Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #38
Posted: March 19, 2007
The LSUHSC Industrial Hygienist
completed his development and review of the
environmental remediation and duct cleaning bid
specifications for the School of Dentistry’s
Clinic and Administration buildings. The bid for the work has been issued. Bid responses are due back on April 2nd,
and we are hopeful that the contract will be issued
and the work will begin on or about April 30th.
LSUHSC Facility Services is
finalizing their work with the Dental School architects on the plans for replacing the old
ceiling tile in both the Clinic and Administration
buildings. The design work for all of the upper floors
has been completed and the final design concepts for
the 1st floor are being refined. A bid package will developed to address the
ceiling tile replacement, a reception area on the 1st
floor of the Clinic Building,
and the provision of two temporary spaces on the 1st
floor of the Clinic Building to support the School’s Central Supply operation,
and the LSUHSC Facility Services and Supply Chain
At 1542 Tulane Ave. the
contractor continues to install additional
electrical components and the last of the new
submersible sump pumps that protect the basement
spaces from the intrusion of ground water during
heavy rains. Repair work on the various building elevators
continues. Several of the critical change orders that
address much of the remaining work needed to allow
reoccupation of the building have been approved and
the contractor is ordering parts and materials to
support that work. LSUHSC is working closely with the design
team to insure that all of the critical repairs have
now been identified and are either included in a
change order, or have been completed.
Elevator #1 in the Roman Street parking
garage has been repaired. It has been inspected by the State elevator
inspector and has been certified for normal use. The downtown campus architects have secured a
testing company to assist in completing scope
alignment work with FEMA. Repairs are continuing to be made at various
downtown campus parking lots. LSUHSC has submitted a new Section 406 Hazard
Mitigation proposal that will help to protect the
many elevators around campus from any future flood
Here are highlights of work
that has been accomplished since our last update was
posted two weeks ago.
Project to Make Temporary
Repairs to the Dental School:
- LSUHSC Facility Services
completed their bid specifications for the mold
remediation and duct cleaning that is needed in
the Clinic and Administration buildings.
- Bids are due to be
returned on April 2nd. With no other delays, the contract
should be let and the workers mobilized so
that the actual work could begin on or about
- The removal of the old
ceiling tile grid is set to begin shortly.
- The removal of damaged
carpet (under a separate contract) is also
scheduled to begin in the near future.
- The elevator contractor
has continued to make progress on the repairs to
the various building elevators.
- The repairs made to
Elevators #1, #2 and #4 in the Dental School
Clinic Bldg. have been inspected by the
State elevator inspector. The repairs have been properly
completed and the elevators have been
certified. Once the required emergency
telephones are connected, the elevators will
be available for use.
- Repair work continued
on the freight elevator, Elevator #3 in the Clinic Building,
and the passenger elevators in the Administration Building.
- Louisiana Lift delivered a
hydraulic man lift for the grounds crew to use
when pruning and removing some of the damaged
trees around the campus grounds.
- The contractor installed a
replacement electrical panel on the 4th
floor, Auditorium C in the Administration Building.
- There is one more
electrical panel to be installed in the Clinic Building. The cellular telephone site on the
roof will be affected when the existing
panel is disconnected.
- The architect was on site
to survey the ceiling area of the 1st
floor of the Clinic Building to finalize
the new design for the ceiling.
- The design for all of
the upper floors has been completed.
- Final design decisions
are being made on the ceiling for the 1st
floor of the Clinic Building.
- The final bid package
will include the ceiling work, the provision
of a reception area, and the construction of
two temporary spaces on the 1st
floor to support the operations of Central
Supply, Facility Services, and Supply Chain
- BellSouth examined Room
2315-A as they plan for the provision of a phone
line for the building fire alarm system and of 4
separate telephone lines for the elevators in
the Clinic Building.
- The work to prepare
the room for the new telephone switch is
substantially completed, with the exception
of removing the old carpeting and installing
- BellSouth has
scheduled their crews to begin the
restoration work within the next few weeks.
- The manufacturer of the
incinerator located on the Dental School campus has
provided an estimate for repairs that are
required to the flood damaged fire brick. The information has been forwarded to
FEMA for their review.
- During the installation of
the temporary dehumidification equipment at the Dental School
last fall, a few of the walkway pavers were
damaged. Carr Stone and Tile Co. repaired three of the
- The contractor met at the
site with two of the key subcontractors to
discuss their respective punch list items that
are left to complete.
- Items on the punch
lists include the glass drain line over the
old mail room, the leaky water main in the
horse shoe area, the 480v and 120v
disconnects for the elevators, and drip pans
in the new switch gear area.
- With the replacement of a
substantial portion of the mechanical,
electrical and plumbing equipment at the Dental School, the LSUHSC
Facility Services personnel require significant
training on the operations and proper
maintenance of the newly installed equipment.
- Gaudin Equipment &
Supply and the mechanical sub-contractor
conducted the 1st round of
training on the various pumping systems that
now serve the buildings.
- The 2nd day
of the training for LSUHSC Facility Services
personnel was held in the pump room. The training focused on the operation
and maintenance of the vacuum pump, medical
gases, and the alarm panel for the medical
- The 3rd day
of the training addressed a variety of the
remaining pieces of new mechanical
- The architects forwarded
the final set of drawings for the repair and
relocation of the Central Sterilization function
to a 3rd floor location to LSUHSC for
- This plan will be
prepared and submitted to FEMA as a Section
406 Hazard Mitigation project as soon as the
cost estimates are completed by the design
- Premier Equipment Corp
came out to service the air compressor in the
Power Plant and replaced a bad coil in the unit.
- The change order to
provide for the repair and/or replacement of
various exit doors required by the State Fire
Marshal has been issued to the contractor.
Project to Make Temporary
Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:
- The contractor continues
to install electrical panels in the basement to
service the new sump pumps and the associated
- The last sump pump and
piping in the rear of 1542 Tulane Ave. basement has been
has been run to the city drain.
- The contractor has
installed the variable frequency drives for the
chilled water pumps.
- The project to insulate
the new chilled water and steam pipes in the 1542 Tulane Ave. basement is also
- The insulation
subcontractor has moved to the rear of the
- The contractor continues
to work on the installation of electrical panels
and related wiring in the basement.
- Three of the major change
orders that are necessary to allow the upper
floors of the building to be reoccupied have
been approved. This will allow the contractor to order
parts and materials and begin working on these
two critical elements.
- LSUHSC is working
closely with the architects & engineers to
insure that all of remaining repairs needed
to allow the reoccupation of the building
have been identified and included on a
change order, or have been completed.
- Repairs to the sprinkler
system piping are being made.
- Elevator #1 in the Roman Street
parking garage has been repaired. It has been inspected by the State
elevator inspector and has been certified for
- The downtown campus
architects have secured a testing company to
assist in assessing and quantifying additional
storm-related damage that may have been
concealed within building components or not
otherwise obvious to a visual inspection. That team spent a week on campus;
gathering samples, taking corings, removing
portions of building systems to allow for
- In most instances,
samples that were gathered will be subjected
to laboratory testing to identify potential
contamination, breakdowns of the material,
- All the results will
be sent back to the architects and engineers
to be used as additional tools in completing
the scope alignment process with FEMA.
- Repairs to the electrical
systems supplying the downtown campus parking
lot controls are continuing.
- The contractor
finished the repairs to the unistrut in
Student Lot 1 and resolved the problems with
the power at the exit gate for the 440
- JL Roberts has
been contacted about the communication
issues with the exit gate in the same
(440 Perdido) lot.
- The Talk-a-Phones are
to be programmed with phone numbers by
LSUHSC Facility Services personnel so they
can be tested.
- JL Roberts is
continuing their work on the repairs to the
communication components of the parking lot
controls covered by their contract.
- LSUHSC has prepared and
submitted a new Section 406 Hazard Mitigation
proposal to FEMA through the State. The proposal provides additional
automation and special control of elevators
around the campus that will help to minimize the
potential for damage should the campuses
experience a similar event in the future.
- The control system
will allow LSUHSC Facilities personnel at a
central location to override normal the
fire/safety pre-sets that send elevators to
the 1st floors when power is lost
in the buildings.
- The boards and
controls would be programmed to move the
elevators to selected upper floor locations
where the elevator cabs and the cables
beneath them would be kept out of any flood
waters; protecting them from damage from
- LSUHSC will proceed
with securing a contract for this work as
soon as we receive FEMA’s approval of the
We encourage you to follow the details of our progress
through the daily updates which are posted on the web site.