From 2008 to 2012, MWH, now part of Stantec, prepared complete designs, bid documents and construction management for more than 40 road (arterial and urban) projects, 18 water (distribution, pump stations and well development) projects and 10 major greenfield school projects making 103 classrooms available for more than 4,000 girls and boys. The combined construction costs was $358 million ($157 million for roads, $186 million for water, and $15 million for schools). The program benefitted approximately 1.4 million Palestinians, a substantial portion (60%) of the population of the West Bank and addressed critical needs in water scarcity, lack of educational facilities and safe and efficient transportation within the West Bank.
MWH provided feasibility studies, site surveys, geotechnical investigations, master planning, conceptual designs, environmental studies, project reports, plans, specifications, final designs and cost estimates. These design services included project approvals, construction permitting, local community interface, topographic surveys, geotechnical investigations, project promotion within the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel, detailed design and engineering, procurement planning, and tender document preparation.
In addition, MWH provided construction management, procurement services of major materials and equipment and other support services for projects designated by USAID, including operator certification training for the West Bank Water Department (WBWD), procurement and deployment of a computerized maintenance management system, and design and rehabilitation of the first dedicated O&M workspace at the WBWD, human resource development policies, legal reform, master planning, personnel training, policy reform, sector reform and staffing.
MWH performed an assessment of the wastewater sector in the West Bank to identify potential sanitation projects for USAID funding. Our team also briefed the USAID Mission management on implementation logistics, setting the stage for future USAID involvement in the wastewater sector.
- 76 individual projects that MWH designed and managed
- 472 total in millions (USD) of the construction value designed and $358 Million constructed during 2008 till 2012
- 58 approximate total in millions (USD) of MWH services
- 220 staff members at the peak of the project
- 77 Palestinian university graduates who completed a six-month internship program. This was a highly successful effort to mentor undergraduate Palestinian engineering students with real world experience on the INP project.
- 96% of the full time staff (210 of 220) were Palestinian nationals at the peak of the project
- 76 environmental assessments
- 345 km of roads
- 165 km of water mains
- 4 deep wells
- 10 booster and well pump stations
“For many years we were looking for someone to help us rehabilitate the road, but to no avail. USAID stepped in and now we have a beautiful road! It took an ambulance 40 minutes to reach us, now it takes 10 minutes. It would cost us NIS 50 to reach the nearest city, the cost has dropped to NIS 10. Now families near the road can open shops for carpenters or blacksmiths…Ramadeen people have tremendous respect for USAID, the American people, and the Government of the United States.”
Sheikh Nawwaf – Head of the Ramadeen Tribe
“MWH exhibited timely performance, even under constant pressure and in the rapidly changing environment in the West Bank. They showed flexibility, quickly responded to political and security demands, and coordinated effectively between all stakeholders to overcome obstacles way ahead of schedule…Working around the clock, MWH’s team overcame a variety of challenges that would have stalled most A&E firms.”
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