Published By: Build Health International

Construction Dive Covers BHI’s Earthquake Relief

Construction Dive recently covered BHI’s Haiti earthquake response, Shawmut Design and Construction’s support of this effort, and the development of BHI since it was originally founded by Jim Ansara, after he retired from Shawmut. Read the full article here

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Construction-focused nonprofit responds to Haiti earthquake

Co-founded by a former Shawmut CEO, Build Health International works in 26 countries to build structurally safe hospitals and healthcare facilities.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 left much of the infrastructure in the country’s southern peninsula damaged. A Beverly, Massachusetts-based nonprofit with ties to a major U.S. contractor wants to help rebuild it.

Build Health International has been designing, constructing and maintaining high-quality health infrastructure around the world for more than a decade. The group was co-founded by Jim Ansara, the former CEO of Boston-based Shawmut Design and Construction, after a 2010 earthquake devastated the island.

Its aim is to deliver sustainable, high-quality health infrastructure such as hospitals and medical clinics in low-resource regions around the world. From the beginning, Shawmut has supported the organization’s mission by providing in-kind donations, volunteers, and industry expertise on projects around the world and the company donated $25,000 to support the most recent relief efforts, according to a press release shared with Construction Dive.

In the aftermath of the latest earthquake, BHI has mobilized its Haitian team of engineers, electricians and technicians and is sending U.S.-based logistics specialists to clinics and hospitals across Haiti’s southern peninsula, where they will further assess damage, evaluate safety and coordinate immediate repairs to ensure that patients can receive treatment as quickly as possible.

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