Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #68
Posted: May 9, 2008
The project to complete permanent
repairs and the hazard mitigation work at the
Lions/LSU Clinic Building is proceeding well. Crews
are now working on three floors; the 2nd, the 6th,
and the 7th. The walls that will enclose the
critical mechanical, electrical, and plumbing
equipment on the 2nd Floor are being framed and dry
walled. The 6th Floor interior walls for the Cohn
Learning Center have been framed and dry wall is
being installed, while the rough in electrical,
mechanical, and plumbing work is proceeding. On the
7th Floor, the walls for the laboratory have been
framed and the dry wall is going up. The rough in
mechanical, electrical and plumbing is also
proceeding in this area.
At 1542 Tulane Ave., the final
remediation and cleaning work continues. Significant
portions of the building have been remediated and/or
cleaned and the air samples have passed. The
entrance hallway on the side of the 1st Floor has
been cleaned and re-opened. The painters are
progressing well in completing their work. The
majority of the rooms and hallways where the
peeling, lead-based paint was removed have been
cleaned, primed and re-painted. Most of the
stairwells have also been repainted. The ceiling
tile replacement has been finished throughout the
portion of the building that will be re-occupied
initially. The new ceiling light fixtures are being
installed in all of the areas that have drop
ceilings. The old lay in fixtures in the hallways
are being replaced, as are the lights in the parking
The installation of carpet at 1542
Tulane Ave. has continued. Many of the spaces in the
upper floors have been completed, while the majority
of the remaining work is concentrated on the 1st and
2nd Floors. The furniture installers continue to set
up and install furniture in the offices on upper
floors where the ceiling tile replacement, painting
and carpeting has been finished. Significant amounts
of furniture still remain to be uncrated and
installed. The temporary construction walls that
will seal off the old section of the building from
the sections to be re-occupied are being built. The
elevator contractor is now focusing on repairs to
Elevator #7. A great deal has been accomplished in
preparing the front and center sections of the
building for re-occupation, but much still remains
to be done.
The contract for the replacement of
the roof on the Medical Education Building is
progressing well. Over the past two weeks, a
substantial portion of the granulated cap sheet
(which is the final ply of the 4 ply system) has
been installed over the main roof deck. New stands
for the roof mounted air handling units have been
moved onto the roof and will be installed shortly.
The temporary bookstore at the
Dental School is substantially complete. A new
electrical panel that will provide for additional
power needs in the area has been installed and
energized. Auxiliary Enterprises has been notified
that they may begin to move their operations into
the new space. The elevator contractor completed the
additional repairs to the freight elevator caused by
the roof leaks in February and the elevator has been
certified for normal use once again.
A project to sand blast the black
granite paving stone laid around the Dental
Administration and Clinic Buildings is underway. The
sand blasting will create a non-slip surface and
prevent slipping when the pavers get wet. We have
also issued bids for a contract to renovate and
enhance Auditoriums A & B. The pre-bid conference
was recently held and bids are due shortly.
During the heavy rains two weekend
ago, we experienced another significant roof leak at
the Dental School. The Clinic Building penthouse
roof had been partially replaced and had not been
adequately sealed (temporarily) to withstand the
heavy rainfall on Saturday or Sunday. There was also
one penetration on the Administration Building roof
that had not been adequately sealed. Fortunately,
the damages were less harmful to the overall
building operations than those that resulted from
the February event. However, the network was down in
the building until mid-morning on Monday when
service was restored. A number of areas have had
ceiling tile damaged, water saturated the carpeting
on the lower floor of the Administration Building
Auditorium, and water entered limited areas on a
number of floors in the Clinic Building. The damages
are being accumulated and costs estimated so that
they may be submitted to the contractor’s insurance
Here are highlights of work that has
been accomplished since our last update was posted
two weeks ago.
Lions/LSU Clinic Permanent Repairs
- On Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th
from 7 AM until 6 PM each day, a contractor will
be core drilling the floors on 6 and 7 in the
Lions/LSU Clinics Building. Core drilling is the
process of drilling holes large enough for pipes
to be run through a concrete slab. In the case
of the Lions/LSU Clinics Building, the slab is a
post-tension type. Drilling through a
post-tension slab can be dangerous. Therefore,
no one is allowed to occupy floors 5, 6 or 7
during the above times. Furthermore, we strongly
recommend that no one plan on occupying any
floor in the Lions/LSU Clinics Building during
these hours. This work will provide the expanded
infrastructure needed in this building related
to the permanent repairs and mitigation project.
- CMI is working on the mechanical systems on
the 2nd, 6th and 7th floors.
- Their plumbers continue to complete the
rough in plumbing on the 6th and 7th Floors.
- The electricians are roughing in the
electrical on 6th and 7th Floors.
- Crews have started installing sheetrock on
the new walls that form the laboratory on the
- CMI started framing up interior walls and
installing sheet rock on the 2nd Floor.
Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:
- Entergy New Orleans required an electrical
outage at the building. The outage was needed to
facilitate permanent repairs to an underground
feeder that was damaged by the heavy rains and
resulting local flooding last weekend.
- Elevator Repairs:
- Stratos resumed work on Elevator #7.
- Stratos finished installing the
lighting in the #7 Elevator shaft.
- Stratos changed out the lobby door
hardware for Elevator #7 on Floors 5
- They have started to replace the
tracks and rollers.
- The contractor is removing the old
dismantled controllers from Elevator #7 and
#8 from the penthouse.
- Final Remediation and Cleaning:
- Zimmer-Eschette finished removing the
peeling paint from the 1st Floor corridor
offices near the side entrance to the
- Zimmer-Eschette finished cleaning the
corridor and offices near the side entrance
on the 1st floor.
- The area passed the visual
inspection and was tested.
- The samples were clean and the area
has been re-opened.
- Asbestos cleaning is complete in the
rooms off the 1st Floor hallway.
- The contractor has completed all of the
painting on Floors 2 through 8.
- They are doing cut in work on the
- The painting contractor finished
painting the middle stairwell along Tulane
- The painting crews finished the back
stairwell on the Claiborne side of the
- The contractor finished painting in
Stairwell D and has begun to prepare the
handrails in Stairwell C for paint.
- Carpet Installation:
- Royerre Commercial Carpet has finished
installing carpet in the offices on the 1st
Floor along the center corridor on the
Charity side of the building.
- They continue to install carpet in
the 1st Floor offices on the I-10 side.
- The installers are working in the
2nd Floor in the offices along the
- Network Upgrades:
- Boe-Tel finished installing the
telephone feeder cables serving the network
closet on the 2nd Floor.
- New Furniture:
- The Herman-Miller Group is assembling
and installing modular furniture units in
offices on the 5th, 6th, and 7th Floors.
- Herman-Miller is installing conference
room furniture on the 4th through the 7th
- Ceiling Light Fixtures:
- Hogues & Associates is changing out the
lay-in fixtures in the hallway on Floors 2
- Hogues is installing new light fixtures
in the garage.
- Trison is sealing the corridor ceiling
holes on the 6th, 7th, and 8th Floors.
- The contractor is floating and sanding
the construction walls on the 2nd through
the 8th Floors. These walls will seal off
the rear portions of the building that will
not be re-occupied initially.
Repair Work at the Dental School:
- Permanent Roof Repairs:
- Needham resumed work on the main roof of
the Clinic Building.
- They tore off and replaced 3 squares
of material in order to trace the wet
- They secured temporary seams to
prepare for rain that was forecast for
last Friday and Saturday.
- Needham Roofing tore off and replaced 5
and one half squares of material on the main
roof of the Clinic Building.
- Needham Roofing installed an additional
67 squares of the granulated cap sheet on
the main roof of the Clinic Building.
- The edge stripping along the parapet
walls and Penthouse was installed.
- Supplies were also received to re-caulk
the joints in the pre-cast panels of the
penthouse and parapet walls.
- Needham Roofing installed pitch pans at
the penetrations for the roof top equipment
on the east side of the Clinic Building main
- Additional pitch pans were also
installed on the main roof.
- Elevator Repairs:
- The freight elevator has been certified
and released for normal operation.
- Schindler started wiring the hoist way
for Elevator #2 in the Clinic Building.
- Temporary Bookstore:
- Sherlocks Construction shut down the
power to the bookstore and a portion of the
Library and successfully connected and
energized the new transformer and panels.
- There is now additional power
available for existing equipment and for
- The Substantial Completion documentation
has been submitted and the Bookstore staff
have been notified that they may move into
the store and begin preparing to re-open.
- Auditorium A & B Renovations:
- The pre-bid conference for the project
to renovate the A and B auditoriums was
- A contractor has sandblasted the black
stone pavers around the Administration
Building. This has created a nonskid surface
which reduces the risks of slipping and
- They will begin in the courtyard
MEB Roof Replacement:
- Crawford has completed the installation of
the majority of the mineral cap sheet (final
layer) on the main roof.
- A small section of the roof at the
corner of S. Roman St. and Perdido St.
remains to be completed.
- New stands for the air handling units (AHUs)
that supply the penthouse and elevator rooms are
being set on the main roof.
Downtown Landscaping Project:
- The crews completed the installation of new
bedding plants and mulch on the Perdido St. and
Bolivar St. sides of the MEB.
We encourage you to follow the
details of our progress through the daily updates
which are posted on the web site.