Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #41
Posted: April 27, 2007
Two more important change
orders to the contract to make temporary repairs to
1542 Tulane Ave. have been approved. Parts are on
order and some of the early demolition work has
already begun. A few small change orders remain to
be addressed, but none appear to influence the
critical path at this time.
BellSouth/AT&T is working
at the Dental School on the 2nd phase of
the project to restore telephone service to the
buildings. They are pulling new fiber optic cables
that will supply the new telephone switch and making
all of their terminations. BellSouth/AT&T will also
provide temporary telephone lines that address fire
and safety matters; telephone connections to the
elevators, and to the fire alarm system. The new
switch is also on order and current plans are to
have the switch installation completed by early
The Invitations To Bid for
two important projects at the Dental School are
being advertised this weekend. The Central
Sterilization project will establish the old
sterilization function in a new location on the 3rd
floor of the Clinic Building where it will be
protected from any basement flooding. The ceiling
tile project will replace all of the ceiling tiles,
ceiling grid and lighting fixtures on the upper
floors of the Clinic and Administration buildings.
Both have been approved by Facility Planning and
Control for an expedited bid process and are
scheduled to open on May 10th.
The re-bid of the
environmental remediation and duct cleaning contract
has been completed. Bids were opened on Wednesday
and the contract documents have been forwarded to
the low responsive and responsible bidder. We expect
that the contract will be executed quickly and that
work will begin in the near future.
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 project to remove carpeting from the
Clinic and Administration buildings has
- The carpet has been removed from the 2nd,
3rd and 4th floors of
the Administration Building.
- Carpet has been removed from the 2nd,
3rd, 4th, 5th,
6th, 7th and 8th
floors of the Clinic Building.
- MCC has completed the installation of the
Chemical Treatment System in the Power Plant and
the condenser water treatment system has been
- The project to upgrade the network
infrastructure in the Clinic and Administration
buildings is underway.
- LSUHSC Network Wiring and Boe-Tel has
identified space to stage the materials that
they will need for the project.
- Boe-Tel delivered the cable trays and
placed them in the halls and lobbies of the
building where they will be installed.
- Boe-Tel began installing the new cable
trays above the ceilings on 2nd
and 3rd and 4th floors
of the Clinic Building.
- They are also removing the old network
wires in the ceiling area.
- The 2nd phase of the restoration
of telephone service has begun. Phase 1 prepared
Room 5312 in the Clinic Building to be the new
location for the terminations of incoming fiber
optic cable from BellSouth/AT&T, and to house
the related equipment including the replacement
switch. Phase 2 involves BellSouth/AT&T
installing their equipment, pulling fiber optic
cable and making the necessary terminations.
- BellSouth/AT&T started running the new
fiber optic cable in the basement and
working up the building to the 5th floor.
- BellSouth/AT&T needed electrical power
to load software onto the system in Room
5312. When the outlet provided did not have
power, Pflueger Electric was called out.
They were able to identify and resolve the
- BellSouth/AT&T and ADC worked together
installing new equipment and related
- They installed a new cable assembly
board in the Power Plant.
- They also worked on the connection for
the new fiber optics from the 5th
floor to the penthouse in preparation for
the change over from the microwave dish to
the new fiber cable. This microwave dish was
installed for the cell tower after the
- The re-bid of the environmental remediation
and duct cleaning contract with revised
specifications has been underway.
- The pre-bid walk through was conducted
- Bids opened on Wednesday, April 25,
- Zimmer-Eschette was the low responsive
and responsible bidder for the environmental
remediation and duct cleaning contract.
While preparing their contract documents for
signature, they have already delivered three
trailers of equipment in preparation for
- A project to replace the fencing around the
Dental School campus has been initiated.
- The specifications have been prepared
and the bids have been solicited.
- The pre-bid conference was recently held in
the lobby of the Clinic Building.
Schindler Elevator has pulled
electrical wires through the 2 inch conduit that
they ran for the Administration Building
elevator motors and control panels.
- One of the architects was on site inspecting
the porch area on the 5th floor of
the Clinic Building looking for caulk joints and
ceiling areas that may have been compromised by
- Landis and their sub-contractor were on site
to measure the exterior doors and store fronts
on the first floor of the Clinic and
Administration Buildings as they prepare to make
repairs and/or replace doors as required by the
State Fire Marshal.
Project to Make Temporary
Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:
- Ordes Electrical continued working in the
basement of the building.
- All of the old flood damaged starters
have been removed.
- Control wiring has been run to Elevators
#1, #2, and #3.
- Flood damaged electrical panels have
- All of the sump pumps have been put into
operation and are now online 24/7.
- Wiring has been pulled to the Fan Coil
- They continue to work on the air
handling unit power and related control
- They are replacing flood damaged, cloth
insulated wiring that was in the flooded
- Ordes is pulling old wires and conduit
from the chase and installing panels for the
riser in the old engine room.
- Ordes is also removing old wires and
electrical panels in the old carpentry shop
and hauling debris to the dumpster.
- Arc Mechanical has completed all of the
repairs on the steam station and the condensate
return system, with one exception. One trap
cannot be repaired because a nearby valve is
leaking and will require a steam shutdown by
Entergy Thermal to be repaired.
- Valves for the heat exchanger have been
delivered to the site.
- Stratos Elevator continues to work on
- Wiring has been run to Elevator #1, #2,
- The counterbalance weights for Elevator
#3 have been delivered and installed.
- The elevator safeties are being
- They are installing roller guides,
leveling switches and safeties on each floor
in the elevator shaft.
- Ordes unloaded the new emergency generator.
The frame that the generator will be installed
on is out of level.
- Stabilization of the site on which the
generator will rest is required. A proposal
has been prepared and forwarded to FEMA for
- Arc Mechanical is working on the demolition
of old pumps and air compressors in the
- Arc Mechanical started removing the flood
damaged heat exchangers in preparation for their
- Arc Mechanical removed the flanges from the
ETS to run a hydro test on the ETS.
- All the new water meters are now installed.
Most of the damage to the streets and sidewalks
has been repaired.
- All of the sleeves that LSUHSC Facility
Services personnel can install under the
sidewalks at the Lions/LSU Clinic and the CSRB
have been installed.
- The installation of the irrigation pipe and
electrical wire has begun for the irrigation
- Trenching for the sprinkler lines at the
corner of S. Prieur and Gravier St. has been
- The main line to the circle drive at the
Lion’s/LSU Clinic Building is completely
installed and buried.
- Piping for five stations of the
irrigation system have been installed and
MEB Cafeteria Project:
- A major renovation is about to transform the
cafeteria dining area in the Medical Education
Building. We are honored to have John Williams
as our architect. He has designed some of the
most notable restaurants in New Orleans,
including The Redfish Grill, G.W. Fins, The
Bourbon House and The Pearl. Renderings of his
design concept and finished floor plan are
posted in the cafeteria for your review.
- The new design will create an enhanced
dining experience in a modern restaurant
atmosphere and will feature comfortable
multi-level seating. Already installed is a
set of sliding glass panels that will close
off the food service area and allow the rest
of the facility to serve as a student
lounge/study area which can remain open
24/7. This area will be available for
student use immediately through the exam
period. The new seating area will be
equipped with wireless technology and ample
connections for power and data connections.
- Some preliminary demolition and
mechanical work is already underway, but the
bulk of the construction will not begin
until mid-May. We will coordinate with each
school to minimize noise and inconvenience
during the exam period. Our objective is to
have the enhanced facility completed when
you return in the fall.
- It is our intent to keep the kitchen and
food delivery area intact and serving a full
menu throughout the construction period.
Once construction begins, the seating area
will be moving across the hall to Seminar
Room 4 and, if necessary, also to Seminar
- The equipment that allows the MEB elevators
to operate under emergency power conditions
required repair and testing. This was conducted
on Saturday, April 21st from 6:00 AM
to 10:00 AM. During that time, there was no
elevator service in the MEB.
- LSUHSC Facility Services will be making some
repairs in several buildings on Saturday, April
28th starting at 8:00 AM.
- The Clinical Sciences Research Building
(5th floor only) will have a
shutdown of the domestic hot and cold water.
This work will be completed by 4:00 PM.
- The Lion’s/LSU Clinic Building will have
a shutdown of the medical air system to make
a connection. This will be completed by 1:00
- The Medical Education Building will have
a shutdown of the vacuum and medical air to
cap lines, as well as a heating hot water
shutdown to make some repairs. This work
will be completed by 4:00 PM.
We encourage you to follow the details of our progress
through the daily updates which are posted on the web site.