On September 19 and 20, Hurricane María, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history to cross Puerto Rico, left a trail of destruction across the island from southeast to northwest. The hurricane was responsible for over 35 deaths and catastrophic damage to buildings, infrastructure, and the landscape. Fortunately, our San Juan office, housed in a building designed by Thomas Marvel and José R. Marchand-Sifre, survived unharmed and was able to restart operations within two weeks. Commercial internet communications and water were restored within days and electricity is being provided by our own generator. Regular electricity and telephone services are not yet being provided.
Because power, water, and telecommunications are still not available to most people on the Island, our office has become a hub for colleagues and friends to restart their professional lives after María. Our San Juan office is also the operations center for the Resilient Power Puerto Rico relief effort, co-founded by Jonathan Marvel, Cristina Roig, Walter Meyer, Jennifer Bolstad and other colleagues immediately after the storm.