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CH2M HILL Hired by USAID to Manage Fishing Harbor Rehabilitation Efforts in Areas of Sri Lanka Affected by Tsunamis

CH2M HILL Hired by USAID to Manage Fishing Harbor Rehabilitation Efforts in Areas of Sri Lanka Affected by Tsunamis

DENVER, 27 July, 2006 — CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm, has been hired by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to manage the first phase of an overall revitalization of three Sri Lanka fishing harbors damaged by the 2004 tsunami, as part of the Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program.

The three harbors, located in Hikkaduwa, Mirissan, and Puranawella, play an important economic role in their neighboring communities. The three-month initial phase of the project includes:

  • Water and sanitation improvements
  • Pier upgrades to include new fenders and bollards to increase docking capacity
The first phase will be followed by an 18-month project to repair and upgrade damaged quays and breakwaters, as well as dredging operations at two of the three harbors.

CH2M HILL is currently providing design, engineering, and construction services for other initiatives under way to help revitalize areas of Sri Lanka affected by the 2004 tsunami. These include:

  • Work on a new 180-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 and USAID have become partners to provide a singular program management approach to the architectural, engineering, procurement, construction, construction management services, and technical assistance needed to support the USAID Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program.
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