Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #42
Posted: May 11, 2007
The final environmental
remediation of the Dental School Clinic and
Administration Buildings is underway. This contract
includes the cleaning or removal and replacement of
all the air handling ducts throughout both
buildings. The restoration of telephone service is
progressing well and the new switch is planned to be
installed by early June. The project to upgrade the
network infrastructure in both buildings is also
progressing well, as new cable trays are being
installed, old network cable is being removed, and
new network cable connections are being made.
The Invitations To Bid for two
important projects at the Dental School were opened
late this week and are being evaluated at this
time. 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. We anticipate that
award recommendations will be made rapidly and the
contracts executed in the near future so that these
two critical projects can begin.
Work has continued at 1542
Tulane Ave. Preparations are being made to install
the temporary emergency generator, and the initial
testing of the Energy Transfer Station has been
completed and repairs will begin shortly.
Additional disconnect panels are being installed and
old electrical wiring is being removed.
The modernization of the
cafeteria on the 3rd floor of the Medical
Education Building is just getting underway. The
glass partition wall separating the food serving
area from the seating area is in place. Some of the
initial demolition has begun. The landscaping
project that has been underway on the downtown
campus continues. Recently, the installation of the
irrigation system has been the primary focus. New,
separate water meters have been installed and a
number of irrigation systems have been installed and
are now operational.
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 effort to restore telephone service to
the campus continued.
- BellSouth/AT&T spoke with Zimmer's
superintendent on how to protect the phone
equipment during the environmental
remediation and duct cleaning work.
- Bell/South/AT&T installed the remaining
parts that were needed to get the phone line
for the elevator. The technician put in
work order to make that connection.
- BellSouth/AT&T continued their work in the telephone
room on the 5th floor.
- Eight telephone lines have been installed
to serve life & safety purposes. Seven
lines were run to the buildings elevators
and one way connected to the fire alarm
- The work related to the upgrade to the
network infrastructure is well underway.
- Boe-Tel is busy installing new cable trays
in the space above the suspended ceiling for
the new network cable. Trays are being
installed on the 1st, 2nd,
3rd, 4th, 5th,
6th and 7th floors of
the Clinic Building.
- Installation of cable trays is complete
on the 2nd and 3rd
- New conduit is being installed in the
cable bays on the same floors.
C & R Network Communication visited with
Boe-Tel to discuss and prepare for the next
phase of the network infrastructure
upgrade. They talked with LSUHSC Computer
Services about some changes on the 1st
- C&R Network
Communication started running network
wires on the 5th floor starting at room
5312, running the wire throughout the
- C&R Network
Communications has started connecting
the 300 network ports on the 5th floor
of the Clinic Building.
- LSUHSC Computer
Services has begun relocating some network
equipment to the new 5th floor space.
- Significant enhancements are planned for
the Auditoriums A and B, on the 4th
Floor of the Administration Building, including
improvements to the network connectivity and
- Zimmer-Eschette has removed the carpeting
from the auditoriums.
- They are removing the old seats and wall
coverings. Debris is being removed as the
- The first phase of the
final environmental remediation project is
- Zimmer has
pre-positioned their equipment in the
building. The duct cleaning equipment has
been assembled in the basement.
- They have started
wiping down everything in the stairwells of
the Administration Building starting at the
basement level and they are working
throughout the 1st thru 4th floors of the
- They are also working
in all stairwells in the Clinic Building
from the 1st thru the 8th floors.
- The remediation of the
offices, clinic spaces, etc. has begun on
the 1st floor of the Clinic Building. They
will work their way up through the entire
- Frischhertz is working in the elevator
penthouse of the Administration Building. They
are installing the conduit for the elevator
disconnects needed by Schindler Elevator to
continue with the repairs to the three elevators
in the building.
- Frischhertz shut down
the building power temporarily to make the
power connection to the panel in the
penthouse for the new elevator disconnects.
- Schindler’s repair work has slowed somewhat
while they wait for the new power and
disconnects to be installed in the
- Some additional repairs were made to
Elevator # 4 because it was repeatedly
- Elevators #3 and 4 were taken out of
service to allow for the interiors of the
cabs to be changed out. New controllers are
being installed at the same time.
- Schindler is also working in the elevator
penthouse of the Clinic Building.
- Coastal Air Balance is testing the all of
the air handling rooms throughout both buildings
to insure proper operation; checking the flow of
air at each unit, the temperature at the
damper's, the chilled water supply and return in
the system, and the thermostats.
- The hot water supply and return has been
tested on the 5th floor of the
- Coastal checked the air balance of the 7th and the
8th floor air handling units.
- Pflueger Electric was on site determining
how they will remove the generator on the Eighth
Floor, Room 8412.
- ADS systems serviced the fire alarm panel
on the 2nd floor that had a trouble signal. The
tech replaced a faulty circuit board then tested
the unit and ran it through its cycle.
Bert Leveau Boiler and Mechanical Construction
Company provided an orientation to LSUHSC
Facilities staff on the hot water heaters in the
basement of the Clinic Building.
GVA came to the site to look at the maintenance auto
shop, Auxiliary Enterprise warehouse and the safety
room in order to address FEMA scope alignment
Pflueger cut power to the southeast riser
from the switch gear room in the basement to
change out the electrical panel on the 8th
Project to Make Temporary
Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:
- Repairs are being made to the Energy
Transfer Station (ETS) in the basement of the
- The ETS cabinet was disassembled to allow
for hydrostatic testing of the ETS.
- The hydrostatic testing has been
- The cabinet has been reassembled.
- Ordes Electrical is removing old motor
controls from the engine room to prepare for new
motor controls to be installed.
Ordes has installed the new motor control
panels for the heating hot water circulating
- Ordes is working on the installation of
the new motor controls for the heating hot
water circulating pumps.
- The starters for the hot water circulating
pumps have been installed.
- New disconnect panels for the air
compressors and the 4th floor
power are being installed.
- Stratos Elevator continues to work on
elevators in the building.
- Safety switches are being installed on the
- They are running power to Elevators #1 -
#3, and lighting in the elevator shafts.
- Ordes Electrical is running new feeders to
air handler units on the upper floors from the
old engine room.
- Arc Mechanical continues
with demolition work in the basement.
Downtown Campus Landscaping
The recent activities have focused on providing
in-ground irrigation for the grass, planting
beds and trees.
Arc Mechanical installed three backflow
LSUHSC Facility Services personnel have
completed the installation of 4 additional
stations including the stations at the
Memorial Bench. This includes installation
of the sprinkler heads.
- All of the vacuum
breakers have been installed.
- 13 stations have been
- Water is now running
in two of the irrigation zones.
- The main for Lions/LSU
Clinic and a portion of the CSRB irrigation
system has been connected to the water
source and is now operating.
MEB Cafeteria Project:
- The new glass partition
wall that will close off and secure the food
preparation and serving area from the rest of
the cafeteria space is in place and operating.
- Demolition of the ceiling
- A construction wall is
being built to protect the remainder of the
building as construction gets underway.
We encourage you to follow the details of our progress
through the daily updates which are posted on the web site.