After a year-long evaluation, the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure in Washington DC, USA, has given the “International Award” to Defence Housing Authority City Karachi (DCK).
According to the DHA spokesperson, the award was received by DCK project director Brig Mohammad Rafique at a ceremony held at the Metro Centre in Washington DC.
The award has also been conferred upon the DCK’s lead consultants Osmani and Company (Pvt) Ltd with their international associates Prof Spiro Pollalis, Doxiadis and RMJM.
During the ceremony, the institute’s chief executive William Berterra appreciated the leadership role taken by Pakistan in sustainable planning of cities. He reiterated adopting a sustainable infrastructure for a whole city had been done for the first time and appreciated Pakistani engineers and planners for achieving this gigantic task within 12 months.
He said DCK had now become a sustainability benchmark, which will be followed in developing other cities around the world.
Meanwhile, Brig Rafique said this was just the start of a long partnership between DHA and the institute and the authority would continue to work on sustainable infrastructure and promote sustainability for the betterment of every Pakistani.
Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure is an internationally recognized organization that has developed and maintains a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure in the world, and was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).