RIT Hope for Honduras began with a collaboration between RIT’s interior design program and the not-for-profit organization, Little Angels of Honduras. Christian Perry, LAH co-founder, approached Professor Golden in 2017 with a request to prepare designs for their proposed 4,200 square-foot addition to Hospital Escuela. Twenty seniors in the healthcare studio, led by RIT adjunct professor Shannon Buchholtz, created concepts in collaboration with Herman Miller. Following the studio project, Little Angels of Honduras, Prof. Golden and a team of volunteer architects, engineers, RIT interior designers developed the design and worked to compose the construction documentation for the now 12,500 square foot addition and renovation. This final design will more than double Hospital Escuela’s newborn capacity, and for the first time, implement a skin-to-skin incubation education program and an infectious disease protocol. It is estimated, when in operation, the new NICU will save an additional 600 newborns per year.
The construction drawing set was completed and stamped by Honduran architect partner Andres Castillo and the documents submitted to the Honduran Ministry of Health. The project is pending final approval for the $6,000,000 construction and outfit budget that will lead to public bidding and construction.
Shannon Buchholtz, RIT Adjunct Professor, Interior Design
Mary Golden, RIT Assistant Professor, Interior Design
Little Angels of Honduras