BHI was founded in 2014 as a non-profit global health organization providing architecture, engineering and construction services in severely resource-constrained settings. They have since become a driving force in the development of over 100 projects in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Their portfolio includes the expansion of the Saint Boniface Hospital in Haiti and assisting with lab updates for the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemer’s University.
The latest BHI project is the design of the Maternal Center of Excellence at Koidu Government Hospital in a remote region of Sierra Leone. The facility spans 61,500 square feet, all of which required computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies regarding energy usage, natural ventilation, and daylighting. Additionally, Sierra Leone has a long wet season from May to October, when rains can be torrential, so protecting against wind-driven rain and flooding was a necessity.
Further, it was critical that the lean design also reduce daily operations and maintenance costs. This meant a building redesign was not an option for optimizing resource needs. Rather, connected BIM, generative design, and ongoing training would be leveraged to minimize material costs while maximizing efficiency.