Ellicott City Flood Disaster Recovery

Ellicott City , Maryland

KCI partnered with the Howard County Department of Public Works (DPW) to provide scheduling and construction management services, interface with agencies, document progress, and schedule repairs to assist with the disaster recovery after the catastrophic Ellicott City flood damaged buildings and roadways and left the town uninhabitable in 2016. Interagency coordination was required by the DPW, FEMA, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the County Office of Emergency Management through twice-daily planning meetings.

Innovation and creativity took the form of bootstrap project management for this project. In these times where we so often rely on technology to function, the Howard County and KCI team were able to successfully manage the design and construction using obsolescent coordination strategies.

John M. Furman, CCM, PMP, LEED APProgram Manager

John M. Furman, CCM, PMP, LEED AP

KCI documented the progress and schedule of consulting firms and construction crews to ensure the safety of the Ellicott City community as well as disaster crews. The team also oversaw the prioritization and coordination of the enormous engineering and construction workload to restore and stabilize critical infrastructure, including removal of debris from streets, sidewalks, parking lots, streams and channels; assessment of critical infrastructure; and repair of water and sewer connections.

Working together, construction recovery efforts were completed to meet the aggressive goal of reopening the town to the public on September 20, 2016, less than two months after the flood.