In September 2017, Hurricane Irma smashed into Florida and the French Antilles and was particularly devastating for the islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy. The Antilles-Guiana agency of Menighetti provided its expertise through emergency space programming for academic facilities and for the premises of the Prefecture
Extension of the Savane academic facilities Hurricane Irma hit several schools, some of which have been completely devastated. The Robert Weinum academic buildings withstood the hurricane rather well and therefore have since been faced with a flood of enrolment applications, leading to them reaching maximum capacity. In this context, the local authorities commissioned a study assessing the maximum capacity of a plot facing the existing school in order to build a new academic facility that could meet the capacity needs of the island students.
Temporary relocation and construction of new premises for local government services Hurricane Irma also devastated the buildings accommodating the prefecture and other local government services. In order to restore them as quickly as possible and to coordinate the reconstruction of the island, the various services need to be relocated in safe premises before the next cyclonic period, and in the long term into a functional building complex that could accommodate all of the state services. The main challenges of the project are related to staff trends and restructurings as well as to tight deadlines and functional constraints specific to the buildings open to the public.
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