Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #77
Posted: September 26, 2008

The last days of August and the 1st week of September were consumed by concerns and preparations for Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike. The campus was spared the worst of the effects of both storms, but the preparations required that the various contractors working on the many projects around campus shut down their operations and evacuate their personnel. In addition, LSUHSC Facility Services personnel were fully engaged in preparing the campus. Consequently, little work was done on the projects during that period of time. To simplify our summarized reporting, this update will reflect the progress made over the past three weeks.

There has been a great deal of activity on the project to make permanent repairs to the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. The steel frame of the exterior stairwell is rising rapidly to its final height. A tremendous amount of mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is underway on the new Cohn Learning Center on the 6th Floor. The work on the construction of the new lab on the 7th Floor is nearing completion.

Both of the new initiatives at the Dental School are progressing well. Rough in mechanical, electrical and plumbing work has been completed in the lab space in Room 8405 and 8401. Additional demolition has been completed on the 6th Floor. In the Auditoriums, the exterior walls are being moisture proofed. Ceiling framing has been completed in Auditorium B and is nearing completion in Auditorium A. Chilled water valves have been installed and the base for the new AHU is being constructed. The preliminary rough in electrical work for the ceiling lights in both auditoriums is underway.

The renovations at the Clinical Education Building (1542 Tulane Ave.) continue on a number of fronts. One of the largest efforts is the repair and replacement of a large number of the old fan coil units that provide heat and cooling to significant parts of the building. The painting contractor continues to paint a number of interior spaces to make them ready for use. Electricians are making the electrical connections to the system furniture that has been installed in various places in the building. The construction of the new lounge areas has been a priority. New walls are being constructed and insulated and rough in plumbing for the kitchenettes is being completed. Additional access control devices and closed circuit televisions are being installed at key entry points to the building. The interior spaces of Floors 3 and 4 in the Annex have been demolished.

Work continues on the Library Commons project. Additional walls have been framed up and dry walled. Smoke dampers have been installed in the new duct work, the vent pipe has been connected, and the rough in plumbing for the coffee kiosk is complete. The electrical rough in for the lights is finished and the new ceiling lights for the café and walkway have been laid out.

The project to replace the ceiling of the 4th Floor of the MEB is approaching completion. The majority of the ceiling tiles (including the edge tiles) have been installed. The contractor framed up the ceiling at the end of the corridors around the return air grilles. The lay in emergency lights, the supply ducts, the sprinkler caps, ceiling mounted smoke detectors, and the exit signed have been installed. In the MEB 2nd Floor lobby, the new walls and ceiling have been primed and painted. Electrical wiring is being completed in the Campus Office Stores and Medical Center Stores spaces. The network wiring contractor pulled network cable to the engineering office. The contractor completed building out the area above the elevator and widened the door opening for the room between the lecture halls.

The new steel for the expanded roof of the 2nd Floor Residence Hall Lobby has been installed and the treated wood blocking is in place. The 1st and 2nd layers of self-leveling concrete have been installed on the floor and the cantilever tops of the walkway are being removed. Casework and countertops are being installed in the MDL #5 and the plumbers and electricians are working behind the cabinet installers to connect sinks, drains, and electrical outlets. The VCT and ceiling tiles have been installed throughout.

Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished during the past three weeks.

Lions/LSU Clinic Permanent Repairs and Mitigation:

  • The mechanical subcontractor has run and testing the lines for the medical gas service to the 6th Floor simulation rooms.
    • Supply duct has been installed and insulated on the Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • The heating hot water lines on the Bolivar St./CSRB side of the 6th Floor were insulated.
    • Waste lines have been run from the 5th Floor to the new 6th Floor scrub sinks.
    • The sump pumps in the elevator pit for Elevators #3 and #4 have been piped in.
    • The existing waste lines that were below the new ceiling height on the 6th Floor have been raised.
    • The waste lines and the vents for the water closet carriers and urinals in the bathrooms on the Bolivar St. side of the 6th Floor have been roughed in.
    • The subcontractor is laying out and installing hangers for new waste lines on the Gravier St./S. Prieur St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • Their crews are installing and testing the water lines to the water closets and the urinals in the bathroom on the 6th Floor Bolivar St./CSRB side of the building.
    • They are re-routing heating hot water lines on the 7th Floor that are in the way of the new supply duct.
    • New supply grills are being installed on the 7th Floor.
    • A crew is piping in the VAVs on the Gravier St./S. Prieur St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • Another crew is piping in the AHU in the 1st Floor mechanical room on the Gravier St./Bolivar St. side of the building.
    • The supply grills are being installed on the 7th Floor.
    • They are moving acid waste vents on the 7th Floor.
    • Pipe for the new domestic hot and cold water lines on the Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor are being fabricated.
  • The sprinkler subcontractor is relocating sprinkler pipes on the 7th Floor.
  • Glass subcontractor installed new metal trim pieces that surround the lower windows on the 1st Floor.
  • The electrical subcontractor tied in conduit for the new transfer switches on the 2nd Floor in the new electrical room on the CSRB side of the building.
    • They relocated electrical pipe and electrical boxes to make space for the new air conditioning system on the 6th Floor.
    • Wire was pulled to new electrical panel boxes in the new electrical room on the on the 2nd Floor on the CSRB side.
    • New wire was pulled to the electrical panels on the S. Preiur St. side of the building.
    • Electrical outlets have been installed in the new lab area on the 7th Floor.
    • They have re-routing conduit that was in the way of the duct installation on the Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • Light fixtures have been installed on the 7th Floor.
    • The electrical subcontractor is running conduit for the switches for the Med Gas lines that were run to the 6th Floor simulation rooms.
    • They are installing electrical receptacles on the CSRB side of the 6th Floor.
    • A crew is trimming out the electrical work for the 7th Floor.
    • The emergency lights are being installed on the 7th Floor.
    • The electrical subcontractor installed a new breaker in Panel EH2 for the new emergency lights in the 7th Floor lab.
  • The iron subcontractor set anchors for the new stairwell.
    • The steel beams for the first 2 floors of the new stairwell have been laid out and erected.
    • New stairwell beams were welded to the outside of the building on the 2nd and 6th Floors.
    • The stair structure was welded to the 2nd Floor.
    • The iron subcontractor welded the new stairs from the 2nd to the 3rd Floor to the structure.
    • The iron subcontractor is erecting the steel frame on the Bolivar St. side of the stairwell from Floors 4-6.
    • The iron workers have decked the 2nd Floor landing and they are working on the 3rd Floor landing.
    • Crews are also installing the hand rails.
    • The iron subcontractor is erecting the upper portions of the steel frame for the exterior stairwell.
  • Contractor painted the new drywall on the 6th Floor on the CSRB and Gravier sides of the building.
    • Crews have taped and floated the new drywall on the 7th Floor.
    • Crews have taped and floated the new drywall on 2nd Floor new switchgear room.
  • The floor penetrations on the 7th Floor have been sealed and approved by the State Fire Marshall.
    • The penetrations on the 6th Floor are being sealed.
  • The contractor hung door frames on the CSRB side of the 6th Floor.
  • The contractor framed the bathroom on the 6th Floor located on the Bolivar St./CSRB side of the building.
  • A crew laid out the CMU walls for the 1st Floor S. Prieur St. side of the building.
  • Crews are removing old data and telephone wire from the 1st Floor network closet on the CSRB side of the building,
  • The contractor is placing concrete on the floor of the new equipment area on 2nd Floor.
  • Ceiling grid is being installed on the 7th Floor.
  • They are prepping the floors for the new tile on the 7th Floor.
  • Door frames are being hung on the S. Prieur St. side of the 1st Floor.
  • The fire sprinkler subcontractor is moving sprinkler heads on the 7th Floor.
  • The glass subcontractor is installing glass in the side panels of the door frames on the 7th Floor.

Dental School Laboratory Renovations:

  • The vent lines for the fume hoods in Room 8405 were roughed in.
  • The new wall locations and coring locations were laid out in Room 8405.
    • Coring has been finished in Room 8405.
  • The contractor roughed in the drain lines for the new lab sinks in Room 8405.
  • The mechanical sub installed pipe hangers and prepared pipe fittings for the installation of vacuum piping in Room 8405.
  • The mechanical subcontractor is installing domestic cold water lines for Room 8401.
  • The mechanical subcontractor is installing pipe sleeves and connecting vent and drain lines for Room 8401.
  • The demolition crew began removing lab benches and wall panels in Room 6331.
  • The old plumbing and exhaust connections for the fume hood in Room 6331 have been removed.
  • The electrical contractor is installing wiring for the laboratory casework.

Dental School Auditoriums A & B:

  • The support beams for the accordion walls have been removed.
  • The duct work and piping in Auditorium B was insulated.
  • The framing for the new ceiling in Auditorium B has been completed.
  • The framing for the new ceiling in Auditorium A is nearing completion.
  • The mechanical subcontractor set up for the chilled water pipe valve installations required for the new AHU.
  • The general contractor began removing the elevated flooring in Room 4203.
  • The mechanical subcontractor installed the chilled water pipe valves.
  • The electrical subcontractor is making preliminary rough-ins for the new lighting in the auditoriums.
  • The general contractor finished installing the 1st coat of mastic moisture protection on the exterior walls in Auditorium B.
  • They have started installing moisture protection on the exterior walls in Auditorium A.
  • The electrical contractor is installing junction boxes and electrical wiring "BX cabling" for the new lighting in the Auditoriums.
  • The mechanical contractor is laying out foundation pads for the new air-handling units.

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Elevator Repairs:
    • Elevator contractor continues work on elevator #4.
  • Lighting:
    • The lighting contractor installed new light fixtures in the 1st Floor Family Medicine offices.
    • The contractor started installing new light fixtures in Conference Room 729.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • The general contractor completed the demolition in the 1st Floor lounge area.
    • Duct work and piping has been insulated.
    • The rough in plumbing for the new kitchenettes in the 6th and 7th Floor lounges is complete.
    • The general contractor poured new concrete decks in the lounges on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Floors.
    • Plumbers completed the mechanical rough-in for the kitchenettes in the lounges on the 5th, 6th, and 7th Floors.
    • The general contractor is constructing the walls in the lounges on the 4th and 7th Floors.
    • Sprinkler piping has been installed in the 5th Floor lounge.
    • Drywall is being hung in the lounge on the 7th Floor.
  • Demolition of Annex Interior:
    • The demolition of the interiors of the 3rd and 4th Floor annex spaces has been completed.
  • Furniture:
    • The furniture vendor delivered new furniture for the University Police office on the 1st Floor.
    • The furniture vendor surveyed all the offices on the 5th through the 8th Floors and identified remaining rooms requiring final furniture arrangement.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services electricians installed power feed cables for the new systems furniture that has been installed on the 6th and 7th Floors.
      • Facility Services electricians installed power feed cables for the systems furniture in Rooms 536, 613, 658 and 723.
  • Security:
    • The security system contractor installed the card reader for the front door access control.
    • A number of new cameras have been installed at several locations.
    • The security contractor completed installation of access control for the front doors and the side doors closest to the District Energy garage.
  • Misc.:
    • The contractor built formwork for the concrete lids on the area ways.
    • New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board contractor repaired sidewalk in the area of the new irrigation meter.
    • The contractor installed support bracing for ceiling lights in the rear elevator lobbies on 5th, 6th and 7th floors.
    • The contractor repaired holes in plaster ceilings of several offices on the 5th, 6th and 7th Floors.
    • The painting contractor continues painting stairwell and hallway ceilings, and restrooms throughout the building.
      • They painted the University Police office on the 1st Floor.
    • ORM insurance adjusters toured the building to document Hurricane Gustav damage.
    • Electronics technicians wired the parking gate controller for the parking garage.
    • The building supplies have been removed from the 1st Floor auditorium where they had been staged.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services personnel continued installing new fan coil units throughout the building.
    • Repairs to the ceiling in Room 718 have begun.
    • The flooring contractor is installing and repairing carpet in rooms on the 8th Floor.
      • They are installing floor tile in the stairwell.

Repair Work at the Dental School:

  • Permanent Roof Repairs:
    • Needham Roofing repaired the roof at the wing walls of the Clinic Building and waterproofed the perimeter of the Clinic Building roof.
    • They repaired the roof decking on the elevator penthouse of the Administration Building.
      • A 10ft x 10ft section of roof decking, insulation, mineral board, and roof cap sheets were removed.
      • The Contractor installed sheet metal and concrete to repair the deck and re-installed the insulation, mineral board and cap sheets.
    • The contractor installed walk pads on the Clinic Building roof.
    • Needham Roofing began installing walk pads on the roof of the Administration Building.

Library Commons Project:

  • Smoke dampers have been installed in the new duct work.
  • The plywood backer board has been installed in the media room.
  • The rough in plumbing for the coffee kiosk has been completed.
  • The drywall ceiling above the coffee kiosk has been framed in.
  • LSUHSC Facilities Services completed the rough in electrical work for the new lights.
  • The contractor framed the knee wall nearest to stairwell.
  • The vent piping is complete.
  • A crew framed up the wall nearest to the freight elevator.
  • The contractor installed cementitious board on the frieze wall.
  • The contractor finished the sheetrock edge of the window wall.
  • Light fixtures have been laid out in the cafe and hallway.

MEB 2nd Floor Lobby Renovation:

  • The new drywall has been primed and painted.
  • The ceiling has been painted.
  • The electrical subcontractor ran wire for electrical outlets in the new walls for Medical Center Stores and Campus Office Stores.
  • The network wiring contractor pulled network cable to the engineering office.
  • The contractor completed building out the area above the elevator and widened the door opening for the room between the lecture halls.

Residence Hall 2nd Floor Expansion:

  • The steel supports for the new roof have been installed.
  • The contractor removed the temporary ramps between Tower A and Tower B elevators and removed the bricks at all door entrances to make a clean transition for the new floor.
  • The flooring sub finished the first layer of self-leveling concrete in the area from the S. Roman St. side of the building toward the Tower B elevator.
  • The flooring subcontractor placed a second layer of mortar concrete from the S. Roman St. side of the building toward the Tower B elevator.
  • They are removing both cantilever tops attached to the elevated walkway.
  • The contractor completed installation of the treated wood blocking on the roof of the new enclosure and completed removing the canopy structure on walkway.

MEB 4th Floor - MDL #5 Renovations:

  • The contactor completed installing VCT tiles in the main MDL room and in Rooms 4106A, 4109, 4122A, and 4123A.
  • Ceiling tiles were installed in the main MDL room and Rooms 4106A, 4109, 4122A, and 4123A.
  • The new casework and countertops are being installed and the plumbers and electricians are following behind and installing the rough in plumbing and electrical connections.
  • New LCD panel displays have been installed.
  • The medical air, gas, and vacuum lines have been reinstalled.
  • The contractor completed installing new partition panels, including the new door and frame in Room 4123A.
  • The contractor is installing wall mounted chase for the electrical and AV service for each quadrant.
  • The casework contractor began installing the new sink cabinets in the main MDL room.
  • The casework contractor is installing pedestal frames in the main MDL room.
  • The casework subcontractor is installing frames and shelves in Room 4109.
  • The network wiring contractor began routing and terminating data cable in the main MDL lab.

Downtown Perimeter Fence Project:

  • The contractor removed the barbed wire from the 440 Perdido Street lot and Student Lot #1.

MEB 4th Floor Ceiling Replacement:

  • The contractor replaced lay-in emergency lights and installed sprinkler head caps.
  • The supply grills have been installed in the ceiling.
  • The installation of the edge tiles is substantially complete.
  • The ceiling mounted fire speakers have been installed.
  • The exit signs have been installed.
  • The contractor framed up the ceiling at the end of the corridors around the return air grilles.
  • The contractor is repairing damage ceramic tiles near the ceiling grid.

Downtown Landscaping Project:

  • Landscaping contractor replanted storm damaged trees and reinstalled support cables.
  • Support cables were tighten and/or replaced on other trees throughout the campus.
  • The layout and preparations for the irrigation piping and landscaping along the front of 1542 Tulane Avenue were completed.
    • The irrigation piping is being installed.

Residence Hall Walkway Resurfacing:

  • The contractor applied the first and second of the three underlayment layers of concrete planned for the walkway.

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