Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #72
Posted: July 3, 2008

The FEMA Health & Research team recently presented us with copies of formal Section 406 Hazard Mitigation proposals that they prepared based on the Design Development packages and Design Concepts that we had submitted over the past 8 months. The formal proposals contain much of what we had initially requested and recommended for the following buildings:

  • CSRB
  • MEB
  • Allied Health/Nursing
  • Residence Hall
  • Resource Center
  • 1542 Tulane
  • Central Utility Plant
  • Dental Clinic Building Annex
  • Roman St. Garage
  • District Energy Garage
  • Walk to Wellness

All of these proposals must now undergo the internal FEMA reviews and evaluations, so final eligibility of the proposals has not yet been established. We will be monitoring the progress of these proposals carefully.

Construction Masters, Inc. continues to make good progress on the permanent repairs and mitigation to the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. New air handling units have been delivered for both the 2nd and 6th Floors and the installation process has begun. Steel girders are being installed to form the raised pump room floor on the 2nd Floor. The demolition of the slab located in the front of the building where the new exterior stairwell will be constructed is completed and the footings are being dug and prepared for concrete.

The various summer projects are moving forward. The demolition on the MEB 2nd Floor elevator lobby is complete and the framing of new walls has begun. The new air handling unit is being installed and connected to new duct work on the mezzanine of the Residence Hall and a portion of the exterior wall is being demolished to prepare for the planned expansion. In MDL #5, the old ceilings, ducts, black boards, case work and plumbing have been removed and work on the new rough in plumbing has started. The crew has also begun framing up a new partition wall.

On July 7th, we will begin a project to resurface the elevated bridge between the Residence Hall and the Medical Education Building. The work is scheduled to continue until August 8th. During this time the bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic. To minimize the adverse impact, the 1st Floor entrances to the MEB on the Bolivar Street side and the South Roman Street side will be open to all students, faculty and staff through use of the card access system. All other access will require going to the Allied Health and Nursing Building or the University Police station on the Third Floor of the parking garage.

The project to replace the roof on the MEB is substantially complete. The roof replacement project at the Dental School is nearing completion. Some concerns remain regarding the potential presence of water beneath portions of the new roofs at the Dental School. Proposals are being solicited for more sophisticated testing that will provide definitive information regarding this matter. Contracts are being finalized for the construction of the two small auditoriums at the Dental School and for the construction/renovation of lab space on the 6th and 8th Floors in the Dental Clinic Building.

The downtown perimeter fencing project has recently gotten underway. This project includes the demolition and replacement of existing chain link fencing for the Residence Hall and Student Lots 1 & 2. New fencing along prominent areas will be constructed of masonry and decorative metal.

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:

  • Four new air handling units were delivered to the site.
    • A crane lifted the AHUs onto the 6th Floor through an opening in the exterior wall.
  • Steel beams to be used in constructing the elevated floor in the mechanical room on the 2nd Floor were delivered to the site.
    • CMI is installing steel beams for the elevated pump room floor on 2nd Floor.
  • 1st Floor – AHU platforms were delivered and set in place.
  • Air handling unit components were delivered and lifted into the 1st Floor mechanical rooms.
    • CMI is assembling and piping in the new unit in the S. Prieur St. side mechanical room.
  • CMI has formed up the walls in the elevator pit in preparation for pouring concrete.
  • CMI is installing fire retardant blocking for door frames, hanging sheet rock, and installing electrical rough in on the 6th Floor.

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Elevator Repairs:
    • Stratos finished wiring the penthouse controller for Elevator #7.
      • They are installing lighting in the shaft for Elevator #4.
      • The contractor delivered hoist cables and pit equipment for Elevator #4.
  • Terrazzo Floors:
    • Premier Source Inc. has detailed the baseboards on the 5th Floor.
    • Premier Source Inc. is honing the terrazzo flooring on the 4th Floor in the Tulane Ave. corridor.
  • Ceiling Lights:
    • Hogue & Associates are removing ballasts from old light fixtures and is disposing of the old fixtures.
      • The contractor is moving old light fixtures from the offices and corridors.
      • The contractor has disposed of the old light fixtures from the 6th, 7th, and 8th Floors.
  • Fire Alarm:
    • Siemens is installing the duct mounted smoke detectors in the HVAC ductwork.
  • Painting:
    • The contractor has painted the ceiling and walls in the elevator lobby on the 1st Floor.
    • Crews have painted the corridor walls on the 1st Floor in the old section of the building on the I-10 side.
    • The contractor painted Room 112; the Women’s restroom.
    • The contractor primed and painted Room 100 and Room 114.
  • Access Control:
    • Securitas finished installing conduit and card readers at the loading dock on the 1st Floor.
      • They are installing conduit and card readers at other 1st Floor locations.
      • The contractor installed conduit for card readers at the roll-up gate for Shipping/Receiving and at the side exit in Stairwell C (middle corridor).
    • Securitas is pulling wiring through the new conduit that has been installed for the card readers on the 1st Floor.
  • Misc.:
    • Trison Constructors finished sealing the plaster ceilings in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floor elevator lobbies in the old section of the building.
    • Zimmer-Eschette is relocating old furniture and boxes from the offices and corridors to temporary staging locations in the old section of the building.

Repair Work at the Dental School:

  • Permanent Roof Repairs:
    • The wood nailers for the parapet wall copings have been installed on the Clinic and Administration Buildings.
      • Needham Roofing is waiting for the metal to install the coping on the parapet walls.
    • Needham repaired 4 small vents that were damaged on the Clinic Building roof.
      • They started working on correcting the minor damages that occurred during the project; ruts in the grass, damaged curbs, etc.
  • Terrazzo Honing:
    • Premier Source has honed the terrazzo on the 4th Floor crossover where the temporary food service is located.
    • Premier Source completed honing the terrazzo on the 2nd Floor of the Administration Building, the crossovers connecting the buildings at the 2nd and 3rd Floors, and the 5th Floor elevator lobby in the Clinic Building.
    • Premier Source Inc. continues to hone the 6th Floor terrazzo.

MEB 2nd Floor Lobby Renovation:

  • Framing for the new wall panels has started and electrical work is underway.

Residence Hall 2nd Floor Expansion:

  • Zimmer started the exterior balcony demolition adjacent to the walkway.
    • The remaining demolition is on hold while waiting for the closure of the walkway at the exterior balcony.
  • The installation of the new AHU continues.
    • New duct work is being installed and connected to the air handling unit that has been installed on the mezzanine.

MEB 4th Floor - MDL #5 Renovations:

  • The crews completed the demolition of the ceiling, lighting, and HVAC grilles.
  • The contractor completed demolition of existing casework and blackboard.
  • Plumbing is being demolished and new plumbing is being roughed in.
  • The contractor is framing up the partition above the ceiling that will assist with noise reduction.

MEB Lecture Rooms A & B Renovations:

  • Trison continues to remove concrete and has begun to install the floor duct and seal tight conduit for the new podium.

MEB Cafeteria Terrazzo Honing:

  • The honing of the terrazzo in the cafeteria has been completed.

Downtown Campus Fence:

  • US Fence & Gates removed the existing chain link fencing enclosing Student Parking Lot #2 along Bolivar Street.
  • They are replacing it with new 6-ft black vinyl coated chain link fence.

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