From: Ronnie Smith,
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #20
Posted: July 10, 2006
The efforts to
complete temporary repairs that will allow us to reoccupy the last of our
major buildings on both the downtown campus and the Dental School campus
continue. The environmental remediation work at 1542 Tulane Ave. is
largely completed. The remaining cleaning of duct work on upper floors
and the removal of flood damaged walls in the basement is all that remain
to be finished. The contractor who has been selected to make temporary
repairs to the building’s electrical system and other key mechanical
systems is beginning work at this time. Mid-August remains the target for
completing this work, but some key items have long lead times and the
availability of some items may impact the schedule.
The two contractors
responsible for making the temporary repairs to the School of Dentistry’s
Clinic and Administration Buildings continue to press towards completion
of their respective contracts. Both contracts were estimated by the
architects to be more than 90% completed on 6/30/06. Parts continue to
arrive and are installed promptly.
LSUHSC Facilities and Property has been working on
plans to provide temporary protective measures for critical building
components for the 2006 hurricane season. FEMA is generally willing to
reimburse the costs of reasonable, effective measures taken to protect the
temporary repairs that have been made, so they will be an integral part of
this process and plans are finalized and bids are solicited.
Both of the design teams (architects & engineers) are
continuing to work closely with our FEMA team to reconcile their
assessments of the damage to the various buildings with the FEMA team’s
assessments. This task is critical, as it will insure that as
specifications are developed for the permanent repairs, the scope of work
in the bids will be fully eligible for FEMA reimbursement. The eventual
permanent repairs will also involve the elevation of critical building
components and functions to prevent repetitive damage should a similar
event ever occur. The planning for this work by both the downtown campus
and Dental School design teams is underway. Concepts continue to be
refined and shared with FEMA as they are developed.
Here are highlights of work that has been
accomplished since our last update was posted two weeks ago.
- Work on the 3rd environmental
remediation contract addressing the balance of the buildings and
facilities on the downtown campus is underway. While the remediation
work is underway, access to the entire building remains restricted.
When air sampling results are received indicating that the remediation
has been successful, we will again allow access to the building.
Specific updates on progress are as follows:
- 8th Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 7th Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 6th Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 5th Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 4th Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 3rd Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 2nd Floor: Cleaning should be
completed during the week of 7/10/06.
- 1st Floor: Cleaning should be
completed during the week of 7/10/06.
- Mechanical Rooms: Cleaning is in progress on
the 7th, 6th and 5th floors.
- Duct Work: The duct work on the 8th,
5th and 4th floor has been cleaned. The cleaning of the
ducts on the 1st floor is in progress.
- Basement: The required asbestos abatement is
complete and the clearances have been received. The demolition of
flood damaged walls (non-structural) has begun and approximately 40%
of the walls have already been removed. The balance of this work will
be completed shortly.
- Post-cleaning testing and monitoring results are
starting to come in and generally look good.
- The temporary repairs to the School of Dentistry
Clinic and Administration buildings continue.
- The city pumps,
soft water pumps, air dryers for the air compressors, and the
expansion tank for hot water have been installed at the Dental School.
- The emergency
generator is in place.
- The new, temporary
fire walls that have been built on the 1st floor have been
- The fan coil air
units have been installed and are being piped.
- The elevator pits
have been pumped out and are being accessed by the elevator repair
- The permanent repairs to building elevators
continue. Elevators that have been repaired, inspected and certified for
passenger use include:
- All of the Stanislaus Hall elevators.
- All five of the elevators in the Lion’s/LSU
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors have
- The MEB elevators.
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors are now
- The elevators in the Residence Hall.
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors in the
“B” and “C” towers are now complete.
- The passenger elevators in the Nursing/Allied
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors are now
- Two passenger elevators in the Resource Center.
- Repairs to the freight elevators in both the
Nursing/Allied Health Building and the Resource Center are complete.
- The State Elevator Inspector was scheduled to
conduct the inspections on Monday, June 26th, but
scheduling conflicts prevented the inspections from occurring. The
Inspector will reschedule these inspections as time permits.
- Roman St. Parking Garage – The contractor has
begun making repairs to the two passenger elevators.
- Dental School Clinic and Administration
Buildings: The elevator pits have been pumped out and the contractor
is now able to access the pits and make the final determinations
regarding damage and needed repairs.
- The contractor for the permanent repairs to the
MEB Lecture Rooms, the Gross Anatomy Lab, the Morgue, and the
Multidisciplinary Labs has crews on site and is progressing on the
- The sheetrock in the two large Lecture Halls has
been installed, taped and floated. All the new sheetrock has been
primed and the painting has just been completed.
- The contractor has completed the replacement of
the damaged ceiling tiles in the Gross Anatomy Lab.
- The installation of new floor tiles in the MDL’s
has been completed.
- The application of the new epoxy floors in the
Gross Anatomy Lab and the Morgue will begin early this week. The
floors are being prepared for the application of the new surface at
- All of the rough in work for the enhanced
electrical and network wiring in the two large Lecture Halls has been
- MEB Lecture Halls – The new doors and related
hardware have been installed.
- The floor of the 1st floor air
handler unit room in the MEB has been painted.
- The return air grills for the MEB Seminar Rooms
have been received and approximately 60% of them have been installed.
- The contract for the repairs to the emergency
generators at the CSRB, MEB, Lion’s Eye Center, Nursing/Allied Health
Bldg., Resource Center and the Residence Hall has been awarded. The
following is the most recent status of the repairs:
- The repairs have been completed on the roof
mounted generator at the MEB.
- CSRB – the generator has been repaired, fueled,
and tested. Power is available to outlets and emergency lights, but
two other transfer switches require some additional adjustments.
- Lion’s/LSU Clinic Building – the generator has
been repaired, fueled, and successfully tested.
- Residence Hall – Both of the emergency
generators for the Residence Hall have been installed and successfully
- MEB – the generator has been reassembled. The
initial testing revealed a bad voltage regulator and the replacement
part has been ordered.
- Nursing/Allied Health – The repairs are complete
and the generator has been successfully tested. However, problems
with the transfer switch for the elevators have surfaced and are being
- After experiencing intermittent, short term power
outages in the CSRB, the switch gear manufacturer’s representative was
requested to perform further tests of the switchgear to determine the
need for additional temporary repairs. Repairs have been determined to
require the replacement of the building feeders which require shut downs
of power to portions of the building.
- The replacement of the CSRB riser feeders that
serve the Perdido side of the building was completed during the last
outage – June 23rd and 24th.
- The B riser which serves the opposite side of
the building - the half closest to the Lion’s Eye Building, was
completed this weekend, July 7th and 8th.
- We are optimistic that the replacement of this
last riser will permanently resolve the intermittent power problems in
- A contract has been issued for repairs to the
medical air compressors, vacuum pumps and water purifiers at the CSRB,
Lion’s Eye Center and the MEB. All of the repairs have now been
completed and the systems in each building are operational.
- The contractor responsible for providing temporary
electrical power to the P3 lab at 1542 Tulane has completed the work and
stable power is now available. When the temporary power is restored to
1542 Tulane, the P3 lab will be switched back over to the building power
- Bids have been received, evaluated and a contract
has been awarded for additional repairs to the chilled water pump and
related mechanical/electrical components in the Central Utility Plant.
These additional repairs will insure that we have sufficient chilled
water capacity for the hottest summer months and also have a redundant
pumping system should one fail or require repairs.
- The installation of wireless network connections
in the 3rd Floor Seminar Rooms in the MEB has been completed
and successfully tested.
Please continue to follow our progress through our
Daily Updates that are also available on the web site.