As hurricane Gustav (August/2008) was passing through New Orleans, Emergency Restoration, Inc. (ERI) received a request to inspect the LaQunita Hotel located in the New Orleans French Quarter. With the city completely evacuated, the National Guard had reported extensive water coming from every visible exterior door and window. Upon arrival, ERI verified the damage and proceeded to gained access with the assistance of the New Orleans Police & Fire Departments. From that point and for nearly sixty days straight, ERI worked an average of 30 technicians and 3 supervisors, to stabilize and minimize the building damages. Under the harshest conditions; extreme heat and minimum lighting: dehumidification, debris removal, demolition and mold remediation was performed ahead of schedule, within the estimated reserves and without a single work related injury!
Jefferson Parish Regional Library
Recently, the largest public library of the New Orleans Metropolitan area lost power & climate control to its most sensitive areas; the Special Collections Department. It is this area that holds the city archives and governmental journals that are available, under security, for on-site research only. During this time, it was discovered that more than 10,000 documents had become contaminated with microbial growth. Emergency Restoration, Inc. (ERI) was contracted to; assess the damage, outline a plan-of-action, & estimate the remediation cost. Within 21 days, an on-site clean room was constructed, each document remediated as well as the structure & contents, all documents placed back in order and post clearance testing performed. Test results revealed that ERI performance was successful on its first attempt.
River Parish Hospital
Shortly after completion of a new multi-million dollar Radiology Department, the facility maintenance staff detected what appeared to be a microbial indoor air quality concern within the records storage areas. This climate controlled area was designated strictly for x-ray files. ERI was contacted to assess the microbial evidence, determine the causation and perform the necessary remediation. Considering the sensitive nature of the situation, ERI immediately dispatched a full crew and supervisor. Working 2 shifts around the clock, ERI; inventoried, packed-out and moved off-sight 250 thousand x-ray files. While performing structural remediation, ERI crews worked diligently at our facility cleaning each x-ray, replacing each file jacket and transferring all file information. ERI is proud to announce the job was completed successfully and timely and with every x-ray accounted for.
Forest Park Apartments
In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans area has struggled to provide affordable housing to its rental population. Most large developments had been drastically damaged and in need of much repair. Emergency Restoration, Inc. (ERI) was honored by a very large national General Contractor to bid on a 300 unit multi-family complex. The scope was to remove, clean and/or remediate interior building material that went unattended to for several years following hurricane Katrina. ERI was successful in securing the remediation contract and we are proud to say that the job was completed ahead of schedule, under budget and was highlighted in the General Contractors national news letter for exceeding all expectations.
Jefferson Parish Government Buildings
When Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast in late August of 2012, no one predicted the amount of damage it would cause. Hitting Louisiana as a Category 1 storm, the sheer volume of water it discarded over Southeast Louisiana was unfathomable for its size. This caused not only flood damage to lower lying areas but also intensive water intrusion. This was the case for several Jefferson Parish Government buildings, including the Jefferson Parish Government Center, Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Building, the 24th Judicial District Court (formally the Thomas F. Donelon Building) and Second Parish Court House. Emergency Restoration, Inc. was contacted and dispatched to the effected buildings immediately following the storm’s descent. Working tirelessly, ERI technicians mitigated the affected chambers and stabilized the buildings’ with dehumidification units and preventative mold remediation. We are proud to say we completed all buildings in less than 2 weeks time, prior to our initial schedule.
St. Bernard Parish Schools
While simultaneously working on the Jefferson Parish Government Buildings, several St. Bernard Parish School buildings suffered extensive damage, including C.F. Rowley Alternative School, Andrew Jackson Middle School, Sebastian Roy Elementary School, Arabi Elementary School, St. Bernard Middle School, Joseph Davies Elementary School, Chalmette Elementary School, NP Trist Middle School and Chalmette High School. Due to the loss of power from Hurricane Isaac, these schools suffered extreme humidity and moisture issues in the aftermath of the storm. Emergency Restoration, Inc. was on site within one hour of the initial call and successfully mitigated each building to ensure the children could return to school following the Labor Day Holiday. As described by Mr. Hugh Harlton, Purchasing and Insurance Manager for St. Bernard Parish School Board. “Once Michael was contacted, Emergency Restoration, Inc. moved very quickly and within hours had dehumidification equipment in place. Michael and his ERI team worked non-stop over the weekend and Labor Day Holiday to prepare our schools for opening on the Tuesday following Labor Day. Michael’s knowledge and professionalism, as well as ERI’s commitment and dedication to the job were key factors in the success of getting our schools ready for our students in such a short time.”