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E2E Housing Solution for Haiti Featured in South Bend Tribune and ASEE First Bell

Meenu Garg • DATE: May 8, 2014

Engineering2Empower (E2E) is a team of faculty and students at the University of Notre Dame who, along with their partners, envision a world where all families can afford a safe, dignified home. E2E has developed an innovative frame and panel housing system, currently under construction in Haiti. To help advance this effort further, ARCO/Murray National Construction, under the leadership of Joe Pomerenke (CEEES 05), assembled a team of corporate partners, including Western Forms International, to launch the E2E Expo: Urban Housing Solutions for the Developing World. The team embarked on the construction of two full-scale housing prototypes the week of April 21 using two different construction sequences and reinforced concrete structural typologies: E2E’s traditional frame and panel model and the cast-in place shear wall system popularized worldwide by Western Forms International. This effort was covered by media outlets such as WNDU, the South Bend Tribune (Link) and ASEE’s First Bell.

Through this effort, E2E will be able to:

1. Evaluate different urban housing typologies from the perspective of financial sustainability, construction feasibility and cultural viability in Haiti

2. Train students in the construction of housing typologies that serve the developing world

3. Use in-situ testing and controlled demolition of the prototypes to verify as-built capacity

4. Increase awareness of the housing crisis facing post-quake Haiti & E2E’s mission to empower Haitian-led recovery in this sector

The E2E Expo is located at the north end of Notre Dame’s campus, just south of the new Douglas Road in the popular White Field tailgating area. The students have just completed the primary structures and will next apply finishes. These homes will then be used as the centerpiece of the E2E Expo, which will run throughout the 2014 football season and feature a variety of public awareness and fundraising events. The Notre Dame community is invited to visit these prototypes and attend awareness events throughout 2014. Information on these events will be made available on the expo website: E2Eexpo.org.

You can learn more about E2E by visiting their website: E2E.nd.edu or following them on Facebook and Twitter:

facebook.com/Engineering2Empower, @E2E_Haiti