earthquake response 2011-2013
Haiti NAVFAC Community Reconstruction
In January 2010, Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, with the effects felt throughout the already impoverished country, especially in the more rural villages and towns. The majority of infrastructure, buildings and homes were compromised, and thousands of residents were left without viable sheltering and community facilities.
In response, NAVFAC-SE instituted a comprehensive community rebuilding initiative, with the mission of providing safe and updated community facilities in rural locations throughout the country. Not only were the facilities intended to provide near-term relief, but also provide resilient structures that would support community growth and activities in the future.
SLS was engaged to work in four villages throughout Haiti as a part of the program. Included in the scope of work was the site development and vertical construction of schoolhouses, medical clinics, community centers, fire stations, emergency operations centers and disaster relief warehouses.
SLS mobilized personnel, equipment and materials from the mainland U.S., and completely self-performed all work utilizing in-house personnel, as well as local Haitian labor. The projects were very challenging in terms of location, geo-political environment, logistics and training a local labor force not skilled in current construction means and methods.
Location: Haiti (Hinche, Jeremy, Gonaives, & Abricot)
Client: U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC-SE)
Value: $9.5 Million
Scope: Community Disaster Reconstruction