From: Ronnie Smith, Vice
Chancellor, Administration and Finance|
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #39
Posted: April 3, 2007
The focus on completing the remaining temporary
repairs that will allow key buildings to be
re-opened has continued. We are cautiously
optimistic that all of the critical work that
remains to be done at 1542 Tulane Ave. has been
identified and is either completed, or will be under
change orders that have been approved. We have asked
the downtown campus design team to carefully review
their work and plans so that we can insure that
nothing critical remains to be addressed.
Similarly, at the Dental School campus we have
been focusing on the remaining work necessary to
allow the School to return to the campus for the
start of their next academic year. The environmental
remediation and duct cleaning contract will be
awarded soon. The old ceiling tile grid is being
removed and the bid documents for the ceiling tile
replacement on floors 2 and above have been
delivered and are under review. Critical doors
within the buildings that have been identified by
the State Fire Marshal as required for occupancy are
being repaired or replaced. A proposal to install a
new voice and data network awaits final approval.
As the majority of the temporary repair projects
begin to wind down and conclude, we have asked our
design teams to begin to shift their focus back to
plans for permanent repairs and the corresponding
Section 406 Mitigation proposals. A proposal for the
Lions/LSU Clinic building has been revised to
address some of the elements originally reviewed and
determined to be ineligible for participation and
re-submitted to FEMA. At the same time, the design
work for the elements of the original proposal that
FEMA agreed would be eligible is underway.
Some permanent roof repair projects are being
developed for both the downtown campus and Dental
School campus buildings. The downtown campus
architects are working on Section 406 Mitigation
proposals for the CSRB, the Central Utility Plant,
the MEB, and 1542 Tulane Ave. The Dental School
architects have begun work on a 406 Mitigation plan
that would construct an additional building adjacent
to the Power Plant that would house critical
mechanical, electrical and plumbing components
previously located in the basement, as well as
critical clinic functions that were located on the
1st floor of the Clinic Building.
As these design concepts are prepared and
validated, LSUHSC and the State Public Assistance
Office will package them and forward them for an
initial review and comment by FEMA. Proposals that
receive favorable comments will move into the design
and development phase which will produce the
complete and detailed proposals that will be
submitted for final review and approval by FEMA.
Here are highlights of work that has been
accomplished since our last update was posted two
Project to Make Temporary Repairs to the Dental
- The elevator contractor continues to make
progress on the repairs to the elevators in the
Clinic and Administration Buildings.
- They have moved the damaged motors out
of the buildings.
- The contractor worked on Elevator #3 on
the 1st and 8th floors of the Dental Clinic
- They completed some fine tuning on
various elevators in the Clinic Building.
- They are still waiting on the
installation of disconnects in the
- The contractor also made repairs to one
of the other elevators on the 7th floor of
the Clinic Building.
- With the replacement of a substantial
portion of the mechanical, electrical and
plumbing equipment at the Dental School, the
LSUHSC Facility Services personnel required
significant training on the operations and
proper maintenance of the newly installed
- Multiple training sessions were
scheduled over the period of almost two
- Training was provided by the contractor,
sub-contractors, and manufacturers of the
new equipment (as appropriate).
- All of the scheduled training has been
- The mandatory pre-bid conference was held
for the bid to provide the environmental
remediation and duct cleaning in the Dental
School Clinic and Administration buildings.
- Over 40 separate prospective bidders
attended the mandatory pre-bid conference.
- Bids are due to be opened shortly.
- A contract was issued by LSUHSC to remove
the ceiling tile grid from the Clinic and
Administration buildings in preparation for the
ceiling tile replacement project. Work is now
- All of the grid has been removed from
the 8th floor of the Clinic Building.
- All of the grid has been removed from
the 2nd floor of the Clinic Building.
- All of the grid has been removed from
the 2nd floor of the Administration Building
and the breezeway that connects the
- Work is underway on the 3rd floors of
both buildings and the crews were planning
to work over the weekend.
- The FEMA 406 Hazard Mitigation team
made a site visit to the Dental School campus,
so that they could become more familiar with the
extent of the damage and the complexity of the
plans for effective mitigation measures.
- A team of engineers from AT&T came to
the site to determine the routing of conduit and
the locations of pull boxes in the basement, as
well as the location of the 2" conduit and the
4" conduit in the riser.
- They also inspected Room 5312 were the
telecommunications equipment is going to be
- Cingular called to arrange access to the
roof of the Dental School Clinic Building
where their equipment is located.
- Sprint called to gain access to the
Dental School Clinic Building roof to
install 2 cards for their system.
- The LSUHSC Network Wiring group visited the
Dental School campus to determine what was
needed to upgrade the network infrastructure in
the main buildings.
- U S Filter connected and serviced the soft
water system in the Clinic Building basement.
Project to Make Temporary Repairs to 1542 Tulane
- The 1542 Tulane Ave. contractor continues to
work on the electrical panels, drives, etc. in
- They worked on the floats for the new
sump pumps to assure proper operation.
- Additional 4 inch and 3 inch conduit has
been run in the basement as they prepare for
the delivery and installation of additional
- The elevator contractor has continued making
repairs to the building elevators.
- The elevator contractor installed new
floor decking in Elevator # 3.
- They are making other repairs to the cab
of Elevator #3 that are required.
- The insulation subcontractor continued
insulating the steam and chilled water pipes in
- The insulation sub-contractor has
insulated some unprotected portions of
domestic water lines.
- LSUHSC received some additional repair parts
needed in the basement; steam valves, traps, and
check valves. Facility Services personnel are
responsible for the installation.
- The Siemens personnel were at 1542 Tulane
Ave. to prepare to begin the necessary repairs
to the building fire alarm.
- They visited the site checking the
locations of existing fire alarm components.
- The Section 406 Hazard Mitigation proposal
for protection of the campus elevators has been
forwarded to FEMA by the Hazard Mitigation
specialist from the State Public Assistance
- On March 28th there was a short power outage
to replace the fuse carriage in the CSRB
switchgear. This work is in response to requests
from research faculty and the Emergency
Situation Response Planning Committee, chaired
by Dr. James Cairo, Dean of Allied Health.
- We have found a way to sustain power for
parts of the CSRB, including the majority of
the animal care facility, during a Hurricane
Evacuation. This will enable the power to
remain in these areas should Facility
Services personnel be ordered to evacuate
the city until such time as the power is
severed by Entergy.
- While our generators will not be able to
provide power once Entergy power is severed,
this fix buys us additional time for
protection of research animals. In addition,
should the storm “blow over,” there would be
no interruption of power to those spaces.
- A scheduled upgrade to the Medical Education
Building switchgear was successfully completed
on March 30th. This upgrade relocated vulnerable
breakers to a higher location within the
existing switchgear. The purpose of this upgrade
is to minimize damage and downtime should we
ever flood again.
- LSUHSC Facility Services personnel took
advantage of the outage, and documented the
emergency power source for the operating
equipment for future reference.
- The downtown campus architects prepared a
design concept for the replacement of the
Medical Education Building roof. The package has
been submitted to FEMA for their review and
- Moisture surveys show that a majority of
the roof was damaged which justifies
- The old roof utilized a gravel ballast
system which probably contributed to glass
breakage on the downtown campus. The
proposal recommends replacement of the roof
with a system that does not utilize any
- Actual construction documents are
expected to be delivered within the next few
We encourage you to follow the details of our
progress through the daily updates which are posted
on the web site.