Electrical contractor Rosendin Electric, Inc., San Jose, Calif., has been working behind the scenes to help with the rebuilding of earthquake-stricken Haiti with its own Haitian Earthquake Relief program. When the company's Bay Area office was approached by Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (M+NLB) to help find materials needed to rewire Hopital Sacre Coeur in the north Haitian town of Milot, the Rosendin Electric procurement team was able provide electrical supplies, tools, and equipment within two weeks to meet a tight shipping deadline.

As one of the few hospitals still operating after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Hopital Sacre Coeur was identified as desperately needing a complete upgrade to its electrical system. This 73-bed hospital had an aging and dangerous wiring system, and power for the entire medical center was being provided by a single diesel generator. Rosendin Electric worked with its network of vendors, manufacturers and distributors to assemble more than $150,000 in donated receptacles, wire, conduit, tools, panels and more.

“Everyone was eager to help. Along with materials and tools Rosendin Electric had on hand, we were able to get more than 30 suppliers to donate, and those who couldn't donate goods made cash donations to help cover travel expenses,” said Bill Barnes, senior purchasing agent for Rosendin Electric. “The response was immediate and generous and should make everyone in our industry proud.”