From: Ronnie Smith,
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #2
Posted: October 14, 2005
It was the end of September when
we last updated you on the progress being made to restore the LSUHSC-New
Orleans campus to normal operations. Much has been accomplished in the
days that have passed and much remains to be done. As our ability to
access the buildings, complete initial assessments and inspections, and to
begin temporary repairs has increased, so has our knowledge about the work
that is still ahead.
Here are highlights of work that
has been accomplished since our previous update:
- The temporary IT data center at
the Department of Public Safety is stable and supporting key software
applications. Additional power supplies were needed to support the
number of servers and related equipment required and the necessary parts
were delivered and installed over the weekend of 10/8/05. Additional
software applications that had been waiting for the additional power
supplies are now being brought on line.
- Much of the significant
(temporary) window repairs have been completed so that any inclement
weather will not damage the interiors of our buildings further. There
continue to be individual windows and window seals that are found to be
damaged, but the major exposure to the weather has been dealt with. A
thorough survey of the buildings by LSUHSC Facilities staff is underway.
- Emergency repairs to the roof
of the two Dental School buildings were completed at the beginning of
October, but the rainfall from Hurricane Rita did additional damage to
the interiors of those buildings. More detailed inspections of roofs at
the downtown campus are underway, following the discovery of some
previously unidentified damage at the Residence Hall and the Resource
Center. Any temporary repairs identified as necessary will be handled
by the contractor secured by the State Office of Facility Planning.
- Following the major pump out of
flood waters, ground water has continued to enter the basement spaces at
1542 Tulane, Stanislaus, and the Dental School. Temporary, electric
sump pumps were ordered and are being installed (connected to building
power or generators) that automatically sense and remove water entering
the basement spaces to prevent any further damage.
- LSUHSC Animal Care staff has
been actively participating in the clean up efforts which is helping to
facilitate greater (safe) access to the various buildings on campus.
- Weekly deliveries of liquid
nitrogen have been arranged so that research samples remaining in campus
buildings can be maintained until normal operations can resume.
- A collaborative effort between
the LSUHSC Facilities and Property team, Entergy, the environmental
assessment contractor and various other contactors has effected
temporary repairs in several buildings; allowing the provision of basic
electrical power and air conditioning which will help to stabilize the
buildings and minimize the potential for the spread of mold, etc.
- Resource Center (Floors 3-8)
- Stanislaus Hall
- Residence Hall
- Nursing/Allied Health (Floors
- Lions Eye Center (Floors 2-9,
and lab exhaust)
- CSRB (Floor 2, and lab
- The library consultant
completed her review of the LSUHSC library materials and the Ische
Collection was found to be in good shape. The Dental School collection
is at greater risk due to the additional water that has entered the
building from the damaged roof.
- The contract to
professionally clean/preserve the library collection has been awarded
and they have already begun to remove the materials from the Dental
School. They will assess, clean and store the materials off site
until the building is ready to be re-occupied.
- They were also asked to
remove, clean and restore some key records from the Registrar’s
- Since basic air conditioning
is now available to the Resource Center and the heat and humidity has
been brought down to more acceptable levels, it will not be necessary
to remove the collection from the Resource Center immediately; we will
coordinate the removal and cleaning of the collection with the
environmental remediation work in the Resource Center so that the
collection can be returned to clean space/shelving.
- A contract to do the initial
cleaning of the building exteriors and the basements and 1st
floors of buildings that were flooded has been awarded and work is
underway. Highlights include:
- An estimated 60% of the
debris has been removed from the downtown campus area.
- Exterior wash down has been
completed at the Resource Center, the Lions Eye Center, the CSRB,
Residence Hall, Stanislaus and the MEB. Lack of water has impeded
progress at 1542 Tulane and the Dental School, but permission has been
granted to use fire hydrants and adaptors have been ordered.
- Interior wash down in the
mechanical/electrical spaces has been completed in the CSRB, Lions Eye
Center, Resource Center, and Nursing/Allied Health Bldg.
- The contract with the
architectural/engineering firms to assess the damage to the campus
buildings is proceeding. Their field work has been completed in most of
the buildings and they are beginning to prepare the detailed, written
reports on their findings. This information will be used to develop the
specifications for the permanent repairs, which will be coordinated with
the State Office of Facility Planning and Control.
- A separate contract has been
awarded to a consulting firm specializing in environmental assessments.
The work has been underway since the beginning of October and the field
work has been completed in all of the major buildings. The information
resulting from this work will be combined with that of the
architect/engineers to produce the final plans for restoring the
buildings to normal operations.
- The evaluation and repair of
elevators across the campus has begun. The elevator maintenance
contractors (already under existing annual maintenance contracts) have
begun their assessments of the elevators and some repairs have already
been completed. The initial assessments completed so far indicate that
damages to the elevators in the Dental School buildings are particularly
extensive. Repairs noted below are temporary and permanent repair work
will occur in the future.
- Elevators in the “B” and “C”
towers of the Residence Hall have been repaired and are operating.
- Elevators 2, 3, and 4 in the
Nursing/Allied Health Building have been repaired and are usable.
- The freight elevator and 2 of
the passenger elevators in the Lions Eye Center are operating.
- With the provision of temporary
power and air conditioning to the Stanislaus Building and the Residence
Hall, students have been given permission to enter those buildings and
remove their personal possessions.
- The plans for provision of
temporary housing in Baton Rouge for students, faculty and staff have
taken a significant step forward. The Finnjet ship has arrived and has
docked in Port Allen. All of the students and residents who have
expressed interest in temporary housing (over 600) have been assigned
rooms on the ship. Room assignments for faculty and staff are now being
- Refrigerators are being removed
from the Residence Hall and Stanislaus and disposed of, after being
sealed. Cleaning of key areas of the rooms (kitchen areas, bathrooms,
etc.) will begin shortly.
- Movable equipment and
furnishings in basements and 1st floors are being assessed by
LSUHSC staff now. A contract is being bid for the removal and disposal
of these items that are not salvageable. Items that may still be usable
will be removed, given an initial cleaning and stored off site until
they can be assessed further.
- A contract is currently on bid
to provide emergency air conditioning to the Dental School Clinic and
Admin. Buildings, as the damage to switch gear and the power plant was
more extensive here than in other buildings on the downtown campus.
It is still too early in the
process to accurately predict when particular buildings will be ready for
occupation. In some instances, we are cautiously optimistic that the
extent of the damage and resulting needs for repairs may be more modest
than originally thought. This may allow some buildings to be available
for use earlier than others. As our understanding of the specifics of
each situation develops, we hope to be able to provide more information
about the work required on a building by building basis. We will continue
to provide you with these updates as progress continues.