Phase I ESA

AquAeTer provided Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) services to a developer who was renovating a former four story department store in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana into a retail pharmacy and office space. The building was significantly damaged by fire in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. The first floor was completely gutted by fire, and the upper floors were damaged by smoke. In March 2007,AquAeTer conducted a Phase I ESA on the property. During the Phase I ESA, our environmental professionals collected samples of lead-based paint and asbestos containing material (ACM). The unstable structure and fire damage in the building allowed for unique challenges to be faced by AquAeTer personnel. Samples collected were reported to the developer who contracted with an abatement contractor for the removal of the ACM materials.

Despite the challenging conditions, AquAeTer was able to conduct the ACM inspection in a timely manner, allowing the developer to move forward with their construction timeline. AquAeTer has been working with redevelopment projects in New Orleans and across Louisiana. We are knowledgeable about post-Katrina regulatory obligations for both local and State agencies.

AquAeTer provided the following services to its client for this sampling and reporting project:

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  • Asbestos Inspection
  • Lead-Based Paint Inspection