Since beginning the initial task order in June 2019, Dewberry has completed more than 15,000 construction monitoring reports under the contract. Projected work in 2021 includes continued oversight of up to 600 housing repair or new housing construction projects throughout the islands of Saipan and Tinian. Dewberry will also address the need for topographic surveying and flood mitigation measures on several properties on Saipan that sustained damage as a result of Super Typhoon Yutu. The work will include new construction as well as repairs and retrofits to homes and their infrastructure.

Dewberry has maintained a multidiscipline team of engineers, construction managers, and construction monitors in the Northern Mariana Islands since the contract began. The on-site team, which is based on Saipan and operates ten hours a day, seven days a week, is led by Emergency Management Analyst Curtis Freyermuth. Throughout his career, Freyermuth has completed more than 25,000 post-disaster housing inspections for FEMA as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We have an exceptional team in place in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, with extensive experience in facility condition assessments, construction management and inspections, and all facets of logistics in post-disaster environments,” says Dewberry Associate Vice President Joseph Goetz, PE, who serves as project manager for the contract. “The team’s proficiency in completing this fast-paced, demanding work has been key to assisting FEMA in increasing resilience on these islands.”