Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #93
Posted: May 22, 2009

The project to replace the roof of the Resource Center has been successfully re-bid. The analysis of the bids was completed recently and the successful bidder; Crown Roofing, was notified of the award. The administrative work necessary to execute the contract and issue a Notice to Proceed is underway at the Office of Facility Planning and Control. Work ought to begin within the next four to six weeks.

Clinical faculty and staff from the Department of Medicine and the Department of Radiology will begin moving into the Clinical Education Building next week. The Department of Medicine will be occupying the 4th Floor while Radiology will be located on the 3rd Floor. Work is continuing on the 1st and 2nd Floors in preparation for the final phase of the re-occupation of the building. Substantial progress has been made on the lounges on both floors. Walls have been painted, fire alarm devices have been installed and floor coverings have been laid.

The contractor working at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building is prepared to transfer all building power over from the old switchgear on the 1st Floor to the new switchgear located on the 2nd Floor. This is a critical part of the plan to protect the building from future flood events. The transfer will occur during a major power outage scheduled for the upcoming weekend. The finish work on the 6th Floor is nearing completion. We believe that an inspection by the State Fire Marshal late in May will result in receiving beneficial occupancy on June 1, 2009. Workers have been very active in the exterior stairwell; installing fire alarm devices and ceiling tiles and completing work on the interior finishes. Crews have installed and grouted wall tiles and installed fixtures in the 1st Floor restrooms, painted interior walls and installed additional ceiling grid.

The contractor and LSUHSC Facility Services are working through the outstanding punch list items on the Library Commons project. Entrance signage has been installed and repairs to damaged sheet rock have been made. The transoms over the doors and the door hardware (knobs, lock sets, etc.) have been installed. The pipes have been run for the water softener that will be in use at the coffee kiosk.

The renovations to the Pharmacology labs in the MEB are nearing completion. The exhaust duct work has been installed. Wire mold has been installed throughout the lab area and in the administrative area. Network cable has been pulled in the lab area. Work in the MEB 2nd Floor lobby has largely revolved around the installation of wood panels around the two restrooms and the elevators. Renovations to MDL #3 are progressing. The track that supports the movable partition system has been raised as necessary. The contractor has framed up the sound enclosure and is hanging sheet rock on the enclosure. The plumbers have stubbed up the plumbing for the new casework.

The new tables have been installed in Auditoriums A & B at the Dental School. Carpeting has been laid on the risers and floor of the Auditoriums and acoustic wall panels have been installed in Auditorium A. The new air handling units have been started up and tested. Much of the electrical work in the network/audio-visual room (Room 4202B) has been completed. The IT and A/V racks have been installed and Creative Presentations has run new wiring to support the state of the art system that is being installed.

The interior contractor taped and floated the new drywall throughout the entire lobby area and on the network closet at the Student Residence Hall. Pendant light fixtures were installed in the drop ceiling and ceiling grid underneath the mezzanine level between the B & C Tower. Workers installed recessed down light fixtures in the drop ceiling between the B & C Towers and can lights in the mezzanine area. Ceiling tiles have been installed between the B Tower and the C Tower and floor tiles have been laid in the B & C Tower lobby area and in front of Elevator C.

The roof replacement project at the Allied Health/Nursing Building is moving ahead. The parapet wall cap has been replaced along the MEB loading dock side of the building, the Bolivar St. side of the building and the Gravier St. side of the building. The one-ply roofing sheet was laid on the parapet wall along the MEB and Bolivar St sides. Roof drain flashing is in place at all the roof drains. A leak from the atrium roof damaged portions of the ceiling and the roofing contractor has undertaken repairs to address the damage.

The contractor completed balancing the new MEB roof top air handling units (RTU) #1 and #2. The pipes and valves were insulated on both units. Workers cored and installed new drains in the A and C riser mechanical rooms and installed the weather-tight NEMA-4 enclosure for the RTU #2 control panel.

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

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Painting:
    • The contractor primed the walls in Room 112 and the new wall in the 1st Floor lobby area that leads to the basement.
    • The contractor painted the new wall in the 1st Floor lobby area and the walls in Room 112.
  • Lounge Areas:
    • The walls in the 1st Floor lounge were primed.
    • Two coats of paint have been applied on the walls in the 1st Floor lounge.
    • The ceiling-mounted speaker/strobe fire alarm devices for the 1st and 2nd Floor lounges have been installed.
    • The flooring contractor installed VCT in the 2nd Floor lounge.
    • The contractor installed the cabinets in the 2nd Floor lounge.
    • Crews finished installing the cabinets in the 2nd Floor lounge.
    • The carpet for the 2nd Floor lounge was laid.
  • Misc.:
    • Workers installed window blinds in Room 342.
    • The ceiling contractor worked on punch-list items on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
    • Facility Services replaced a fan coil motor in Room 349.
    • Crews wired additional fan coils in 3rd Floor offices along Tulane Ave.
    • LSUHSC Facility Services worked on 4th Floor fan coils (Room 441).
    • The sprinkler contractor worked on the dry pipe system.
    • The contractor installed a door frame in the 1st Floor lobby.
    • LSUHSC Computer Services Networking Group finished checking the phone lines on the 4th Floor and continued checking the phone lines on the 3rd Floor.
    • The carpenters continue to laminate the wooden window sills in 2nd Floor offices along Tulane Avenue.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • The contractor installed window lights in the 6th Floor elevator lobby doors.
    • Workers installed windows lights in the new 1st Floor lobby entrance.
    • Crews caulked the window jambs of the new stairwell levels 4 – 6 and waterproofed the new stairwell base.
    • They grouted the restroom walls on the 1st Floor and painted the walls on the CSRB side of the 1st Floor.
    • Crews painted the doorframes on the 1st Floor and installed ceiling grid in the old PBX room and the fire command station.
    • The contractor cut the tile in the 6th Floor computer lounge area to accommodate the new flush mounted floor receptacles and covers.
    • Crews installed wall tile on the Bolivar St. side of the 1st Floor.
    • The sheet vinyl flooring in the 6th Floor simulation rooms was waxed.
    • They mudded above and around the doors and windows of the stairwell on the 5th and 6th levels.
    • The contractor aligned the entrance doors on the Gravier Street side.
    • Workers replaced damaged tiles in the restrooms on the Bolivar St. side on the 6th Floor.
    • The contractor installed lobby doors on the Bolivar St. side of the 6th Floor.
  • External Stairwell:
    • The contractor glazed the exterior stairwell window jambs at levels 2 – 4.
    • Ceiling grid and ceiling tile was installed on the 6th level.
    • Crews installed spandrel glass, break metal, and granite on the outside of the exit stairwell door on the 1st Floor.
    • Crews built knee walls on the 1st and 2nd levels of the new exterior stairwell.
    • The contractor wired and terminated fire alarm devices on the 5th and 6th level of the new stairwell and installed the fireman’s override switch on the 1st Floor fire command station.
  • The electrical contractor pulled wire from the roof to the fire pump controller.
    • They terminated wires for the fire pump controller and fire pump breaker located on the roof.
    • Electricians connected the new fire pump and power conditioner that serves the 3rd and 4th Floors to the new switchgear.
    • Electricians installed LED lights on the 6th Floor at the reception desk and the entrance.
    • Floor receptacles were installed in the 6th Floor simulation rooms.
    • The new phone cables on the 6th Floor were tested.
    • Workers installed lights in the 6th Floor stairwell and ran wire to the floor boxes in the 6th Floor computer lounge.
    • They installed an outlet in the old PBX room and lights in the 1st level of the stairwell.
    • The telephone contractor strapped down the splice case on the 1st Floor in the old PBX room.
  • The mechanical contractor finished installing fixtures in the restrooms located on the Bolivar St. side of the 1st Floor.
    • Workers installed the drinking fountain on the S. Prieur St. side of the 1st Floor and a sink in Room 155.

LIBRARY COMMONS PROJECT:

  • The contractor installed the entrance signage.
  • Workers patched the sheetrock underneath the stairwell.
  • The contractor primed the walls underneath the internal stairwell.
  • Door hardware has been installed.
  • The contractor installed door transoms.
  • LSUHSC Facility Services installed piping for the kiosk water softener.

MEB PHARMACOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed wire molding in the lab area and return air grills in the doors.
  • Network wires were pulled in the lab area.
  • The contractor continued to install wire molding in the administrative. 
  • A crew installed the exhaust ductwork.

MEB 2nd FLOOR LOBBY RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed wooden wall panels near the Men’s and Women’s restrooms.
  • The contractor continues installing wooden wall panels near the elevators.

MDL-3 RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed the steel track support for the partition in the storage room and raised the steel track support for the partition panel.
  • They framed up the support track for the partition wall.
  • Crews installed steel track for the new partition in Room 4108A.
  • They installing framing studs around the steel track for sound insulation.
    • The contractor installed sheetrock around the steel track for sound insulation.
  • Workers stubbed up plumbing for the new casework.

DENTAL AUDITORIUMS A & B RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor roughed-in chilled water piping for the 2nd Liebert unit in Room 4202B.
    • Crews completed the grid and wood trim installation for the ceiling in Auditorium B.
    • They installed the remaining ceiling tiles in Auditorium B.
    • The new tables have been installed in Auditorium A and B.
    • The door frames have been painted.
    • Workers installed acoustical wall panels in Auditorium A.
    • The contractor installed additional framing in Auditorium A.
  • The electrical contractor pulled wiring for the occupancy sensors in Auditorium A.
  • They installed the conduit connections for the transformers and sub-panel boxes for both auditoriums.
  • Electricians pulled wiring for the occupancy sensors in Auditorium B and installed occupancy sensor devices in both Auditoriums.
  • The contractor wired the breakers in the new sub-panels and pulled wires from the new electrical sub-panels to the lighting distribution panels.
  • The new transformers have been wired.
  • The main breakers for the new transformers and sub-panels were installed and energized.
  • The contractor pulled wires for the dimmer control boxes in Auditorium B and installed the dimmer panel for Auditorium A.
  • Electricians pulled wired and energized the emergency panel X4RC.
  • The electrical contractor installed the cable tray above the A/V and networking racks in Room 4202B and set the junction boxes for the network and A/V wiring in the mechanical room between both auditoriums.
  • Electricians installed the junction boxes for the power outlets under the A/V racks and installed conduit for the Liebert unit disconnect.
  • The mechanical contractor performed the start-up of the new auditorium AHUs and installed wiring for the AHU sensors and controls.
  • The flooring contractor installed additional carpet for the riser seating in Auditorium A.
    • Workers installed carpet for two levels of the riser seating in Auditorium B.
    • The flooring contractor installed carpet on the lower level in Auditorium A and B.
  • Creative Presentations ran wiring for the subwoofers.
    • The IT and AV racks were installed in Room 4202B.
    • The contractor pulled wires in the 4th Floor walkway.
    • The A/V contractor pulled additional wires from the auditoriums to Room 4208 outside the new rack Room 4202B.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • The interior contractor taped and floated the new drywall throughout the entire lobby area.
    • The contractor taped and floated the walls of the network closet.
  • Crews installed pendant light fixtures in the drop ceiling and ceiling grid underneath the mezzanine level between the B & C Towers.
    • Workers installed recessed down light fixtures in the drop ceiling between the B & C Towers.
    • The interior contractor roughed in for the pendant light fixtures in the Perdido St. and S. Roman St. back corner lobby area.
    • They installed can lights in the mezzanine.
  • Ceiling tiles were installed between the B Tower and the C Tower.
  • The flooring contractor prepped the floor for tile installation.
    • They installed floor tiles in the B & C Tower lobby area and in front of Elevator C.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor replaced the parapet wall cap along the MEB loading dock side.
  • The parapet wall cap along Bolivar Street and Gravier St. was replaced.
  • The contractor installed the one-ply roofing sheet on the parapet wall along the MEB and Bolivar St sides.
  • Workers installed roof drain flashing at all drains.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor completed balancing roof top units (RTU) #1 and #2.
  • Workers completed insulating piping on roof top unit one (RTU #1).
  • Crews insulated the valves on RTU #1 and the piping on RTU #2.
  • The contractor cored and installed new drains in the A and C riser mechanical rooms and installed the weather-tight NEMA-4 enclosure for the RTU #2 control panel.
  • The contractor continued coring and installing new drains in the A and C riser mechanical rooms.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services graded the planting beds at the corner of Perdido St. and S. Roman St.
  • Shrubs were planted at the corner of Perdido St. and S. Roman St.
  • Facility Services completed planting and mulching around the MEB at the corner of Perdido and S. Roman Streets and mulched planting beds along Bolivar Street.

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