Service Learning Symposium at GW

Abbie Howard, an Interior Design undergraduate student and an active, enthusiastic volunteer in the A New Dawn initiative presented our project to the GW community at the Service Learning Symposium yesterday.  The event was attended by the university faculty, students, non-profit partners, and president Knapp.  Abbie spoke about our project, the charrette weekend, and the involvement of Design students in the project over its two-year life.  Thanks for your hard work and great presentation, Abbie!

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AND-Ayiti clinic highlighed on Fox Architects’ blog

Please read the story on the A New Dawn initiative by Sabrina Adewumi.

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GW Today Article on A New Dawn

Our sustainable initiative for Haiti ‘A New Dawn’ was highlighted in the GW Today.   Please see us via a link below!
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New Dawn Charrette Videos

Here are a few videos about the New Dawn charrette concept. Plus, alumnus Sabrina talks about the charrette experience and the benefits of collaboration.

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Check Out This Video!

GW Interior Design undergraduate student, Abigail Howard, talks about the progress we’ve made on the New Dawn Ayiti Charrette!

Student Interview



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Day 2 of the Charrette

The design professionals are split into two groups. One group researches sustainable methods and constructions and the other group design the clinic. Here are the tasks that need to be completed today:

Water Systems

  • use and sources
  • collection and storage
  • disposal of waste


  • toilet
  • biohazard
  • trash


  • need and sources
  • solar
  • methane
  • lighting solutions

Natural Systems

  • day lighting
  • ventilation

Site Plan/Analysis and Landscaping

Building Modules

Adjacency Diagrams

Typical Module Floor Plan per function

3D Drawing and Elevations

Cost Estimate

Construction Methods and seismic/material



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Looking to make a contribution to our project? You can purchase Arthur Fournier’s documentation of his experiences in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. All proceeds benefit Project Medishare. Purchase here on amazon (its only $5!)

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