Parsons “Gives Back” by Building a Footbridge in Colombia
PASADENA, CA (September 14, 2016) – Parsons, in partnership with Bridges to Prosperity, recently sent an 11-member team of its infrastructure and construction experts to La Guaya—a small town of 1,000 people outside of Bogota, Colombia—to build a 58-m footbridge over the La Guaya River. The river was impassable in bad weather, requiring the community to take a 2-hour detour to access markets, schools, and medical services. The new bridge provides the La Guaya community with access to necessary services during the rainy season. This is the first footbridge-building project in Colombia for both Parsons and Bridges to Prosperity—a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing isolated communities with access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassible rivers.
“Parsons has a long history of giving back to the communities it serves,” said Michael Johnson, Parsons Group President. “Through our Parsons Gives Back Program, we consistently evaluate the needs of these communities and determine where we can help the most. That’s why we became Bridges to Prosperity’s Country Sponsor last year and made a commitment to lend our advice, expertise, and hard work to this life-changing project.”
For 2 weeks, Parsons’ team worked side-by-side with representatives from Bridges to Prosperity, local nonprofit partner Puentes de la Esperanza, and local residents to construct the bridge. Parsons’ multinational team consisted of a wide range of staff from several offices, including project managers, engineers, business development managers, and constructors.
“Parsons is known as a leader in design and construction of major infrastructure around the world. In fact, Parsons has completed more than 4,500 bridges across the globe, and we provided engineering services to meld together two bridge designs for this project,” said Joanne McCall, Parsons Senior Vice President and executive sponsor for the team. “This small footbridge will have a profound and immediate impact on the lives of a remote community, which is a humbling reminder that contributing our skills and expertise makes a real difference. The team was very excited to be a part of this build.”Parsons (NYSE: PSN) is a leading disruptive technology provider in the global defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets, with capabilities across cybersecurity, missile defense, space, connected infrastructure, and smart cities. Please visit Parsons.com, and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to learn how we’re making an impact.