Location Puerto Rico
Client Puerto Rico Department of Housing
Services Construction Management, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery
Project Value $1.5 billion
Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Federal Government issued two major disaster declarations for Puerto Rico, enabling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to begin the work of helping residents recover and rebuild almost all the island’s infrastructure. One key component of FEMA’s assistance was funding for the Puerto Rico Department of Housing’s (PRDOH) Repair, Reconstruction, or Relocation (R3) program. The R3 program helps eligible homeowners with substantial damage from Irma and Maria located in hazard zones (situated in a flood plain, floodway, or other areas vulnerable to landslide) to repair their damaged home and make them more resilient, rebuild their home from the ground up, or relocate to a new home. Ultimately, the PRDOH and R3 program will positively impact all the island’s 78 municipal governments as well as other eligible organizations.
Hill International, as a major subconsultant, is supporting the PRDOH in implementing and executing the R3 program. Specifically, Hill is providing field inspections, quality oversight, procurement support, contract administration, and construction oversight management to help ensure projects are delivered in accordance with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and PRDOH requirements. Hill’s support beings at the design and permitting stage and continues through the repair/reconstruction process until close-out of each residence.