Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #94
Posted: June 6, 2009

Three of our proposals for permanent building repairs and hazard mitigation were re-submitted to FEMA based upon the favorable decisions issued by Charlie Axton’s decision team on May 27th. The three proposals address the Allied Health/Nursing Building, the Student Residence Hall and the Resource Center. Once the three proposals have been entered into the Federal/FEMA automated system, a series of reviews will occur within the local FEMA offices and one review at the State level. When the local reviews are successfully completed, the proposals will be packaged and sent to Washington, DC for one additional review. Historically this process has been very time consuming, but we are working with FEMA to expedite the process as much as possible.

Clinical faculty and staff from the Departments of Radiology and Medicine and Radiology were moved into the Clinical Education Building. They are occupying spaces on the 3rd and 4th Floors respectively. Work continues on the 1st and 2nd Floors with the goal of being ready for those floors to be reoccupied by the end of June or early July.

The permanent repairs and mitigation at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building are beginning to wind down as work nears completion. Furniture is being moved in to spaces in the Cohn Learning Center on the 6th Floor. Work on the exterior stairwell is substantially complete. The roof mounted generator has been connected and fuel lines have been run. The building is now fully powered from the new switch gear located on the 2nd Floor; well above the levels of any future floods. The old switch gear, generator and the associated wiring, piping and electrical panels are being removed.

The frieze that was moved out of the Clinical Education Building and installed in the Library Commons area is going through its final repair and refinishing. The professional art restorer has been on site and recently applied a new finish to the piece. Carpet has been installed at the entrance to the Library and in the back office areas. Miscellaneous finish work is being completed.

The Pharmacology lab renovations in the MEB are nearing completion. Furniture has been moved into the administrative area. Network cabling has been completed. Fume hood covers have been installed and the terrazzo flooring has been repaired. In the MDL #3, the installation of the support track for the partition walls is complete and the sound proofing drywall and insulation is in place. The plumbing stub ups for the new casework have been installed and wiring for the new ceiling light fixtures has begun. Wood and metal wall panels and the associated trim are being installed throughout the 2nd Floor lobby in the MEB.

The contractor installed sheetrock and insulation around the steel partition track for sound insulation in MDL #3 and the partition track is in place. The plumbing for the new case work has been stubbed up. The alcove area for the copy machine across from MDL #5 was framed up and dry walled.

The flooring contractor installed carpet at the stairwell entrances of the Dental School Auditoriums A and B. Acoustical wall panels were frames and installed in Auditorium A and B. Door hardware for both auditoriums was installed. Conduit and floor outlets were installed for the podiums in the auditoriums. Fire alarm devices have been installed in the auditoriums, the elevator lobby and walkway. The electrical contractor installed additional conduit and junction boxes for the power outlets in Room 4202B. The wiring for the AV and Access Grid power outlets in Room 4202B was run. The A/V contractor installed fans and auxiliary outlets for their equipment racks in Room 4202B and pulled wiring into the AV racks.

The expansion of the Residence Hall lobby is progressing. The floor contractor installed floor tile in front of Residence Hall Managers Office, grouted the floor tile and sealed the floor throughout the expanded lobby area. Additional light fixtures were installed and the track lighting has been roughed in. New sprinkler heads and escutcheons are in place in the B & C lobby areas. Wires have been run for security cameras. The ceiling beneath the mezzanine between A & B Towers and in the expanded lobby area was sheet rocked, taped and floated.

The contractor replacing the Allied Health/Nursing Building roof has made significant strides. Workers installed base sheet along the parapet walls on all sides of the roof. The pitch pan for the exhaust fan on the loading dock side of building has been installed. They installed the cap sheet on the main roof on the Bolivar and S. Roman St. sides of the roof and on the elevator penthouse. The aluminum flashing has been installed along the Bolivar St. and Gravier St. sides of the roof. The white cap sheet was installed along S. Roman Street.

LSUHSC Facility Services staged temporary air conditioning units and installed temporary electrical panels to support the temporary air conditioning for 6th and 7th Floors of the MEB, Quadrant D in preparation for the replacement of additional air handling units. The contractor cored and installed new floor drains in mechanical rooms 2A, 4A, 6B and 7B. The old AHU 6D, AHU 7D and associated supporting equipment was removed. The new AHU 6D, AHU 7D, fans and ductwork were installed and exhaust fan connections were made. The contractor completed installation of the condensate drain piping, duct sealing and sheet metal connections for AHU 6D and 7D. Work continued piping heating hot water lines, connecting the motor, mounting variable flow devices, installing sprinkler pipe, and connecting building automation controls for both units. The installation of the chilled water and sprinkler piping and the condensate drains was completed. Two air flow monitoring stations were installed on AHU-7D and one was installed on AHU 6-D.

Dental School Parking Lots 2 and 6 (between the Army Parkway entrance road and the Navy Parkway exit road) are being leveled, paved and painted. The paving contractor repaired the driveway that connects Campus Road to Moss Street. Parking Lots 2 and 6 were paved and repairs to the Moss Street entrance driveway are underway. The contractor made repairs to two damaged water lines and constructed the concrete forms for various concrete road and apron repairs.

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

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Clinical faculty and staff from the Department of Medicine have been moved into the 4th Floor. Faculty and staff from the Department of Radiology moved into the 3rd Floor.
  • Painting:
    • The contractor removed the paint overspray from the auditorium floors on the 1st level.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services continues painting the corridors on the 2nd Floor.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services finished painting in Suite 235.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • The contractor installed the sink for the 2nd Floor lounge.
  • Misc.:
    • Facility Services carpenters finished laminating the wooden window sills in 2nd Floor offices along Tulane Avenue.
    • The electrical contractor installed conduit for the exterior illuminated bollards and up-lighting along Tulane Ave.
    • LSUHSC Computer Services Networking Group finished checking the phone lines on the 3rd Floor.
    • The contractor installed door hardware for the double doors of Room 109 and the new door in the 1st Floor lobby area that leads to the basement.
    • They stained the double doors of Room 109 and worked on punch-list items.
    • Plumbing lines in the old section of the building are being capped.
    • The contractor fabricated the wood forms and poured the concrete pads for the installation of bollard lights along Tulane Ave.
    • The contractor constructed wood forms and installed wiring and conduit for the up-lighting along Tulane Ave.
    • The insulation contractor insulated fan coil pipes on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
    • Facility Services continues to install and connect fan coils in offices on Floors 2, 3, and 4.
    • Carpenters are repairing the damaged section of built-in bookcases in Room 235N.
    • The contractor relocated the emergency release mechanism for the roll-up gate in the parking garage.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • The contractor was given a punch list of items to be completed prior to the scheduled inspection by the State Fire Marshal on 5/29/09. This inspection was requested in anticipation of being granted beneficial occupancy of the 6th Floor on 6/1/09.
  • The contractor certified the fire pump and it is now in service.
    • Ceiling panels were installed in the 6th Floor computer lounge.
    • Crews installed 5th and 6th Floor magnetic door holders at the stairwell.
    • They painted the 1st Floor CSRB side door frames and the 1st Floor walls of the new stairwell.
    • The contractor removed the old generator and switchgear from the building and placed the new fuel tank.
    • Workers installed the new door and frame on the 2nd Floor CSRB side and installed the door to the mechanical room and the transom above the electrical room door on the 6th Floor Bolivar Street side.
    • The contractor removed the old fire pump controller panel and breakers from the 1st Floor, CSRB side.
  • The electrical contractor switched all building power from the old switchgear to the new switchgear; the building is now powered completely from the 2nd Floor.
    • They removed conduit and wire from the old switchgear.
    • Workers removed the old ATS cabinets, wire, and pipe on the 1st Floor and tested the new fire pump.
    • They installed lens covers for the ceiling lights on the CSRB and Gravier Street side of the 6th Floor and repaired a stairwell light fixture on the 6th Floor.
    • The contractor electrically connected the emergency fuel pump and installed the fire pump control wires to the fire alarm panel.
  • The mechanical contractor installed roof drains strainers on new stairwell.
    • Workers disconnected all piping and electrical wiring from the old generator in preparation for removal.
    • The mechanical contractor began piping the fuel lines to the new fuel tank.
  • Misc.:
    • Data lines were terminated in the network closet on the 6th Floor.

LIBRARY COMMONS PROJECT:

  • The contractor framed the stairwell wall on the 4th Floor.
  • The restoration specialist is repairing the frieze.
    • A new finish has been applied to the frieze.
  • Workers installed cove base in the back office area.
  • Carpet was installed in the back office area and in the front entrance to the Library.
  • Workers replaced ceiling panels above the coffee kiosk.
  • Crews dismantled the wall by the stairwell.

MEB PHARMACOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The network wiring contractor finished pulling network wires in the lab area.
  • Wire mold was installed throughout the large lab area.
  • Furniture was installed in the administrative area.
  • The contractor patched and honed the terrazzo floor.
  • Fume hood covers were installed near the ceiling.
  • The contractor continued working on general cleaning in the lab area as the project nears completion.

MEB 2nd FLOOR LOBBY RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed metal and wood wall panels by Lecture Hall A and B.
  • They installed the metal wall panel trim in front of Lecture Hall B.
  • The contractor installed wall panels on east wall between Medical Center Stores and the door to the custodial area.

MDL #3 RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed sheetrock and insulation around the steel partition track for sound insulation.
  • Workers completed stubbing up plumbing for the casework.
  • The contractor installed ground wires for the 2x4 light fixtures.
  • The contractor disconnected receptacles and removed ceiling grid and tiles in the corridor where the alcove is being built for the copy machine.
  • The contractor framed the stud walls for the alcove area across from MDL #5.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock and roughed in electrical for the alcove area across from MDL #5.
  • The contractor patched terrazzo floor in the alcove area.
  • The contractor completed installation of the track for the new partition panels.

DENTAL AUDITORIUMS A & B RENOVATIONS:

  • The flooring contractor installed carpet at the stairwell entrances of Auditoriums A and B.
  • The contractor installed framing and acoustical wall panels in Auditorium A along the north, south, east and west walls.
    • They installed framing and acoustical wall panels along the wing walls in Auditorium A.
    • Door hardware for the doors in Auditoriums B was installed.
    • Workers installed handrails at the stairwell entrance of both auditoriums.
    • The contractor installed framing for the acoustical wall panels along Florida Ave. in Auditorium B.
    • The door hardware for the stairwell entry doors in both auditoriums was installed.
    • The contractor installed additional acoustical panels on the north and west walls of Auditorium B and installed additional framing along the wing walls.
    • The contractor fire sealed the gypsum walls above the ceiling in Rooms 4202B and 4202C.
    • Workers installed ceiling tile in Room 4202C.
  • The electrical contractor installed additional conduit and junction boxes for the power outlets in Room 4202B.
    • Wiring was installed for the AV and Access Grid power outlets in Room 4202B.
    • The electrical contractor installed conduit for the lecterns in Auditoriums A & B.
    • They set the floor boxes for the lecterns in both auditoriums.
    • The electrical contractor installed wiring for the fire alarm devices in Auditoriums A and B, the 4th Floor elevator lobby, and the 4th Floor walkway.
    • They installed the wall-mounted light fixture bulbs and lens covers, and energized the wall fixtures in Auditorium A.
    • The electrical contractor installed fire alarm devices in Auditoriums A and B.
  • The A/V contractor installed fans and auxiliary outlets for their equipment racks in Room 4202B.
    • The AV contractor pulled wiring into the AV racks in Room 4202B.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • The floor contractor installed floor tile in front of Residence Hall Managers Office.
    • Workers grouted floor tile in the expanded lobby area.
    • They sealed and covered the floor in the expanded lobby area.
  • The interior contractor installed pendant light fixtures in the corner lobby of S. Roman St. and Perdido St.
  • Sprinkler heads and escutcheons have been installed between the B & C Tower lobbies.
  • The interior contractor roughed in junction boxes for the track light in the expanded ceiling area.
  • Crews ran wires for the security camera between the B & C Tower lobby areas.
  • The contractor removed a portion of a wall and a door near the A Tower lobby area to create an encased opening corner near Roman St.and the parking lot.
  • The track light in the expanded lobby area has been roughed in.
  • The contractor installed gypsum board for the ceiling beneath the mezzanine between A & B Towers and in the expanded lobby area.
  • Workers taped and floated the gypsum board ceiling in the expanded lobby area.
  • They removed existing pull stations by all three elevators.
  • The mechanical contractor installed diffusers along the new storefront wall.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock for the network closet.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor installed sheetrock in the atrium and temporary protection over roof leaks.
  • Workers installed base sheet along the parapet wall on the S. Roman St. side of the roof.
  • The pitch pan for the exhaust fan on the loading dock side of building has been installed.
  • The contractor completed installing base sheet along all the parapet walls.
  • They installed the cap sheet on the main roof on the Bolivar Street side and on the elevator penthouse.
  • The contractor installed the cap sheet on the S. Roman Street side of the main roof.
  • The aluminum flashing has been installed along the Bolivar St. and Gravier St. sides of the roof.
  • The contractor installed the white cap sheet along S. Roman Street.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor installed temporary lighting in mechanical rooms 6D and 7D.
  • LSUHSC Facility Services staged temporary air conditioning units and installed temporary electrical panels to support the temporary air conditioning for 6th and 7th Floor, Quadrant D.
  • The contractor cored and installed new floor drains in mechanical rooms 2A, 4A, 6B and 7B.
  • The contractor removed and disposed of the old AHU 6D, AHU 7D and associated supporting equipment.
  • The new AHU 6D, AHU 7D, fans and ductwork were installed and exhaust fan connections were made.
  • The contractor completed installation of the condensate drain piping, duct sealing and sheet metal connections for AHU 6D.
    • Work continues piping chilled water lines, piping heating hot water lines, connecting the motor, mounting variable flow devices, installing sprinkler pipe, and connecting building automation controls for AHU 6D.
  • The contractor completed piping chilled water lines, duct sealing and sheet metal connections, and installation of condensate drains for AHU 7D.
    • Work continues piping heating hot water lines, connecting the motor, mounting variable flow devices, installing sprinkler pipe, and connecting building automation controls for AHU 7D.
    • The contractor completed and tested chilled water and heating hot water piping, completed installing sprinkler piping and installed two air flow monitoring stations on AHU-7D.
  • The contractor completed the installation of the chilled water and sprinkler piping and the condensate drains.
  • They installed one air flow monitoring station on AHU 6-D.
  • The contractor completed installation of the heating hot water piping on AHU 6-D.
  • Work continued on installing pipe supports, mounting variable flow devices, and connecting building automation controls for AHU 6D.
  • The contractor continued connecting the motor, mounting variable flow devices, installing pipe supports and connecting building automation controls for AHU 7D.

DENTAL SCHOOL PARKING LOT AND ROAD REPAIRS: Parking Lots 2 and 6 (between the Army Parkway entrance road and the Navy Parkway exit road) are scheduled to be leveled, paved and repainted beginning Monday, June 1st, and going through Sunday, June 14th.

  • In order to complete the work, the contractor must close the Army Parkway entrance. Traffic will be directed to enter the School of Dentistry campus by way of the Castine Street entrance.
  • The Navy Parkway exit will remain in service during the paving. Detour signs will be posted to clearly indicate the route.
  • The paving contractor is repairing the driveway that connects Campus Road to Moss Street.
  • Various other driveway transitions and patches will be made over the next two weeks.
    • Contractor began paving Parking Lots 2 and 6.
    • Crews continued making repairs to the Moss Street entrance driveway.
    • They made repairs to two damaged water lines.
  • The contractor completed paving Parking Lots 2 and 6.
  • Crews built the concrete forms for various concrete road and apron repairs.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • LSUHSC Facility Services planted shrubs along South Roman St. adjacent to the MEB and installed new tree grates in the sidewalks around the building.
  • Crews prepared planting beds along Bolivar St. adjacent to the Residence Hall.
  • Facility Services prepared planting beds along Bolivar St. adjacent to the Residence Hall.
  • Workers installed irrigation piping along Bolivar St. adjacent to the Residence Hall.
  • They installed sod in front of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
  • Sandbags, emergency generators and fuel tanks have been placed around campus in preparation for hurricane season.

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