Reconstructing Post War Iraq
In the fall of 2003 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District asked Stanley Consultants and Michael Baker Jr., Inc. to form an integrated team to lead the master planning of Iraq's infrastructure reconstruction. Rarely does an opportunity to be part of a project that would improve the lives of 25 million people present itself. Stanley Consultants was ready to take on the challenge.
The Iraqis had been forced to live without power, clean water, sewer systems, and basic needs for years. Without a functioning infrastructure, the country will struggle to regain its economic foothold. The Stanley Baker Team's approach was to be a catalyst for the rehabilitation of the infrastructure, and hence, the economy in Iraq.
The Team's was tasked to work with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and various Iraqi ministries to identify and prioritize projects that would have the greatest impact on beginning to restore the country's infrastructure. The proposed project list consisted of approximately 5,000 projects, of which more than 2,300 were recommended for approval.
"The team developed an $18.4 billion program for the reconstruction in less than 30 days that included over 5,000 construction projects including support for each completed facility. The quality and quantity of work they accomplished was truly remarkable and will set the standard for future endeavors of this kind." - RADM (Ret.) David Nash, who headed the CPA Program Management Office