Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #56
Posted: November 26, 2007

The bids for the permanent repairs and 406 Hazard Mitigation at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building have been advertised. A mandatory pre-bid conference is scheduled November 29th and bids are due to be received and opened on December 5th. We are hopeful that this will allow a contractor to be selected and the actual work to begin in early 2008.

FEMA continues to work on completing the versions to the Project Worksheets for the 406 Hazard Mitigation proposals and permanent repairs to the Residence Hall (est. $2.7 M), the Allied Health/Nursing Building (est. $4.2 M) , and the Resource Center (est. $4.5 M). The Health and Research team recently met with the architects to address a few outstanding questions, and they indicated that they were already working on drafts of the PW versions for these three buildings. The architects and engineers have begun developing the construction and bid (CD) documents, and we anticipate that these three projects will receive FEMA approval relatively quickly.

GOHSEP and FEMA are currently reviewing the joint design concept (schematic design level) for the permanent repairs and Section 406 Hazard Mitigation at the MEB and the CSRB. This proposal is particularly complex and sophisticated. It involves the construction of a full building height addition on the rear of the CSRB where the animal care functions previously located on the 1st floors of the MEB and the CSRB will be elevated. A new elevated cross walk is planned between the MEB and the CSRB for the transportation of research animals between the MEB labs and the relocated animal care facilities. The addition will allow for critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment to be elevated above the 1st floor of the CSRB and the addition of a bank of emergency generators to provide limited power to the surrounding campus buildings in the case of another emergency. Critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment will also be raised within the MEB. The Office of Facility Planning and Control has agreed to place this project on their "Top 10" list so that it will receive special attention from FEMA, GOSHEP and Facility Planning.

The project to replace the roof of the MEB ($1.6 M) is just getting underway as the equipment is being shipped into the city and located on campus. The contract for replacing the roofs of the three main Dental School buildings ($1.3 M) is being awarded, and we hope that work can begin prior to the Christmas holidays.

A contract has been awarded to construct a temporary bookstore facility in the Dental School Administration Building. This facility will provide support for the important clinical and educational missions of the School normally offered by Auxiliary Enterprises at the campus. The temporary facility will be constructed in a portion of the existing Library space that has been made available for this purpose.

The final remediation and duct cleaning project is underway at 1542 Tulane Ave. Zimmer-Eschette was awarded the contract and mobilized their work force immediately. The faculty and staff that had been housed in the building prior to the storm have been asked to clear out their offices and remove personal effects in preparation for the final cleaning of the building. This work has been underway for some time and is nearly complete. Zimmer has removed the majority of the trash that was bagged by the faculty and they have already begun the duct cleaning on the 1st floor. From there they will move to the 8th Floor and work down the building.

Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished since our last update was posted two weeks ago.

Lions/LSU Clinic Building Permanent Repairs & 406 Mitigation:

  • The Office of Facility Planning and Control advertised the bids for the contract on November 21, 2007. The ads will run again on November 28, 2007.
  • The pre-bid conference is scheduled for November 29, 2007.
  • Bids are scheduled to be opened on December 5, 2007.

Project to Make Temporary Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Fire Alarm System:
    • Fire alarm speakers and strobes have been installed on Floors 9 and 10.
    • Siemens is pulling wires on the 9th Floor.
  • Elevator Repairs:
    • The contractor is changing the governor cables for Elevator #8.
      • The contractor installed the car operator panel (COP).
      • The new rollers have been installed.
      • New cab fixtures are being installed.
    • The contractor powered-up the controller for Elevator #7.
      • They have installed the new elevator brake mechanisms.
      • The cab for Elevator #7 is being demolished.
      • The platform and cab walls have been removed.
  • Final Remediation and Duct Cleaning:
    • The faculty and staff that had been housed in the building prior to the storm have been asked to clear out their offices and remove personal effects in preparation for the final cleaning of the building. This work has been underway for some time and is nearly complete.
      • All of the trash to be disposed of has been bagged and left in the hallways.
    • Zimmer-Eschette was awarded the contract for the final remediation, duct cleaning and paint removal contract.
      • They have mobilized equipment and workers to the work site.
      • They have set up negative-air machines, dehumidifiers, and containment barriers.
      • Zimmer has removed the trash and building debris on Floors 1 and 8.
      • The set up for the duct cleaning has been completed on the 1st Floor and the duct cleaning has begun.
      • The contractor is also preparing for the duct cleaning on the 8th floor.
  • Painting: The extended exposure to heat and humidity caused significant amounts of paint to peel off the walls and ceilings in a variety of locations throughout the building. A painting contract has begun work to remove the peeling paint and to patch and prepare the surfaces within the building stairwells for repainting. (The balance of the paint removal and repainting will be done as part of the remediation and duct cleaning contract.)
    • Stairwells C and D:
      • All of the work has been completed.
    • Stairwell B:
      • The painting contractor has floated the walls on Floors 1 through 8.
      • All of the sanding has been completed on all floors.
      • The painting contractor has finished priming the walls and handrails on all floors.
      • The cove base has been removed from the stairwell.
    • Stairwell A:
      • The contractor has removed the peeling paint on Floors 1 through 8.
      • The contractor has completed floating the walls on all floors.
      • The floated walls have been sanded on Floors 3 through 8.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • American Sprinkler replaced a defective coupling on the fire pump assembly.
    • Pipe insulators are on site insulating the steam lines in the basement.
    • American Sprinkler repaired a leak and replaced damaged pipe on the fire pump assembly.
    • Jefferson Sprinkler delivered the rebuilt fire pump motor to the site.
    • Arc Mechanical installed differential pressure switches and gauges for the heating hot water pumps.
    • Arc mounted the fire pump motor and capped the Entergy Steam Assembly.

Project to Make Temporary Repairs to the Dental School:

  • 1st Floor Clinic Building Projects:
    • The temporary wall separating the 1st Floor lobby spaces in the Clinic Building has been removed.
    • The reception desk has been installed; completing the installation of the lobby furniture.
    • The contractor is awaiting the material to wrap the columns behind the curved wall and two light fixtures that will hang through the curvature ceiling.
    • The first floor of the Dental School Clinic Building was closed to foot traffic from 6:00 AM on Saturday, November 17th until 6:00 AM on Monday, November 19th to allow the contractor to refinish the terrazzo floors.
      • The contractor has completed the work.
    • Landis performed some corrective work such as adjusting door hardware and door swings.
      • They touched up the walls and fur downs in the lobby.
      • They also stained and performed corrective work on the doors.
    • Landis installed a ceiling access panel for the drywall ceiling in the lobby.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room Administration Building:
    • The 2 x 4 light fixtures and the supply grilles have been installed.
    • The contractors have connected the new supply air ducts to the mixing dampers.
    • Landis re-floated the walls in the conference room to eliminate the waviness in the finish.
      • They completed re-finishing the walls; sanding and painting the spots that required touch-up.
    • The flooring contractor began installing the new cove base.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Intrepid Stone finished replacing the stone pavers on the walkway near the side entrance to the Clinic Building and on the Moss Street side of the Administration Building.
      • They have also replaced the damaged stone wall cladding on the 7th Floor of the Clinic Building at the elevator lobby.
    • Houston Engineering completed the soil boring to acquire soil samples at the proposed site for an annex to the Clinic Building.
      • The annex will be a key component of the permanent repairs and Section 406 Hazard Mitigation proposal that will address the Clinic Building, the Administration Building and the Power Plant.

Downtown Campus Landscaping Project:

  • The final preparations for installing sod on the Gravier St. side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building and on the Bolivar St. side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building and the MEB were completed.
    • Crews installed centipede sod on the Gravier St. and Bolivar St. sides of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
    • They installed sod on the Bolivar St. side of the MEB.
    • Crews installed the remaining 1/2 pallet of sod on the S. Roman St. side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
  • New top soil has been added to the planting beds on the S. Roman St. side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
    • The final grading of the beds has been completed.
    • Crews planted all of the new Savannah holly trees and shrubs in the planting beds.

Cafeteria Project:

  • Zimmer continues to work on completing their punch list items.
  • Mosaic tiles are being installed on the four columns.
  • Advanced Millworks continue to work on the booths on the elevated deck.

MEB Morgue:

  • The project was substantially completed as of 11/6/2007.
  • The contractor is working on completing the remaining punch list items.
  • A training session on operation and maintenance of the controllers and the condensing units was given to the engineers on 11/14/2007.

Exterior Lighting Project:

  • New exterior lights have been installed on the Bolivar side of the MEB and the new lights are being installed on the Roman St. side of the MEB.

We encourage you to follow the details of our progress through the daily updates which are posted on the web site.