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Honeywell Breaks Ground on Elder Community Center in Ofunato, Japan

HHS President Tom Buckmaster & Mayor Toda of Ofunato

On Oct. 24, Honeywell announced that it will begin construction on an elder care community center, the Honeywell Ibasho House, in Ofunato, Japan to provide support for residents affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

The Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund, a component of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, will build the Honeywell Ibasho House to support Ofunato elders, helping them to find their “ibasho,” a place where one feels at home. The construction is made possible by Honeywell employees, who, following the 2011 tsunami tragedy in Japan, generously contributed to the relief effort through HHRF. Donations were matched by the company.

“Honeywell is committed to helping Japan rebuild,” said Tom Buckmaster, President of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “Working in partnership with Mayor Toda of Ofunato, we’re confident that this center will help the community recover and flourish with healthcare, social programs and overall community resources for elders.”

Scheduled to open in Spring 2013, the Honeywell Ibasho House is designed by Professor Suguru Mori with the Laboratory of Architecture and Planning at Hokkaido University using contemporary and sustainable building methods that can withstand future earthquakes.

For more information, read the press release.