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

Grand Reopening Twitter Post

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: http://erc-tx.com/portfolio/mcgovern-stella-link-library/

For more information about the library: http://houstonlibrary.org/location/mcgovern-stella-link-neighborhood-library

Helping with Harvey Recovery…

… One Construction Site at a Time

The Wikipedia entry for Hurricane Harvey reads: “Hurricane Harvey is tied with 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding…”

Hurricane Harvey before and after
Harvey – Before and After

Harvey in numbers:

  • $125 billion in damages (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • Over 300,000 structures flooded
  • Up to 500,000 cars flooded
  • About 336,000 customers lost power
  • Approximately 40,000 people in shelters (Texas and Louisiana)
  • More than 50 inches (average) rainfall in four days
  • More than 80 lives lost

Recovery has been slow. FEMA, insurance… well, government just doesn’t move very fast and insurance companies have been bogged with claims. The losses were just catastrophic and will take time to get everything back to normal.


ERC is helping recover from this widespread catastrophe. In 2018, ERC was awarded the first FEMA-related contract through the City of Houston’s General Services Division. We are renovating the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, part of the Houston Public Library System, after flood waters damaged the building. The scope of work includes flooring, electrical, millwork, and painting.

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library before ERC Renovation
McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library – Before Harvey, Street view.

What makes this project different? The paperwork. In an effort to insure the City of Houston and FEMA are on the same page as to what work is covered and what will be reimbursed to the City, this project’s paperwork was fine-tuned to address this unique situation.

“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Houston,” states Kommy M. Azarpour, CAPM, PE, president of ERC, “We’ve had a long relationship with the City on the environmental side. This isn’t our first construction project with the City, but it is the first in our 2019 focus on our construction division.”

“We want to impress the City of Houston with our professionalism, while at the same time, being easy to work with,” says Max Sanati, ERC’s superintendent of the project.

When the project is complete, we’ll post photos to our website, so please return to see the end result!

If you’d like more information on what Houston is doing to help recovery and their efforts to reduce the risk of this happening again, visit Houston Recovers. If you don’t live in Houston, but want information about your nearby affected area, there are links to get you to your neighborhood information.