Impact of Hurricanes on Small Construction Business and Their Recovery

dc.contributor.advisorSong, Lingguang
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGao, Lu
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGregory, Kelly
dc.creatorSahu, Ankita
dc.creator.orcid0000-0001-8124-0783
dc.date.accessioned2023-01-11T17:01:26Z
dc.date.available2023-01-11T17:01:26Z
dc.date.createdMay 2022
dc.date.issued2022-07-08
dc.date.updated2023-01-11T17:01:27Z
dc.description.abstractAbout 3 to 5 hurricanes on average impact the U.S. every year. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey, each accounted for over a hundred billion dollars in damages. Small businesses face numerous challenges during major disasters. A better understanding of disaster recovery performance of small businesses is critical to enhance their resilience and thus protect our economy and employment for future recurring disasters. This study characterizes the impact of Hurricane Harvey on small construction business with respect to damages to their facilities, supply and demand, and business operation. Their recovery performance – whether businesses fully recovered or not, how long it took, funding sources, challenges, resilience practice, and lessons learned – is closely examined through an interview study in addition to a previously conducted survey study. Small construction businesses tend to use work volume as the primary measure of whether their business is fully recovered or not. The full recovery time for construction industry is nearly 6 months like other industries. In addition, investing in resilience significantly shorten the recovery time, evidenced by the mean recovery time of 6 months and 9 months for resilience investing business and non-investing ones respectively. There is a wide range of efforts observed in preparing their business against hurricanes (i.e., disaster preparedness) and reviving their operation quicker to the pre-disaster level (i.e., business resilience). This paper also highlights observations of the unique challenges faced by women-owned construction businesses.
dc.description.departmentConstruction Management, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/13298
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectSmall business
dc.subjectConstruction
dc.subjectHurricane
dc.subjectRecovery
dc.subjectLessons learned
dc.titleImpact of Hurricanes on Small Construction Business and Their Recovery
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCullen College of Engineering
thesis.degree.departmentConstruction Management, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplineConstruction Management
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science

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