Hurricane Katrina Demolition and Debris Removal

Project Description

CONTRACT NAME:  Hurricane Katrina City of Covington Debris Mission

LOCATION: Covington, LA


OWNER: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Scope of Work

Hurricane Katrina has been ranked as the costliest natural disaster in United States history. Katrina caused catastrophic damage and destruction to infrastructure, resources, and commodities. Cycle was able to begin recovery efforts just one day after Katrina made landfall. Cycle worked in numerous locations throughout the area performing a variety of emergency response operations.  For this contract specifically, Cycle was responsible for the cleanup of Covington, LA. Cycle’s effort included management of all field crews and subcontractors as well as coordination with public officials and residents to return the area to pre-storm conditions.

This contract included:

  • Removal of approximately 500,000 cy of storm generated debris from city right-of-ways and ditches
  • Management of temporary removal and disposal site
  • Recycled, hauled, and disposed of over 200,000 cy of
  • mulch from waste stream
  • Demolished and disposed of numerous hazardous structures
  • Performed Right-of-Entry services for approximately
  • 500 residences
  • Removed and hauled hazardous trees, tree limbs, and stumps


Project Description

CONTRACT NAME: Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System VA Medical Center (SLVHCS) – Project Legacy

LOCATION: New Orleans, LA


OWNER: Clark-McCarthy Healthcare Partners, JV

Scope of Work

Cycle is proud to have been a part in this project that was one of historical significance and truly transformed this area of the city.  The project was one of the single-largest construction projects in the city’s history.  This multi-building site covers 29 acres of land in the heart of New Orleans.

Cycle was contracted by Clark-McCarthy Healthcare Partners, JV to perform the demolition, site utilities and site development for the 29 acre site.  Through the course of the project, Cycle installed and removed a sand surcharge of approximately 350,000 cubic yards, excavated and backfilled over 600 pile caps and concrete foundations, removed 15,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, installed and maintained a comprehensive storm water protection program, installed over 8500 linear feet of subsurface utilities, and performed all site restoration.

Additionally, Cycle was the subcontractor selected to perform the abatement and demolition of the historic Dixie Brewery.  Originally constructed in 1906, the building sat idle for approximately 10 years prior to the start of demolition activities.   The demolition of the 150,000 square foot six story structure included a large scale and extremely difficult abatement package consisting of multiple layer asbestos and lead contamination.  Portions of the existing façade were saved and restored due to the historic relevance of the building further complicating demolition activities.  As a result of the poor structural condition of the structure that were to remain, demolition activities had to be closely coordinated with steel façade stabilization and masonry stabilization.