The Louis Berger Group, as part of a joint venture, provided technical consulting services to the City of New Orleans, LA to support its recovery and reconstruction efforts to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. LBG provided disaster recovery support for the city’s work with its FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program, including project development, grant management, insurance recovery, development of appeals, civil engineering, and/or eligibility program management aspects of more than 1,000 hurricane recovery projects. We also assisted the city with its efforts to assess impacts and initiate or improve FEMA Project Worksheet (PW) development versions, as well in its recovery, restoration and mitigation actions. The LBG team was involved in the management of PA grants that will allow for the reimbursement of an additional estimated $45 million to the general budget of the city. To support the city with its appeals process, we met with the city’s recovery staff to present key concepts and assist with the organization of restoration and recovery appeal actions and prioritization of the appeals. We also prepared site-specific PW version packages for faster recovery, which allowed the city to manage its loss claims and maximize receipt of eligible recovery funding. Our multidisciplinary experts also performed site reviews and inspections to assist in the appeal of projects not receiving FEMA approval and to develop recommendations regarding the methods of repair or replacement pursuant to FEMA’s laws, regulations, and policies. We provided the cost estimates of repair or replacement of large projects, using industry standards and FEMA’s cost estimating format on several projects such as fire and police stations, the municipal auditorium, and City Hall. Additionally, some of the other projects included facilities and parks that are located in environmentally sensitive or culturally significant areas, which required LBG to apply its expertise and knowledge of environmental and historic preservation compliance.