Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #107
Posted: December 4, 2009

FEMA reports that the PW version and the hazard mitigation proposal for the CSRB has moved through most of the local review queues and is now awaiting review and approval by the Environmental queue. The State has assured us that they will complete their review (the last in the local series) promptly. The final approval will come from the $20 million queue in Washington, DC. The corresponding proposal for the Medical Education Building has been entered into the FEMA system and has started through the local review queues.

We have been informed by the Office of Facility Planning and Control that the contracts for the permanent repairs and hazard mitigation to the Allied Health/Nursing Building, the Student Residence Hall, and the Resource Center have been executed. We expect that the Notices to Proceed will be issued for the projects instructing the contractor to begin work not later than January 4, 2010. The pre-construction meeting has been scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 1:00 for all 3 projects.

The roofing contractor responsible for replacing the Resource Center roof caulked the interior of the new glass panels in the atrium roof and completed additional water testing. Crews installed the cap sheet on the mechanical room penthouse and on all of the main roof drains. The white cap layer has been laid on the Gravier St. and S. Prieur St. sides of the roof.

Work on the new entrances into 1542 Tulane Ave. from the garage is progressing. Crews installed the topping for the concrete landing at the 1st Floor garage entrance and installed bollards on the 1st Floor. They painted the safety bollards, fire-sealed the pipe penetrations, and resealed the concrete ramp on the 1st Floor. The 1st Floor project passed the State Fire Marshall inspection.  The final finish work should be completed any day. Weather temps and humidity have been delaying that work for the past 10 days. The contractor completed the fan coil installation for the 2nd Floor garage corridor. They installed and painted the door and frame for the construction wall outside of Room 203.

The contractor completed the pipe insulation for MEB air handling units 2-D and 3-D.   They installed the electrical and controls for both units. Crews completed testing and balancing AHUs 2-D and 3-D. Facility Services moved the temporary A/C units and installed them in Quadrant C of the 2nd and 3rd Floors and removed the temporary wall in Campus Stores. The contractor demolished AHU 2-C and AHU 3-C and completed the installation of AHU 2-C and the associated ductwork.

The renovations to MDL 4 are proceeding on schedule. New ceiling grid was installed in Rooms 4210, 4112A, and 4215A. The floor in the main MDL room was patched and leveled and the VCT tile was laid. They patched and leveled the floors in Rooms 4215A and 4210 and laid the new tile in both rooms. The contractor installed duct work and HVAC diffusers in the main MDL room and roughed in new gas pipe in the main MDL room. Workers are relocating sprinkler heads in the main MDL room.

The contractor demolished the old sheetrock and wall framing in the 7th Floor lab space being renovated in the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. Workers installed three valves on the heating hot water lines and continued the mechanical demolition. On the 8th Floor, the contractor framed the curved fur down in the main conference room and the doorway leading into the small conference room. The elevator lobby ceiling was framed up. Crews hung sheetrock on the fur down in the main entrance, around columns in the large conference room and in the copy room. The electricians roughed in the electrical wiring for the small conference room and the Director’s office.

The fence replacement project is substantially complete. The contractor installed the remaining fence fabric along the DeSaix Subdivision; all of the neighborhood chain link fence work is new complete. The contractor removed the swing gates and posts located at the Castine St. and Campus Rd. entrances.

Workers continued installing ductwork inside the MEB Autopsy Room and above the cooler and the freezer as part of the exhaust system project. The contractor framed up the soffit in front of the cooler and installing new ceiling grid. They installed sheetrock for the soffit in front of the cooler and built a wooden form for the new block walls.

A small project to update the signage on the Medical Education Building was completed during the past two weeks. The contractor removed the "LSU Medical" portion of the exterior sign and caulked the old holes. They installed the layout template for the new sign and drilled the mounting holes. The new letters "LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER" were installed and the wiring was finished. The new sign is fully functional.

Portions of the front of the Student Residence Hall above the new, expanded lobby area are being waterproofed following the completion of the lobby expansion project. Work has been underway for some time. The contractor replaced the caulk for four additional floors. The waterproofing is now complete on 6 of 9 floors.

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

RESOURCE CENTER ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • They caulked the interior of the new glass panels in the atrium roof and water tested the roof. 
  • The contractor installed the cap sheet on the mechanical room penthouse.
  • They laid the white cap layer on all main roof drains and installed the white cap layer on the Gravier St. side of the roof.
  • The contractor installed the white cap sheet and flashing on the S. Prieur Street side of the roof.

1542 TULANE GARAGE ENTRANCES:

  • Crews installed the topping for the concrete landing at the 1st Floor garage entrance.
  • The contractor installed bollards on the 1st Floor.
  • The 1st Floor project passed the State Fire Marshall inspection. 
  • Workers painted the safety bollards, fire-sealed the pipe penetrations, and resealed the concrete ramp on the 1st Floor.
  • The contractor completed the fan coil installation for the 2nd Floor garage corridor.
  • They installed and painted the door and frame for the construction wall outside of Room 203.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor completed the pipe insulation for AHU 2-D and 3-D.   
  • They completed the electrical installation for AHU 2-D and 3-D.   
  • Workers completed the installation of the controls for AHUs 2-D and 3-D.
  • The contractor completed testing and balancing AHUs 2-D and 3-D.
  • Facility Services installed the temporary A/C units in Quadrant C of the 2nd and 3rd Floors and removed the temporary wall in Campus Stores.
  • The contractor demolished AHU 2-C and AHU 3-C.
  • Crews completed the installation of AHU 2-C and the associated ductwork.

MDL 4 RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed ceiling grid in Rooms 4210, 4112A, and 4215A
  • The floor in the main MDL room was patched and leveled.
  • New VCT tiles have been laid in the main MDL room.
  • They patched and leveled the floors in Rooms 4215A and 4210.
  • The contractor installed VCT in Rooms 4215A and 4210.
  • The black wall tiles were installed by the network room.
  • Workers are relocating sprinkler heads in the main MDL room.
  • The contractor installed duct work and HVAC diffusers in the main MDL room
  • The contractor roughed in new gas pipe in the main MDL room.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG. 7th FLOOR LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor demolished the old sheetrock and wall framing.      
  • Workers installed three valves on the heating hot water lines. 
  • They continued the mechanical demolition and started installing the heating hot water line.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG. 8th FLOOR RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor framed the curved fur down in the main conference room and the doorway leading into the small conference room.
  • Workers framed up the elevator lobby ceiling.
  • The contractor hung sheetrock on the fur down in the main entrance and around columns in the large conference room.
  • They hung sheetrock in the copy room.
  • Electricians roughed in the electrical for the small conference room and the Director’s office.
  • Conduit has been run and the electrical receptacles have been roughed in for the Director’s office.

FENCE REPLACEMENT PROJECT:

  • The contractor installed the remaining fence fabric along the DeSaix Subdivision. 
  • All neighborhood chain link fence work is complete.  
  • The contractor removed the swing gates and posts located at the Castine St. and Campus Rd. entrances.

MEB AUTOPSY EXHAUST UPGRADE:

  • The contractor installed ductwork inside the autopsy room and above the cooler and the freezer.
  • The contractor framed up the soffit in front of the cooler and installing new ceiling grid.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock for the soffit in front of the cooler and built a wooden form for the new block walls.

MEB EXTERIOR SIGNAGE:

  • The contractor removed the "LSU Medical" portion of the exterior sign and caulked the old holes.
  • They installed the layout template for the new sign and drilled the mounting holes.
  • The new letters "LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER" were installed.
  • The contractor completed the wiring of the sign; the sign is fully functional.

RESIDENCE HALL WATER PROOFING:

  • The contractor replaced caulk around the windows of 4 additional floors. 
    • The contractor has completed 6 of 9 floors.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • The contractor laid asphalt adjacent to the new curb on Bolivar Street between Poydras Street and Perdido Street.
  • Facility Services continued the irrigation piping installation and grading at the corner of Bolivar Street and Poydras Street adjacent to the Residence Hall parking lot.

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