Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #85
Posted: January 30, 2009

The preparations for reoccupying the lower floors of the Clinical Education Building continue. New walls for the lounge on the 2nd Floor have been completed. The electrical wiring has been roughed in and drywall was hung on the fur down. Crews also framed up the walls in the 1st Floor lounge. New fan coil units have been installed in various locations on the 2nd and 3rd Floors. Painting crews have been active in several locations and the cleaning crew has begun the final cleaning of the restrooms and hallways on the 4th Floor. Network wiring crews are busy installing new network drops throughout the 4th Floor. The new reception desk has been delivered and placed on the 1st Floor.

The contractor responsible for the Dental School auditoriums has been working on the room that will house the new audio/visual equipment that will serve all three of the auditoriums. The room has been framed up and one of the Liebert machines has been installed. Additional duct work was installed in Auditorium A. Chilled water and return lines and the chilled water valve were insulated. Exit signs and the trim rings for the recessed ceiling fixtures were installed in both auditoriums.

The lab renovations on the 6th and 8th Floors of the Dental Clinic Building continue to progress. The new walls on the 8th Floor have been primed and given two coats of finish paint. The 6th Floor walls have been primed and painted with the first finish coat. Ceiling grid has been installed in all of the 8th Floor spaces and in two rooms on the 6th Floor. Sprinkler heads are also being installed.

The electrical subcontractor working on the permanent repairs and mitigation at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building moved several additional parts of the electrical system over to the new switch gear located on the 2nd Floor. They continued installing conduit, junction boxes and wire to serve the fire alarm system on the 6th Floor. The mechanical subcontractor has been installing sinks in the restrooms. They tested the medical gas outlet boxes in the simulation labs and the hot water lines on the 6th Floor. Additional supply ducts were run and supply and return air grills were installed.

The sprinkler sub has installed sprinkler heads in a number of the 6th Floor spaces. They ran supply lines to the 2nd Floor stairwell and they are installing sprinkler pipe in the new exterior stairwell. The contractor has been installing ceiling grid and ceiling tiles in portions of the 6th Floor where the work above the ceiling has been completed. Their crews are working in restrooms installing partitions and countertops. They have also installed the metal curtain wall on the 1st Floor of the exterior stairwell.

The installation of the coffee kiosk in the Library Commons area was finished during the past two weeks. The installation of new fire alarm wiring and junction boxes is proceeding. Many of the new walls have been taped and floated, as has the elevator lobby ceiling. The door frame for the main entrance has been installed. Side diffusers are in place in the HVAC duct work and light fixtures are being installed in the multimedia room.

Drywall has been installed, taped and floated on the Bolivar St. side of the MEB 2nd Floor lobby. The contractor has also begun installing the ceiling grid in the same area. The renovations in MDL 6 are progressing. Walls and columns have been repaired and floated. New ceiling grid is being installed in the main MDL and the floor is being leveled in preparation for the new flooring.

The demolition in the Pharmacology labs in the MEB has been completed. The contractor has run conduit in both the laboratory and the administrative areas. The corridor entry doorway has been framed up and insulation and drywall is being installed in the laboratory area. The expansion of the Residence Hall lobby is moving ahead. New exterior glass has been installed and cleaned. The old storefront has been demolished; the glass removed, the frame disassembled and the concrete sill removed. Inside the lobby area additional drywall has been hung on the new soffits. They have started removing the temporary wall.

The installation of a new automatic door that will control access to the walkway leading to the CSRB has begun. The new door frame is being erected. Facility Services installed and activated the irrigation sprinklers in the back of the Resource Center. Crews planted new shrubs in the planting beds. The contractor installed fence posts in the lot at the corner of Gravier St. and S. Claiborne Ave. Their crews continue setting the brick pavers for the new sidewalk along Gravier St. and at the corner of Gravier St. and S. Claiborne Ave.

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

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Lighting:
    • The lighting contractor installed new light fixtures in Rooms 111, 111A and 111B.
  • Painting:
    • The general contractor completed painting the walls in Room 443.
    • They completed painting the shipping and receiving dock area.
    • The trim and the door frame in Room 443 was painted.
    • The painting contractor began painting Room 109/109A and 32 exterior doors.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • Wall framing in the 2nd Floor lounge was completed.
    • Crews roughed-in electrical and installing drywall on the ceiling fur down in the 2nd Floor lounge.
    • They completed framing new walls in the 1st Floor lounge.
  • Furniture:
    • The furniture vendor installed the new reception desk in the front lobby.
  • Misc.:
    • The general contractor completed installing the ceiling grid in Room 443.
    • They installed carpet and cove base in Room 443.
    • The mechanical contractor removed old fan coil units and installed and connected new units in Rooms 419 and 453.
      • They continue piping new fan coil units in rooms on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
    • The cleaning contractor began the final cleaning of restrooms, windows and hallways on the 4th Floor.
    • The network wiring contractor started the installation of new network drops on the 4th Floor.
    • Facility Services is installing the new electrical conduit for exterior lighting by the Shipping and Receiving entrance.

Dental School Auditoriums A & B:

  • The electrical contractor installed trim rings for the recessed can light fixtures in Auditoriums A and B.
    • They installed the exit signs at the stairwell entrance to Auditoriums A and B.
  • The painting contractor painted the speaker housings and primed the entryway walls and ceiling in Auditorium A.
  • The mechanical contractor insulated the Auditorium B air handling unit.
    • They insulated the supply and return lines for one of the Liebert units in the A/V room.
    • The AHU ductwork for Auditorium A was insulated.
    • The chilled water valve for the Auditorium A & B air handling units was insulated.
  • The contractor installed the door frame for the mechanical room.

Dental School 6th and 8th Floor Lab Renovations:

  • The contractor sanded and placed the second skim coat on the walls in 6333, 6335, and Suite 8405.
  • The painting contractor prepped and primed the new walls on the 8th Floor.
    • They applied a second coat of primer on the new walls on the 8th Floor.
    • The first and second coats of finish paint have been applied on the new walls on the 8th Floor.
    • The contractor primed and applied the first coat of paint on the walls on the 6th Floor.
  • The sprinkler contractor replaced sprinkler heads in Rooms 6333 and 6335.
    • They replaced sprinkler heads in Rooms 8405A through 8405K.
  • The general contractor installed ceiling grid in Rooms 8405A, 8405B, 8405C, 8405D, 8405E, 8405F, 8405G, 8405H, 8405I, 8405J, and 8405K.
    • The crews installed ceiling grid in Rooms 6333 and 6335.
    • They installed the wall angle in Room 8405A.
  • The contractor set the remaining light fixtures in Suite 8405.
  • Corner guards have been installed around the columns in Room 8405B.

Lions/LSU Clinic Permanent Repairs and Mitigation:

  • The mechanical subcontractor installing control wire to an AHU on the 6th Floor, S. Prieur St. side.
    • They tested medical gas outlet boxes in the simulation rooms.
    • Supply and return air grills were installed on the CSRB side of the 6th Floor.
    • Crews installed additional supply duct and insulated heating hot water lines and supply duct on the Bolivar St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • They tested the heating hot water lines on the 6th Floor, Bolivar Street side.
    • The subcontractor set sinks on the 6th Floor, S. Prieur St. side restrooms.
    • They set sinks in the 6th Floor Bolivar St. side restrooms.
    • A crew installed control wire for the AHU on the S. Prieur Street side of the 1st Floor.
    • They installed a thermostat in electrical room on the 6th Floor.
    • The mechanical subcontractor installed storm drain pipe in the new stairwell on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
    • They installed fire dampers on the 2nd Floor, CSRB side.
  • The electrical subcontractor switched the power sources of Riser B which serves the S. Prieur St. electrical receptacles and lights to the new switchgear.
    • They installed electrical conduit supports for the generator on the Bolivar St. side chase.
    • The electricians installed conduit and junction boxes on Floors 1 through 9 for the generator electrical lines on the Bolivar Street side chase.
    • They installed wire and junction boxes for the fire alarm devices on the 6th Floor, CSRB side.
    • Crews installed pipe for the emergency power on the 6th Floor simulation labs.
    • They pulled wire for fire alarm devices on the 6th Floor, CSRB side and installed wire for the AHU on the 6th Floor, Bolivar St. side.
  • The sprinkler subcontractor installed sprinkler heads in the 6th Floor, S. Prieur St. side restroom.
    • They installed sprinkler heads on the 6th Floor, CSRB/S. Prieur Street side.
    • Sprinkler heads were installed in the center of the 6th Floor.
    • The sprinkler subcontractor piped from the fire pump to distribution lines in the 2nd Floor stairwells.
    • Crews began piping the distribution lines in the new exterior stairwell.
  • The general contractor installed bathroom partitions and drywall on the Bolivar St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • A crew installed ceiling tiles on 6th Floor, CSRB side.
    • Ceiling grid was installed on the S. Prieur St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • The contractor installed wall tile on the 1st Floor, Gravier/Bolivar Street side.
    • The contractor installed metal studs, insulation, and sheetrock for the ceiling soffit on the 6th Floor, in the Gravier/Bolivar St. corner.
    • They installed countertops in the 6th Floor Bolivar and S. Prieur St. side restrooms.
    • They installed restroom partitions in the 6th Floor bathrooms on the Bolivar S. side.
    • Crews removed ceiling grid and started installing a temporary plastic barrier in Rooms 901, 908, and 910.
    • Others applied the finishing paint coat to the 5th and 6th Floors of the new stairwell.
    • The contractor installed the exterior signage on the Gravier Street side of the building.
    • They removed the floor from the elevator lobby on the 6th Floor, Bolivar Street side.
    • Marker board trays were installed on the 6th Floor.
    • The contractor installed curtain wall metal on the 1st Floor of the new exterior stairwell, on the Bolivar Street side of the structure.

Library Commons Project:

  • The contractor installed sheetrock at the stairwell and in the small multi media room.
    • They taped and floated various walls in the Library Commons area.
    • The contractor taped and floated the sheetrock ceiling in the elevator lobby and under the window sills.
    • Crews installed a wall for an emergency exit door.
    • They installed the door frame for the main entrance.
  • The contractor installed fire alarm wiring in the elevator lobby.
    • They installed fire alarm wiring near the window walls.
  • The menu board for the coffee kiosk was installed.
    • The contractor completed the installation of the coffee kiosk.
  • Sidewall diffusers were installed in the ductwork.
  • LSUHSC electricians continued installing light fixtures in the multimedia rooms.

MEB 2nd Floor Lobby Renovation:

  • The contractor shimmed the window framing at both stores locations.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock on the Bolivar Street side.
    • They taped and floated sheetrock on the Bolivar Street side of the lobby.
  • The contractor installed ceiling grid on the Bolivar St. side of the lobby.

MEB MDL 6 RENOVATIONS:

  • The plaster columns in the main MDL room were patched and painted.
  • The contractor relocated sprinkler heads in the main MDL room.
  • Crews patched and floated the walls in the panel storage room.
  • The contractors continued patching and floating the walls and installed ceiling tiles in the main MDL room.
  • The contractor began leveling the subfloor in the main lab.

MEB PHARMACOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The mechanical contractor capped hot/cold/deionized water lines on the 4th Floor below the Pharmacology labs.
  • The general contractor demolished the corridor walls in the laboratory area.
  • The electrical contractor ran conduit in the administrative area.
    • They ran conduit in the laboratory area.
  • The contractor framed the corridor opening.
  • The mechanical contractor capped natural gas lines in the laboratory and administrative areas.
  • The general contractor is installing sheetrock and insulation in the laboratory area.

Residence Hall 2nd Floor Expansion:

  • The contractor installed exterior vertical mullion on the Perdido Street side of the lobby.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock for the soffit on the corner of S. Roman St. and Perdido St. and on the mezzanine level between the A & B Towers.
    • Crews installed sheetrock on the mezzanine level soffit.
    • They installed sheetrock for the soffit in the corner of S. Roman and Perdido lobby.
    • The contractor taped, floated and primed the fur down in the lobby between the A & B Towers.
    • Stud frames for the fur down on the corner of Perdido and Bolivar Street side were installed.
    • They installed ceiling grid hanger wire between the A and B Towers.
  • The contractors removed existing glass from the old storefront system.
    • The contractor installed the remaining spandrel glasses on the Perdido Street side.
    • They cleaned the exterior side of the glass installed on the Perdido St. side.
    • The contractors completed removing existing frames from the old storefront system.
    • The concrete base for the old storefront was removed.
    • They installed break metal track for the underside of the storefront and caulked the Perdido St. perimeter.
    • They have begun to remove the temporary wall.

CSRB AUTOMATIC WALKWAY INSTALLTION:

  • The contractor started the frame installation for the automatic door.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services installed irrigation sprinklers and grading the planting beds in the back of the Resource Center.
    • Crews planted new shrubs in the planting beds.
    • Facility Services activated the irrigation sprinklers.
  • The contractor installed fence posts in the lot at the corner of Gravier St. and S. Claiborne Ave.
    • Their crew continues setting the brick pavers for the new sidewalk along Gravier St. and at the corner of Gravier St. and S. Claiborne Ave.
  • Facility Services installed landscape edging in the planting bed behind the Resource Center.

RESIDENCE HALL WALKWAY RESURFACING:

  • The contractor applied the first coat of stain on the walkway surface.

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