From: Ronnie Smith,
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #23
Posted: August 18, 2006
The majority of the work to prepare the MEB for the return
of students has been completed! The enhancements to the MEB 3rd
Floor seminar rooms are complete. The damaged MDL #6 has reopened. Lecture
Room B was put back into service on August 10th. The Morgue,
the Gross Anatomy Lab and the Swing Lab were ready for use on August 16th.
Some punch list items remain to be completed, but these will be addressed
during times when the rooms are not in use. The details on all of the
repairs within the MEB can be found in specific highlights provided below.
The contractors making the temporary repairs to the Clinic
and Administration buildings on the Dental School campus continue to make
excellent progress. Punch lists are being developed and provided to the
two contractors routinely. As repaired systems are being restarted, some
additional damage is being discovered. The contractors are diagnosing the
problems as they occur and are proposing the specific additional repair
work needed. FEMA and the Office of Facility Planning & Control are
working with us to review and approve the additional scope of work, so
that work can proceed quickly.
The environmental remediation work at 1542 Tulane is
completed, but recent test results show that some limited re-cleaning is
still needed. On Monday, August 14th, the LSUHSC faculty and
staff were once again allowed to access spaces within 1542 Tulane via the
2nd floor stairwell, by following the normal clearance
procedures. Access to the 1st floor and basement is still
prohibited until the necessary cleaning is completed and the final
clearances are received.
The contractor making temporary repairs to the building’s
electrical and mechanical systems at 1542 Tulane has begun receiving
critical parts and equipment and the installation of those items has
begun. Much of the preparatory work needed for the completion of the
planned repairs has been completed.
Some of the first designs for permanent building repairs
that include plans for mitigation are being completed and presented to
FEMA for their initial consideration. In particular, the plans for the
Lion’s/LSU Clinic building were recently shared with FEMA. These plans
include the relocation of the Isidore Cohn, M.D. Learning Center from the
1st floor to the 6th floor, and the elevation of
critical building components to the 2nd floor where they would
be protected from flooding. We have also proposed some protective
mitigation measures for the multiple building elevators across the
downtown and Dental School campuses.
Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished
since our last update was posted two weeks ago.
- The contractor for the permanent repairs to the MEB Lecture Rooms,
the Gross Anatomy Lab, the Morgue, and the Multidisciplinary Labs
continues to push towards completion of the contract.
- The air handling unit supplying the 2nd floor lobby in
the MEB is operational. The reheat valves still need to be piped and
- Lecture Room B:
- The room was cleaned and dusted.
- The A/V equipment has been tested and is operating.
- The network connections to the individual table top locations
will be completed early next week.
- Lecture Room A:
- The electricians continued to make the individual electrical and
network connections to each of the new table tops in Lecture Room A.
Problems with power connections to 14 of the table tops have been
- The remaining acoustic wall paper and the trim has been
- The podium still needs to be connected to the network.
- The majority of the modesty panels and table tops have been
- The case work, counter tops and plumbing fixtures have all been
installed in the Morgue, the Gross Anatomy Lab and the Swing Lab.
- All of the sinks in these rooms are operational but one. Repairs
to the damaged glass drains will be completed shortly.
- The rubber base molding must still be installed around the bases
of all the new casework.
- The temporary repairs to the School of Dentistry Clinic and
Administration buildings continue.
- The contractor at the Dental School has taped and floated the
drywall for the walls of the new switchgear room.
- One medical air compressor is ready to operate.
- The manufacturer of the temporary chiller is planning to have a
training class this week on its operation. This will allow them to
turn over operation of the chiller.
- The temporary chiller at the Dental School was started up on 8/8
so that the existing cooling tower could be tested.
- The east side of the cooling tower is operating with only
minimal repairs required.
- Problems have developed in the testing and operation of the
newly installed temporary chiller at the Dental School. The
contractor is trouble-shooting the condenser water pumps and the
chilled water pumps to determine what additional repairs may be
needed. Chiller programming and balancing has been delayed until the
condenser pumps & chilled water pump problems are corrected.
- The contractor is trouble-shooting the loading dock ramp flood
gate to determine what needs to be repaired in order to make it
- The architects and engineers are working on the design for the
repairs to the adjacent flood walls.
- Testing of the Compressed Air System is ongoing – they are
continuing to find air leaks at the dental chairs in the Clinic
- Testing of the buildings’ steam lines are ongoing - a leak was
found in one of the pipes in the basement of the Clinic Building.
- Ventilation fans in the Power Plant were shut-down due to a
failure of one of the fans - either the switch or the motor is
believed to be at fault.
- The start-up and testing of the Ice Water Machines/System occurred
- The installation of pipe insulation for the ice water system is
- Temporary electrical power has been restored to basement.
- The connection of the wet-vac piping to the building plumbing
system is complete. A light fixture that impeded the connection has
been relocated. The wet-vac system electrical controls still need to
be connected to building power.
- The hot water system has been connected to the expansion tank.
- All of the water piping (including steam lines) in the mechanical
room of the Clinic Building basement has been insulated. The pipes
must still be properly labeled.
- The removal and destruction of flood damaged medical records that
have been held in the Administration building’s basement has begun.
Approximately 50% of the records have been removed.
- The insulation of the water pipes in the Administration building
basement is underway and is progressing toward completion. The pipes
will still require proper labeling.
- The original building switchgear has been completely dismantled
- Natural gas piping is complete, but has been shut off until the
system has been tested. The medical gas piping (NO2, O2, etc.) is
- Mold remediation has begun in some of the upper rooms that were
heavily impacted; Rooms 6413B, 6409, & 7409A.
- The piping for repairing the medical gas system has been delivered
and is staged onsite.
- Replacement of governor cables for Elevator #4 in the Clinic Bldg
underway. Elevator doors for Elevator #4 on the 1st floor has been
removed...awaiting new replacement doors.
- The recently emergency chiller failed on 8/18 during brief
afternoon thunderstorm. The 24 hour response team was called to bring
the chiller back online.
- Elevator repairs in the clinic building are ongoing. Contractor is
working to have the freight elevator and at least one passenger
elevator available as soon as possible.
- Elevator car #3 in the Clinic building has been completely
- Elevator doors #1, #2, & #4 have been completely removed in the
Clinic basement. The contractor is awaiting the arrival of the
- Elevator travel cables for the elevators in the Clinic building
have arrived and are staged onsite.
- Elevator buffers and travel cables for the elevators in the
Administration building are also onsite.
- Work on the 3rd environmental remediation contract
addressing the balance of the buildings and facilities on the downtown
campus is substantially complete. Specific updates on progress are as
- All spaces on the 3rd through the 8th floors
have been cleared.
- All of the spaces on the 2nd floor have been cleared.
- The majority of the spaces on the 1st floor and in the
basement have been cleared.
- The remediation contractor will be required to return to re-clean
the few areas that have not been cleared.
- LSUHSC faculty and staff may once again access spaces within 1542
Tulane via the 2nd floor stairwell, by following the normal
clearance procedure. Access to the 1st floor and the
basement is still prohibited.
- 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, attached
to the Roman St. Garage. 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 variable speed drive and filters are on order. The necessary
valves are ready to be replaced.
- The contractor responsible for the temporary repairs to the
building’s critical electrical & mechanical systems at 1542 Tulane Ave.
has been making good progress.
- The contractor has traced wires and stripped the beakers out of
electrical panels, preparing various electrical panels for reuse.
- The old building switchgear has been demolished.
- The two chiller pumps have been rebuilt and reinstalled.
- The new wiring was delivered.
- The damaged electrical panels have been gutted and cleaned. They
are now ready for the new wiring to be installed and connected.
- The 500KV and 1000KV switchgears, LP1 panels, starters and cables
have arrived and were lowered into the basement.
- The contractor has mounted several of the electrical panels needed
for the repairs.
- Old wires and pipes that would interfere with the repairs have
- The installation of the temporary switch gear units and the
transformers began on 8/16. The location for the installation of these
temporary units has been changed so that sufficient space and
clearances would be available. The design engineers have approved the
- The feeders were run to Panels PLL4 and PLL1.
- Electrical panels PL2 and 3 were mounted on 8/18.
- The PL1 cables have been run but are not yet terminated. The
contractor is in the process of building the cable supports from the
ceiling of the basement.
- Several men are working on tying in the feeder cables from the 1KV
transformer to the 3KV switchgear which powers the elevators.
- The 600 Amp Disconnect is mounted and the feeder cables are
terminated to it.
- Over the coming weekend the troughs will be mounted for the cables
that power the sump pumps.
- The 13.8KV switchgear will not arrive until Monday, 8/21. A crane
has been ordered and will be arrive on site next Monday as well. It
will be used to lower the switchgear into the basement and lift old
parts and debris out.
- The lot will be closed Monday and Tuesday, August 21st
and 22nd. No vehicles will be allowed in the lot during
this process and all vehicles must be removed prior to 5:00 AM
Monday, August 21st.
- The contractor making permanent window repairs to the downtown
campus is progressing well.
- 96 window systems have been replaced.
- Three window systems are still on order.
- There are three new windows that are included in a proposed change
order that will require approximately 8 weeks to be delivered, once
the change is approved.
- The six damaged windows at 1542 Tulane, which were part of the
original project, remain to be replaced.
- An additional change order is being prepared for submission to the
architects. This will address leaks in the atrium glass ceiling in the
Resource Center. The revised proposal including all new items will be
sent to the architect Monday.
- Bids for a contract to add new lighting to various Student Parking
Lots have been received and are being evaluated. We anticipate that the
contract documents will be signed and returned within the next week to
10 days. At that time, the work can begin and demolition will start.
- Elevator #1 in the Resource Center is back in operation, following
repairs completed today. (This was an elevator previously certified, but
that had been out of service for some time.)
- The contractor is also working on correcting electrical problems
in Elevator #4. Once these problems are resolved, the elevator will be
certified for regular use.
- The contractor is correcting maintenance items so that the Freight
Elevator may be certified.
- In the MEB cafeteria, the contractor is installing the grill hood
exhaust fan which required repairs following the storm.
Please continue to follow our progress through our Daily Updates that
are also available on the web site.