Build It Back Post-Disaster Recovery Program Support

Leading Assessments and Environmental Compliance to Support Recovery Grants
New York, New York

Following Superstorm Sandy, we supported the New York City Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) with pre-construction services related to the NYC Build It Back program. Build It Back is a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded city program to assist homeowners, landlords, and tenants across the five boroughs after other forms of disaster assistance have been exhausted.


homes inspected


employees on project team at peak

We were tasked with inspecting more than 15,000 homes and residential buildings, estimating damages by assessing and identifying immediate repairs, and generating a cost to repair the residence. Based on these calculations and HUD guidelines, our feasibility teams determined if the structures could be repaired or elevated, or needed to be rebuilt entirely.

The teams also conducted environmental reviews to verify compliance with the environmental acts and regulations required for federally funded projects.

At the program's peak, our project team consisted of nearly 200 employees, including engineers, architects, geologists, ecologists, IT specialists, architectural historians, and archeologists. By automating many of the processes, the interdisciplinary team was able to establish procedures early on that allowed the inspections, feasibility assessments, and environmental reviews to be completed quickly without sacrificing quality.


New York City Economic Development Corporation and New York City Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of New York City Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations


$56 million


  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Planning, Consulting and Advisory
  • Technology


  • Risk, Response and Recovery


  • Northeast