The American Society of Civil Engineers chose the Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services (REFS) Program to receive a 2007 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards Special Award for Nation Building in recognition of the program’s efforts.
The Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services (REFS) Program is a $730 million program designed to rebuild the nation of Afghanistan. As the primary contractor, Louis Berger was responsible for restoring and, in some cases, providing the foundations for basic infrastructure in the nation’s roads, power and energy, schools and clinics, and water and irrigation sectors. Besides the challenges that would accompany such a broad engineering range and magnitude anywhere in the world, the secular violence and high-threat environment of Afghanistan make the successful implementation of REFS a great accomplishment. The program engendered a remarkable step toward an economically independent and self-sufficient Afghanistan.
ASCE annually recognizes an exemplary civil engineering project as the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement. Established in 1960, this prestigious award honors the project that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society. Honoring an overall project rather than an individual, the award celebrates the contributions of many engineers. As part of its 2007 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards, ASCE also presented a Special Award for Nation Building to the REFS Program.