Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #102
Posted: September 25, 2009

We have recently initiated three new projects on campus. Work has begun on the renovations to the last of the Multi-Disciplinary Labs; MDL 4. The improvements will model the work completed in the three other labs with a new layout, new lab casework and countertops and state of the art audio/visual systems. The second is a project to modernize the ventilation and HVAC systems serving the Morgue Autopsy in the MEB. The third new project will replace old fencing at the City Park Campus. The initial demolition work has begun at all three sites.

The bid process for the permanent repair and mitigation projects at the Allied Health/Nursing Building, the Residence Hall and the Resource Center continues on schedule. The bids for all three projects have been advertised. Pre-bid conferences are scheduled to be held during the next two weeks. Unless addenda to the bid documents are needed late in the process, the bids will be received and opened 30 days after the dates of the respective advertisements.

Inclement weather continues to slow progress on the Resource Center roofing project. The contractor is still beginning work in the middle of the night in an attempt to avoid the typical summer afternoon thunderstorms, but the rainy weather patterns have frequently produced night time and early morning showers. Crews have continued to remove the old roofing and place the temporary two-ply system along the Gravier St. side of the roof as weather permits.

The contractor demolished walls and ceilings in Rooms 203 and 203A at 1542 Tulane for the new 2nd Floor garage/building entrance. The electrical utilities (lights and outlets) were removed in Rooms 203 and 242B. Crews framed up the wall for the 2nd Floor entrance and for the opening for the utility access panel in Room 203. The ductwork for the existing fan coil unit in Room 203 was removed and the mechanical contractor installed isolation valves on the heating and chilled water lines; allowing them to remove the existing fan coil unit and piping. The new walls were framed in Rooms 203 and 242B and workers created a rough opening between Rooms 202A and 203.

Work on the 1st Floor garage/building entrance also continues. Crews installed a new door in the main lobby. The contractor taped and floated the new walls on the 1st Floor and cut the opening for the new 1st Floor entryway. They primed the sheetrock for the 1st Floor garage entrance and the sheetrock wall in the main lobby.

Other work at the Clinical Education Building included the installation of the replacement air curtain surround for the kiosk. Workers installed mini-blinds and wall angle for the curtain wall in the 1st Floor lounge. The vending machines were relocated to the 1st Floor lounge and wiring for the security cameras at the coffee kiosk was run. The glass contractor replaced the damaged window glass in Room 102 and the door glass in Room 108.

The current phase of the AHU replacement project at the Medical Education Building continued on schedule. The contractor demolished the old AHU 4-C and 5-C and installed the new AHU 4-C and 5-C. They finished installing ductwork, piping and insulation for both units. Workers continue completing the electrical and control work for AHU 4-C and 5-C. Workers installed ceiling tiles in the hallway outside of Mechanical Room 5-C. AHU parts for 4-A, 4-B, 5-A and 5-B were moved to the T-lot for temporary storage. The next phase is scheduled to begin in another week.

The contractor continues to complete the final tasks in the Residence Hall lobby expansion project. They installed the door frame and door by the telephone panel. The countertop for the security desk has been installed. Decorative panels were installed by the mailboxes area and additional chairs and stools were delivered. The contractor completed troubleshooting the fire alarm panel. They are working punch list items at this time.

The Facility Services landscaping crew completed the demolition in and around the T-lot in preparation for new landscaping. They completed installation of the irrigation piping and electrical wiring around the T-lot. Workers continue placing topsoil in the planting areas around the lot. At the City Park Campus, a contractor removed stumps in the field between Florida Avenue and the railroad tracks.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • Bids were advertised on 9/11/2009
  • The Pre-Bid Conference will be held on 9/28/2009 in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
  • Bids will be opened on 10/7/2009.

STUDENT RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • Bids were advertised on 9/16/2009
  • The Pre-Bid Conference will be held on 10/1/2009 in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
  • Bids will be opened on 10/14/2009.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • Bids were advertised on 9/23/2009
  • The Pre-Bid Conference will be held on 10/8/2009 in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
  • Bids will be opened on 10/21/2009.

RESOURCE CENTER ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor removed additional sections of the roof along Gravier Street and applied the two-ply roofing system.

1542 TULANE GARAGE ENTRANCES:

  • The contractor demolished walls and ceiling in Rooms 203 and 203A for the 2nd Floor garage/building entrance.
  • They demolished the electrical utilities (lights and outlets) in Rooms 203 and 242B.
  • Crews framed up the wall for the 2nd Floor Parking Garage Entrance and the opening for the utility access panel in Room 203.
  • The contractor removed the ductwork for the existing fan coil unit in Room 203.
  • The mechanical contractor installed isolation valves on the heating and chilled water lines and removed the existing fan coil unit and piping in Room 203.
  • The contractor framed the new walls in Rooms 203 and 242B and created a rough opening between Rooms 202A and 203.
  • They installed metal stud walls on the 2nd Floor.
  • Crews installed a new door in the main lobby.
  • The contractor taped and floated the walls on the 1st Floor.
  • They cut the opening for the new 1st Floor entryway.
  • The contractor primed the sheetrock for the 1st Floor Garage Entrance and the sheetrock wall in the main lobby.

1542 TULANE AVE. REPAIRS:

  • Facility Services installed the replacement air curtain surround for the kiosk.
  • The contractor installed mini-blinds and wall angle for the curtain wall in the 1st Floor lounge.
  • The vending machines were relocated to the 1st Floor lounge.
  • Wiring for the security cameras at the coffee kiosk was installed.
  • The damaged window glass in Room 102 and the door glass in Room 108 was replaced.

DENTAL AUDITORIUMS A & B RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor roughed in for the access control components.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • Facility Services monitoring the temporary A/C units serving the 4th and 5th Floor Quadrant C (corner of Bolivar Street and MEB loading dock).
  • The contractor demolished the old AHU 4-C and 5-C.
  • They installed the new AHU 4-C and 5-C and began connecting new ductwork and new piping.
  • The contractor completed installing ductwork, piping and insulation for both AHU 4-C and AHU 5-C.
  • Workers installed ceiling tiles in the hallway outside of Mechanical Room 5-C.
  • AHU parts for 4-A, 4-B, 5-A and 5-B were moved to the T-lot for temporary storage.
  • Workers continued with the electrical and control work for AHU 4-C and 5-C.

MEB 7th FLOOR PHYSIOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed the new countertops in Rooms 7221, 7241, 7244 and 7250.
  • They installed sinks and plumbing fixtures in Rooms 7241, 7244, and 7250.
  • The contractor installed laboratory furniture and countertops in Room 7244.
  • Network wires were run in Rooms 7221, 7241 and 7250.
  • The contractor trimmed out the electrical in Rooms 7241 and 7250.
  • Workers installed electrical raceway and receptacle outlet for the center islands in Rooms 7221, 7241, and 7250.
  • The contractor installed the door and frame in Room 7244.
  • Crews installed fume hoods and connected the exhaust ducts in Rooms 7241 and 7244.
  • Crews began installing ceiling tiles in Rooms 7221 and 7250.

MEB MORGUE AUTOPSY HVAC UPGRADE:

  • A new project has started to upgrade the ventilation and HVAC systems serving the MEB Morgue.
  • The contractor removed the existing exhaust duct on the 1st Floor.

MDL 4 RENOVATION:

  • The project to renovate the last of the Multidisciplinary Labs in the Medical Education Building has begun. The work will model the renovations made in the other labs.
  • The contractor removed the old plumbing and lab furniture.

DENTAL SCHOOL FENCE REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor started removing the chain link fence along Moss and Florida Avenue.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • The contractor installed a door frame and door by the telephone panel.
  • The countertop for the security desk has been installed.
  • The contractor completed troubleshooting the fire alarm panel.
  • Decorative panels were installed by the mailboxes area.
  • Chairs and stools were delivered.
  • The contractor is completing the punch list items.

LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services completed the demolition in and around the T-lot in preparation for landscaping.
  • Facility Services completed installing the irrigation piping and electrical wiring around the T-lot.
  • Workers continued placing topsoil in the planting areas around the lot.
  • The contractor removed stumps in the field between Florida Avenue and the railroad at the City Park Campus.

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