Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #95
Posted: June 19, 2009

We have recently been informed that the proposals for permanent repairs and hazard mitigation for the Allied Health/Nursing Building, the Student Residence Hall and the Resource Center have successfully passed through the local FEMA review queues. Each proposal has been packaged and forwarded to Washington, DC for review by the Million Dollar Queue. We remain cautiously optimistic that all three of the proposals will be recommended for funding by Washington and that the funds will be obligated and made available in the near future. Work on the bid documents for the three projects is also nearing completion. Ideally, the funds will be available when the bid documents are completed and the three projects can be rapidly put out for bid by the Office of Facility Planning and Control.

The Design/Development documents for the permanent repairs and hazard mitigation for the Central Utility Plant on the downtown campus and for the Roman St. Garage have been completed by the architects and forwarded to FEMA for their review. Documents at the Design/Development stage are normally used to prepare the PW versions and the formal Hazard Mitigation Proposal(s). We expect that FEMA will have additional questions of the architects on both projects. Any meetings that are required will be coordinated as quickly as possible to insure that no unnecessary delays occur in preparing PW versions and hazard mitigation proposals for these two structures.

The contract to re-roof the Allied Health/Nursing Building is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. The contractor installed aluminum flashing along the MEB side of the roof. They completed installing the white cap sheet. Workers removed and replaced the existing roof on the front entry way to the building and on the 4th Floor roof along Gravier Street. Galvanized furring (hatch channel) has been installed on the parapet wall above the loading dock area and above Perdido St., Roman St. and Bolivar St. Workers installed walk pads near the elevator penthouse and Perdido Street.

Work on the project to re-roof the Resource Center is schedule to begin immediately after the July 4th holidays. The contract has been executed and the pre-construction conference was held. One of the first steps in the project will be to install a temporary elevator on the exterior of the building that will carry men and materials to the roof without impacting the interior of the building.

The renovations to the MEB Pharmacology lab are substantially complete. Workers waxed the floors in the administration and lab. The contractor successfully tested the fire alarm and passed the Fire Marshall inspection. The contractor has been provided a punch list and they are addressing the outstanding issues.

The coffee kiosk in the Resource Center Library Commons passed the health inspection. The contractor completed the installation of the sheetrock in the stairwell and installed two access panels in the restroom closet. LSUHSC electricians installed light fixtures in the coffee kiosk.

A variety of tasks are being completed at 1542 Tulane Ave. in preparation for reoccupying the 1st and 2nd Floors. The electrical contractor installed the new up-lights and lighted bollards along Tulane Ave. and installed a new fixture above the driveway entrance to the parking garage. The sink and ice machine for the 2nd Floor lounge was connected. Workers installed and connected the AHU in Suite 123. The terrazzo contractor applied the final polish on the 1st and 2nd Floors. Additional network data drops have been installed in 2nd Floor offices. Carpet was installed in offices along the center corridor on the 2nd Floor and in the 1st Floor auditorium. Facility Services repaired the ceiling in Rooms 228, 236, 240A, and 241.

The permanent repair and mitigation project at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building is nearing completion. The mechanical contractor finished piping the fuel lines to the new fuel tank. The electrical contractor removed underground wires from the old generator room and fire pump room and tested the 660 gallon fuel tank on the 1st Floor. They removed the old underground wires between the switchgear and the generator and sealed the conduit. Stryker continued their final equipment testing in the simulation labs. The lightning protection rods for the roof mounted exhaust fans have been repaired. The 1st Floor security desk is in place and additional furniture was delivered to the 6th Floor offices.

Work on the renovations to the 2nd Floor lobby in the MEB continues. The contractor installed metal trim for the wood wall panels by the door to the right of Lecture Hall A. New wall panels were installed on the right side of Lecture Hall A and on the left side of Lecture Hall B. They installed metal trim and wood panels on the television monitor wall. The contractor installed four exit lights, installed two thermostats, finished installing outlets on the walls with wood panels and finished installing sconce lights by the metal panels. The rough in for the fire alarm system components has been completed.

The contractor poured self leveling concrete on the floor in the main room of MDL #3. Ceiling grid has been installed in the main room and in Rooms 4108A and 4201A. Crews patched and prepped floor for tile installation and installed VCT in the MDL. The sprinkler heads in the main MDL room were relocated and the valves for air, gas, and vacuum were installed. Workers installed light fixtures in the main MDL room.

The project to replace the MEB air handling units has multiple phases. The contractor completed insulating the chilled water piping, the heating hot water piping, and installing building automation controls for AHU 6D and 7D. Crews started and balanced AHU 6D and 7D. Facility Services have removed temporary units from Quadrant D and installed the temporary units in Quadrant C of the 6th and 7th Floors while preparations have begun for the removal and replacement of the next pair of AHUs.

The renovations to the Dental School auditoriums are proceeding. The contractor installed additional acoustical panels on the south, east and west walls of Auditorium B. They completed additional framing along the south and east walls of Auditorium B and installed the remaining acoustical panels in Auditorium B. The custom baseboard for Auditorium A has been installed and stained. The A/V contractor installed the projection screen framing in both auditoriums and mounted the projector in Auditorium A. They installed components for the A/V racks in Room 4202B and pulled antenna wiring for both auditoriums. Wiring for the lecterns in both auditoriums was pulled.

The electrical contractor installed wall-mounted lights along the walls of Auditorium B. They installed and wired the controller, the disconnects, and the emergency shut-off for the Liebert units. The final connections for the dimmer controls were made and the controls were programmed in both auditoriums. Electricians re-wired fire alarm device connections for the fire alarm speaker/strobe devices and the fire alarm system was successfully tested. The last exit sign was installed in Auditorium B. The mechanical contractor set the 2nd Liebert unit and connected the chilled water piping. Workers wired final connections of the AHU sensors to the controller in the AHU room and they performed the initial start-up of the Liebert units in Room 4202B. They insulated additional HVAC plumbing.

The parking lot contractor completed paving the Moss Street entrance driveway and the other asphalt repairs around the Dental School campus. Concrete driveway aprons were completed at the Army Parkway, Moss Street, Navy Parkway and the Clinic Building service entrance. Workers marked the newly paved lot surfaces and set concrete wheel stops for Parking Lots 2 and 6. Facility Services replaced wheel stops and conducted maintenance and repairs to the student parking lots.

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

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • The electrical contractor installed the new up-lights and lighted bollards along Tulane Ave.
  • The contractor connected the sink and ice machine for the 2nd Floor lounge and worked on AHU-C in Suite 235.
  • Workers installed and connected the AHU in Suite 123. They replaced the chilled water piping for the AHU.
  • The terrazzo contractor applied the final polish on the 1st and 2nd Floors.
  • The networking contractor installed additional data drops for the 2nd Floor offices.
  • The contractor insulated fan coil piping in Room 236.
  • Facility Services applied patch and touch-up paint in Rooms 240 and 240A.
  • Carpet was installed in offices along the center corridor on the 2nd Floor and in the 1st Floor auditorium.
  • LSUHSC electricians made electrical repairs in Room 240A.
  • A new light fixture was installed above the driveway entrance to the parking garage.
  • Facility Services repaired the ceiling in Rooms 228, 236, 240A, and 241.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • The mechanical contractor finished piping the fuel lines to the new fuel tank.
  • The electrical contractor removed underground wires from the old generator room and fire pump room and tested the 660 gallon fuel tank on the 1st Floor.
  • They removed the old underground wires between the switchgear and the generator and sealed the conduit.
  • Stryker continued and completed their final equipment testing.
  • Additional furniture was delivered to the 6th Floor offices.
  • The contractor grounded the communication closets.
  • Crews installed the 1st Floor security desk and welded the toe kicks of the stairwell.
  • The contractor repaired the lightning protection rods for the exhaust fans and replaced the screens over the intake lines on the roof.

LIBRARY COMMONS PROJECT:

  • The coffee kiosk passed the health inspection.
  • The contractor completed the installation of the sheetrock in the stairwell and installed two access panels in the restroom closet.
  • LSUHSC electricians installed light fixtures in the coffee kiosk.

MEB PHARMACOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • Workers waxed the floors in the administration and lab.
  • The contractor successfully tested fire alarm and passed the Fire Marshall inspection.
  • The contractor is working on punch-list items.
  • The project is substantially complete.

MEB 2nd FLOOR LOBBY RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed metal trim for the wood wall panels by the door to the right of Lecture Hall A.
  • They installed wall panels on the right side of Lecture Hall A and on the left side of Lecture Hall B.
  • Workers removed and reinstalled the storage room doorframe.
  • The contractor completed the fire alarm rough-in.
  • The wall panel contractor installed metal trim and wood panels on the television monitor wall.
  • The contractor installed four exit lights, installed two thermostats, finished installing outlets on the walls with wood panels and finished installing sconce lights by the metal panels.

MDL #3 RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor poured self leveling concrete on the floor in the main MDL room.
  • Workers installed ceiling grids in Rooms 4108A and 4201A.
  • The contractor installed the ceiling grid in the main MDL room.
  • Crews patched and prepped floor for tile installation.
  • They installed wall tiles in the alcove area across from MDL 5.
  • The contractor installed VCT tiles in the main MDL room.
  • The sprinkler heads in the main MDL room were relocated.
  • The contractor installed valves for air, gas, and vacuum.
  • Workers installed light fixtures in the main MDL room.

DENTAL AUDITORIUMS A & B RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed additional acoustical panels on the south, east and west walls of Auditorium B.
  • They completed additional framing along the south and east walls of Auditorium B.
  • The contractor installed the remaining acoustical panels in Auditorium B.
  • The A/V contractor installed the projection screen framing in Auditorium A.
  • The electrical contractor installed wall-mounted lights along the walls of Auditorium B.
  • The mechanical contractor set the 2nd Liebert unit and connected the chilled water piping.
  • The A/V contractor installed components for the for the A/V racks in Room 4202B and pulled antenna wiring for both auditoriums.
  • The controls contractor wired final connections of the AHU sensors to the controller in the AHU room.
  • The electrical contractor installed and wired the controller, the disconnects, and the emergency shut-off for the Liebert units.
  • The mechanical contractor performed the initial start-up of the Liebert units in Room 4202B.
  • The electrical contractor programmed and wired final connections for the dimmer controls in both auditoriums.
  • The A/V contractor pulled the wiring for the lecterns in both auditoriums and populated the rack in the A/V room.
  • The general contractor stained the baseboard.
  • The electrical contractor re-wired fire alarm device connections for the fire alarm speaker/strobe devices.
  • The contractor installed the custom baseboard for Auditorium A.
  • The A/V contractor installed the projection screen framing in Auditorium B.
  • The electrical contractor installed the last exit sign in Auditorium B and finished programming the dimmers.
  • The A/V contractor mounted the projectors in Auditorium A.
  • The mechanical contractor insulated additional HVAC plumbing.
  • The contractor successfully tested the fire alarm system in both auditoriums.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • Workers installed ceiling tiles between the B & C Towers and in the back corner lobby area of the A Tower.
  • The interior contractor installed fire alarm devices in the lobby area between the B & C Towers.
  • The contractor demolished the ceiling and lights in the recreation room.
  • Workers demolished a wall and removed the existing floor in the recreation room.
  • They installed stud channel and sheet rock fur outs on the existing concrete wall in the recreation room.
  • The contractor roughed in the wall sconce lights and receptacles in the recreation room.
  • The soffit ceiling in the recreation room was framed up.
  • Crews installed the grid for the gypsum board ceiling in the recreation room.
  • The contractor installed sprinkler heads underneath the mezzanine level between the B & C Towers.
  • The interior contractor repaired the plaster wall in the C Tower lobby area.
  • Workers taped and floated the ceiling in the expanded lobby area.
  • The interior contractor completed prepping the gypsum board ceiling in the expanded lobby area.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor installed aluminum flashing along the MEB side of the roof.
  • They completed installing the white cap sheet.
  • Workers removed and replaced the existing roof on the front entry way to the building on Sunday.
  • The contractor removed and replaced the 4th Floor roof along Gravier Street.
  • Crews installed galvanized furring (hatch channel) on the parapet wall above the loading dock area and above Perdido St., Roman St. and Bolivar St.
  • They installed walk pads near the elevator penthouse and Perdido Street.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor completed insulating the chilled water piping, the heating hot water piping, and installing building automation controls for AHU 6D and 7D.
  • Crews started and balanced AHU 6D and 7D.
  • Facility Services removed temporary units from Quadrant D and installed the temporary units in Quadrant C of the 6th and 7th Floors.
  • Preparations have begun for the removal and replacement of the next pair of AHUs.

DENTAL SCHOOL PARKING LOT AND ROAD REPAIRS:

  • The contractor completed paving the Moss Street entrance driveway and the other asphalt repairs around the campus.
  • Concrete driveway aprons were completed at the Army Parkway, Moss Street, Navy Parkway and the Clinic Building service entrance.
  • Workers marked the newly paved lot surfaces and set concrete wheel stops for Parking Lots 2 and 6.
  • Facility Services replaced wheel stops and conducted maintenance and repairs to the student parking lots.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services planted sod in front of the Allied Health/Nursing Bldg. and spot patched sod at various areas on the downtown campus.
  • Crews installed irrigation piping and wiring on Bolivar Street beside the Residence Hall.
  • Workers dug trenches for irrigation piping around the Roman St. Garage along Bolivar Street and Tulane Avenue.

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