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Environmental & Social Review Summary

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Project number 29719
Dominican Republic
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
SectorColleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
Environmental category:B
Date ESRS disclosedMarch 7, 2011
Previous EventsSigned: May 17, 2012
Approved: October 13, 2011
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Overview of IFC's scope of review
The IFC’s appraisal of this project included the following:
- Review of the Dominican Republic’s Environment and Natural Resources General Law (“Ley General sobre medio ambiente y recursos naturales”, 64-2000) and its Regulations on system for environmental permits and licenses (“Reglamento del sistema de permisos y licencias ambientales”), “Normas de habilitación y requirimientos para la instalación y funcionamiento de laboratorios”, “Normas nacionales de bioseguridad para laboratorios : directrices y requisitos generales para la bioseguridad de laboratorios”, “Norma para la gestión integral de desechos infecciosos (manejo, segregación, almacenamiento transitorio, transportación, tratamiento y deposito final”);
- Review of the architectural design, preliminary conceptual design of the electrical, mechanical (air conditioning and ventilation) and electronic specifications of the building (including water supply, sanitation, fire and life safety drawing specifications), the Universidad O&M’s internal regulation for human resources management (“Reglamento Personal Docente”), water/wastewater treatment technology and disposal, energy/water consumption estimate;
- Meetings with the Project Team of the School of Medicine, including the Project Manager (Jose Antonio Llavona), the local Architect (GVA & Associates; Cristobal Valdez, Angel Giudicelli Vidal), engineering team (Gabriel Aldebot, Pedro Castilo), sanitary engineer (Magda Duarte), the General Construction Contractor (Michel P. Lulo), and the Director of Human Resources and General Services of the Universidad O&M (Ms. Birmania Lopez de Soriano); and,
- Site visit to the building plot in Santo Domingo
Project description
The Universidad Dominicana O&M (or the “Sponsor”), established in 1966, is the leading private university in Dominican Republic (DR) with 18 educational career programs, 38,000 registered students and 7 campuses across Dominican Republic. The Sponsor intends to build a School of Medicine (the “Project”) as part of its Faculty of Medical Sciences with a total enrollment capacity of 800 local and foreign students. The building will consist of three towers, one for the use of the School of Medicine (lecture and meeting rooms, simulation and assessment, including multipurpose and gross anatomy (dissection room) laboratory, computer lab), one for a student residence while the third tower will include the auditorium, library and related public facilities (e.g. cafeteria, conference center, open roof garden). The first two towers will have 17-storeys above ground level while the third tower will have 6-storeys above ground. The building will also include a 6-storey underground parking area with a capacity of 430 cars. The project is located at the intersection of Ave. Roberto Pastoriza and Calle Boy Scout in the city center of Santo Domingo.

The Universidad Dominicana O&M, as project developer, has recruited a range of consultancy firms for the technical design of the medical school which encompass international (Sasaki Associates) and local architects (GVA and Associates), as well as structural, mechanical-electrical, electronic, sanitary (lead by Aldebot Ingenieros Consultores and Velazquez Duarte & Asoc.), vehicle circulation, kitchen & cafeteria, landscape and environmental consultancy firms. A General Contractor (Michel P. Lulo & Asocs) has been recruited for the implementation of the physical works and will be supported by specialized sub-contractors (e.g. electrical, A/C, sanitary, windows). A construction supervisor will be hired by the Client to monitor the works of the General Contractor and compliance with the technical designs. Partners Harvard Medical International (“PHMI”) is associated in this venture to provide technical support in key areas, such as building and curriculum design, training to Faculty professors and operational guidance. Project construction phase is expected to take up to 24-28 months.

This green-field project is presently at the conceptual design stage. The excavation of the site is completed and stands at 21 meters below ground level. High security gates are surrounding the project site for public safety.