CMAA Baltimore Honors Ellicott City Flood Recovery Efforts

The Baltimore Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America honored the Ellicott City flood recovery efforts with a 2017 Project Achievement Award (category: construction value less than $30 million). KCI’s John Furman, CCM, PMP, LEED AP (Construction Management) joined Howard County Department of Public Works (DPW) Deputy Director Tom Butler in accepting the award.

Ellicott City Flood Sidewalk
Photo Credit: David Byerly

On the evening of July 30, 2016, a train of slow-moving storm cells dumped six inches of rain on the historic mill town of Ellicott City in just two hours. CMAA recognized the team’s efforts in responding to the epic flooding that took two lives, deposited tons of debris, ripped away brick sidewalks and roadway paving, displaced more than 100 downtown businesses, and left 11 buildings beyond repair. Damage from the storm included scoured out foundations, gaping sink holes, crumbled retaining walls, clogged storm drains, and more than 300 inoperable vehicles to be removed, many of which had been swept downstream. To support the town’s recovery, KCI partnered with DPW to coordinate services, interface with agencies, document progress, and schedule repairs to maximize effectiveness and efficiency for this around-the-clock initiative.

“When Ellicott City was devastated by the storm last July, hundreds of county employees, contractors, organizations, and individuals came together to clean up and rebuild,” said County Executive Allan Kittleman. “This award acknowledges the collaborative effort led by DPW to manage and coordinate the recovery in a way that stands as a model for other communities that may face a similar challenge. Ellicott City is well on its way to beginning an impressive new chapter thanks to the hard work and expertise of everyone involved.”

Together the team met the aggressive goal of reopening the town to the public by September 20, less than two months after the flood.

“It is gratifying to have a group of your peers recognize your work,” said Jim Irvin, Director of DPW. “This has been a monumental, prolonged and often challenging recovery but we have seen such dedication to restoring the historic district from internal staff, our contractors and the community.”