Port-au-Prince Post Office Project

The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 caused massive destruction throughout the land. Infrastructures needed to be restored, and most vital services were seriously disrupted, including postal distribution.

Shelter Structures created a functional semi-permanent building to be used as a post office. The structure had to be mobilized quickly in order to assume postal operations, but also strong enough to last for years in extreme tropical weather.

Thanks to the 60-ton crane, the two massive containers were unloaded from the truck. With no fork lift, the containers had to be unloaded by hand. Most of the equipment also had to be assembled without important tools, so the work was a bit more dangerous, and a lot more difficult.

With help from the Haitian crew, Shelter Structures was able to finish the job, and the new postal installation in Haiti resumed on May 11, 2010 – just four months after the earthquake.


Gabriel Chaleff