Hill International, Inc.’s Resiliency and Disaster Recovery (RDR) practice serves communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters. We understand the unique drivers of resiliency and recovery programs and projects, and our experts are ready to work with you and all community stakeholders to design, develop, and execute recovery programs that restore your community as efficiently and as quickly as possible—all while complying with funding source requirements and driving progress through our rigorous monitoring processes and procedures.

Our approach to recovery is holistic and comprehensive. Hill offers support throughout the entire recovery lifecycle, from identifying and securing the most applicable and appropriate funding sources to support your program to on-site construction management to final documentation and close out. And, across the life of your program, we monitor progress and continuously find ways to improve delivery so your community can return to normalcy as planned.


Within our services offerings, the RDR practice offers tailored services specific to recovery needs. These services were developed with owners in mind, and embody our holistic, community-first approach to recovery. They include:

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Meet the team

Hill’s disaster recovery and resiliency professionals include program, project, and construction managers; estimators; schedulers; document controllers; compliance experts; and commissioning agents proven on some of the most complex and high-profile recovery assignments in recent memory. This includes performing such critical functions as healthcare commissioning, damage assessments, and other technically demanding tasks in the wake of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters. The resources below highlight Hill’s recovery and resiliency leadership.

Luis Lugo
Luis Lugo, Senior Vice President

Luis is Hill’s Senior Vice President, RDR and Federal Sectors. He has over 30 years of experience in program, project, and construction management.

Andy Robinson Hill

Andy leads the RDR team, and has more than 30 years of experience in strategic consulting, program management, and solutions development.

Pete Gaynor RDR Page
Peter T. Gaynor, Vice President

Former FEMA Administrator and current DRCA Chair Peter T. Gaynor, CEM has a distinguished record of providing continuity of critical functions.

Jane Brogan RDR page
Jane Brogan, Vice President, HUD CDBG-DR

Jane developed her approach based on the practices and lessons learned she garnered as Chief Policy and Research Officer for the NY GOSR.

Emily Thompson RDRpage
Emily Thompson, Vice President, HUD CDBG-DR

Emily Thompson brings nearly a decade of housing recovery expertise combined with more than 20 years of total experience in the legal field.

Chad Freeman RDRpage
Chad Freeman, Director of Recovery and Response Operations

Experienced industrial construction Senior Operations Director/Program Director with a proven track record for achieving excellence.

At a Glance

Global presence


Offices in 42 countries
Experienced team


Project Portfolio


RDR projects
Total Construction Value

$1 Trillion

Understanding Resiliency and Recovery

Resiliency and Disaster Recovery programs and projects are unlike any other construction assignment. Community pressure to return to normalcy and reestablish schools, hospitals, and other basic services, along with population displacement, funding constraints, and a myriad of other factors, can compound the typical technical and managerial challenges of Resiliency and Disaster Recovery programs and projects.

Hill’s experience with and expertise in the nuances and opportunities involved in managing a portfolio of such projects can help address these factors. Whether for recovery efforts in the wake of a disaster or to manage programs to build more resilient infrastructure systems, Hill applies the right tools, management systems, processes, and techniques to keep work progressing and to deliver projects that meet technical requirements on time and within budget.

To address these challenges, Hill offers professionals experienced in helping communities recover according to plan.

Hill’s professionals have helped residents, municipalities, transit agencies, hospitals, universities, school districts, and other key community stakeholders recover and rebuild from some of the most devastating hurricanes in recent U.S. history. This includes our work for:

  • Port and dock facilities throughout the Caribbean following several major hurricanes.
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston following Hurricane Ike.
  • The New York City Department of Design and Construction’s multi-billion-dollar Build-it-Back program.
  • NJ Transit’s and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s recovery and resiliency efforts following Superstorm Sandy.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Katrina.
  • Staffed response operations for short-term housing and developed supporting systems following Hurrican Ian.

We work with owners, stakeholders, and end-users to make certain their objectives, expectations, and aspirations for the work are clearly defined and captured in contract documents and enforced throughout the entire program or project process. This includes verifying work meets all applicable Federal funding and reporting requirements, is environmentally sustainable, and is capable of withstanding future events. This approach results in stronger communities, built together with end-users, and delivered quickly, correctly, and cost-effectively.


October 1, 2024

NEMA 2024 Annual Forum

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) 2024 Annual Forum
October 1-4, 2024
Baltimore, MD
Hill is attending and speaking
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September 16, 2024

2024 COSCDA Annual Conference

Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) Annual Training Conference
September 16-18, 2024
Reno, NV
Hill is attending and exhibiting
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September 25, 2024

2024 WEMA Annual Conference

Wisconsin Emergency Management Association (WEMA) 2024 Conference
September 25-26, 2024
Stevens Point, WI
Hill is attending and speaking
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October 24, 2024


October 24-26, 2024
Mashantucket, CT
Hill is attending and speaking
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November 11, 2024

2024 National US&R and Medical Special Operations Conference

National US&R and Medical Special Operations Conference
November 11-13, 2024
Orlando, FL
Hill is attending and speaking
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November 15, 2024

2024 IAEM Annual Conference

International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM) 2024 Annual Conference
November 15-21, 2024
Colorado Springs, CO
Hill is attending and speaking
For more information, click here.

Join Our Team

The success of Hill International is built on our team of world-class talent. From risk management tools and techniques for world-changing infrastructure programs to quality control for complex campus developments, many of our teams’ ideas and innovations have become industry standards.

If you are looking to help deliver some of the most exciting projects in the world, we invite you to bring your ideas to Hill.

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About us

Hill International provides program, project, and construction management services for clients in a range of sectors undertaking major construction projects across the world.

Our services include cost engineering and estimating, quality assurance, inspection, scheduling, risk management, and advisory services.

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