Metal buildings helped convert a tennis club into a large hardware store in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. EKO Depot has four connected buildings, two built with metal building systems, one with concrete. The fourth is an existing concrete building that was reinforced and incorporated into the complex.
The two metal buildings are the largest of the four and house retail and storage space. The smallest building, built with concrete, vertically connects the retail building to the storage building, which are at different floor elevations.
To the north of the two metal buildings and new concrete building, the existing concrete building was converted from the tennis club’s offices to new office space and a cafeteria. The existing structure did not contain any earthquake resisting elements and would have been prone to failure, should it have been subject to severe earthquake waves. To mitigate this condition, GF Construction SA, general contractor for the project, added shear concrete walls, closed off a few window openings and added some columns in strategic areas. The space was then redistributed based on the new office requirements.