From: Ronnie Smith,
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #25
Posted: September 20, 2006
The food service operation in the
Medical Education Building reopened on Monday, September 11, 2006.
Hours of operation are 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Catering
services also resumed with the opening of the facility. The coffee kiosk
in the Atrium resumed operations on Monday, September 18th. Its hours of
operation are from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The contractor responsible for temporary electrical and mechanical repairs
to the critical building systems at 1542 Tulane continues to make good
progress. Many of the details are provided later in this update.
Additional repairs necessary to allow re-occupancy of the building are now
being identified. Several change orders have been developed and pricing is
being solicited from the contractor. As the change orders are approved,
work will begin.
Work on the repairs to the Dental School Clinic and Administration
buildings also continues. The majority of the initial contract work has
been completed. However, there are a number of additional work items that
have been identified as required to allow reoccupation and use of the
upper floors of the Clinic and Administration Building. Change Orders have
been issued for some of these tasks and work is already underway on some
of the critical items.
Here are highlights of work that has
been accomplished since our last update was posted two weeks ago.
The temporary repairs to the
School of Dentistry Clinic and Administration buildings continue.
The contractors have completed
the labeling/identification of the heating hot water pipe.
Our contractors have completed
the labeling/identification of the steam condensate pipe.
The contractors have completed
the labeling/identification of the ice water pipe.
The pipe insulators are also
changing some insulation that was damaged by construction.
The contractors are continuing
to label the remaining water pipes (Domestic Hot & Cold) in the
basement. The pipe insulators are also changing some insulation that
was damaged by construction.
Repairs to the Soft Water System
All three of the soft water
tanks have had the pipes & gauges changed. The contractor is making
plans to partially fill the tanks and is preparing the system for
The contractor has filled the
tanks & has added the salt mixture. All that remains is the start-up
& testing of the system. Start-up will commence once the repair of
the Motor Control Center has completed. This change order is being
reviewed by the Architect.
Mold remediation of heavily
molded rooms (6413B, 6409, & 7409A) is complete.
The contractors have installed
the new drywall and have completed the application of new wall
finishes for these areas (i.e. paint and cove base).
The contractors have removed
the safety barriers around these areas & are awaiting inspection.
The emergency generator is
progressing towards completion.
The emergency generator has
been successfully load tested (before final connections are made to
the building systems).
The generator has been
refueled to 100% & is ready to operate.
It has now been connected to
the building systems.
The Medical Gas System is being
rescheduled for testing pending the arrival of gas cylinders which are
to be provided by LSUHSC.
The Elevator contractor is still
awaiting additional parts & new elevator doors prior to resuming work
on the elevators. Additional parts are expected to arrive within a
couple of weeks.
The contractor replaced a
damaged cover panel (damaged during shipping) on one of the
refrigerated air dryers for the Compressed Air System
The contractor pressure washed
the slab & cleared the floor drain strainers in the mechanical room of
The damaged vehicles stored at
the Dental School Campus have been removed.
The 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.
The Variable Speed Drive Motor
has been repaired and is ready for installation, once it has been
delivered to the site.
The VFD is scheduled to arrive
early this week. The contractor will mobilize and begin the
installation as soon as the motor has been delivered.
The line filters have arrived
and are stored at the electrician’s warehouse.
The repair of the pump for the
chillers has been delayed by the subcontractors and is a week or more
out from being ready for installation.
Temporary repairs to critical
electrical & mechanical systems at 1542 Tulane Ave. continue.
Switch gear and building power:
The contractor continues
testing the wires and connections of the switchgear. They are also
tracing out existing circuits to determine what they feed.
Entergy pulled the damaged
feeders out of the vault.
Entergy and the contractor
finished pulling wires into the vault to supply power to all of the
new panels in the basement. The new Entergy vault equipment has been
The cables from the vault to
the 13.8 Switchgear are now connected.
Entergy has finished
installing their meters.
The contractor has labeled the
new panel boxes that are connected to the transformer and the
equipment they will feed. They have also red taped all pipes and
conduit with high voltage wires.
Testing of the cables for the
4th floor riser continues. They have begun connecting the cables to
the power and the feeds to the 4th floor riser. The grounds are also
being run and connected.
The engineers must complete an
inspection of all the work prior to a formal request can be made to
Entergy to energize the building.
The contractor is in the process
of changing out the motors and the controllers for the fire pumps in
The engineering firm has been
working on drawings and specifications to add insulation to the piping
in the basement and supplying power to the elevators. They are also
working on plans to provide power and replace mechanical components
that will make the building more suitable for occupancy.
MEB Repair Updates:
Lecture Halls -- The remaining
electrical components for Lecture Room A have been delivered and the
The seating contractor reports
that the replacements for all of the damaged items (tops and modesty
panels) will ship no later than 9/19. These will be installed over a
weekend so as to not interfere with classes.
The contractor making permanent
window repairs to the downtown campus is progressing well.
The replacement glass doors for
the Residence Hall have been delivered and they have been installed.
The six windows at 1542 Tulane
Ave. have been replaced.
The two windows on the east side
of the Nursing/Allied Health Building have been replaced.
There are two more windows to
replace on the main campus. There is one on the east side CSRB and the
other is on the first floor of the Resource Center.
The additional windows needed
are on order and delivery is still anticipated to be several weeks
The manufacturer of the Dental
School incinerator has started the initial repairs. They have begun
removing damaged controls and they are replacing the 800K BTU burner.
Flooded vehicles have been removed
from the downtown campus parking lots.
Please continue to follow our progress through our Daily Updates that
are also available on the web site.