From: Ronnie Smith,
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #22
Posted: August 7, 2006
We continue to press towards the completion of key repairs
in the MEB in preparation for the return of classes to the downtown
campus. The enhancements to the MEB 3rd Floor seminar rooms
are complete and they are being used as needed. The damaged MDL #6 has
reopened. Work crews continue to work in the two Large Lecture Rooms
(A&B), and in the Morgue and Gross Anatomy & Swing Labs so that the Gross
Anatomy classes can begin. We continue to face some challenges related to
the timely delivery of some key components needed for the repairs, but we
are monitoring progress daily and we’re working closely with the
contractor to insure that the work is completed as rapidly as possible.
Some accommodations have been required during the 1st few weeks
of classes and we appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the
faculty and students as the work is completed. Specifics on the repairs
within the MEB can be found below.
The environmental remediation work at 1542 Tulane is
completed, but recent test results show that some re-cleaning is needed.
Once we receive the necessary clearances from the environmental
consultants, we will be able to reopen the building for limited access.
The contractor making temporary repairs to the building’s electrical and
mechanical systems has ordered parts and begun the removal of damaged
components in preparation for their replacement or repair. Repairs to
electrical switchgear, building pumps, basement sprinkler system,
emergency generator, etc. are required.
The majority of the temporary repairs to the Clinic and
Administration buildings on the Dental School campus have been completed.
Punch lists are being developed and provided to the two contractors
routinely. The State Fire Marshal recently completed his initial
assessment of the two buildings and made some recommendations to
facilitate reoccupation of the buildings. The architects are following up
on those comments at this time. Some contract Change Orders are expected
to result from the Fire Marshal’s input. There will also be some limited
environmental remediation required in the upper floors of the buildings
and those specifications have been prepared, so that a Change Order for
that work can be priced.
The eventual permanent repairs will also involve the
elevation of critical building components and functions to prevent
repetitive damage should a similar event ever occur. The planning for this
work by both the downtown campus and Dental School design teams is
underway. Concepts continue to be refined and shared with FEMA as they are
developed. Recently, at the request of LSUHSC, the design team for the
downtown campus has been focusing on developing plans to rebuild the Cohn
Learning Center on an upper floor of the Lion’s/LSU Clinic Building as
part of the permanent repairs planned for this building. This design
concept is expected to be agreed to by LSUHSC and then presented to FEMA
for their initial consideration in the near future. Other concepts are
also being developed as time permits; for the Central Utility Plant, the
Resource Center, etc.
Both of the design teams (architects & engineers) are
continuing to work closely with our FEMA team to reconcile their
assessments of the damage to the various buildings with the FEMA team’s
assessments. This task is critical, as it will insure that as
specifications are developed for the permanent repairs, the scope of work
in the bids will be fully eligible for FEMA reimbursement. In some
instances, significant increases in both the scope of work and the related
cost estimates have resulted from the scope alignment work.
Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished
since our last update was posted two weeks ago.
- The contractor for the permanent repairs to the MEB Lecture Rooms,
the Gross Anatomy Lab, the Morgue, and the Multidisciplinary Labs
continues to push towards completion of the contract.
- The contractor finished the application of the additional epoxy
coating to the Morgue floor in the MEB on 7/25. This additional
coating provides additional protection against certain strong
chemicals used in the Morgue.
- The compressors for the Morgue cooler are online and working
properly. They will be run for the next several days to insure that no
undiscovered damage exists.
- The Morgue floor has two cracks in Cooler B. The cracking
is most likely due to the shrinking of the underlying concrete floor
as the temperature in the cooler dropped, once it was turned on. The
design team and contractor are assessing the problem and developing
a plan for correcting the issue.
- The new casework for the Morgue, the Gross and Swing Labs is
scheduled to arrive next Tuesday and installation will begin
- The countertops and new faucets for the Morgue, Gross and Swing
Labs arrived on 8/2. They will be installed by the contractor as soon
as the corresponding casework is installed.
- The new projector screen for Lecture Room A has arrived and has
- The speakers for Lecture Room A have been installed and connected.
- The two new podiums for the Lecture Rooms have been delivered and
- The audio/visual sub-contractor is working to resolve some
problems with podium mounted controls.
- In Lecture Hall A, the remaining acoustic wallpaper was installed.
- Approximately 40% of the new table tops for Lecture Room A in the
MEB were delivered on 8/1. 12 of the table tops and some modesty
panels were damaged in shipment. The installation hardware for the
table tops has not been delivered.
- We will install the usable table tops and modesty panels to
allow the room to be used, while replacement components are
manufactured and delivered.
- In Lecture Room A at the MEB, the holes for the table top data and
power connection spheres are being drilled and the table tops are
- The new network cables have been run to the table tops in Lecture
Room B. The contractor has also connected all of the data cables that
run to the individual table tops to the panel in the back of the room.
The circuits have been tested and errors that were found have been
- The contractor has completed the installation of the modesty
panels and is securing the power legs to the seating in Lecture Room
B. The step lights have also been installed.
- The installation of the remaining acoustic wallpaper and trim in
Lecture Room B has been completed.
- In Lecture Room B, the few remaining data and power connections
are being wired on the replacement table tops.
- The new air handling unit that serves 2nd floor lobby
area has been set in place and the piping is underway. The old
pipes have been removed.
- The chilled water piping that supplies the new air handling unit
is being insulated.
- The controls for the new air handling unit have been installed.
- The contractor is running the hot water lines to the supply on
the new air handling unit.
- The new marker boards for the Lecture Rooms are scheduled to ship
on August 28th. We are working with the architects to see
if an alternative can be identified that can be delivered and
installed as an interim solution.
- The temporary repairs to the School of Dentistry Clinic and
Administration buildings continue.
- Chiller #1 and Chiller #2 condenser water lines have been piped.
- The chilled water piping for Chiller #1 and Chiller #2 is
complete. Leak testing underway.
- The contractor is insulating the pipes for the temporary chillers.
- Additional piping is being run in the basement to connect the
chillers to the buildings’ air handling units.
- Additional testing and evaluation of the existing cooling towers
is required to determine if they can serve the temporary chillers or
if repairs are required.
- Ice water machines and the filters have been delivered and the
installation will begin shortly.
- New concrete pads were poured for the ice water machines. (It was
discovered that the casing for the machines was larger than the
- The contractor is working on the wet vac system; fabricating pipes
for the connection to the building system.
- The hot water heaters are now connected to both steam and domestic
hot water – testing is to be done later this week if Entergy resolves
an issue with the natural gas at the campus.
- The contractor is working on the water softener piping. They are
removing the old pump and gauges.
- Lighting for the loading dock has been installed.
- The framing for the room to contain the temporary switchgear is
complete, and demolition of the old switchgear is approximately 90%
- The sump pumps were tested for proper operation of their controls.
- The exhaust fans have been installed on the roof of the Dental
- The stud walls for the new switch gear (required by code) have
- The installation of the building fire pumps has been finished.
- The State Fire Marshal has made a preliminary inspection and has
identified specific items that still need to be addressed. The
architects are developing solutions that will address the items that
have been noted.
- The specifications have been developed for the environmental
remediation work in the upper floors of the Clinic and Administration
- Work on the 3rd environmental remediation contract
addressing the balance of the buildings and facilities on the downtown
campus is substantially complete. While the remediation work is
underway, access to the entire building remains restricted. When air
sampling results are received indicating that the remediation has been
successful, we will again allow access to the building. Specific updates
on progress are as follows:
- Recent test results reveal that re-cleaning is need on the 8th,
4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st
floor. The contractor will be notified.
- Bids have been received, evaluated and a contract has been awarded
for additional repairs to the chilled water pump and related
mechanical/electrical components in the Central Utility Plant, attached
to the Roman St. Garage. These additional repairs will insure that we
have sufficient chilled water capacity for the hottest summer months and
also have a redundant pumping system should one fail or require repairs.
- The contractor has received approval on the parts that he intends
to order. The rebuilding process and the ordering of parts will begin
- The contract to make temporary repairs to the building’s critical
electrical & mechanical systems at 1542 Tulane Ave. has been awarded.
The contractor has ordered the parts and materials necessary for the
contract and work will begin shortly. The contract includes an
aggressive schedule for completion.
- The contractor is setting up temporary work lights and breaker
panels that will facilitate their work.
- They are dismantling the old switch gear so that it can be
- One of the temporary sump pumps (installed by LSUHSC after the
disaster to control ground water intrusion in the basement) burned
out. This slowed the contractor, as approximately 6 inches of water
had built up in the basement after the recent rains.
- The sump pump will be replaced by LSUHSC Facilities staff.
Temporary power will be provided that will allow the temporary sump
pumps to operate 24 hours a day.
- The various building pumps and motors that are to be rebuilt or
replaced have been removed and the parts required for repair are on
order. At this time, approximately half of the building pumps have
been removed and are in the shop being rebuilt. The other half will
follow shortly. The pumps include sump pumps, city water pumps, chill
water pumps, and heating water pumps from the basement.
- The permanent repairs to building elevators continue. Elevators that
have been repaired, inspected and certified for passenger use include:
- All of the Stanislaus Hall elevators.
- All five of the elevators in the Lion’s/LSU Clinic Building.
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors have been completed.
- The MEB elevators.
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors are now complete.
- The elevators in the Residence Hall.
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors in the "B" and "C" towers
are now complete.
- The passenger elevators in the Nursing/Allied Health Building.
- Repairs to the damaged elevator floors are now complete.
- Two passenger elevators in the Resource Center.
- The freight elevator at the Resource Center did not pass the
inspection of the State Elevator Inspector. We are waiting on
his report to see what specific issues need to be addressed.
- Roman St. Parking Garage – The contractor has begun making repairs
to the two passenger elevators.
- Dental School Clinic and Administration Buildings: The elevator
pits have been pumped out and the contractor is now able to access the
pits and make the final determinations regarding damage and needed
- The elevator contractor for the Dental School has started
- The elevator contractor is installing new rollers on the Clinic
- The elevator contractor has been able to get temporary repairs
made to three of the elevators. These repairs are not sufficient to
get the elevators certified for use, but they will allow the
contractor to operate selected elevators occasionally when critical
needs are present. Normal access to the upper floors by faculty and
staff will continue to be via the stairwells.
- The contractor making permanent window repairs to the downtown
campus is progressing well. 46 windows around the CSRB and the
Lion’s/LSU Clinic building have been replaced so far. All of the
replacement windows have been received. The contractor needs to build
additional staging and must also secure a second lift that will give
access to the windows located high on the buildings.
- The availability of parking for faculty, staff and students on the
campus has increased recently.
- Student Lot 3 on Perdido Street has re-opened. It is available to
registered students and student workers who have been granted general
- The lot formerly designated as Student lot 5 will be re-designated
as Student lot 1. At this time, Student lots 1, 2, and 3 are open for
student parking. Student housing residents will utilize parking in the
Residence Hall lot or in the Gravier St. Parking Garage (Stanislaus
- Lot T is now repaired and access will be restricted to approved
- Additional parking access controls and electronics will be
repaired in the near future and the respective parking lots re-opened.
- We also anticipate a lighting improvement project in the student
lots will begin in the near future. There may be small sections of the
lots secured at times as light poles are removed and re-installed at
the designated points.
Please continue to follow our progress through our Daily
Updates that are also available on the web site.