Hurricane Ike Response 2009

FEMA Texas Emergency Housing


In September 2008, Hurricane Ike impacted the Texas Gulf Coast and brought mass devastation to Galveston Island and the surrounding area. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, displacing homeowners and causing a major shortage in viable living options. As a result, FEMA and the State of Texas created mobile home unit (MHU) communities throughout the affected region, with the intent of providing short-term and viable living solutions for displaced residents.

In early 2009, SLS was engaged by FEMA and program manager CH2MHILL to construct two of the community sites in Galveston County – Galveston Island and High Island. Within 30 days of engagement, SLS mobilized to two barren fields and simultaneously transformed them into self-sustained MHU residential developments. Working 18 hours per day and seven days a week, hundreds of personnel performed all necessary tasks required to execute the projects, which included demolition, site work, road construction, utility installation, drainage improvements, sewer plant construction, foundations and MHU transport, installation, hook-up and make ready.

Both sites were developed in record time under very challenging conditions, with SLS recognized by FEMA, USACE and CH2MHILL for its efforts and success.

Project Specs:

Location: Galveston County, Texas (Galveston & High Island)

Client: FEMA

Type: Federal

Value: $6.5 Million

Units: 106 Units