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CH2M HILL Chosen to Lead Major Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Effort

CH2M HILL Chosen to Lead Major Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Effort

DENVER,23 January, 2006 — CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm based in Denver, Colo., has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a major infrastructure redevelopment effort in parts of Sri Lanka damaged by the December 2004 tsunami.

Their efforts will focus on a holistic approach that integrates the combined teams efforts with stakeholders and public input to achieve a sustainable solution. This effort follows relief efforts the company under took for the victims of the tsunami, both in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

The contract, signed on 07 September, 2005, includes:

  • A participatory capacity development program. This will provide the local population in affected areas with the expertise and training that they will need to succeed following completion of the construction and procurement associated with this program.
  • Work on a new 160-meter bridge over Arugam Bay that will help encourage the return of tourism.
  • Construction and rebuilding of vocational schools that will educate Sri Lankans on tourism and industry and insure program sustainability.
  • Restoration and construction of three fishing harbors.
  • Development of water treatment facilities.
  • Coastal zone management efforts including replanting swamps and mangroves that provide protection against future tsunamis.

CH2M HILL's team, 75 percent of which are local citizens, has been tasked to train Sri Lankans in modern engineering and vocational techniques, build and rebuild infrastructure with sustainability in mind.

"It is an honor to assist the people of Sri Lanka during this time of great need," said CH2M HILL President and Group Chief Executive of Civil Infrastructure Don Evans. "Not only is the work helping the country reestablish vital infrastructure, but is also providing a means to work with Sri Lankans to build better infrastructure than was originally constructed."

The work will be implemented in three parts through a partnership with firms including Chemonics International Inc., DevTech, Feilding Nair International, and local Sri Lanka companies including EML Consultants, Engineering Consultants LTD, Lanka Hydraulic Institute, MICDA, and UNI - Consultancy Services. The project's construction is expected to start mid 2006.

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