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Earthquake Resistant Schools in Pakistan Earn Award From Design-Build Institute of America

CDM Smith and USAID recognized for work under Pakistan Reconstruction Program

November 16, 2012

CDM Smith has been recognized with an Honor Award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) for the design-build of four earthquake resistant schools—Government Boys High School Dharray, Government Girls High School Chatter, Government Girls Intermediate College Rerrah and the Boys Higher Secondary School Rerrah—in the District of Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The project team accepted the award at the DBIA awards dinner held during the Design-Build Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.  “It is very rewarding to have these four schools recognized by DBIA for the excellence in planning, design and construction involved,” said Tony Mirabella, a vice president of CDM Smith’s construction unit. “They represent important work done under the larger Pakistan Reconstruction Program where dozens more schools and health care facilities are being delivered to improve the lives of the Pakistani people.”

 
It is very rewarding to have these four schools recognized by DBIA for the excellence in planning, design and construction involved. They represent important work done under the larger Pakistan Reconstruction Program where dozens more schools and health care facilities are being delivered to improve the lives of the Pakistani people. 

CDM Smith contracted with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the USAID Pakistan Reconstruction Program to rebuild the schools after an earthquake devastated Northern Pakistan on October 8, 2005. Part of USAID’s mission in Pakistan to “build back better,” the four schools were the first in the region to comply with internationally recognized seismic design standards, and the project placed special emphasis on community engagement and capacity building for Pakistani workers.

In addition, the project team prioritized sustainability by sourcing local materials and designing buildings that are easy to maintain. The buildings are energy efficient, featuring reinforced concrete structures and thermal insulation to control internal temperature during the summer and winter. They also maximize natural light to offset the common practice of load shedding—periods of scheduled electrical outages.

Under the Pakistan Reconstruction Program, 77 educational and health facilities have been designed, and 51 have been completed and delivered. To learn more about CDM Smith’s work in Pakistan, watch this USAID video and view our Pakistan schools and clinics reconstruction solution.

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