Awards & Recognition, News Release
Flatiron Helps Construct Bridges to Prosperity’s 200th Structure
HOCHTIEF Receives Social Responsibility Award for Partnership
Broomfield, Colorado (April 29, 2016) – A long-standing partnership allowed Flatiron to help a Denver, Colorado-based nonprofit reach a milestone.
Bridges to Prosperity, which works with isolated communities to build footbridges over impassable rivers, constructed its 200th footbridge with a team of Flatiron volunteers in the La Dalia region of Nicaragua.
The 48-meter cable-supported suspension bridge serves 4,500 people whose lives are affected by the seasonal flooding of the Rio el Bijao River. Before the bridge was built, residents of the rural area had to cross a dilapidated, makeshift footbridge to reach their farms, markets, schools, government services, and even to acquire safe drinking water.
Bridges to Prosperity and Flatiron worked in concert with the communities of Triangulo, Cocoa, and Cerro Verde in the municipality of Matagalpa to inaugurate the bridge in April. During the bridge’s inauguration, speeches by the team of engineers, Bridges to Prosperity staff, and local community leaders focused on celebrating the end of many months of hard work, the successful completion of a priority community project, and most importantly, the new opportunities made possible through the power of collaboration.
Flatiron and parent company HOCHTIEF have been partners with Bridges to Prosperity since 2009. This strategic partnership aligns our strengths and enables us to work together toward shared, socially responsible goals.
In fact, HOCHTIEF recently won the 2016 Immobilienmanager Award for social responsibility for its involvement with Bridges to Prosperity. Immobilienmanager is a German magazine, and it honored HOCHTIEF for combining social engagement with its company values, strengthening its employee culture.
This year, one-third of Bridges to Prosperity’s bridges will be built through similar industry partnerships. By the end of 2016, Bridges to Prosperity will have opened critical access points for 1 million people living in rural communities worldwide.