Infrastructure Needs Program (INP)

Engineering services and construction management to address urgent school, road and water needs

USAID | West Bank, Middle East

 

Introduction

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.

Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Project Scope

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.

 

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Individual projects that MWH designed and managed

Total in millions (USD) of the construction value designed and $358 Million constructed during 2008 till 2012

Approximate total in millions (USD) of MWH services

  • Of the full time staff (210 of 220) were Palestinian nationals at the peak of the project 96%

Project Challenge

In April 2008, the Palestinian Ministry of Education indicated a severe shortage in classrooms (overcrowding and double shifts) and a crisis to expand schools for 3,000 boys and girls in elementary and secondary school ASAP so that they could be opened in August 2009. In May 2008, MWH received Notice to Proceed from USAID and mobilized to launch the Infrastructure Needs Program (INP). By June 2008, USAID had selected and approved 10 school sites recommended for design by MWH. USAID needed to have all design work completed by August 1, awarded for construction by September 30, 2008, with construction completed by August 2009. MWH mobilized virtually all available local design resources and accelerated the design process to meet the deadline.

Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Project Solution/Results

The MWH construction management team worked proactively with the construction contractors, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Palestinian Authority and local clan elders to overcome operational, political and financial challenges to complete the schools in time. Collectively, these projects created 103 new fully furnished classrooms and 20,035 square meters (215,650 square feet) of educational facilities throughout the West Bank. The seven schools were designed to have a combined enrollment capacity of 3,960 students per year. In the first year, 2,739 students were enrolled.

Because we completed the project under budget, we were able to utilize remaining funds for the procurement of new furniture, information technology, laboratory and sports equipment for more than 70 other Palestinian schools.

Deep wells

Booster and well pump stations

Km of water mains

Km of roads

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.

Final Comments from Official USAID CPARS Evaluation

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