From 2014 to 2020, Leaaf worked with Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans (LFNO) to abate the historic Priestley School building as part of LFNO’s expansion and development of a new campus. Prior to the purchase of the property, Leaaf performed a transaction screening as part of LFNO’s due diligence procedures. Once LFNO acquired the property, Leaaf performed initial asbestos, lead, and hazardous materials surveys to identify and quantify environmental hazards present on site. Leaaf then developed customized asbestos, lead, and hazardous materials abatement specifications for the school building and gymnasium to be remediated prior to renovation. In addition, a lead soil survey was conducted in areas expected to be used as a play area by children.
Leaaf’s abatement specifications were developed in the style of National Institute of Building Sciences documents. Additionally, Leaaf coordinated with the owner and architect to put out the abatement contract for public bid. Leaaf’s tasks for the bid included holding a mandatory site walk, issuance of addendums to the original documents, submittal of a public notice, use of a third-party web developer to submit and receive documentation online, review of the bids, and working with the owner to award the bid to the abatement contractor. Leaaf coordinated with the abatement contractor to perform asbestos air clearances for the building. Leaaf also worked with the owner to remove and relocate a beehive on the property. At the completion of the abatement work, Leaaf developed a final report to be submitted to the owner along with disposal documentation.
In February 2020, Leaaf conducted a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to assist Lycee Francais de la Nouvell-Orleans School in redeveloping the property.