HAITI HOPE HOUSE
a better future through education and vocational training
PO Box 292 Orange, NJ 07051
CLOSING 2017 WITH A BANG
As 2017 was coming to an end, we at Haiti Hope House were determined to close it with one more achievement in our determined march toward the finish line for the HHH Learning Center, one last item to cross off our to do list. In fact, it was number one on our list of items to be completed before the Learning Center can be officially declared ready to be put in service of the Mizak community. It was the installation of a heavy duty entrance security gate.
The existing gate as shown in the pictures below consisted of a few sheets of heavy tin mounted on a wooden frame, and offered very little security.
We knew that it needed to be replaced, but because of financial constraint, this was lower on the to do list. After the building was completed and electricity installed, our attention turned to the gate in mid December.
This is how the gate started in the iron shop. Being so big, it had to be built in two pieces which will be welded together on site.
On the right hand, one can see that body fill is applied to all sections. This is to prevent water from penetrating welded joints and cause early corrosion.
Above are the heavy iron vertical mounts and the horizontal track that will support the gate.
On the right is the right half of the gate. It includes a access door so that the entire gate does not have to be opened every time someone needs to come in. Also it has a peep door so that the caller can be identified from the inside before access is granted.
Construction of the entrance ramp is on the way. It is necessary because the gate is higher than the road.
This picture shows the gate from the outside with the access door open and the entrance ramp built across the road for vehicular traffic from either side. Part of the security wall around the campus can be seen as well.