Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Congratulates “Be Like Brit” Charity upon Orphanage Opening

WALTHAM, Mass.--()--Today, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), an award-winning, national engineering firm, extends congratulations to Haiti-based charity Be Like Brit, upon completing their new orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti.

“SGH is proud to be part of such an extraordinary project”

On Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, where approximately 220,000 people were killed, more than 180,000 homes were damaged, and approximately 1.5 million people were left homeless. The lack of seismic-resistant construction contributed significantly to the loss of life. To serve needy children in Haiti – many of whom were left orphaned as a result of the earthquake, the Gengel family of Rutland, Massachusetts established the Be Like Brit orphanage and non-profit organization. The family named the organization in memory of their daughter Britney Gengel, who perished in the earthquake while on a community service trip with her college classmates.

“SGH is proud to be part of such an extraordinary project,” said Glenn Bell, CEO. “This humanitarian effort required specialized expertise in seismic engineering which we were pleased to provide to the Gengels and their organization.”

SGH became involved in the Be Like Brit orphanage project at the onset of the design phase, collaborating with the project architect, Paul Fallon, to develop a structural system that provided superior seismic performance and allowed for a functional architectural layout for the orphanage. The structural design governed many architectural elements; therefore, Fallon gave the highest priority to SGH’s requests for lateral-load-resisting shear walls.

For more information about the Be Like Brit orphanage and organization, please visit

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures and building enclosures. Our award-winning work encompasses building, nuclear, transportation, water/wastewater, and science/defense projects throughout the United States and in more than 30 other countries.

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