WASHINGTON, DC—On February 1, 2010, a team of five experts from The Louis Berger Group, Inc., traveled to Haiti for 10 days to conduct pro bono assessments of the country’s infrastructure after it was damaged in last month’s devastating earthquake. Throughout Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas, the team evaluated roads and bridges, public buildings and the international seaport. The information the team collected will help the U.S. government and international community identify priorities both for Haiti’s immediate assistance needs and long-term reconstruction.
The day after the earthquake, LBG formed an internal task force and assembled a team of experts in fields ranging from transportation and infrastructure engineering to civil-military operations to disaster response and recovery to development economics from LBG’s offices across the United States. LBG’s president, Larry D. Walker, subsequently deployed the team to conduct the assessments.
“LBG has been working in Haiti for more than 35 years, and during that time we have developed a profound appreciation of the country and the resilience of its people,” said Walker. “Because of our long history with Haiti and because we had four employees there at the time of the earthquake, we had a responsibility to act immediately and provide any assistance we could to the various agencies of the U.S. government and international community who so quickly came to the aid of the victims of this devastating earthquake.”
LBG’s team worked closely with Ambassador Lewis Lucke, the U.S. Special Coordinator for Relief and Reconstruction in Haiti, to identify the infrastructure information most critical to the U.S. government.
Leading the damaged infrastructure assessment was Roger Patton, an LBG senior vice president and senior engineer. The team analyzed the data and distributed it to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Agency for International Development authorities to assist in developing a mid- to long-term strategy for reconstruction in Haiti in addition to addressing the country’s immediate needs.
In the week immediately following the earthquake, LBG also provided the U.S. military with raw data and summary analyses critical to its delivery of relief supplies that it had collected during its recent execution of projects at Haiti’s ports, at its airport and along its road network. The U.S. military maximized the number of flights with critical relief supplies coming into the Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport after reviewing information from LBG about the state of the runway.
About The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
The Louis Berger Group, Inc., is an internationally recognized consulting firm that provides engineering, architecture, program and construction management, environmental planning and science, and economic development services. We are a devoted and trusted partner to federal, state, and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry. To this diverse client base we bring strategic vision and an entrepreneurial spirit, developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. With a resource base of 5,000 employees in more than 90 countries, we are able to respond to local conditions while providing clients with the technical resources and rapid response capabilities of a leading global organization.