Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #63
Posted: February 29, 2008

Another part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the exterior lighting on campus is well underway. New (and additional) light poles and brighter light fixtures are being installed in the 440 Perdido St. parking lot. The foundations have been poured for the new light pole bases, power cables have been run, the poles have been delivered and the fixtures are being mounted to the poles before they are installed.

The demolition of the flood damaged buildings on the back campus of the Dental School is underway. Two of the smallest structures have been removed and the HDC Daycare Center has been demolished, but the building slab remains. The HDC Library Building should be coming down shortly.

The initial interior demolition work has begun at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. This work is part of the project to make permanent repairs to the building and to complete the various elements of the approved 406 Hazard Mitigation work. We are coordinating with the contractor in an effort to schedule work in ways that reduces the impact to current building occupants to the extent possible while keeping the project on schedule.

The permanent roof repairs being made to the Dental Clinic Building, the Administration Building and the Power Plant are progressing well. We have had no additional instances of roof leaks once the contractor identified and addressed the locations where leaks occurred during the mid-February rains. The repairs to the damaged freight elevator are under “contract” and as parts are delivered we expect the repairs to get under way. Other rain damages have been identified and will soon be submitted to the contractor’s insurance carrier.

We met late last week with the architects, the contractor replacing the roof, and the roofing manufacturer regarding the additional roof leaks at the MEB. We emphasized the criticality of rapidly identifying the sources of leaks and stopping any future leaks. The contractor has had crews working 16-18 hours a day in an attempt to get the entire roof covered with the 3rd ply of roof material which should provide the majority of the needed protection while the cap sheet is installed and the details of remaining work are completed. He has also indicated that he will attempt to rapidly address wood rot that was discovered around the parapet walls as the old roof was demolished. This damage is suspected as the source of the leaks that have been experienced in 7th floor spaces around the perimeter of the building. The contractor is also seeking a price quotation from his electrical sub-contractor for the permanent repairs to the electrical feeder damaged by the February 16th leaks.

We have been told by the FEMA Health & Research team that we should expect to see their positive recommendations on the permanent repair and 406 Hazard Mitigation proposals for the Resource Center and the Allied Health/Nursing Building. They have recently been asked for additional documentation on the options that we considered for the Residence Hall before submitting the current proposal that is under review and we expect to respond shortly. We just received the FEMA recommendation on a modest 406 Hazard Mitigation project that will elevate the majority of the electronic controls and components of the parking lot control system. As soon as it passes through the review queues and is obligated we will be able to contract for that work to be completed.

The contractors working at 1542 Tulane Ave. continue to make progress with completing repairs needed to allow the front and center sections of the building to be re-occupied. The remediation contractor has been able to clean and clear several of the upper floors, remove damaged floor tile containing asbestos, clean and seal the internally lined HVAC ducts, etc. The majority of the building debris has been removed and the removal of peeling paint has progressed rapidly. The re-painting effort is time consuming, but progress continues. The elevator contractor is close to having Elevator #8 inspected by the State Inspector. If the elevator passes, it will be certified for normal use.

Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished since our last update was posted two weeks ago.

Lions/LSU Clinic Permanent Repairs and Mitigation:

  • The initial demolition on 1st Floor is well underway. Demolition includes removing old ceilings, flooring and walls as required.
  • The initial demolition on the 2nd Floor and the 7th Floors have started.
  • Sharp Electric disconnected power on 7th Floor in preparation for the start of demolition on 2/28/08.

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Fire Alarm System:
    • Siemens has tested the new fire alarm devices installed in the basement, and on the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, and penthouse floors.
    • Siemens is pulling wires and making connections to the new fire alarm devices on the 5th Floor.
    • Siemens is installing new fire alarm wiring and devices on the 4th Floor.
    • The contractor has mobilized crews to the 3rd Floor and the installation of the new devices and wiring is now underway.
  • Elevator Repairs:
    • Elevator #1:
      • The tape selectors (devices that tell the elevator where to stop) and the finish trim for the elevator cab walls have been installed.
      • Conduit and wiring for smoke detectors in the elevator pit have been installed.
      • The wiring from the controller in the penthouse to the elevator cab has been installed.
      • The controller for the elevator is being wired and programmed.
      • Stratos is installing the position indicators and wiring the hatch for the elevator. 
      • The exterior doors have been painted.
    • Elevator #2:
      • The exterior doors have been painted.
    • Elevator #3:
      • The contractor cleaned the brass doors.
      • The exterior doors have been painted.
    • Elevator #8:
      • The contractor completed the wiring and is testing the elevator and making the final adjustments.
      • The contractor has connected the emergency phone line.
      • The contractor adjusted the counter-weights.
      • Elevator #8 is being scheduled for inspection by the State Elevator Inspector.
        • Stratos is run testing the elevator in preparation for the inspection.
  • Final Remediation and Duct Cleaning:
    • Duct Cleaning Status:
      • Zimmer finished sealing the access holes that were cut into the 2nd Floor ducts.
      • They are removing the transite exhaust ducts on the 6th Floor.
      • Zimmer is preparing the transite exhaust ducts on the 5th Floor for removal.
    • Remediation:
      • Zimmer finished cleaning on the 6th Floor in the rear of the building (old section) on the Charity side.
        • The area passed the visual inspection.
        • Air samples were taken.
      • Zimmer finished cleaning on the 6th Floor in the rear of the building on the I-10 side and in the area behind the elevators.
        • Both areas passed the visual inspection.
        • Air samples were taken.
      • Zimmer finished cleaning on the 5th Floor in the rear of the building on the I-10 side, the Charity side, and the area behind the elevators.
        • All areas passed the visual inspection.
        • Air samples were taken.
      • Zimmer finished cleaning on the 4th Floor (old section) on the I-10 side.
      • Zimmer finished cleaning on the 4th Floor of the building (old section) on the Charity side.
        • The 4th Floor passed the visual inspection and air samples were taken.
      • Crews have begun cleaning on the 3rd floor (old section) on the Charity side of the building.
    • Drywall Replacement:
      • New sheet rock replacing the drywall that was removed as part of the mold remediation has been installed on the 8th Floor.
        • The sheet rock has been taped, floated and prepared for paint.
      • New sheet rock replacing the drywall that was removed as part of the mold remediation has been installed on the 7th Floor.
        • The sheet rock has been taped, floated and prepared for paint.
      • New sheet rock replacing the drywall that was removed as part of the mold remediation has been installed on the 6th Floor.
        • The sheet rock has been taped, floated and prepared for paint.
      • New sheet rock replacing the drywall that was removed as part of the mold remediation has been installed on the 5th Floor.
        • The sheet rock is being taped, floated and prepared for paint.
      • New sheet rock replacing the drywall that was removed as part of the mold remediation has been installed on the 4th Floor.
        • The sheet rock is being taped, floated and prepared for paint.
      • New sheet rock replacing the drywall that was removed as part of the mold remediation is being installed on the 3rd Floor.
  • Painting:
    • The painting contractor finished floating and prepping the walls on the 4th Floor.
    • The painters finished cutting-in with the paint finish in the offices along Tulane Ave. on the 5th Floor.
      • They finished spraying the finish paint in the corridors on the 5th Floor.
      • The crews began applying finish paint in the offices on the 5th Floor.
    • The painting contractor is applying the finish paint in the offices on the 6th Floor.
      • The contractor began cutting in with the finish paint in the offices along Tulane Ave. on the 6th Floor.
    • The painting contractor is applying the finish paint in the offices on the 7th Floor.
    • The paint contractor is applying finish paint in the offices on the 8th Floor.
  • Floor Tile Removal:
    • Zimmer finished removing the floor tiles in the center corridor on the 3rd Floor.
      • The 3rd Floor center corridor passed the visual inspection and was tested.
    • Zimmer finished removing the floor tile and mastic from the corridor and the offices along Tulane Ave. on the 2nd Floor.
      • The 2nd Floor areas where floor tile was removed passed the visual inspection and test samples were taken.
    • The contractor finished removing floor tile on the 8th Floor from the old section of the building.
    • They have begun to remove the floor tile on the 7th Floor (the old section).
  • Ceiling Tile Replacement:
    • The contractor finished installing new ceiling grid "tees" on the 6th and 8th Floors to convert the existing 2' x 4' ceilings to 2' x 2' ceilings.
      • The contractor continues to install new grid "tees" on the 7th Floor.
    • The installation of the new ceiling grid "tees" on the 7th Floor to convert the existing 2' x 4' ceilings to 2' x 2' ceilings has been completed.
      • The contractor began installing new grid "tees" on the 5th Floor.
    • The contractor finished installing new ceiling grid "tees" on the 5th Floor to convert the existing 2' x 4' ceilings to 2' x 2' ceilings.
      • The contractor began installing new grid "tees" on the 4th Floor.
    • The contractor continues to install new ceiling grid "tees" on the 4th Floor to convert the existing 2' x 4' ceilings to 2' x 2' ceilings.
      • The contractor began installing new grid "tees" on the 3rd Floor.
    • The contractor continues to install new ceiling grid "tees" on the 3rd Floor to convert the existing 2' x 4' ceilings to 2' x 2' ceilings.
      • The contractor finished installing new ceiling grid "tees" on the 3rd Floor to convert the existing 2' x 4' ceilings to 2' x 2' ceilings.
    • The contractor is painting the ceiling grid on the 6th, 7th and 8th Floors.
  • Network Upgrades:
    • Boe-Tel is terminating station wires in the offices on the 1st Floor and connecting the cables at the new network closet.
    • The contractor is pulling and connecting new network cables on the 4th Floor.
    • The contractor has completed the new network rack on the 4th Floor.
    • They are terminating the station cables on the 7th Floor.

Repair Work at the Dental School:

  • Permanent Roof Replacements:
    • Needham Roofing continued installing the pitch pans at the roof penetrations on the Clinic Building roof.
    • Needham finished the installation of the 1st ply on the Clinic balcony roof and replaced the condensing unit that serves the 5th Floor network closet. 
    • Needham conducted infrared tests on the Clinic and Administration Building roofs and identified areas where the insulation got wet as a result of the rain water intrusion during the heavy rains on 2/16 and 2/17/08. 
      • The areas were marked for replacement.
      • Repairs on the areas that were found to be leaking have been substantially completed.
    • They installed 35 squares of the 2nd (final) ply of roofing material on the west side of the Administration Building.
    • Needham worked on securing the pitch pans around the roof penetrations on the Administration Building with non-shrink grout and a polyurethane sealant.
  • Temporary Bookstore:
    • Sherlocks Construction patched holes in the floor of the vestibule and prepared the floor to receive floor tile.
    • Sherlocks began the floor tile installation in the vestibule of the temporary bookstore.
    • Sherlocks Construction completed the ceiling grid installation and installed flex duct from the supply ducts to the vents in the vestibule of the temporary bookstore.
    • They finished the installation of the ceiling tile in the temporary bookstore space.
    • The installation of the entrance storefront for the temporary bookstore is underway.
      • They installed the door and frames to the side offices at each end of the vestibule.
  • Elevator Repairs:
    • Elevator #8:
      • Schindler worked on installing and adjusting the infrared door sensors, the floor selector, and the door operators.
      • Schindler completed wiring the top of Elevator #8.
      • Schindler completed wiring the elevator controls.
      • Schindler wired the travel cables and began making adjustments to Elevator # 8.
    • Freight Elevator:
      • The assessment of the damage done to the freight elevator by the intrusion of rain water through the roof last week was completed by Schindler
      • Their assessment has been reviewed and confirmed by the State Elevator Inspector.
      • A purchase order for the repairs has been prepared and sent to Schindler. Schindler estimate a 6 week repair timeline.
  • Demolition:
    • The demolition of 9 Katrina-damaged buildings located on the back campus of the Dental School is underway.
    • As part of the preparations for the demolition of the nine buildings on the back campus, Zimmer (one of the three demo contractors) installed the orange construction fencing from Florida Ave to Campus Road along Navy Pkwy separating the construction sites from the active part of the campus.
    • They demolished and removed the slab from the Green House.
    • They demolished and removed the Storage Barn.
    • Durr Construction removed all of the transite wall panels from the HDC Library.
    • Durr has removed all of the asbestos from the interior of the HDC Daycare Building.
    • Durr has removed the majority of the transite panels from the exterior of the Daycare Building.
    • They removed the majority of debris from the interior of the HDC Library.
    • The Daycare Building structure has been demolished.
      • The concrete slab still remains to be demolished.
  • Security:
    • Securitas has installed the electronic magnetic locks at the entrance doors of the Administration and Clinic Buildings.
    • They have installed the card readers and run the wires for the intercom and the cameras.
  • Zimmer rebuilt the damaged flood wall sections using the correct sealant and are preparing to apply the block filler and the finish paint.

MEB Roof Replacement:

  • The contractor has been making slow progress on installing the third ply on the roof due to the number of days where significant rainfall occurred.
    • The contractor continues to install the third ply on the last section of the roof on the S. Roman side of the MEB.
    • The contractor has crews working 16 – 18 hours a day in an effort to complete the application of the 3rd ply which should substantially complete the protection for the entire roof.
  • Crews have been resealing all of the roof penetrations and the walls that have been the source of leaks through roof.
  • Crews began to demolish the parapet wall on top of room 7241 in an effort to quickly stop any additional leaks.
    • The roofer has made the repairs to the parapet wall sections a high priority.

Downtown Landscaping Project:

  • Crews installed the majority of the new irrigation pipe, sprinklers and electrical conduit on the Perdido St. side of the Residence Hall.
  • They leveled the ends of the sleeves installed under the asphalt drives.
  • They have completed the trenching.
  • They made the connections to the backflow preventer in order to install the electric valves.
  • Crews installed irrigation pipe and electrical conduit through the sleeves under the four sections of asphalt on the Perdido St. side of the Residence Hall. 
  • They installed irrigation piping in trenches to connect to the new sprinklers.

Downtown Campus – 1st Floors:

  • The State Fire Marshal has required that we take measures on the unoccupied 1st Floors and basements of the buildings on the downtown campus. This work will insure that the existing sprinkler systems will function properly while we wait for the permanent repairs to be designed, bid, contracted and completed.
    • In the majority of the buildings, the most cost effective method of accomplishing this goal is to re-install ceiling tiles into the existing ceiling grid on the 1st Floor.
    • Trison completed installing the temporary ceiling tiles in the MEB, the Residence Hall, the CSRB, the Resource Center and the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
    • Trison completed the installing ceiling tile in the front portion of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building on the Bolivar and Gravier Street side of the building.
    • Installation of ceiling tile continues on the back side near the loading dock area.

Exterior Lighting Project:

  • New lights fitted to the light poles in 440 Perdido St. parking lot.
  • New electrical cable is being pulled to the new light poles.
  • Six new light poles (with lights) have been erected in the 440 Perdido St. parking lot.

Elevator Upgrades:

  • Schindler has cleaned and sealed the interior metal panels installed on Elevator #1 at the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
    • Crews will now begin installing the laminate covered interior panels and the new ceiling.

We encourage you to follow the details of our progress through the daily updates which are posted on the web site.