Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #129
Posted: October 22, 2010

We continue to work with FEMA to secure their approval for permanent repair and mitigation projects that have not been finalized.  We have submitted additional information and justifications for work that was proposed for the Central Utility Plant on the downtown campus but excluded from the most recent Project Worksheet version.  FEMA is currently reviewing the material and we anticipate receiving their questions and comments in the near future.

            The architects and engineers have completed their review of the latest version of the PW for the permanent repairs and hazard mitigation for the Roman St. Garage.  There appear to be a few items that may have been left out by FEMA, so LSUHSC and the Office of Facility Planning and Control are assessing the documents and will prepare a response to FEMA if necessary. 

            The long anticipated Project Worksheet and hazard mitigation proposal based on the conceptual plans provide to FEMA for the Annex Building at the Dental School campus has been delayed.  Additional internal reviews within FEMA have been necessary and our representative from GOHSEP continues to work closely with FEMA to answer outstanding issued and get the PW and mitigation proposal completed and supported for the formal reviews and funding.  We do not expect this conceptual level document to include all of the necessary scope and funding for the Annex, but it should establish FEMA’s concurrence with the concept and allow the final details to be addressed in a subsequent version.  More detailed plans for the Annex and the permanent repairs to the Clinic Building and Power Plant have already been provided to FEMA for their consideration once they complete work on the conceptual PW.

The project to complete the permanent repairs and mitigation measures at the Allied Health/Nursing Building continues.  The contractor applied the 2nd and 3rd coats of stucco to walls in offices on the 1st Floor and to the stairwells along Bolivar St.  Two coats of stucco were applied to the walls of the Tiger Room and the 3rd is being applied.  The 1st and 2nd coats of stucco are being applied to the walls in the 1st Floor Women’s restroom.  Studs were installed above the office storefronts on offices along Perdido Street and the contractor set AHU-1A in place on the raised platform.  Copper piping was run for the 2nd Floor AHU and ductwork was installed and insulated in Room 138 and along the main corridors of the 1st Floor.  The structural steel and steel decking for the expansion of the 2nd Floor walkway entrance is in place.  Crews placed the remaining CMU around the doorframe leading into the 1st Floor Women’s restroom.  Additional 2nd Floor office areas are being demolished while crews continue to run heating hot water lines on the 2nd Floor.   

The electrical bus duct riser on the Gravier side of the Resource Center (Riser B) was energized with the new switchgear.  Three broken post tension cables were repaired in the concrete slab that forms the roof of the building. The contractor installed wooden concrete forms and installed steel reinforcement for the elevator shaft walls at the freight elevator.  Two of the four concrete shaft walls for the freight elevator were poured.  Workers installed the metal lathe on the walls in Room 125A, 125B and the 1st Floor Women’s restroom.They applied the 1st and 2nd coats of plaster to the walls of the 1st Floor Men’s and Women’s restrooms and in Rooms 125, 125A and 125B.  The chilled water piping was removed from the 2nd Floor pump room.  The contractor replaced the lower level 1st Floor windows and refinished the window frames on the front of the building.  13 of 16 anchor bolt locations were drilled for the generator platform on the roof.

The contractor installed the insulation on the roof of the new elevated mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment enclosure located at the rear of the Student Residence Hall.  They laid the first waterproofing layer of the roof and installed the cap sheet.  Crews are installing the flashing cap sheet around the steel platform columns on the roof of the new elevated enclosure.  Pipes for the domestic water pumps were installed and they are installing conduits for the transformer disconnect panels on the steel platform of the roof.

The pre-construction meeting for the new project at the Clinical Education Building to make permanent (Katrina) repairs and complete the approved hazard mitigation was held on the 21st.  This will begin the planning and coordination of the project and will result in the development of a specific schedule within the next few months. 

The contractor backfilled, graded and constructed the formwork for Canopy A (nearest District Energy Garage) and for the entire length of sidewalk that is part of the CEB covered walkway project.  They installed reinforcing steel in the sidewalk forms from the District Energy garage to the Clinical Education Bldg.  Tube steel rafters were installed for three quarters of the walkway canopy and the reinforcing bar cages for the grade beams on the walkway end closest to the Medical School Building have been constructed.  Crews continue building the formwork for the grade beams and completed the formwork for the staircase closest to the Medical School Building.  

A new project is getting underway at the Dental School campus.  The air handling units located on each floor of the Clinic and Administration Buildings supply heating and cooling throughout each floor.  The existing units are original to the 1970s era structures and are in need of replacement.  The installation contracts have been bid and awarded and the first two air handling units (AHUs) have been delivered to the site.  The project will require significant coordination between the contractors, LSUHSC Facilities and the School of Dentistry and the planning effort is well underway.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor applied the 2nd and 3rd coats of stucco to walls in offices on the 1st Floor and to the stairwells along Bolivar St. 
  • Two coats of stucco were applied to the walls of the Tiger Room and the 3rd is being applied.
  • The 1st and 2nd coats of stucco are being applied to the walls in the 1st Floor Women’s restroom.
  • Studs were installed above the office storefronts on offices along Perdido Street. 
  • The contractor set AHU-1A in place on the raised platform. 
  • Copper piping was run for the 2nd Floor AHU. 
  • Ductwork was installed in Room 138 and along the main corridors of the 1st Floor.
  • The installation of the structural steel and steel decking for the expansion of the 2nd Floor walkway entrance was completed. 
  • The contractor insulated ductwork in Room 138. 
  • Crews placed the remaining CMU around the doorframe leading into the 1st Floor Women’s restroom. 
  • Additional 2nd Floor office areas are being demolished.   
  • Crews continue to run heating hot water lines on the 2nd Floor.   

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The electrical bus duct riser on the Gravier side of the building (Riser B) was energized with the new switchgear.
  • Three broken post tension cables were repaired in the concrete slab that forms the roof of the building.
  • The contractor installed wooden concrete forms and installed steel reinforcement for the elevator shaft walls at the freight elevator.
  • Two of the four concrete shaft walls for the freight elevator were poured.
  • Workers installed the metal lathe on the walls in Room 125A, 125B and the 1st Floor Women’s restroom.
  • They applied the 1st and 2nd coats of plaster in Rooms 125, 125A and 125B.
  • The 1st and 2nd coats of plaster were applied to the walls of the 1st Floor Men’s and Women’s restrooms.
  • The chilled water piping was removed from the 2nd Floor pump room.
  • The contractor replaced the lower level 1st Floor windows and refinished the window frames on the front of the building.
  • 13 of 16 anchor bolt locations were drilled for the generator platform on the roof.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  •  The contractor installed the insulation on the roof of the new building.
  • They laid the first waterproofing layer of the roof on the new elevated structure and installed the cap sheet.
  • Crews are installing the flashing cap sheet around the steel platform columns on the roof of the new elevated enclosure.
  • The contractor installed pipes for the domestic water pumps.
  • They are installing conduits for the transformer disconnect panels on the steel platform of the roof.

CLINIC EDUCATION BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The pre-construction meeting for the new project to make permanent (Katrina) repairs and complete the approved hazard mitigation was held on the 21st.

CEB COVERED WALKWAY:

  • The contractor backfilled, graded and constructed the formwork for Canopy A (nearest District Energy Garage) and for the entire length of sidewalk between the District Energy Garage and the Clinical Education Building. 
  • They installed reinforcing steel in the sidewalk forms from the District Energy garage to the Clinical Education Bldg. 
  • Tube steel rafters were installed for three quarters of the walkway canopy. 
  • The contractor constructed reinforcing bar cages for the grade beams on the walkway end closest to the Medical School Building. 
  • Crews continued building formwork for grade beams and built the formwork for the staircase closest to the Medical School Building.  

DENTAL AHU REPLACEMENT PROJECT:

  • A new project is getting underway at the Dental School campus.  The air handling units located on each floor of the Clinic and Administration Buildings supply heating and cooling throughout each floor.  The existing units are original to the 1970s era structures and are in need of replacement. 
  • The contractor delivered the first two air handling units (AHUs) to the site. 

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