Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #30
Posted: November 28, 2006
Additional repair work has been identified at
1542 Tulane Ave. and the architects have begun to
request new cost proposals for those tasks. The
contractor continues to trace all of the main
electrical circuits in the building to insure that
power will be available to all the portions of the
building that we hope to reoccupy. Electrical power
has been restored to a key bank of elevators and the
elevator contractor may now resume work on the
modernization contract that had been started prior
to the storm. Repaired building systems continue to
be energized, started up and tested. Where repairs
are still necessary, those are being addressed by
The focus on addressing the mold issues in the
Dental School Clinic and Administration building by
the architects, engineers, the Office of Facility
Planning & Control and the LSUHSC staff has
continued. The remaining sources of outside (humid)
air have been closed or sealed. New, high tech
dehumidifiers have been installed and are now in
operation. These will force very dry air (35%
relative humidity) into the building. The
inspections of the air handling units are complete
and the necessary repairs and maintenance items have
been identified. Damaged thermostats are being
replaced and the manufacturer has been on site to
make preparations to get the new chillers started
and into operation.
The project to improve the lighting at the Student
Parking lots on the downtown campus has continued
over the past two weeks. Work in Student Lot #3 is
largely complete. Delays in the availability of
concrete to be used in creating the light pole bases
have pushed back the completion of the work in
Student Lot #2 to an extent, but the contractor
projects to be finished in both lots by the end of
Here are highlights of work that has been
accomplished since our last update was posted two
Project to Make Temporary Repairs to 1542 Tulane
Project to Make Temporary Repairs to the Dental
- The domestic water pumps were energized and tested
out at 90 PSI. A new transformer was installed to
allow both domestic water pumps to operate at the
- The chilled water pump was energized tested. A
leak was discovered on the 4th floor center hall,
which was later repaired.
- The mechanical sub-contractor continued to repair
various leaks as they were discovered in the
- The sub-contractor located and repaired a leak in
the chilled water line located in the 1st floor pipe
- They have also been working on removing and
disposing of the abandoned pipes located in the
- A drain line was discovered to be backing up on
the first floor and was cleared.
- The contractor ran another electrical line to
power up the city water pumps because the line they
initially ran could only power one pump at a time.
- Electrical service has been restored to the bank
of elevators that had been under contract for
modernization prior to the hurricane. The
availability of power means that the contract can
now be restarted and when the repairs are completed,
the elevators can put back into service.
- Power has been restored to the 1st floor print
- The contractor cleaned out the vault under the
lakeside lot which will be used for a future
- The contractor has removed an old electrical panel
out of the basement in order to install a new
transformer which is needed as an additional power
source for the building.
Project to Provide New Lighting for the Student
- The factory representative from the company that
provided the temporary chillers has been onsite to
oversee the start up of the new equipment.
- Initially, neither of the two chillers would start
and the technician spent a considerable amount of
time checking the electrical wiring because both
chillers seem to have the same problem.
- Two parts (one for each chiller) were immediately
ordered. Delivery of the required parts was delayed,
so the planned start up of the chillers could not be
- The parts arrived on 11/22, but the manufacturer
was unable to complete the repairs and start the
chillers. They will not be working over the
- The contractor and their pump specialists checked
all of the new and rebuilt pumps and pump motors.
- Some of the units were vibrating badly and the
inspection revealed that the pump rotation was wrong
on those units. The pumps were re-wired so that the
rotation was corrected and the pumps operated
- Loop pump #1 was aligned and is now within
- Condenser water pump #2 has bad packing and leaks.
Repairs are being made as required.
- The design team engineer showed the mechanical
sub-contractor the leaks that have been discovered
on the loop pump, the condenser pump, and over the
de-aerator tank. Repairs are being made.
- A contract was issued to secure new, temporary
dehumidification equipment that is designed to
reduce humidity levels inside the buildings to
approximately 35%. This will rapidly dry out any
moisture that has entered into building materials
and fabrics; interrupting any further mold growth.
- The new equipment has been delivered and
- The necessary electrical connections to building
power have been made.
- The units were started up on November 21st.
- The environmental remediation contractor has
removed the dehumidification units and filtering
units that he had provided as a temporary, stop gap
- All of the fresh air louvers that allow outside
air to enter the building have been sealed so that
little additional moisture can enter the buildings.
- Environmental Measurements Services with Service
Master and AQM Consultants surveyed the air handling
units and duct systems on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th
floors of the Clinic and the Administration
Buildings to assess the potential for the presence
- The contractor has completed the inspection and
assessment of the air handling units throughout the
Clinic and Administration Buildings.
- They are preparing lists of all the necessary and
recommended repairs and/or maintenance items that
should be addressed.
- Over 110 thermostats and actuators were discovered
to be damaged and in need or repair or replacement.
The repair and replacement work is well underway.
- The mechanical sub-contractor has been successful
in modifying a number of the damper units that
LSUHSC purchased before the storm, so that they can
be used as needed.
- The heaters in the basement have been started up.
- LSU A&M trustees were on site to cut and clear the
areas on the grounds near the back campus.
- Student Lot #2:
- The contractor built and installed the steel cages
that are used to reinforce the concrete bases for
the new light poles.
- The concrete forms for the light pole bases have
been built and installed.
- The new electrical panel was installed and the
last of the wiring has been pulled.
- The plans to pour the concrete bases over the
weekend of 11/18 were cancelled when the concrete
was not available; however the bases were
successfully poured on 11/27.
- Student Lot #3:
- All of the concrete bases for the light poles have
- Forms have been removed and the holes around the
concrete bases for the light poles have been
- The area around the entrance/exit was cleaned up.
- All of the holes in the entire lot have been
backfilled. All of the trenches have been compacted.
- The areas around all the new light pole locations
were compacted and cleaned up.
- The new concrete light pole bases were given a
finished look with a thin coat of concrete sand mix.
- The new light poles have been installed on the
- The new lighting fixtures that will be mounted on
the poles arrived at the site.
- The contractor is projecting to complete all the
work by the end of the upcoming weekend.
We encourage you to follow the details of our
progress through the daily updates which are posted
on the web site.
- The automatic transfer switch serving the
emergency generator at Stanislaus Hall was repaired
and successfully tested. It is ready for inspection
by the State Fire Marshall.
- The contractor making storm-related repairs to
various parking lot control systems completed work
on five gates with the installation of the automatic
- The electrical contractor who won the bid to make
the repairs to the electrical feeds to the parking
lots has been sent the contract documents for