Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #114
Posted: March 26, 2010

The permanent repair and mitigation work continues at the Allied Health/Nursing Building. Additional electrical conduit was installed in the main corridor on the 1st Floor and to the XLB2 electrical panel. Domestic hot and cold water lines were relocated around the center column on the 1st Floor. The 5 inch roof drain pipe from the walkway was tied in and the old pipes were removed. The contractor saw cut the concrete floor so that the bathroom drain lines can be re-run. Crews have started to refurbish the air handling units that were damaged by flood waters on the 1st Floor.

Similar work is underway at the Resource Center. The contractor marked and drilled 16 floor penetrations through all floors for the emergency fuel line and the emergency risers. Cores were also drilled for the lines running to the new ATS and pump rooms. Workers removed the concrete masonry unit walls in preparation for installing electrical conduit in Room 115 and laid out the walls on the 1st Floor. Some granite panels were removed from the front of the 1st Floor elevators.

The contractor working at the Student Residence Hall ran the conduit and pulled electrical wire for the exterior parking lot lights. The excavations for the 12 pile caps have been completed and the concrete forms and steel rebar has been installed for 6 of the pile caps.

Work on the 7th Floor lab renovations in the Lions/LSU Clinic Building is proceeding. Three storefronts were installed adjacent to the center hallway and the studs were installed above and below the storefronts. Heating hot water lines have been run to the VAV boxes that serve the renovated space. A transformed was installed in the electrical room. Electrical conduit was run through the new wall and the wall was insulated. Drywall was hung and prepped for paint. The walls and door frames have been primed and painted.

The 8th Floor Lions/LSU Clinic Building renovations are nearing completion. The A/V contractor ran speaker wire in the large conference room. Conduit was run from the network closet to the podiums in the large and small conference rooms. The glass was installed in the curved storefront and workers adjusted the sprinkler heads in the main lobby area. New can lights and 2x2 lights were installed in the lobby area and the small conference room. Facility Services installed 8 control valves for the new VAV boxes.

A new project to construct a covered walkway from the District Energy Garage to the side entrance to the Clinical Education Building is getting underway. The contractor started demolition of the old sidewalk that runs parallel to the District Entergy Garage and they are removing the awning connected to the Clinical Education Building.

The contractor continued testing and troubleshooting the new fire alarm panel that was installed as part of the fire alarm system upgrade at the Residence Hall. They completed testing the flow and tamper switches and the access control functions during a fire alarm. The output volume of all new speaker devices was increased. They corrected the issues with the AHU shutdown and re-tested that part of the system. Crews began working on the ground fault/short in the mezzanine strobe circuit.

Facility Services crews completed planting shrubs and mulching the island inside the horseshoe drive at the School of Dentistry. They mulched the planting bed on the Clinic Building side of the horseshoe and installed irrigation piping along Florida Avenue adjacent to the Clinic Building. New sod has been laid on the center section of the horseshoe drive and crews cleaned out the planters in the courtyard. The irrigation system in the horseshoe at the School of Dentistry was activated and tested. The landscape in the patio courtyard between the Administration and Clinic Buildings was cleared and the existing vegetation was removed. Trenches for the irrigation piping in the courtyard were completed and the piping was installed.

Facility Services completed installing new sprinkler heads and buried all new irrigation lines.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor continued installing electrical conduit in the main corridor on the 1st Floor.
  • Workers relocated domestic hot and cold water lines around the center column on the 1st Floor.
  • They tied in the 5 inch roof drain from the walkway and removed the old pipes.
  • The contractor saw cut the floor in four locations to run drain lines for the bathrooms.
  • Conduit was run to panel XLB2.
  • Workers continued refurbishing the flood-damaged air handling units (AHUs) on the 1st Floor.  

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor marked core locations for post tension cables in the 2nd and 3rd Floor electrical rooms and in the new ATS and pump rooms.
  • They drilled the 16 floor penetrations for the electrical riser and emergency fuel line and enlarged the floor penetrations for the electrical risers on all floors.
  • Workers demolished the concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls in preparation for installing electrical conduit in Room 115.
  • Crews laid out the walls on the 1st floor.
  • Granite panels were removed from the front of the 1st Floor elevators.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor ran conduit and pulled wired for the exterior parking lot lights.
  • The excavations for all 12 pile caps have been completed.
  • Crews built the concrete forms and set steel bars for 6 of the pile caps.

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

  • The contractor installed the 3 storefronts adjacent to the center hallway.
  • They installed studs above and below the 3 storefronts adjacent to the center hallway.
  • Heating hot water lines were run to the VAV boxes.
  • The contractor ran electrical conduit in the newly built wall.
  • Sheetrock was installed on the interior storefront wall.
  • Insulation was installed and the sheetrock was prepped for painting.
  • The contractor painted the walls and door frames.
  • The transformer was installed in the electrical room.   

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG. 8th FLOOR RENOVATIONS:

  • The AV contractor ran speaker wire in the large conference room.
  • The contractor adjusted sprinkler heads in the main lobby area.
  • Workers installed glass in the curved storefront.
  • The contractor ran conduit from the network closet to the podiums in the large and small conference rooms.
  • Facility Services installed 8 control valves for the new VAV boxes.
  • The contractor installed the can lights and 2x2 lights in the small conference room and the lobby area.

CEB COVERED WALKWAY:

  • The contractor started demolition of the old sidewalk that runs parallel to the District Entergy Garage.
  • They are removing the awning connected to the Clinical Education Building.

FENCE REPLACEMENT PROJECT:

  • The contractor completed painting the monumental fence columns on the Dental School Campus.

RESIDENCE HALL FIRE ALARM SYSTEM UPGRADE:

  • The contractor continued testing and troubleshooting the new fire alarm panel.
  • They completed testing the flow and tamper switches and the access control functions during a fire alarm.
  • The output volume of all new speaker devices was increased.
  • The contractor corrected the issues with the AHU shutdown and tested that part of the system.
  • They began working on the ground fault/short in the mezzanine strobe circuit.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services completed planting shrubs and mulching the island in the horseshoe.
  • They mulched the planting bed on the Clinic Building side of the horseshoe.
  • Workers installed irrigation piping along Florida Avenue adjacent to the Clinic Building.
  • Facility Services completed installing sod on the center section of the horseshoe drive and cleaned out the planters in the courtyard.
  • The irrigation system in the horseshoe at the School of Dentistry was activated and tested.
  • The landscape in the patio courtyard between the Administration and Clinic Buildings was cleared and the existing vegetation was removed.
  • Trenches for the irrigation piping in the patio courtyard were completed and the piping was installed.
  • Facility Services completed installing new sprinkler heads in the patio courtyard and buried all new irrigation lines.

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