Transforming health care infrastructure


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Collaborating to build better health care environments

Autodesk technology and training services helped nonprofit Build Health International design and build an energy-efficient 13,600-square-foot hospital in rural Haiti.

Obstacles in health care access

Villagers in Carrefour, a commune of Ouest, Haiti live just 10 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince, but upwards of two hours from medical care due to unpaved roads and Ouest’s mountainous location.

More than 50,000 people rely on a single, three-room primary clinic in the region. Those seeking care often arrive before sunrise and wait all day for care. Haiti’s maternal mortality rate is currently the highest in the Western hemisphere.

Two people reviewing a rendering of Saint Rock Hospital on a computer monitor

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Designing a high-quality, energy-efficient hospital

Build Health International (BHI) is a US nonprofit organization with a mission to provide dignified, quality health care for every person. Using Autodesk software, BHI is designing and building the Saint Rock Hospital project, a 13,600-square-foot primary care hospital in Carrefour.

Every stage of the Saint Rock Hospital project benefits from Autodesk software, from site grading and construction to internal communications and design iterations. Through the Technology Impact Program, Autodesk donated seven technologies (Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Collection, AutoCAD, BIM 360 Design, BIM 360 Docs, Civil 3D, Insight, Revit) to BHI to support the design of a high-quality, low-cost, and energy-efficient hospital.

“With a heavy reliance on the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection, the Saint Rock Hospital project demonstrates how health care infrastructure transformation can become a reality under even highly challenging logistical, geographic, and budgetary conditions.”

Allison Denisky, Sr. Architectural Designer, Build Health International

Expanding care for 200 patients a day

With Autodesk software, BHI designed an energy-efficient hospital using local materials in a challenging terrain. By running an existing Revit file through Insight 360, BHI was able to identify unnecessary lighting and incorporate natural daylighting and passive ventilation, keeping the buildings cool and well-lit while minimizing electricity.

With Revit, the team could create a design that fit common construction methods and materials in Haiti, aligning with the needs of local builders and engineers. BHI used drones to survey the mountainous terrain, informing BHI’s site models in Revit, and grading design in Civil 3D.

The Saint Rock Hospital will expand the region's healthcare capacity by 400%, treating 200 patients a day and expanding maternity care in an energy-efficient campus.

Rendering of Saint Rock Hospital entrance and parking lot

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