From: Ronnie Smith,
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #6
Posted: December 9, 2005
We continue to make
progress on a number of tasks related to both temporary and permanent
repairs to the campus facilities. Much of the temporary work has been
completed or will be completed shortly. The architectural firm awarded
the contract for the design of the major repair/renovation projects on the
downtown campus is expected to begin that work shortly. We continue to
work closely with the State’s Office of Facility Planning & Control and
the Office of Risk Management, FEMA and the LSU Systems Office to execute
strategies designed to re-open the upper floors of the three primary
research buildings as early as possible (CSRB, MEB, & Lion’s Eye Center).
Here are highlights
of work that has been accomplished since our update posted on
Wednesday, November 23rd.
The assessment of the damage to elevators across the campus has been
completed. Repair parts are beginning to arrive and the permanent
repairs to individual elevators have begun. Until permanent repairs are
completed and elevators certified by the State Elevator Inspector,
routine use will be discontinued. Restricting the use of elevators in
buildings where the environmental remediation has not been completed
will help to minimize further spreading of mold to upper floors.
new contract is being bid to clean the upper portions of the Dental
School Administration and Clinic Buildings.
The movable equipment and furnishings in basements and 1st
floors of flood damaged buildings has been assessed by LSUHSC staff.
Work under the contract awarded for the removal and disposal of the
items that are not salvageable continues. Work has largely been
completed at all of the campus locations. The contractor is now
focusing on the punch list items to complete the contract.
Two new contracts have been awarded for the emergency removal and
disposal of carpet and other porous & semi-porous materials from
basements & 1st floors of the flooded campus buildings. One contract
covers the majority of the buildings, but a separate, more specialized
contract was required to deal with the additional environmental issues
present in the basement spaces at the Dental School. Work is getting
underway presently. This work will help in removing more of the major
sources of mold from the buildings.
Work is largely completed on the permanent repair/rebuilding of domestic
water pumps in the Resource Center, Residence Hall, and MEB. The final
pump from the Residence Hall has been removed and sent to be rebuilt.
When it has been reinstalled and tested the contract will be complete.
Work is underway on the contract to make repairs to the switchgear in
the Residence Hall, CSRB, Lion’s Eye Center and Nursing/Allied Health
Permanent repairs to the MEB switchgear are in progress and power has
been restored to most of the building. Testing revealed that power was
not available to some of the individual emergency and regular electrical
circuits. The cause has been identified and parts are on order to make
the needed repairs.
The State of Louisiana Architect Selection Board will receive proposals
from architects for the design contract for the major
repairs/renovations to the Dental School on 12/12/05 and will consider
them at their meeting on 12/13/05. An award of the contract is
anticipated at that time.
The bid to make repairs to various types of pumps to supply water and
heat to the Residence Hall, MEB, CSRB, Lion’s Eye Center, Nursing/Allied
Health, and Resource Center is being re-issued. Adjustments to the
specifications were needed to increase the opportunity for the expenses
to be reimbursed by FEMA and to address completion date issues on
selected pumps with unusually long lead times.
Responses to the bid solicitation for the permanent refurbishment or
replacement of fire pump systems in the Nursing/Allied Health Bldg, the
Residence Hall, the Resource Center, the CSRB, the Lion’s Eye Center and
the MEB were received on 12/2/2005. The award recommendations were
forwarded to the Office of Facility Planning & Control and to FEMA for
plan to repair the fire alarm systems and their components in downtown
campus buildings has been submitted to the Office of Facility Planning &
Control and to FEMA for their concurrence. The approach will utilize
the contractors currently responsible for on-going maintenance to insure
that the systems can be re-certified and remain under the existing
small contract was awarded on 11/15 for the repairs to the MEB boilers.
Work has now been completed.
The last of the emergency repairs to damaged windows on campus have been
The LSUHSC Facilities & Property staff members are regularly working on
a variety of small projects in key buildings. For example:
Damaged electrical breakers are being identified and replaced in
various buildings. Recently, a replacement for the main breaker
supplying power to the MEB cafeteria has been received and is being
Various activities to prepare buildings for winter operations are
underway. The MEB boilers have been cleaned, etc.
Two of the four air handling units on the 6th floor of the
MEB have been cleaned.
Battery powered emergency lights have been purchased for the
stairwells and hallways of the Lion’s Eye Center and are being
Over the past few weeks the LSUHSC-New
Orleans IT staff has continued to make progress on re-establishing or
improving services impacted by Katrina. Here are some of those
Power has been restored
to the 7th Floor Data Center at the Resource Center in
downtown New Orleans.
Network nodes located in
the Resource Center were restored to service for BellSouth, La Office of
Telecommunications Management, La Department of Social Services, and the
LSUHSC. As a result, telecommunications services have been restored to
several sites in the Greater New Orleans area and beyond that relied on
LSUHSC network services
have been restored to MCLNO – Butterworth Bldg., the MCLNO tent
hospital, various Juvenile Justice Program sites, Kenner Regional
Medical Center, the LSU Healthcare Network Amoco site, and various other
sites around New Orleans.
The Health Care Services
Division frame relay connection into the Resource Center has been
restored which adds capacity to the already recovered hospital network
Video bandwidth and MCU
services supporting Telemedicine, Distance Learning, and Video
Teleconferencing have been restored.
The Mainframe system
located in the Resource Center, along with its entire required
infrastructure, has been restored and progress is being made on
restoring scaled down operational support services.
applications such as LSUHSC-Shreveport OR Log and Surgery Scheduling, E.
A. Conway Surgery Scheduling, Enterprise Budget, Applicant Tracking, and
Resident Tracking have been brought back up and should be released to
the users soon. The Shreveport Budget application is scheduled to be
Assessments of the
individual building networks in New Orleans have been started. The
Medical Education Building, the Clinical Sciences Research Building, and
the LSU/Lions Building are being visited today.
A web-based application
has been deployed which allows people to reset their own passwords from
the LSUHSC-New Orleans web site.
An advanced Help Desk
answering system is currently being tested. Once it has been deployed,
it will improve the coordination and delivery of Help Desk services to
The Healthcare Services
Division's Document Imaging System has been restored and made available
We hope that you
continue to find this information helpful. Daily Updates are also posted
on the web site so that you can follow the recovery progress more