Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #82
Posted: December 5, 2008

The initial re-occupation of the Clinical Education Building, 1542 Tulane Ave. began, as scheduled. Three clinical departments of the School of Medicine; Surgery, Neurology, and Pathology are moving into the upper floors of the building. The faculty and staff have unpacked and are operating out of their new offices. The second phase of the move in is planned for mid-December. We have additional moves scheduled on December 9th and 15th that will include OB/GYN, Urology, Orthopedics, Dermatology and Anesthesiology.

Four passenger elevators and the freight elevator were in operation when the move began. Access control was activated on all the exterior entrances to the building. Repairs and the work on the new lounge areas continued on the lower floors. New lighting is being installed in conference rooms, hallways, and lounges. Additional exterior security lighting has been added to the rear of the building. Carpet and floor tile is being laid in lounges. Additional furniture and cabinetry has been installed in conference rooms and lounge areas. A variety of other repair work continues throughout the building.

We are pleased with the progress being made in renovating Auditoriums A and B at the Dental School. The walls in Auditorium A have been primed and the electricians installed wiring for the riser seating and wall sconce lighting. The concrete was poured and finished for the stairs in Auditorium B. The new walls and ceiling have been taped, floated and primed. The wall scones have been installed on three walls in Auditorium B. The connections to the new air handling units that will serve both rooms are being completed. The electricians have been working on the 6th and 8th Floors of the Clinic Building as work continues on the lab renovations. Conduit is being run and wiring has been pulled to junction boxes.

A major milestone in the project to complete permanent repairs and mitigation at the Lions/LSU Clinic is about to be reached. Preparations have been completed to allow the new switch gear located on the 2nd Floor to be put into operation. This step insures that a future flood event would not damage the switch gear which distributes power to the entire building. The mechanical contractor has also been working to prepare critical mechanical equipment that has been elevated to the 2nd Floor to be put into service. Building power is scheduled to be switched over to the new switch gear over the coming weekend.

A great deal of work continues on the 1st and 6th Floors of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. Significant portions of the demolition of the lab on the 6th Floor have been completed by both the mechanical and electrical sub-contractors, now that the lab functions have been moved to the 7th Floor. Chilled water, heating hot water and supply lines have been insulated on the 1st Floor. Crews have been applying plaster to CMU walls on the 1st Floor and wall tile is being installed. Conduit has been installed and wire pulled for the roll up fire protection doors on the 6th Floor. Dimmer switches have been installed and wire for the new fire alarms has been pulled. The fire proofing sub has been priming and painting key areas of the exterior stairwell. Sprinkler stand pipes are being installed.

The contractor working on the Library Commons project has laid floor tile and grouted it in the cafe area, by the coffee kiosk and in front of the passenger elevators. The renovations to the lab located in MEB 6109 & 6148 are rapidly nearing completion. New floor tile has been laid and the plumbing connections to the sinks have been made. The walls are being touched up to address minor damage.

The demolition in MDL 6 located on the 4th Floor of the MEB is well underway. The ceiling tiles, ceiling grid and the ceiling mounted light fixtures have been removed from the main room and from one of the adjacent spaces. Plumbing and electrical wiring has been disconnected and made safe to allow the demolition and removal of case work and equipment. Equipment has been removed from the lab. Approximately half of the old flooring has been taken up. On the 2nd Floor of the MEB, the sprinkler sub-contractor has installed new sprinkler piping in the lobby.

The project to expand the lobby of the Residence hall is continuing to more ahead. The rough in electrical work between Towers A and B continued over the past two weeks. The old duct work has been capped and access holes have been cut in the duct work for the slit diffusers. The frame work for the new store front is under construction. Framing for the new sliding door is nearing completion.

Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished during the past two weeks.

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • The initial re-occupation of the building has begun.
    • Materials from the Departments of Surgery, Neurology and Pathology have been moved into the upper floors of the building.
    • Faculty and staff have been unpacking and organizing their offices.
    • Four passenger elevators and the freight are in service.
    • Business managers were given move in check lists to assist in capturing and reporting any problems that they may discover. A staff person from the Office of the Dean will accumulate the check lists and deliver them to LSUHSC Facilities.
  • Lighting:
    • The electrical contractor continued installing new light fixtures in the conference rooms on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
    • They removed old light fixtures from Conference Room 639.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • The flooring contractor installed floor tile in the kitchenettes in the 7th Floor lounge.
      • Crews installed VCT and carpet in the 5th Floor lounge and cove base in the 6th Floor lounge.
    • The furniture vendor completed installing cabinets and setting up chairs and tables in the lounge on the 7th Floor.
      • They installed cabinets in the 6th Floor lounge.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services installed the sink, refrigerator and ice maker in the 7th Floor lounge.
    • The electrical contractor continued installing new light fixtures in the lounges on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
    • The furniture vendor set lounge furniture on the 6th Floor.
  • Furniture:
    • The furniture vendor set conference room furniture on the 6th Floor.
  • Misc.:
    • The network wiring contractor completed installing and testing the new data drops on the 6th Floor.
      • They completed wiring new drops on the 5th Floor.
    • The access control was activated for all doors.
    • The electrical contractor roughed-in electrical conduit and boxes for Room 545.
    • The general contractor installed ceiling tiles in the 6th Floor lounge.
    • The general contractor installed drywall in Room 545.
      • They are taping and floating the new drywall.
    • The painting contractor is painting the front stairwell on the Charity end of the hall.
    • Facility Services installed four new exterior lights at the back of the building along the sidewalk leading to the Walk to Wellness.
      • Electricians ran new conduit for additional exterior lighting that will be installed at the rear of the building.
    • Facility Services sealed old exhaust duct wall penetrations on the exterior walls facing the Lakeside Lot and continued making minor repairs on various floors.

Dental School Auditoriums A & B:

  • Auditorium A.
    • The general contractor finished priming the walls in Auditorium A.
    • The electrical contractor installed wiring for the riser seating and wall sconces in Auditorium A.
    • The mechanical contractor completed the drain lines to both AHUs and installed registers in Auditorium A. 
    • The heating water return line for the AHU serving Auditorium A was installed.
  • Auditorium B.
    • The contractor framed the stairs for Auditorium B.
      • They poured and finished the concrete for the stairs.
    • The general contractor floated and sanded the sheetrock ceiling and walls.
    • The electrical contractor installed wall sconces on the east, south and west walls of the Auditorium.
    • The mechanical contractor installed the drain line to the AHU for Auditorium B.
    • The heating water return line for the AHU serving Auditorium B was installed.
    • The contractor primed the new walls in the Auditorium.
  • The mechanical contractor connected chilled water supply and return lines to the new AHUs.
    • They installed piping for the heating hot water supply and return lines connected to the new AHUs.
  • The contractor installed the CMU wall for the electrical room.  

Dental School 6th and 8th Floor Lab Renovations:

  • The electrical contractor installed conduit for the data outlets in Room 6335.
    • They connected wiring for the junction boxes above the ceiling in Suite 8405.
  • The general contractor applied mastic to the exterior wall in Room 6335. 

Library Commons Project:

  • The flooring contractor installed and grouted the tile in the cafe area.
  • The flooring contractor installed floor tile in the area of the coffee kiosk.
  • The contractor installed and grouted the floor tile in half of the elevator.

Lions/LSU Clinic Permanent Repairs and Mitigation:

  • A building-wide power outage at the Lions/LSU Clinics Building has been scheduled for Sunday, December 7th, 2008 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. During this outage there will only be emergency power to maintain emergency lights and service to some specific equipment in the building – these items are plugged into the red receptacles. The regular receptacles, elevators, lights, air conditioning and heating, exhaust, and all pumps will be off in all sections of the building as the electrical power from Entergy is shut down to allow installation of power for the new equipment in the building.
  • The mechanical subcontractor insulated chill water lines, heating hot water lines, and supply lines on the east side of the 1st Floor.
    • They installed roof drains on the exterior stairwell tower.
    • Crews notched the fire door duct on the north side of the 5th Floor.
    • They installed exhaust fans and curbs on the roof of the stairwell tower.
    • Angle stops for the plumbing fixtures in the rest rooms and the scrub sinks on the 6th Floor were installed.
    • They installed additional pipe for the medical air system on the 2nd Floor.
    • The medical air and vacuum lines running to the lab on the east side of the 6th Floor were capped.
    • Plumbers shut off the domestic hot and cold water lines supplying the same lab.
    • They set and trimmed out plumbing fixtures in the rest rooms on the east side of the 6th Floor.
    • They insulated fire dampers on the 6th Floor.
    • Crews demolished duct work and water pipes in the 6th Floor lab.
    • The mechanical subcontractor installed thermostats on the 6th Floor.
    • The controls for the AHU on the east side of the 6th Floor were disconnected.
    • The waste lines in the ceiling of the north side of the 5th Floor were capped.
    • They demolished glass pipe on the 2nd Floor that is in the way of the new electrical work.
    • The mechanical subcontractor installed new acid waste lines in the 6th Floor ceiling for the 7th Floor lab.
    • A crew demolished ductwork and old storm drains in the 6th Floor lab.
  • The electrical subcontractor grounded service entrance cable on the west side of the 1st Floor.
    • Electricians crimped and terminated 32 feeders to allow for termination to the new switchgear on the 2nd Floor.
    • The electrical subcontractor mounted current and potential transformers for Entergy monitoring in the switchgear on the 2nd Floor.
    • They ran conduit to Panel 2AC and the switchgear on the 2nd Floor and grounded the new switchgear.
    • Conduit for the riser to the switchgear on the 2nd Floor was run.
    • They ran conduit to ATS 1 and 2 from the 2nd Floor to the new switchgear and installed conduit for the lights and exhaust fans in the stairwell.
    • They cleaned the buss duct for the 2nd Floor switchgear and tested the line side of the new switchgear in preparation for the Entergy feed.
    • They installed wire for the fire alarm devices on the south side of the 6th Floor.
    • Wire to provide power to the roll up fire doors on the 5th and 6th Floor was pulled.
    • They installed dimmer switches on the south side of the 6th Floor.
    • Electricians disconnected the electrical lines outside of the lab on the 6th Floor.
    • They demolished Panels HA6A and LA6A on the 6th Floor.
    • They also installed conduit for switches and receptacles on the CSRB side of the 2nd Floor.
  • The fireproofing subcontractor primed the saddles on the 1st – 6th Floors of the exterior stairwell tower.
    • Crews primed all welds (treads and handrails) on the exterior stairwell tower.
    • They painted the main structure beams on the 6th Floor of the new stairwell.
  • The contractor taped and floated the fur downs and monitor recesses on the 6th Floor, north side.
    • Crews framed windows on the northwest side of the 6th Floor.
    • Carpenters constructed new walls on the 2nd Floor and installed CMU on the 1st Floor, west side.
    • The contractor taped and floated the walls in the 6th Floor simulation rooms.
    • Crews installed doors by the simulation rooms on the 6th Floor.
    • They installed fire walls on the 2nd Floor by the stair tower, north side.
    • Crews installed metal studs and sheetrock for the fur down on the S. Prieur/Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • They also installed metal studs and sheetrock on the 2nd Floor and metal lathe on the 1st Floor.
    • The CMU wall on the 1st Floor is being plastered.
    • Wall tile is being installed in the restrooms on the 1st Floor.
    • They pressure washed the new stairwell.
  • The steel subcontractor fastened landing supports on Floors 1 through 5 of the exterior stairwell.
  • The sprinkler subcontractor installed stand pipe in the stairwell sprinklers.

MEB MDL 6 RENOVATIONS:

  • The project to renovate Multidisciplinary Lab 6 has gotten underway. The renovations to this lab will follow the model established in the renovation of MDL #5.
  • The contractor removed existing ceiling tiles, equipment, and disconnected electrical and plumbing for demolition.
  • Ceiling grid, existing casework, and lighting fixtures have been removed from the main MDL room.
  • Approximately half of the old floor has been removed.
  • The old blackboards have been removed from the main MDL room.
  • The contractor removed ceiling grids and ceiling tiles in Room 4121A.

MEB 2nd Floor Lobby Renovation:

  • The sprinkler subcontractor installed sprinkler pipe on the east and west side of the lobby.

Residence Hall 2nd Floor Expansion:

  • The contractor capped existing supply HVAC duct between Tower A & B and near the corner of Perdido & Bolivar Sts.
  • They created new supply holes on existing duct for slot diffusers between Tower A and B.
  • The vertical storefront frame for the expansion lobby was erected.
  • The existing glass was removed from the old storefront system.
  • The contractor installed the horizontal frame at the double sliding door for the external enclosure.
  • They installed four vertical mullions and the horizontal mullion for the single sliding door (Bolivar & Perdido corner).
  • The contractor continued the electrical rough in (running conduits and junction boxes for light fixtures) between Tower A and B.

MEB 6109 & 6148 LAB RENOVATIONS: This is a new project that will renovate a research lab at the MEB. Included in the scope of work are new ceilings, flooring, and lab countertops.

  • The contractor installed new VCT tiles flooring.
  • The contractor patched and touched up walls in both rooms.
  • The contractor capped all plumbing and reconnected all plumbing for sinks in both rooms.
  • The project is nearing completion.

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