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CHALLENGES IN RE-BUILDING OF AFGHANISTAN
SKILLED LABOR - BUILDING MATERIAL, BUILDING TECHNOLOGY, AND SECURITY
1- POL-E-CHARKHI, KABUL
Pol-e-Charkhi is located about 20 miles east of Kabul, Afghanistan. There was an Afghan military base in the past. Due to two decades of war in
the 80ís and 90ís, the base been abandoned and most of the structures have been damaged or demolished. In November 2002, the U.S. Corp of
Engineers, Transatlantic Programs Center in Winchester, Virginia solicited design and construction companies to bid on the first major design/build
construction project in Afghanistan. Azad Architects teamed up with Perini Corporation of Framingham, Massachusetts to bid on this project. The
U.S. Corp of Engineers awarded this project to Perini/Azad Architects in January 8, 2003. The initial budget of this project was $25 US million
dollar.

2- DARUALAMAN, KABUL
Darualaman is located to the south of Kabul City. The Darualaman Palace which was built during King Amanullah Khan in he 1920ís and the
Taj Beg Palace are located in the vicinity of this site. The Kabul museum is also located in Darualaman. Many of the buildings that were built
are badly bombed and damaged. To the west of the palaces existed an Afghan army base which was also destroyed.

The U.S. Corp of Engineers awarded its second major reconstruction projects to Perini/Azad Architects team in Afghanistan in September
25, 2003. The total construction budget was estimated at $45 million dollars.

BACHELOR OFFICERS QUATERS:
Four existing buildings that were damaged
renovated. Three of the buildings were two
story stairwell apartment buildings and they
were reconfigured and re-designed to house
the Brigade staff. This included an apartment
for the Brigade General, a one bedroom
apartment for a visitor, single bedrooms for 1
COL, 6 LTC, 1 CSM, 1 E9; double person
bedrooms for 2 MAJ, 6 CPT, 2 LT, 6 E8, 6 E7;
6 additional sleeping rooms for overflow;
larger open sleeping areas for a total of 37
enlisted personnel; separate common toilet
facilities for officers and enlisted personnel.
The fourth building was badly bombed and
damaged and determined to be demolished.
The fourth building was to be re-designed to
house the Brigade Headquarters.
The individual units were equipped with
ceiling fans, new ceiling lighting fixtures,
electrical and telephone outlets, and cable TV
connections. Common toilets and showers
stalls were provided at each building.

THE BARRACKS - DINING FACILITY - GARRISON HEADQUARTER - COMMUNITY BUILDING - POWER SUPPLY BUILDING - TOILETS &
SHOWERS - MAINTENANCE BUILDING - TRAINING BUILDING - COMMUNICATION BUILDING - FIRE STATION - RECEPTION BUILDING - ARMS
SUPPLY BUILDING - BATTALION STORAGE - BATTALION HEADQUARTER

3- MAZAR-E-SHARIF
Mazar-e-Sharif, the 4th largest city, is the capital of the province of Balkh located in Northern Afghanistan.
Balkh is bordering Uzbekistan on the north. The road leading from Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif passes through
the Hidu Kush mountains and the Salang pass.
The Afghan National Army Regional Brigade Facility:
Perini/Azad Architects was awarded the Mazar-e-Sharif project by the U.S. Corp of Engineers, Transatlantic Programs Center, in July 12, 2004. The projects consisted of the design and
construction ofa Brigade Facility for the Afghan National Army (ANA). The facilities will include a water treatment, storage and distribution system; a sewage collection system; a prime power
plant and site distribution system; a dining facility; administrative buildings and barracks, and associated site work.

The work was competitively awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Programs Center on behalf of the Afghanistan Engineer District. A task order was awarded for $52.4
million for this site under an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for design-build services within the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations.

The work in this task also included the preparation of a Master Plan for the project which needed to be completed and approved within three weeks after the award of the project. Azad
Architects and the rest of Perini design team traveled to Mazar-e-Sharif and completed the survey of the site and the Master Plan of the project. The site level and there were some existing
building that were badly bombed and damaged and needed to be demolished.

Phase one of the project included the design of the following new buildings:

BARRACKS - DINING FACILITY - GARRISON HEADQUARTER - COMMUNITY BUILDING - POWER SUPPLY BUILDING - TOILETS & SHOWERS - MAINTENANCE BUILDING - TRAINING
BUILDING - COMMUNICATION BUILDING - FIRE STATION - RECEPTION BUILDING - ARMS SUPPLY BUILDING - BATTALION STORAGE - BATTALION HEADQUARTER
4-GARDEZ
Gardez is located about 100km to the south of Kabul and is about 50km from the southern city of Khost,
bordering Pakistan. A paved road connects Kabul to Gardez. Gardez is one of the ten largest city of
Afghanistan. Gardez is the capital city of the province of Paktia.
The scope of this project consisted of a Master Plan,
the design of various buildings including new
construction, renovation, alteration, repairs, and
roadways. Facilities in this project included offices,
living quarters, dining facilities, power plants, and
waste treatment facilities. Other works included site
work, water wells, elevated water storage, road
network, paving, resurfacing, drainage swales, and
fencing, communications, and security protections.
Perini and the Design team including Azad Architects
arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 19, 2003, ten
days after the award of the project and set up
operations and conducted field surveys and
investigations. The site needed to be cleared of
landmines. By the Spring of 2003 the design packages
were completed and the construction began. By the
end of summer 2003 the project was successfully
completed and occupied by the new Afghan recruits.

AREAL PHOTO OF THE SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
SOURCE: GOOGLE MAP
ABLUTION AREA
TEA PREPARATION AREA (SAMAWARS)
TEMPORARY HOUSING
BATHROOM SINKS
THE BARRACKS
RENOVATION OF EXISTING BARRACKS
GENERATORS
THE DINING ROOM
The Afghan National Army Regional
Brigade Facility in Gardez:
Perini/Azad Architects was awarded the
Gardez project by the U.S. Corp of
Engineers, Transatlantic Programs Center,
in July 12, 2004. The projects consisted
of the design and construction of a
Brigade Facility for the Afghan National
Army (ANA). The scope of this project is
similar to the scope of the project in
Mazar-e-Sharif.


The work was competitively awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Transatlantic Programs Center on behalf of the Afghanistan Engineer District. A task
order was awarded for $52.4 million for this site under an Indefinite
Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for design-build services within the U.S. Central
Command Area of Operations.

The work in this task also included the preparation of a Master Plan for the project
which needed to be completed and approved within three weeks after the award
of the project. Azad Architects Perini design team traveled to Gardez and completed
the survey of the site and the Master Plan of the project. The site has a slight slope
from South to North and there was no existing building on the site.