Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #88
Posted: March 13, 2009

Work at 1542 Tulane Ave. is focusing on the lower floors of the building. New fan coil units are being connected on the 2nd and 3rd Floors. The cabinets for the 3rd Floor lounge are in place and the plumbing is complete in the 2nd Floor lounge. The contractor removed the old glass storefront from the front of the 1st Floor and the new storefront creating the 1st Floor lounge is in place. The interiors of Rooms 109, 341, 342 and 343 have been demolished and the reconfiguration is underway. New ceiling grid has been installed in Rooms 199H and 319C and crews are working on the grid in Rooms 111 and 111A.

New smaller wing walls have been constructed in the Dental School Auditoriums A&B. These smaller walls will improve the sight lines from certain sections of the auditoriums. The walls have been framed, dry walled, taped, floated, primed and painted. An exhaust duct has been removed from the new IT room to provide sufficient space for the new equipment planned for the auditoriums.

The casework contractor has been busy installing the new cabinets and counter tops in the renovated labs on the 6th and 8th Floors of the Dental School Clinic Building. Base cabinets and shelving has been installed throughout the 8th Floor spaces. Rolling tables have also been put in place in selected 8th Floor labs. Counter tops are in place in Rooms 8405A, 8405B, 8405C, 8405D, 8405F and 8405G. The base cabinets and counter tops have also been installed in Room 6335, as have the fume hood and shelving. Water valves and drains have been installed in several of the 8th Floor labs. The electricians and network wiring crews are making connections to the new lab furniture.

The installation of the exterior glass on the new stairwell at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building has been completed. The installers are caulking the glass. The granite installers have begun installing the granite on exterior surfaces of the stairwell. Ceiling tiles are being installed on the Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor, in the elevator lobby and in the simulation rooms. Ceiling grid is being hung in the computer lounge area. Sheet vinyl is going down in the simulation rooms and VCT is being laid in the hallways. Carpet has been installed in selected spaces on the 6th Floor.

The diesel fuel lines have been installed on the Gravier St. side of the 1st Floor and all the installed lines from the 1st Floor to the roof have been tested and capped. Scrub sinks are in place in the simulation rooms and supply air ducts have been installed. Medical air/gas/vacuum ceiling boxes were installed in the simulation room. An acid drain line has been removed from above the new switch gear. The electricians are making the final connections to the roof mounted emergency generator. Safety strobes, speakers and exit signs are being installed throughout the 6th Floor. Additional wiring has been pulled for the Stryker equipment and light fixtures have been installed on the Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor.

The contractor working on the Library Commons continues working on the display case in the elevator lobby. The framing is substantially complete and the glass is being installed. Wire has been pulled to the receptacles and the LSUHSC Facilities electricians have started installing the new wall switches. Air conditioning diffusers were installed in the multimedia rooms, the elevator lobby and the café area. The contractor completed installing the column wraps and the ceiling tile in the cafe area. Facility Services installed a transfer switch for emergency lighting and installed drains for the coffee kiosk. The contractor installed supports for the acoustical ceiling baffles.

The contractor painted the metal doors in the MEB 2nd Floor lobby leading to the lecture halls and the stairwells. They painted all the door frames and continued installing break metal around the elevator doors. A drain line was relocated so that it is in line with the new ceiling on the Bolivar Street side. Workers installed plumbing pipe for the water coolers on the Bolivar Street side and installed one water cooler. The contractor began installing granite on the columns. Electricians installed can lights around the perimeter of the lobby and ceiling hanging fixtures on the Roman St. side of the lobby. LSUHSC Facility Services re-routed existing pneumatic lines so they will not be in the open ceiling area.

The casework contractor installed counter tops, sinks, cantilever arms, and panels for the casework in MDL 6. The network wiring contractor terminated and tested the new data ports and the electrical contractor installed light switches and receptacles. The A/V contractor installed controller boxes in the pedestal island. They have programmed and tested the new audio/video equipment. The contractor installed partition panels, the door frame and door for the storage room and connected the drains to the eight sinks.

The contractor primed, patched and painted the walls in the administrative area of the MEB Pharmacology labs. Ceiling grid has been installed in one of the large laboratory spaces and much of the administrative area. Workers painted a majority of the doorframes and installed registers in the lab area. Exhaust ductwork was installed between the administrative area and the exhaust chase, and exhaust ductwork has been installed in the corridor. The contractor modified sprinkler heads in the lab area.

The contractor laid three separate layers of the mortar bed in the two corner lobby areas in the Residence Hall lobby. The contractor installed brick pavers on the exterior side of the sliding doors and the workers grouted the pavers. The crews continue framing the fur down in the expanded lobby area. The mechanical contractor began running sprinkler pipes in the expanded lobby area. The flooring contractor applied primer and another layer of leveling concrete in the expanded lobby area. The double sliding door and the single sliding door on the Bolivar St./Perdido St. side of the lobby are in place. The glass for both doors has been installed. Ceiling grid was installed in the back lobby area in the C Tower. Additional fire alarm wires were run between the A & B tower lobby areas. The contractor installed pendant light fixtures in the back lobby area in Tower C.

The contractor installed the electrical disconnect for new boiler at the Dental School and fabricated additional gas and steam piping for connecting the boiler to the building systems. The gas piping and valves for the boiler were installed. They assembled and prepped the boiler connections for the scheduled system tie-in. The connection of the new boiler was completed and crews insulated the steam line. Relief valves for the new boiler were installed.

The work is just getting underway on the roof replacement at the Allied Health/Nursing Building. Substantial amounts of the new roofing materials have been delivered and staged in a lot across Roman St. from the building. The crews have started removing the old ballast (gravel) from the roof.

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

REPAIR WORK AT 1542 TULANE AVE.:

  • Painting:
    • Offices and hallways on the 3rd Floor are being painted.
    • The center stairwell between the 1st and the 4th Floors was painted.
    • Workers started patching offices on the 2nd Floor.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • The furniture contractor completed the installation of new cabinetry in the 3rd Floor lounge.
    • The plumbing for the 2nd Floor lounge was completed.
    • The glass contractor demolished the old storefront beside the main entrance on Tulane Ave. and completed construction of the new storefront leading into the 1st Floor lounge.
    • They are working on applying the trim to the new storefront.
    • The electrical contractor began the electrical rough-in in the 1st Floor lounge.
  • Misc.:
    • The mechanical contractor continues piping new fan coil units on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
    • Crews began the demolition and reconfiguration of Rooms 109, 341, 342 and 343.
    • The granite contractor repaired two holes in the granite walls on the 1st Floor.
    • Facilities personnel demolished fan coil units and associated piping in Rooms 109H, 110, 111, 341, 342 and 343.
    • New windows were installed in Rooms 335 and 345.
    • The installation of new suspended ceiling grid in Room 109H is finished.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services completed installing the new ceiling grid in Room 319C.
    • Crews started installing the new suspended ceiling grid in Rooms 111 and 111A.

DENTAL AUDITORIUMS A & B RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor removed the exhaust chase in the IT room.
  • The contractor framed the new wing wall in Auditorium B.
    • They installed sheetrock on the new wing walls in both auditoriums.
    • The contractor taped and floated the new (smaller) wing walls in both auditoriums.
    • The contractor primed and painted the wing walls in Auditoriums A & B.

DENTAL 6th & 8th FLOOR LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed base cabinets and shelving in the large and small rooms on the 8th Floor.
  • The contractor installed base cabinets and rolling tables for the lab furniture in Rooms 8405C, 8405D, 8405F, and 8405G.
  • Crews installed base cabinets and countertops in Room 6335 and installed new laminated wall panels in the corridor to close the original door opening.
  • The cabinet installers installed countertops for the lab furniture in Rooms 8405C, 8405D, 8405F and 8405G.
  • The cabinet installers installed the 4 ft fume hood and shelving in Room 6335.
  • The electrical contractor ran the electrical wiring for the peninsulas in 8405A and 8405B, the recessed can lights in Room 8405E, the darkroom light fixtures in 8405D, and the NEMA L6 - 250V outlet in Room 6335.
  • The plumbing contractor installed the water valves for the laboratory sinks in Rooms 8405C, 8405D, 8405F, 8405G, and 8405H.
  • The cabinet installers installed the wall-mounted and peninsula shelving in Suite 8405.
  • The network wiring crew installed the network wiring for the peninsulas in 8405A and 8405B.
    • They installed the network drops and wall plates for Rooms 6333 and 6335.
  • The plumbing contractor installed the gas and vacuum connections for the peninsulas in Rooms 8405A and 8405B.
  • The contractor installed the remaining base cabinets for the peninsulas in Suite 8405A.
  • The network wiring crew installed the network wiring in Rooms 8405C, 8405D, 8405E, 8405F, and 8405G and tested the network drops for Rooms 6333 and 6335.
  • The plumbing contractor installed sink connections (hot water, cold water, and drain) for the sinks in Rooms 8405C, 8405D, and 8405E.
  • The cabinet installers installed the remaining counter tops for the peninsulas in Suite 8405A and 8405B.
  • The network wiring crew installed the network wiring in Rooms 8405H, 8405I, and 8405J.
  • The plumbing contractor installed sink connections (hot water, cold water, and drain) for the sinks in Rooms 8405F and 8405G.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • The installation of the glass on the exterior stairwell has been completed. Crews have begun caulking the glass panels.
    • Crews began installing granite on the exterior of the new stairwell.
    • They installed metal studs for the wall around the fire door on the 6th Floor, Gravier Street side.
    • The contractor started installing wall partitions on the 6th Floor, Gravier St./S. Prieur St. side.
    • The door frame for the new stairwell was installed on the 6th Floor.
    • A crew installed baseboard backer on the 6th Floor, Gravier/S. Prieur Street side.
    • Ceiling tile is being installed in the 6th Floor in the simulation rooms.
    • The contractor installed ceiling tile on the Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • Additional CMU walls are being constructed on the 1st Floor, Bolivar St. side.
    • The contractor installed carpet on the CSRB side of the 6th Floor.
    • Crews installed ceiling wires and grid on the 6th Floor in the computer lounge area.
    • The contractor removed the shaft walls from around the freight elevator to begin waterproofing the shaft.
    • Workers are stripping the granite floors on the 1st Floor, Bolivar Street side.
    • Ceiling tile was installed in the 6th Floor elevator lobby.
    • A crew began installing cabinets for the reception desk on the 6th Floor.
    • Others began installing ceramic border tile in the 6th Floor computer lounge.
    • The sheet vinyl for the floors in the simulation labs is being laid.
    • A crew began installing VCT in the hallway.
    • The contractor began applying the color enhancer to the granite walls on the 1st Floor, Gravier Street side.
  • The mechanical contractor installed fuel pipes on the 1st Floor, CSRB side and installed control wire to the AHU on the 1st Floor, Bolivar Street side.
    • Crews installed supply grilles and scrub sinks in the 6th Floor simulation rooms.
    • They continue to install the supply and return grilles on the Gravier St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • Plumbers roughed in the waste and water lines for the restroom on the Bolivar St. side of the 1st Floor,
    • All of the diesel fuel lines that run from the roof to the 1st Floor have been tested.
    • A water fountain was installed on the Bolivar St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • Ceiling outlets for the medical gas/air/vac were installed in the 6th Floor simulation room.
    • The fuel pipes going into the generator on the roof were caulked.
    • Actuators were mounted on the 1st and 6th Floors in the mechanical rooms on the S. Prieur Street side.
    • Workers capped the fuel lines on the roof and on the 1st Floor.
    • Plumbers removed the acid waste line above the new switchgear.
    • The mechanical contractor piped in the medical air/gas/vacuum ceiling boxes in the 6th Floor simulation rooms.
  • The electrical contractor installed conduit from the switches to the disconnects for the generator on the roof.
    • They installed light fixtures on the 6th Floor, Gravier Street side and installed additional wire for the Stryker equipment that will be installed for the simulation labs.
    • Wires were run from the emergency generator to the switches on the roof.
    • They installed strobes and speakers on the 6th Floor, Bolivar Street side.
    • They ran conduit to the battery charger and the heater for the generator on the roof.
    • Electricians installed exit signs, strobes and speakers on the CSRB side of the 6th Floor.
    • They installed the VFD on the 6th Floor in the Bolivar St. side mechanical room and tied in the fire phones on the 6th Floor.
    • Electricians pulled generator feeder wire from the 9th Floor generator on the roof.
    • They pulled wire from the switchgear to the fire pump controller.
    • Power has been provided to the reception desk on the 6th Floor.
    • Electricians are installing lights on the Gravier St./S. Prieur St. side of the 6th Floor.
    • Workers pulled control wire from the roof mounted emergency generator to the 2nd Floor.
    • They installed the annunciator panels on the 1st and 2nd Floors and pulled feeder wires from the fire pump motor and jockey pump to the fire pump controller on the 2nd Floor.
    • Crews continue to pull control wire from the roof top generator to the ATS.
  • The sprinkler contractor installed sprinkler heads on the Bolivar St. and Gravier St. sides of the 6th Floor.
    • They installed sprinkler heads in the 6th Floor computer lounge.
  • AT&T began pulling the main telephone feeder cable.

LIBRARY COMMONS PROJECT:

  • LSUHSC electricians pulled wire for receptacles and are now installing light switches.
  • The contractor continued installing the display case in the elevator lobby.
    • Glass was installed in the display case.
  • Air conditioning diffusers were installed in the multimedia rooms, the elevator lobby and the café area.
  • The composite wall panels in the multimedia rooms have been sealed.
    • They painted the composite wall panels in the small multimedia room.
  • The contractor completed the column wraps in the cafe area.
    • Ceiling tile was installed in the cafe area.
  • The contractor installed window shades.
  • The wooden ceiling trim was installed in the study area.
  • Facility Services installed a transfer switch for emergency lighting and installed drains for the coffee kiosk.
  • The contractor installed supports for the acoustical ceiling baffles.
  • Workers installed base molding in the study area and in the elevator lobby.

MEB 2nd FLOOR LOBBY RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor painted the metal doors for the lecture halls and the stairwells, painted all the door frames and continued installing break metal around the elevator doors.
  • The contractor moved a drain line so that it is in line with the new ceiling on the Bolivar Street side.
  • They installed plumbing pipe for the water coolers on the Bolivar Street side and installed one water cooler.
  • The contractor began installing granite on the columns.
  • They installed the door frames on the north side of the lobby and hung sheet rock around the door frames.
  • The contractor installed can lights around the perimeter of the lobby.
    • They installed the circular hanging fixtures on the Roman Street side of the lobby.
  • LSUHSC Facility Services re-routed pneumatic lines so they will not be in the open ceiling area.
  • LSUHSC employees began labeling wire that needs to be re-routed in the open ceiling.

MEB MDL 6 RENOVATIONS:

  • The casework contractor installed countertops.
    • The casework contractor installed sinks, cantilever arms, and panels for the casework.
  • The network wiring contractor terminated and tested the new data ports.
  • The electrical contractor installed light switches and receptacles.
  • The A/V contractor installed controller boxes in the pedestal island.
    • The A/V contractor programmed and tested the new audio/video equipment.
  • The contractor installed partition panels, the door frame and door for the storage room.
  • The contractor connected drains to the eight sinks.

MEB PHARMACOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor primed, patched and painted the walls in the administrative area.
  • The contractor installed ceiling grid in one of the large laboratory spaces and painted a majority of the doorframes.
  • The contractor installed ceiling grid in the administrative area.
  • They installed registers in the lab area.
  • Exhaust ductwork was installed between the administrative area and the exhaust chase.
    • They installed new exhaust ductwork in the corridor.
  • The contractor modified sprinkler heads in the lab area.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • The contractor laid three separate layers of the mortar bed in the two corner lobby areas.
  • The contractor installed brick pavers on the exterior side of the sliding doors.
    • Workers grouted the brick pavers on the exterior side of the sliding doors.
  • The contractor continues framing the fur down in the expanded lobby area.
  • The enclosure contractor installed break metal on the underside of the roof above the entrance door.
  • The mechanical contractor began running sprinkler pipes in the expanded lobby area.
  • The flooring contractor applied primer and another layer of leveling concrete in the expanded lobby area.
  • The enclosure contractor installed the double sliding door.
    • Workers installed the single sliding door on the Bolivar St./Perdido St. side.
    • The glass for both sliding doors has been installed.
  • Crews continued installing air conditioning plenum boxes and linear diffuser.
  • Ceiling grid was installed in the back lobby area in the C Tower.
  • The contractor began running fire alarm wires.
    • Additional fire alarm wires were run between the A & B tower lobby areas.
  • The contractor began framing the fur down in back lobby area in Tower A.
  • The contractor installed pendant light fixtures in the back lobby area in Tower C.

DENTAL SCHOOL BOILER INSTALLATION:

  • The contractor installed the electrical disconnect for new boiler and fabricated additional gas and steam piping for connecting the boiler to the building systems.
  • Crews installed the gas piping and valves for the boiler.
  • They assembled and prepped the boiler connections for the scheduled system tie-in.
  • The contractor completed the connection of the new boiler and insulated the steam line.
  • Relief valves for the new boiler were installed.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • Work has begun on the project. The contractor is removing the old ballast (gravel) from the roof.
  • Materials for the new roof have been delivered and staged in the lay down area located across Roman St. from the building.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services graded planting bed in the rear of the Resource Center.
  • Facility Services planted shrubs and spread mulch in the rear of the Resource Center.

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