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On Purpose | ADC Vocational Center

On Purpose | ADC Vocational Center



 
 
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THE ADC VOCATIONAL CENTER PROJECT

Kate Spade New York commissioned GAC-Rwanda to design and implement a Vocational Center to support their expanding activities in Masoro, Rwanda. The design balances the requirements of a modern manufacturing facility while acknowledging and respecting the ways people in Masoro have developed their craft for decades. We designed a space that was: open, free of interior walls or columns; that was communal by situating power and lighting overhead so that people could see and communicate with each other;  utilized local materials such as handmade kiln-fired bricks;  and was that was flexible, using mobile furniture, to create a work environment that kept people in touch with the outside and one another allowed them to adapt to new projects.

 
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MAKING HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENTS

To create a healthy work space for the ADC Vocational Center we began by designing a space that was clear of obstructions and combined that with large windows and a clerestory roof for natural daylighting, and an extensive set of screens and operable windows for natural ventilation. The design is further complimented by a fully-mobile and customizable ceiling-hung lighting system to maintain an open floor plan that also allows for maximum flexibility of furniture layouts in anticipation for changing manufacturing needs. The furniture is custom designed and fabricated in Rwanda with input from experts in “Lean Manufacturing” design.

 
 

 

PROJECT DATA

 

DATA:

LOCATION

Masoro Sector, Rulindo District, Northern Provence, Rwanda

 

PROGRAM

Vocational Center

 

CLIENT

Abahizi Rwanda

 

SIZE

Landscape:  0.25 acres

New Building Construction: 350 Sq. Meters

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Water

Rainwater Catchment

Greywater recycling for toilets and landscape irrigation.

Power

Primary Power Source: Solar (Electricity), Solar (Water Heaters)

Secondary Power Source: Regional Power Grid

Backup : Diesel Generator.

 

STATUS

Completed:  2017

 

PROJECT TEAM:

DESIGN

James Setzler | Principal in Charge

Patrice Ndababonye | Project Manager

Yutaka Sho | Design Principal

Michael Beaman | Design Principal

Zaneta Hong | Design Principal

 

CONSTRUCTION

Structure Stone: General Contractor

GAC-R: Specialty Contractor

Froidumu : Plumbing Contracting

Kolitech : Electrical Contracting

 

CONSULTANTS

Water Access Rwanda | Water Filtration Systems

Great Lakes Energy | Solar Power Systems

Munyaxeco | Solar Heating Systems

 

FURNITURE FABRICATION

GAC-R

 

FUNDING

Abahizi Rwanda

Kate Spade New York | On Purpose Project

Individual Donations to GAC

 

MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGIES:

WALLS

locally-sourced bricks

 

FOUNDATIONS & RETAINING WALLS

Granite (hand-cut, chips used for aggregate base)

 

ROOFING

Corrugated Steel Sheets & Glass

 

STRUCTURE

Embedded Concrete Frames + Steel Trusses.