Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #36
Posted: February 22, 2007
Work on the enhancements to the MEB atrium is nearing
completion. All of the drywall has
now been installed; taped and floated. The majority of the painting has been completed, with only the recently
constructed knee walls and a few other small areas remaining. Most of the new
ceiling tile is in place and the wireless network connections have been
installed above the suspended ceiling. The preparations for installing the new flooring have been completed and
the installation of tile is well underway. The new lighting fixtures have been delivered and installation has begun. New furniture for the atrium has been ordered and delivery is scheduled
for later in the month.
The majority of the old ceiling tile in the Clinic and
Administration Buildings at the
Dental School has been removed in
a combined effort by LSUHSC Facility Services personnel and a contractor hired
to assist in the efforts. The LSUHSC
Industrial Hygienist has completed his assessment of the buildings and he is
completing his review of the environmental remediation and duct cleaning needs
at the Dental School. The new motor control center is being installed and the various new or
repaired elements of the building systems will shortly be back under normal
LSUHSC Facility Services is finalizing their work with the Dental School
architects to develop plans for replacing the old ceiling tile in both the
Clinic and Administration
Buildings. The use of mold and humidity resistant tiles that are also smaller in
size may present an opportunity to seek additional reimbursement from FEMA for
some additional components of the replacement costs.
A contract to make temporary repairs to the roof of the Medical Education Building
has been issued and work is beginning. The architects are also working on the specifications for the permanent
repair/replacement of the MEB roof.
Additional temporary repairs are also planned for portions of the roof of the
Nursing/Allied Health Building and permanent repair plans will be developed for
that building as well.
At 1542 Tulane
Ave. the contractor continues to install additional
electrical components necessary to fully power up and light the building. New submersible sump pumps are being installed that will protect the
basement spaces from the intrusion of ground water during heavy rains. Repair work on various building elevators continues. Several change orders have been priced and the remaining issues related
to FEMA reimbursement of those change orders are being addressed so that the
work can be authorized.
Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished
since our last update was posted two weeks ago.
Project to Make Temporary Repairs to the Dental School:
The new motor control center arrived and the contractor made preparations to
install it in place of the old, flood damage one.
The new motor control center was positioned on the 2nd level
in the Power Plant.
- The contractor reviewed
the plans to install the new motor control center in the Dental Power
Plant with the engineers and LSUHSC Facility Services leadership.
Procedures were developed to minimize the amount of time that the
buildings will be without HVAC.
- The contractor will have
a crew that will consist of 7 workers; 4 in the day and 3 at night.
- The plan provided for at
least one of every component in the HVAC system (1 chiller, the 1oop
pump, 1 chill water supply, and 1 condenser pump) to be operating
within a 24 to 32 hour period.
- Work began late on the
switch over from the old motor control center to the new one on
Wednesday, February 14th.
The initial phases of the project to replace the ceiling tiles in both the
Clinic and Administration
The ceilings were removed from the 1st floor space previously
occupied by the Faculty Dental Practice.
LSUHSC Facility Services personnel began removing the ceiling tiles on
the 5th floor of the
Building. They proceeded to the 7th floor, and then the 8th
floor. When the 8th
floor was completed, they moved to the 6th floor.
The contractor hired to supplement the efforts of LSUHSC Facility
Services personnel removed the ceiling tiles from the 2nd
floors in both the Clinic and Administration buildings.
- The ceiling tiles have been removed from the 3rd floor.
- Tiles have also removed from the majority of the 4th
The project to restore telecommunications to the Clinic and Administration
Buildings also continued.
The contractor installed the fire rated backer board in the 5th
floor room set aside in the Clinic Building for
computers, network equipment and the telephone switch.
- The electrical contractor
has had to remove the conduit they ran in the penthouse of the Clinic Building and re-run it.
- BellSouth technician
inspected the 5th floor room and has suggested some additional work to
be done in preparation for reestablishing service to the buildings.
- BellSouth and the
representative for the manufacturer of the replacement telephone
switch have been asked to provide written specifications describing
their requirements so that the necessary work can be put under
contract and completed.
- The elevator contractor has
completed the elevator controller replacement and is ready to start the
electrical repairs for the elevators in the Dental Admin Bldg.
- Work has continued in the
elevator pits of the freight elevator, and elevators #1 and #2 in the Clinic Building.
The contractor has 3 elevators in the Clinic building close to being
able to be certified.
They have been asked to expedite the certification of at least two
of the elevators, so that personnel (contractor and LSUHSC) will be
able to use the elevators.
- Smoke and heat detectors
were installed in the elevator penthouses on both the Dental Clinic
and Administration Buildings.
- The State’s disposal
contractor picked up the flooded grounds equipment from the Dental School back campus.
- The contractor is working
to change out four damaged electrical panels in the Clinic Building.
- They shut down the power
to the south west side of the
Clinic Building to change
out the 1st panel.
The contractor is preparing to remove the old support rods from the old
chillers in the Dental Power Plant.
- 120 volt power was run to
the wet vac system in the basement of the Clinic Building.
Project to Make Temporary Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:
The contractor continues to install electrical panels in the basement, run
new conduit and install new lights in the basement of the building.
- Jefferson Sprinkler has
replaced the damaged heads on the fire suppression sprinkler system and
repaired the broken pipes located in the old kitchen area in the basement of
1542 Tulane Ave.
- The mechanical
sub-contractor has been working to complete the installation of the new,
submersible sump pumps in the basement.
- The sumps in the basement
are being cleaned out.
- Old pipes connected to the
original sump pumps are being removed and/or modified as necessary to
allow for the installation of the new pumps.
- The remaining new sump
pumps were delivered.
The insulation contractor continues to insulate the new chilled water pipes
in the basement.
- Repairs to the building
- The elevator contractor
has been removing old damaged parts from the elevators and the elevator
- The contractor has
assigned additional personnel to the job to speed up the completion of
- The contractor has
completed pulling wires for the fire alarm panel in the security office.
- The mechanical
sub-contractor received the platform needed for the emergency generator
LSUHSC Facility Services personnel removed file cabinets and boxes from
various mechanical rooms throughout the building to provide the access
requested by the contractor.
MEB Atrium Renovation:
The painting contractor completed the priming and painting of the majority
of the new drywall.
The finish contractors prepared the ceilings for paint and the painting
contractor completed the ceiling.
The electricians are hanging the supports for the new ceiling lights and
installing the new light fixtures. A
significant portion of the new fixtures are now in place.
The ceiling contractor reworked the acoustical ceiling grid so it would not
affect the layout of the lights.
The wireless network access points have been installed above the ceiling
tiles and grid.
- The flooring contractor has
removed all of the old vinyl tile flooring from the atrium and the elevator
lobby in the Nursing/Allied Health Building.
- The floors have been
sanded and prepared for the installation of the new tile.
- The tile installation is
well underway. The new floor tile
has been installed on the primary lower floor of the MEB atrium.
- Tile must still be
installed on the ramps, the upper floor section and the floor area where
the vending machines are located.
- Both of the knee walls that
separate the elevated portion of the atrium on the Nursing/Allied Health
side from the MEB side have been framed up, and dry walled.
- The wiring (power and
network) has been completed in both of the knee walls.
- The Air Handling Unit (AHU)
4-2 in the Clinical
supplies conditioned air to the North (Lions Eye) side of the 4th floor, has
been operating with an undersized blower wheel while the new blower wheel
was ordered. The new blower wheel was
received and installed during the evening of February 2nd.
- Repeated testing of the
elevators and the automatic transfer switch (ATS) in the Medical Education
that the ATS for the elevators needs to be replaced. The ATS is the device that controls the switching of power from
normal power to emergency power. When
there is a power loss and the generator is operating, the ATS for the
elevators notifies the elevator controller what power is available so that
the elevators can function accordingly. The ATS was replaced on Saturday, February 10th.
We encourage you to follow the details of our progress
through the daily updates which are posted on the web site.