Our First Harvey Project with the City of Houston

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the City of Houston. The city government worked hard to get city services back up and running. With so much work to do, priorities were set. Obviously, critical services, such as water and power, had to come first – get the citizens back to work. In the mix, six (6) Neighborhood Libraries were closed due to damage incurred by the storm. The McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library was one of these affected.

During the summer of 2018, ERC responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for this library, one of the first put out by the City of Houston for a project that would be funded through FEMA after Hurrican

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e Harvey devastated the city. The project included flooring, mill work, minor repairs, and electrical. ERC was low bidder and the process began.

In addition to the renovations for flood damage, ERC was able to coordinate some minor changes unrelated to Harvey and complete them while onsite. This included some wallpaper removal and additional painting – namely to spruce up the place a bit more.

A benefit of ERC’s combined resume of environmental and construction is the ability to see things other contractors don’t. Our project manager noticed mold growth in the back office area and notified the library staff. Since the building sat vacant from August 2017 through January 2019, when renovations started, this was to be expected. Remediation was complete and ERC was able to complete the build back as part of the original contract.

This is a beautiful library on the edge of Bellaire. Thanks to Harvey, it has a fresh coat of paint, new carpet, and refinished woodwork. If you live or work in the area, we encourage you to check it out! The staff are very friendly and more than willing to help. Mostly – they’re glad to be back at work and open to the public.

To see a summary of our work: McGovern-Stella Link Library

For more information about the library: McGovern-Stella Link Regional Library