Hazen and Sawyer Aids in the Haiti Relief Effort

A displaced Haitian population of 1.5 million awaits relief. The lives of six engineers were lost when this Geological Center collapsed.

The Parliament Building in Port-Au-Prince was destroyed by the earthquake.

River Batarde is a small stream that runs to the north of the proposed site posing a threat of floods.

Representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank and Hazen and Sawyer Mission to Haiti.

(MIAMI, FL – September 5, 2010) – In January of this year, approximately 1.5 million people living within the City of Port-Au-Prince were displaced from their homes due to the earthquake that devastated the Republic of Haiti. In addition to making donations to various relief agencies, Hazen and Sawyer also participated in discussions with relief agencies, international banks, and non-governmental agencies to offer engineering services to assist with the reconstruction effort.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) requested Hazen and Sawyer’s services to assist with a $30-million grant program being distributed to the Republic of Haiti, titled “Support to the Shelter Sector Response Plan.” The grant will support the development of a 5,000-unit transitional housing program to accommodate approximately 20,000 displaced people at the 50-hectare Les Orangers site, approximately 12 km from Port-Au-Prince.

Hazen and Sawyer’s site development and seismic specialists participated in a mission trip to Port-Au-Prince to perform a site assessment to examine potential environmental factors such as flood control and drainage issues, seismic concerns, potable water and wastewater issues, and possible impacts to the nearby coastal wetlands.

Hazen and Sawyer’s final report revealed that the Les Orangers site is feasible for development and reviewed options to develop the property, identifying a concept based on an expedited construction schedule and effective site drainage. Hazen and Sawyer is now working with the IDB on the next phase of the program to develop plans and provide housing relief to a portion of the displaced population.

The IDB is currently reviewing and studying the long-term social and economic impact of this new development on the residents and neighbors of Les Orangers.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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