Innovative Composites finalist in Haitian shelter competition

Innovative Composites International Inc.has been named one of the winners of the first stage of the Building Back Better Communities housing competition for Haiti.

Innovative Composites International Inc. (ICI, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) announced on Aug. 4 that it has been named one of the winners of the first stage of the Building Back Better Communities housing competition for Haiti. ICI has entered the housing competition together with its consortium partners 3D Global Solutions and Barclays Gedi Group, both privately held U.S. companies.

Building Back Better Communities was initiated by the government of Haiti to investigate alternative forms of permanent housing for displaced citizens. By successfully passing stage one, ICI has qualified to participate in the prototype housing Expo that will take place in Port-au-Prince in October 2010.

Overall project scope for rebuilding damaged housing in Haiti is estimated at $4 billion. Specific contracts are expected to be awarded by the government of Haiti in early 2011 based on the results of the Expo.

"The consortium we put together with 3D Global Solutions and Barclays Gedi Group has all the right skill sets and experience to implement large-scale, affordable housing projects, and the fact that we have been selected for the second stage of the Haiti housing competition reflects that. We are excited about this opportunity and will pursue it with the diligence and resources it requires," commented Terry Ball, president and CEO of ICI.

ICI makes Structure Lite panels, a line of application-ready structural composite panels, and Hero 451, a line of environmentally friendly fire inhibitors and suppressants. ICI's goal is to deliver products that exceed industry standards with greater durability, strength, flexibility and safety.