The Urban Collaborative (UC) has been selected to receive the seven-year global indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for architect-engineer (A-E) services with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This IDIQ contract has a $800 million ceiling focusing on water, environmental, energy and telecom services in developing countries to improve the quality of life. The UC is excited to perform A-E services internationally as a JV partner along with M&J Engineering in the International Development Collaborative
As part of the A&E III contract, the UC’s A-E services include architecture, master planning, GIS, capacity building, project management, and gender equity and inclusion consulting as well as related services to support USAID’s mission of promoting sustainable development globally.
“We are proud to support USAID and we are honored to have been selected for this important global services contract. USAID’s values align with our efforts to work collaboratively, empower women, develop sustainable environments, and protect and create economic opportunity for citizens worldwide” says Mark Gillem, Principal of the Urban Collaborative. With the mission of ending extreme global poverty and enabling resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential, USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Led by partners the Urban Collaborative and M&J Engineering, our specialized team of 11 small and disadvantaged business subcontractors comprised of women owned, 8(a), veteran owned small business, service-disabled veteran owned business, HubZone, and an industry leading 501(c)(3) education and training institution, and one large business that covers the full scope of AEC services providing bench strength and capacity on any task assigned.
“As the new USAID Global A-E Services III IDIQ Deputy Program Manager, I am excited about the opportunity to serve critical humanitarian and development projects again after my previous role with Save the Children Philippines working as Research Advisor for project BURST (Building Urban Children’s Resilience Against the Shocks and Threats of Resettlement). I believe my unique experience developing innovative design solutions with communities in developing countries that are culturally relevant, build local capacity, and engage a diverse stakeholder group provides me a solid background for working effectively with USAID to promote their vision and goals. In my work in the Philippines as well as in India, Uganda, and Saudi Arabia, I have developed a deep respect for local design and construction tools, processes, and practices that offer opportunities for our USAID colleagues to increase project investment, sustainability, and resilience. I have come to appreciate USAID’s potential for sector-wide change to drive more collaborative approaches for culturally sensitive solutions to the world’s toughest humanitarian, economic, social, and infrastructure challenges.
The International Development Collaborative (IDCollaborative) team is a highly cohesive group of professionals who will provide effective and responsive support to USAID on all task order requirements from project inception to completion. The team includes a Joint Venture partner and nine other subconsultants with a combined total of 3,319 staff covering the full spectrum of construction phase services. Our project experience spans 89 countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Sudan. We have accomplished over 1,500 projects, winning 50+ awards, 15 of which were international awards for the U.S. Federal government, private sector, and foreign government clients. Our staff speaks a number of languages including English, Spanish, French, Tagalog, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Farsi, and Pashtun.
I look forward to leading our IDC team as we work with USAID in tackling some of the world’s most challenging issues on the international development front,” says Lyndsey Deaton, PhD, RA, AICP, PMP, the UC’s USAID A&E III IDIQ Deputy Program Manager.