration and illness. In addition to serving as a safe haven for Haitian children and their families, this project is aiming for LEED Platinum certification.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Sarah Weissman Dirsa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED / M.Arch, MUD, 2008