Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #80
Posted: November 11, 2008

Preparations to facilitate Phase 1 of the re-occupancy of the Clinical Education Building at 1542 Tulane Ave. are proceeding. Light fixtures have been installed in the stairwells, in two of the new lounge areas, and in conference rooms on three upper floors. New overhead lighting has been installed over the front porch entry. Furniture has been installed and arranged in all of the offices that are planned to be occupied in the first phase. Carpet has been installed in the lounges on the 6th and 7th Floors. Ceiling tiles have been installed in the conference rooms on the 5th through the 7th Floors. The cleaning crews have completed their work on Floors 6 through 8 and they are working on the 5th Floor at this time. Access control devices and CCTV have been installed and tested. New landscape planting is underway at the front of the building.

Auditoriums A and B at the Dental School are proceeding on schedule. Walls have been insulated, dry walled and prepared to receive the wall panels. The riser framing, rebar and foam required by the new seating has been installed in Auditorium A. Cementitious board has been installed at the base of the walls in both Auditoriums. Blocking for the hand rails and baseboard is now in place in Auditorium B. The electricians have focused their efforts in Auditorium A where conduit and wiring for the ceiling fixtures, down lights and the wall sconces have been installed. The new electrical panel has been installed in Auditorium B.

On the upper floors of the Dental Clinic Building, work is continuing on the lab renovations. Walls are being framed up around and within Suite 8405. Door frames are being installed as the walls are prepared. The electricians are pulling wire and installing conduit and receptacles in a variety of places throughout the Suite. The mechanical contractor tied-in the new vacuum, gas, hot water, and cold water lines for Room 6335. They pressure tested the vacuum, air, and de-ionized water piping in Suite 8405, removed the old ice water, de-ionized water, and steam lines in Rooms 6335 and 6333, and insulated the supply duct on the north side of Room 8405. Piping for the two safety showers in Room 8405 was installed and horizontal gas piping has been placed in the walls of Rooms 8405D and 8405G.

The project to construct a Commons area on the 3rd Floor of the Resource Center Library is continuing. The fire sprinkler contractor has been on site moving old sprinkler lines and heads to accommodate the construction and installing new lines and sprinkler heads in various areas. The multi-media rooms have been dry walled, taped and floated. The roll-up fire door and the cover have been installed in the lobby area. Ceiling work is underway over the café space, the coffee bar and by the window wall. Light fixtures are being installed over the café lounge area.

The largest and most complex project continues to be the permanent repairs and mitigation work at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. In the 7th Floor lab, the casework and counter tops have been installed. The fume hood is in place and connected. Medical air and natural gas lines have been run to the lab and connected to the counter top turrets. Sinks and faucets have been installed and drain lines are being connected. Return air grills have been installed in the lab area. Electrical wiring is being completed and receptacles are being installed on the new casework and baseboards.

The restoration of the Cohn Learning Center on the 6th Floor of the Lions Building is progressing. The mechanical subcontractor continues to install the new HVAC system components and make connections to the new spaces that have been constructed throughout the floor. The plumbers are working on roughing in the plumbing to the restrooms and floor tile has begun to be installed. Heating hot water lines have been run to the simulation labs and insulated. Lights and receptacles are being installed at various locations on the floor.

The electricians are preparing for the installation of switch gear in the new 2nd Floor mechanical room. Large conduit has been run to the new room, lights have been installed, a new electrical panel has been mounted and the fire alarm panel has been relocated to the 2nd Floor. The general contractor is working throughout the building; completing framing, installing waterproof membrane and floor tiles in bathrooms, installing door frames, doors and door hardware, etc. The iron workers have been completing their welding on the exterior stairwell framework, stairs and handrails. The testing company has been called in to perform the required examination and testing of the welds.

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

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Lighting:
    • The electrical contractor completed the installation of new light fixtures in the lounges on the 6th and 7th Floor.
    • Crews completed installing light fixtures in the stairwells.
    • They completed the installation of the new light fixtures in the 5th, 6th and 7th Floor conference rooms.
    • Three new recessed lights were installed over the front entryway.
    • The electrical contractor continues installing new light fixtures in conference rooms on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • Crews completed installing the suspended ceiling grid in the lounges on Floors 4 to 7.
    • The sprinkler contractor installed sprinkler heads in the 6th Floor lounge.
    • The mechanical contractor installed air conditioning ducting and diffuser grills in the lounges on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Floors.
  • Furniture:
    • The furniture vendor arranged furniture in offices on the 5th and 6th floors.
    • The installation and arrangement of furniture for all offices planned for first phase occupancy has been finished.
  • Cleaning:
    • All rooms on the 8th floor are complete.
    • All rooms on the 7th Floor are complete.
    • All rooms on the 6th Floor are complete.
    • The cleaning crews began cleaning on the 5th Floor. Several offices have been completed.
    • Others started cleaning the restrooms.
  • LSUHSC Facility Services continued to work on punch list items on Floors 5 to 8.
    • They demolished the temporary loading dock ramp in the parking garage driveway.
  • Flooring:
    • Crews prepared the concrete subfloors in the lounges for the final floor covering on Floors 4 to 7.
    • The flooring contractor completed installation of the carpeting in the 6th and 7th Floor lounges.
  • Misc.:
    • The general contractor continued making drywall repairs in offices on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Floors and started work in the auditorium.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services painted Conference Rooms 728 and 729.
    • Ceiling tiles have been installed in the conference rooms on the 5th, 6th and 7th Floors.
    • They started making wall repairs in Room 545.

Dental School Auditoriums A & B:

  • The general contractor installed insulation on the west and north walls of Auditorium A and installed new sheetrock on all walls in Auditorium A.
    • They prepped the sheetrock on the all wall of Auditorium A for the wall panels.
    • The sheetrock in Auditorium A was taped and floated.
    • Riser framing for the new seating in Auditorium A has been installed.
    • Rebar and foam for the riser seating in Auditorium A is now in place.
    • Crews installed cementitious board at the base of the walls in Auditoriums A and B.
  • The general contractor installed insulation and sheetrock on the north, east, west and south walls in Auditorium B.
    • Crews prepped the sheetrock on the south and west walls for the installation of the new wall panels in Auditorium B.
    • Framing for the ceiling in Auditorium B has been installed.
    • Crews installed wood blocking for the handrails and baseboard in Auditorium B.
    • Sheetrock was installed in the ceiling troughs in Auditorium B.
  • The electrical contractor installed conduit and junction boxes for the down lights in the front of Auditorium A.
    • Electricians installed wiring for two rows of down lights in Auditorium A.
    • Conduit for the remaining rows of down lights in Auditorium A was installed.
    • Crews installed conduit for the lighting homeruns in Auditorium A.
    • Wall sconce device boxes were mounted on the east and south walls in Auditorium A.
    • The wiring for the wall sconce boxes has been finished.
    • The electrical contractor installed conduit stub-ups for the data connections in Auditorium A.
    • The electrical contractor mounted the electrical panel in Auditorium B.
  • The insulation contractor installed insulation in the block walls and ceiling of the mechanical room.

Dental School 6th and 8th Floor Laboratory Renovations:

  • The general contractor framed the exterior wall on the north side of Suite 8405.
    • Crews framed the new door openings.
    • The general contractor framed up the east exterior walls.
    • The contractor installed sheetrock on the south wall in 8405A.
    • They installed framing for the door in the microscope room (8405E).
    • Crews installed sheetrock on the west wall in 8405D and on the east wall in 8405K.
    • The contractor framed the doors in Room 8405F.
  • The mechanical contractor tied-in the new vacuum, gas, hot water, and cold water lines for Room 6335.
    • They removed the old ice water, de-ionized water, and steam lines in Rooms 6335 and 6333.
    • They insulated the supply duct on the north side of Room 8405.
    • Piping for the two safety showers in Room 8405 was installed.
    • The supply duct on the south side of Room 8405 has been insulated.
    • Horizontal gas piping in the walls of Rooms 8405D and 8405G were installed.
    • They pressure tested the vacuum, air, and de-ionized water piping in Suite 8405.
  • The electrical subcontractor installed conduit, receptacle boxes, and wiring for the light switches in all the rooms of Suite 8405.
    • They installed conduit for the peninsulas in Room 8405.
    • They wired the outlets on the north and south walls of Suite 8405A and 8405B.
    • Electricians installed wiring for electrical receptacles on the east wall of Suite 8405B.
    • They installed electrical boxes for the base cabinets in 8405A and 8405B.
    • The electrical contractor installed wiring in the junction boxes on the east wall of Suite 8405B.
    • They installed electrical junction boxes for the base cabinets in Rooms 8405C, 8405D, 8405E, 8405F, 8405G, 8405H and 8405I.
    • They installed wiring in the electrical junction boxes for the base cabinets in the same rooms.

Library Commons Project:

  • The contractor installed fire sprinklers in multi-media Room1 and 2 and the reception area.
    • The contractor installed fire sprinklers in the lounge near the windows.
    • The contractor installed fire sprinklers have been installed in the mechanical room.
    • Mens restroom sprinklers were installed.
    • Sprinkler heads have been installed in the café area.
  • Crews taped and floated the sheetrock in the multi-media rooms.
  • They installed the fire roll-up door in the 3rd Floor Lobby.
    • The roll-up door covers have also been installed.
  • The contractor removed the fire alarm conduit from above the roll up door location.
  • The contractor installed ceiling support wires in the cafe.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock in the ceiling above the coffee bar.
  • The contractor installed the dropped ceiling supports near the window wall.
  • LSUHSC Facility Services electricians installed fixtures in the café lounge area.
    • They installed light fixtures along the window wall.

Lions/LSU Clinic Permanent Repairs and Mitigation:

  • The mechanical subcontractor installed zones for the 1st Floor AHU supply lines in the mechanical room on the S. Prieur St. side.
    • Plumbers installed domestic water lines in the bathrooms on the 1st Floor, Bolivar St. side and installed thimbles in the new stairwell for the storm drain.
    • They insulated domestic hot and cold water pipes in the bathroom on the 1st Floor, S. Prieur side.
    • Crews installed additional supply duct in the mechanical room for two zones on the 1st Floor AHU on the S. Prieur St. side.
    • They installed relief vents for the temporary medical air and vacuum compressors on the 1st Floor.
    • A crew worked to install supply duct for three zones for the 1st Floor AHU located in the mechanical room.
    • They roughed in the waste and vent lines for the urinals and the water closets in the bathroom on the 1st Floor, Bolivar St. side of the building.
  • The mechanical subcontractor insulated supply duct on the 6th Floor Gravier St. side of the building.
    • Crews insulated the heating hot water lines and supply duct on the 6th Floor on the S. Prieur St. side of the floor.
    • They installed and insulated supply duct in the 6th Floor simulation rooms.
    • They installed supply grills on the 6th Floor, CSRB side.
    • Crews insulated heating hot water lines on the 6th Floor in the simulation rooms.
    • Two fresh-air ducts were connected to the new 6th Floor AHU.
    • They insulated supply duct in the bathroom on the 6th Floor, S. Prieur St. side.
    • Crews moved supply duct to install lights on the 6th Floor on the CSRB side.
  • The mechanical subcontractor installed vacuum, air, & gas pipe connections to the island across from the fume hood in the 7th Floor lab.
    • They installed exhaust duct connections for the fume hood and installed the backsplash for the same island.
    • Two sinks and faucets were installed in the lab.
    • Five air and gas turrets were installed in the lab and the gas lines were connected to the turrets.
    • They also installed the remaining shelves and racks on the peninsulas along the Gravier Street side of the building.
    • The mechanical subcontractor installed p-trap and drain line connections for all sinks and the fume hood in the 7th Floor lab.
    • They installed filler panels for the fume hood and adjacent cabinets and cleaned and wiped down all lab countertops and cabinets.
    • The mechanical subcontractor finished installing and testing the medical air in the 7th Floor lab.
    • The newly connected natural and medical gas was tested in the 7th Floor lab.
    • The mechanical subcontractor installed air outlets to two locations for air tables in the 7th Floor lab.
    • The mechanical subcontractor installed return air grilles on the 7th Floor.
  • The electrical subcontractor installed lights in the 2nd Floor build out area.
    • They installed 4 inch riser conduit going from the 2nd Floor to the 1st Floor on the S. Prieur St. side of the building.
    • They mounted a cabinet for a new electrical panel in the 2nd Floor mechanical room.
    • They moved the fire panel to the main fire room on the 2nd Floor, Bolivar side.
  • The electrical subcontractor installed lights on the 6th Floor, on the CSRB side of the building.
    • They pulled wire for dimmer switches on the 6th Floor, CSRB side.
    • A crew installed wire mold for the electrical receptacles on the peninsulas along the Gravier St. side of the building.
    • Electrical receptacles were installed for casework along the Bolivar St. wall.
  • The electrical subcontractor installed outlets in 6 runs of wire mold on the 7th Floor.
    • Electrical receptacles were installed for casework along the Bolivar St. wall.
    • Electrical receptacles and data cables were installed on the lab benches in the 7th Floor laboratory.
  • The iron subcontractor welded the exterior stairwell saddles on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Floors.
    • They finished the last welds on the roof decking and finished welding the stairs on the 3rd level.
    • Iron workers welded the hand rails on the 1st through the 6th Floors stairs.
    • They cleaned, ground, and finished the hand rails on the 1st through the 6th Floors in the exterior stairwell.
    • The contractor welded clips on the 1st and 6th Floors of the north and west sides of the exterior stairwell tower.
    • They welded the bathroom partition support in the bathrooms on the 1st Floor, Bolivar St. side.
  • The sprinkler subcontractor installed sprinkler heads on the 2nd Floor in the new build out area.
    • The sprinkler subcontractor raised sprinkler pipe in the 2nd Floor equipment room.
    • Crews moved and installed new sprinkler heads on the 6th Floor.
    • Sprinkler trim rings are being installed on the 6th Floor South side.
  • The casework subcontractor installed 3 shelving units, 3 cabinets, and 4 counters in the 7th Floor laboratory.
    • Four dividing shelving units were installed in the center of the casework.
    • Three sections of wire mold were run.
    • Four lab bench shelves and eight backsplashes are in place.
  • The contractor installed door hardware on the 7th Floor.
    • They installed glass in the new door frames on the 6th Floor, CSRB side.
    • The contractor installed door frames on the 6th Floor in the simulation rooms.
    • They installed two door frames and five doors in offices along the Gravier St. side on the 6th Floor.
    • They installed door hardware on the 6th Floor CSRB side and installed floor tile in the bathroom on the 6th Floor.
    • They hung sheetrock in the bathrooms on the 6th Floor on the Bolivar St. and S. Prieur St. side of the building.
    • Crews placed CMU on the 1st Floor around the door frame in the CSRB side lobby and placed CMU on the 1st Floor in the telephone closet on the CSRB side.
    • A crew installed CMU on the 1st Floor on the Gravier St. side of the hallway closest to the CSRB.
    • Crews installed CMU walls in the bathrooms on the 1st Floor.
    • The contractor insulated exhaust transfer duct for offices along the Gravier Street side.
    • A crew installed water resistant sheetrock for the 1st Floor Womens restroom (S. Prieur St. side and floated the sub-floor for the Mens restroom.
    • They installed the sub-floor for the Mens and Womens restrooms on the Bolivar St. Side of the 6th Floor.
    • Water membrane was installed on the floor of the bathroom on the 6th Floor, S. Prieur St. side.
    • The contractor installed floor tile in both the Mens and Womens restrooms on the 6th Floor.
    • The contractor installed ceiling tiles on the 6th Floor CSRB side.
    • A crew installed corner bead and sheetrock on the 6th Floor on the Gravier St./S. Prieur St. side of the building.
    • Metal lathe is being installed on the CSRB side of the 1st Floor.
    • The contractor installed ceiling tiles on the 6th Floor on the CSRB side.
    • Sheetrock was hung on the fur downs in the new lecture room on the 6th Floor.
    • Crews installed sheetrock on the fur downs in the new lecture room on the 6th Floor West side and installed the inside metal trim for the windows in the northwest corner on the 1st Floor.
    • Crews installed sheetrock on the fur downs in the lecture room on the 6th Floor and installed trim for the windows on the north side of the 1st Floor.
    • They are installing granite in the elevator lobby on the 1st Floor, Gravier St. side.

MEB 4th Floor - MDL #5 Renovations:

  • The contractor connected cables to the A/V control boxes.
  • The contractor is testing the A/V equipment.

MEB 2nd Floor Lobby Renovation:

  • The contractor installed the ceiling grid outside of Lecture Hall B.
  • They installed the door & storefront window frames for the Medical Center Stores location.
  • The contractor installed storefront window framing for Campus Office Stores and installed columns and storefront window framing for Medical Center Stores.
  • The contractor installed columns in the Campus Office Stores area and ceiling wire in the elevator lobby.
  • The contractor completing the skim coating of the honeycombed ceiling and painted the ceiling on the Bolivar St. side of the lobby.
  • The contractor installed the Blue Sky wallpaper.
  • The contractor removed ductwork from the lobby in the southwest corner.
  • The contractor painted ductwork prior to its installation.

Residence Hall 2nd Floor Expansion:

  • In preparation for the installation of the new mailboxes, the contractor removed electrical conduits between Towers A&B.
  • The contractor installed the ceiling and floor tracks of the metal framing for the new mailboxes.
  • The contractor installed the metal framing for the new mailboxes.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock on the metal framing for the mailboxes.
  • The contractor removed a portion of the curb to allow for the installation of the new automatic storefront door.
  • The contractor taped, floated, and painted the mailbox partition.

Downtown Landscaping Project:

  • Facility Services completed grading the area on the right side of the steps in front of 1542 Tulane Avenue.
  • The crew installed landscape edging in the large area to the left of the steps and adjusted sprinkler head heights to coincide with the final grade.
  • Facility Services completed installing the backflow preventer for the irrigation system.
  • LSUHSC Facility Services completed the installation of the irrigation system for the landscaping in front of 1542 Tulane Avenue.
    • The system is now energized and fully automated.
  • Crews have begun planting shrubs in the new planting beds.

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