Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #73
Posted: July 18, 2008

The work on the permanent repairs to the Lions/LSU Clinic Building, including the various approved mitigation measures, continues to move forward. The new foundation for the exterior stairwell has been framed up and is ready to be poured. New air handling units have been delivered and installed on the 1st and 6th Floors. Crews continue to complete portions of the mechanical and electrical rough in work throughout the 6th Floor where the new Cohn Learning Center is being constructed. Dry wall is being hung on the new walls of the Learning Center. The steel beams that will support portions of the mechanical and electrical equipment being elevated to the 2nd Floor have been installed.

Another element of the campus-wide plan to enhance security has begun. The current efforts are focused on further securing the access to the Walk To Wellness at key locations. New glass storefronts and automatic doors will be installed and access control devices will limit access to those with LSUHSC and MCLNO IDs. The installation of the storefront at the Derbigny St. Parking Lot is underway.

There has been no let up in the efforts to prepare portions of 1542 Tulane Ave. to be re-occupied. Repairs to the building elevators are continuing and the repairs to the building fire alarm system are nearing completion. Construction of new lounge areas has begun; the necessary demolition in selected areas has been completed and the rough in of the new mechanical and electrical systems has started. The resurfacing of the terrazzo floors is nearing completion, most of the new exit signs have been installed, and the painting crews are winding up their work. The installation of new access control devices on the 1st Floor is progressing well, and new furniture continues to be unpacked and installed.

The project to expand the 2nd Floor lobby of the Residence Hall continues to progress. The demolition of the exterior flooring has been completed. The installation of the new duct work that connects to the air handling unit installed on the mezzanine is nearly finished. The re-surfacing of the elevated walk way connecting the Residence Hall to the MEB has begun. The center floor drains have been sealed temporarily and the areas around the drain have been leveled in preparation for sloping the surface properly.

Several summer projects in the MEB are also well underway. The largest project; the renovations to the 2nd Floor Lobby is progressing. The demolition has been finished, new walls, fur downs and fur outs have been framed and dry wall is being installed. New electrical work is being run and preparations to allow the installation of new flooring are about to begin. The 4th Floor ceiling replacement has started recently as crews remove old ceiling tile and grid and replace it with the new materials that were used on the 3rd Floor.

In the MEB Lecture Rooms A & B, the new duct work and conduit have been installed in the trenches in the floor and closed over. New electrical outlets are being installed in the mezzanine and the projection room. The framing above the ceiling in MDL #5 has been completed, the plumbing has been demolished, and the new steel support for the partition wall has been raised and an existing steel support is being modified.

US Fence and Gate Co. has already removed the old chain link fencing surrounding Student Lots #2 and #3, and the Residence Hall Parking Lot. New vinyl coated fencing has been installed, as have the new pedestrian and suspended gates at the Residence Hall. Work has just started on preparing for the construction of the decorative portions of the perimeter fencing.

Work on the Library Commons area on the 3rd Floor of the Library in the Resource Center continues with the construction of the bulkhead that will run the length of the Commons area. Facility Services are working on the electrical rough-in and Auxiliaries Network Wiring Group is pulling old network wiring so that it can be re-run to the new locations.

The duct cleaning initiative has been completed throughout the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. Crews have moved to the CSRB and the ducts on several floors have already been cleaned. The work continues on the lower floors.

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:

  • CMI has poured the concrete in one elevator pit preparing it for the mortar to flood-proof the pit.
  • CMI has framed up the slab that will form the base of the new exterior stairwell.
    • Crews are installing reinforcing wire and rebar and preparing for the slab to be poured.
  • The new air handling units have been piped in on the 1st and 6th Floors.
  • The contractor and subcontractors are working on the 6th Floor; hanging sheetrock, floating the sheetrock, and continuing with the mechanical and electrical rough in.
  • The contractor is floating the new sheetrock on the 7th floor.
  • The steel beams to support the electrical and mechanical equipment have been placed on 2nd Floor.

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Elevator Repairs:
    • Stratos Elevator is removing and replacing flooded components from Elevator #4 (freight elevator).
      • The hoist cable for Elevator #4 has been replaced.
    • Stratos Elevator replaced the elevator safeties for Elevator #7.
    • Stratos Elevator is replacing the hoist cables for Elevator #7.
  • Terrazzo Floors:
    • Premier Source Inc. finished honing the terrazzo on the 4th Floor in the Tulane Ave. corridor and the center corridor.
    • Premier Source Inc. finished grinding the terrazzo on the 3rd Floor along Tulane Avenue and is working along the center corridor.
  • Ceiling Lights:
    • Hogue & Associates finished removing ballasts from old light fixtures and disposing of the old fixtures from Floors 4 through 8.
    • Crews finished installing new single-faced exit signs on Floors 1 through 8.
    • Hogue & Associates has installed the new double-faced exit signs on Floors 1 through 8.
  • Fire Alarm:
    • The fire alarm contractor finished installing and programming the duct detectors, cleared the fire panel trouble codes, and replaced the smoke detector in Elevator #1 and the elevator pit.
  • Painting:
    • The contractor has finished touching up paint throughout the 7th Floor.
    • The contractor finished priming the stairwell along Tulane Ave. on the Charity side of the building.
    • The painting contractor finished painting the walls in the stairwell along Tulane Ave. on the Charity side of the building.
  • Access Control:
    • Securitas continues to pull new wiring through the new conduit that has been installed for the card readers and cameras on the 1st Floor.
    • The contractor has pulled the wiring for devices in the old section of the building and along the center corridor, up to the Tulane Ave. elevator lobby.
    • The contractor has pulled all wiring for devices in Suite 122.
    • Securitas is pulling the wiring for the new access control devices to the main network closet on the 2nd Floor.
    • The access control contractor completed pulling wiring on the outer Tulane Ave. side of the building for the additional devices that will be installed on the 1st Floor.
  • New Furniture:
    • Herman Miller Group is installing new furniture and small file cabinets on various floors.
    • The Herman Miller Group is delivering and installing file cabinets on Floors 5 through 8.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • The demolition in the areas designated to be new lounges has been completed.
    • The construction is underway. The mechanical and electrical rough in work is in progress.
  • Misc.:
    • Merit Sprinkler is on site repairing the dry-pipe sprinkler system piping in the parking garage.
    • Cleaning and polishing of the exterior doors on the front of the building has been completed.
    • Crews are cleaning up the grounds at the rear of the building and repairs are being made to the sidewalks.
    • The contractor is removing the walk-in cooler on 4th Floor and is working on the punch list.
    • Plumbers repaired pipes that serve the restrooms in the rear (oldest) section of the building.

Walk To Wellness Storefronts: Another element of the plan to enhance security on campus is to secure the Walk To Wellness at key locations. New glass storefronts and automatic doors will be installed and access control devices will limit access to those with LSUHSC and MCLNO IDs.

  • The contractor began installing side light glass and the automatic doors at the Derbigny St. parking lot.

Repair Work at the Dental School:

  • Permanent Roof Repairs:
    • Needham Roofing sandblasted the roofing tar from the penthouse walls.
    • Needham Roofing completed the installation of metal flashing caps and waterproofing on the roof parapet walls of the Clinic and Administration Buildings.

Library Commons Project:

  • Construction of the exterior walls around the interior staircase is underway.
  • Materials for the temporary center handrails are on order.
  • Facility Services electricians continue to roughing-in the electrical service.
  • The new permanent walls and temporary walls have been erected.
  • The contractor began finishing the interior stair wall and framing the new restroom walls.
  • Auxiliary Enterprises is pulling back the existing network cables; preparing to run them in new directions to accommodate the renovation.
  • Facility Services removed existing conduit to allow the HVAC ducts to be raised.

MEB 2nd Floor Lobby Renovation:

  • The contractor is nearing the completion of the installation of the fur out that will be used to attach the sheetrock covering the existing tile walls.
  • The fur down from the ceiling is complete on the Perdido Street side of the lobby.
  • The old tiles have been removed from the columns and the attached concrete beams.
  • Sheetrock was delivered and the electrical rough-in work continues.
  • Framing of the new wall by Medical Center Stores has begun.
  • A temporary reference wall has been constructed on the Campus Office Stores side of the lobby.
  • Installation of sheet rock on the new walls and fur outs is underway.

Residence Hall 2nd Floor Expansion:

  • The demolition of the exterior flooring has been completed.
  • Installation of the new duct work connecting to the AHU on the mezzanine level is almost complete.

MEB 4th Floor - MDL #5 Renovations:

  • The contractor completed framing above the ceiling and starting the plumbing demolition.
  • The contractor is raising the steel support for a partition, demolishing existing plumbing and modifying the existing steel support for the new partition track.
  • The new plumbing layout is being verified.

MEB Lecture Rooms A & B Renovations:

  • Trison completed installing the floor duct and conduits in the trench and has refilled the trench with concrete.
  • The contractor completed installing new electrical outlets in the mezzanine level and projector booth.

MEB Roof Replacement:

  • The installation of the metal capping on the parapet walls is now complete on the main roof and penthouses.
  • The contractor is reworking the pitch pans under the steel beam supports on the main roof.

Downtown Perimeter Fence Project:

  • US Fence & Gate Co removed the chain link fence from Student Lot #2 along Bertrand Street and have replaced it with new 6 ft. vinyl-coated chain link fencing.
  • US Fence & Gate Co. removed the chain link fence from Student Lot #3 along Bertrand Street and have replaced it with new 6 ft. vinyl-coated chain link fencing.
  • The contractor has removed the chain link fence along Bolivar Street at the Residence Hall Parking Lot and has replaced it with new 6 ft. vinyl-coated chain link fencing.
  • The preparation of the foundation for decorative fence is in progress.
  • The contractor finished replacing the chain link cantilever gates and the pedestrian walk gates in the Residence Hall Parking Lot.
  • The temporary fence has been installed on the Poydras St. and Perdido St. side of Student Lots #2 and #3.
  • Crews are excavating and chipping out existing asphalt in Student Lots #2 and #3.

Duct Cleaning Project:

  • The duct cleaning is substantially complete at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building.
    • The contractor is completing the punch list items in the building.
  • Duct cleaning has been completed on 7th Floor of the CSRB.
  • Duct cleaning has been completed on 6th Floor of the CSRB.
  • Duct cleaning has been completed on 5th Floor of the CSRB.
    • Work is underway on the 4th Floor.

MEB 4th Floor Ceiling Replacement:

  • The old blue lockers have been removed.
  • The contractor has begun installing new ceiling grid in the corridors.

Residence Hall Walkway Resurfacing:

  • The contractor filled the center drains and leveled the area in preparation for sloping the surface.


  • RCB Domestic Water Outage:
    • The domestic hot and cold water was shut down in the Resource Center Building. The plumbers worked on bathroom fixtures on the 5th and 6th Floors of the building and replaced several shutoff valves.

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