Louisiana School District

Project Overview

Loss Type:
Flood Damage
Building Type:
Public School District
Complete - Pensacola Office
August 2016
Contract Value:
$5.8 million

Unexpected catastrophic flooding in Louisiana left homes and businesses in several parishes severely damaged.

DKI Member, Complete, helped one of the parishes that sustained damage to its schools, office facilities, libraries and its church. The team worked with the school district to restore their properties, including four of its schools, with up to six feet of silty mud, and a church building owned by the school district.

With the flooding taking place mid August, school had just started, so the classrooms, lockers and lunch pantries were full stocked. Originally being told another company would be handle inventorying and evaluating all contents, Complete ended up adjusting their scope of work to facilitate these needs too. The team had to remove, clean and disinfect everything including, not only the structure, but also the contents.

Once all contents were removed from all five buildings, the team used 38 semi-trailer mounted desiccants for over 210,000 cfm of desiccant air, more than 1,000 air movers, and numerous LGR dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to successfully remove the moisture in the air and dry out the structures. Generators and power distribution were used to power all of this equipment, which required fuel deliveries once to twice a day.

In order to allow the school district to reopen, Complete was given a tight timeline for three of the schools. The goal was the have the entire school district reopened in under four weeks. This included all the required remediation work, repairs, delivery of the contents, and time for the teachers to set up the classrooms. One example of the tight time frame was when Complete's team had 36 hours following the clearance testing to complete the installation of the fire-rated drywall and insulation, to allow for the teachers to prepare the rooms for class that following Monday.

To reduce cost, the school board managed debris disposal and all industrial hygienist testing. This added an additional layer of communication that was needed to ensure everything stayed on track. The damage to these facilities not only affected the school district and the teachers, but the entire community. Through their solid teamwork and communication, Complete hit their target date to reopen the district.

I wanted to pause for a few moments and thank everyone for their efforts over the past two weeks. While you do this for a living and have faced these circumstances many times over, there has never been one time when I have talked to any of you that I felt like you treated this as "just another job." You have been personable, you have listened, you have been compassionate, you have been accommodating and you have been kind. For that, I am eternally grateful. As we move closer to having our students return, you have accelerated the process to ensure that our system can reopen, even if it is in a somewhat limited capacity. When our students return to those classes, when they see their teachers and friends for the first time, it will be absolutely clear that all your efforts have been worthwhile. Thank you for everything you have done and we look forward to making our system whole again.

Assistant Superintendent