Project Phoenix—a non-profit organization established as a commitment made by Morad Fareed of Delos and Boby Duval of L’Athletique D’Haiti (LADH) at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative—publicly revealed plans for Phoenix Stadium, a 12,000 seat professional soccer stadium in Cite Soleil, Haiti on Dec. 6 2012 at architect Carlos Zapata’s studio in Manhattan, New York. The event was attended by soccer star Mia Hamm, model and activist Petra Nemcova, and philanthropist and entrepreneur Rohan Marley.
Phoenix Stadium will be a 12,000 seat stadium in Cite Soleil, Haiti (Photo: Business Wire)
Phoenix Stadium is a world-class soccer facility and self-sustaining community for the people of Cite Soleil, Haiti – a United Nations Red Zone that NGOs and United Nations staff are advised to avoid at all costs due to serious security concerns. The stadium will also house LADH—a youth development program that provides underprivileged participants with a safe, clean, supportive environment where they can learn the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork—and offer a soccer academy, an elementary and middle school and dormitories. Phoenix Stadium will be landscaped with edible gardens, a small lake containing tilapia and a composting and recycling plant.
Details and renderings of the project can be viewed at www.project-phoenix.org. The newly launched website also showcases a video outlining the project’s mission, offers background on the project’s champions, and tells visitors how to volunteer their time and contribute funding to this bold philanthropic project, which has an estimated cost of $5 million. Sports apparel brand 4POINT4 has already signed on as a sponsor to the project.
“Project Phoenix is the next generation of philanthropy,” says Morad Fareed, co-founder/managing partner of Delos, the Wellness Real Estate™ Company. “We are devoted to tangible on-the-ground results for the people of Cite Soleil, Haiti and the Project Phoenix website gives the public a chance to participate in the realization of that mission.”
Fareed has assembled a world-class group of experts to work pro bono to bring this dream project to reality, including:
- World-renowned architect Carlos Zapata – whose projects include Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago and the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Engineer William Faschan of LERA
- Stadium designer Gordon E. Wood
- Landscape architect Charles Anderson of Charles Anderson Atelier
Currently the site of the stadium is being prepared by laying down actual rubble from the 2010 earthquake, with groundbreaking set for 2013.
A 3-D model of Phoenix Stadium can be viewed at media appointments. Contact Allison Dent (646.654.3407) for more information, interviews, photos of the launch event, or to arrange an appointment.
About Delos LLC®:
A U.S.-based real estate developer, Delos has pioneered Wellness Real Estate™, which incorporates amenities that help sustain both the environment and enhance residents' health and well-being. Delos designs include an array of innovative, built-in amenities that research suggests will improve various aspects of individual occupant health including: cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep health, orthopedic health, weight and metabolism management, stress reduction, mood enhancement, cognition and memory enhancement, health literacy and health behavior motivation. More information on Delos is available at www.delosliving.com.
About Fondation L’Athletique D’Haiti:
Fondation L’Athletique D’Haiti (LADH) is a nonprofit youth development program that provides underprivileged youth with a safe, clean, supportive environment where they can learn firsthand how the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork can enhance skills, enrich lives and change futures. More information on FLADH is available at www.sportaccess.org.
About Carlos Zapata Studio:
Founded in 1991 in Miami Beach by Carlos Zapata, the eponymous design studio has received numerous awards and been published extensively throughout the world. Now headquartered in New York City, the firm has several other projects in addition to Phoenix Stadium in production and development including the 450-room JW Marriott Hotel in Hanoi’s Convention Center Campus, which is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2012; 39W23 Residential tower, a new 22-story residential building in NYC to open in 2015; a 37-story superluxury residential tower in Singapore opening in 2014; as well as several large mixed use projects in Vietnam. For additional information, visit www.cz-studio.com.
About Leslie E. Robertson Associates:
Located in New York City with branch offices in Mumbai and Shanghai, Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) is a 130 person structural engineering firm with a long tradition of innovative, responsible, and constructible solutions to structural challenges through a hands-on, detail-oriented work standard. The Esentai Tower and Kazkommertsbank in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Miho Museum Bridge in Kyoto, Japan, Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China, Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato, California, and United States Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela are but a few examples of projects within LERA’s portfolio which highlight the firm’s extensive design experience in high seismic zones similar to Haiti. Visit www.lera.com for further detail.
About the Clinton Global Initiative:
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.