Residential Permanent Housing Construction – Disaster Recovery

On October 24, 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu, the strongest typhoon to impact the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) on record caused catastrophic damage to the islands of Saipan and Tinian. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under FEMA-DR-4404-MP has awarded a contract to rebuild damaged houses in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Construction services included construction of eligible PHC applicants’ dwellings in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, building codes and standards. The construction consisted of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom homes utilizing the architectural and engineering (A&E) drawings developed by USACE for FEMA.

The specific scope of services included new construction and modification of existing buildings, permit process, rough in inspections/re-inspections, final inspection, and issuance of certificates of occupancy (CO) and adoption of tropical energy code. Pertinent Federal Regulations and codes include: Project specific International Building Code (IBC) guidance that exceeds local requirements for high wind and flooding hazards), Seismic Zone 4, 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, 40 C.F.R. Part 122 National Pollutant Discharge System (Stormwater permits), and Floodplain Management.

INFOTRAN was responsible for providing construction management, Professional Engineering services and Quality Assurance to ensure the construction work is in accordance with design drawings, specifications, permits, and local regulations. INFOTRAN  provided engineering support and professional engineering (PE) oversight on the ongoing residential permanent housing construction program.

Owner

FEMA

Location

Saipan, Guam

Unique Attributes

Construction Management
Construction Inspection
Quality Controls and Supervision
FEMA