Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #98
Posted: July 31, 2009

Classes that were displaced from the Cohen Learning Center by Hurricane Katrina will resume with the new academic year in the new Learning Center facilities now located on the 6th Floor of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. The contractor is completing work on a number of small items related to the project and a punch list has been agreed upon.

The final group of faculty and staff are tentatively scheduled to move back into 1542 Tulane Ave. on or about August 11th. Furniture has been delivered to the 2nd Floor and set up in offices and the lounge. The final cleaning of spaces on the 2nd Floor is nearly finished. The coffee kiosk has been delivered to the 1st Floor and the installation has begun. Temporary repairs have been completed and seating provided in the 1st Floor auditorium so that it can be used for large group meetings until the permanent repairs are designed and completed.

The renovations to MDL #3 are nearing completion. The contractor installed the new marker boards and the cove base along the perimeter wall. The door for the partition Storage Room 4210A was installed and the ceiling in front of Room 4210A was repaired. Crews have begun working on the punch list items.

The roof replacement project at the Allied Health/Nursing Building is winding down. The new roof is in place on all of the major sections of the building roof, including the roof of the atrium. Workers are completing a variety of tasks required to complete the project. The exterior ladder was installed on the elevator penthouse. The contractor completed installing the aluminum flashing around the atrium roof and the 4th Floor ledge near Bolivar St. Workers removed and re-applied the existing caulk in the joints along the Bolivar Street side of the Atrium and replaced the granite panels where the exterior elevator connected to the building.

The contractor responsible for replacing the Resource Center roof is scheduled to be on site and begin work on Monday, August 10th. A work trailer is already on site; located across Prieur St. from the Resource Center. During the course of the project some odors can be expected to be noticeable when the heated petroleum-based products are applied as part of the new roofing system.

The exhaust fans that were located on the roof of the Dental Clinic Building and the Power Plant have been replaced in an intensive two week project. The old fans were replaced in pairs to minimize the interruption of the functions that each fan supported within the building.

The final steps in the renovations to the Dental Auditoriums A & B are underway. The majority of the work has focused on the state of the art audio/visual system that has been installed in the rooms. The contractor completed installing the electrical power for the projectors and the projectors were installed. Heat tests were conducted on the projectors. The A/V contractor tested the sound system in Auditorium A and programmed the Crestron control panel. The network cables in both auditoriums have been tested. The contractor continues to complete remaining punch-list items in both Auditoriums. Auditorium A is scheduled for final completion on August 7th.

The contractor responsible for replacing the air handling units in the MEB completed the new insulation, electrical wiring, hot water piping and controls for air handling unit 6-B and 7-B. Crews are testing and balancing the new units. Facility Services moved the temporary AC units from the B to the A Quadrant (corner of South Roman Street and the MEB loading dock) in preparation for the installation of the next pair of AHUs.

The demolition in the Physiology labs being renovated on the 7th Floor of the MEB has been completed. Workers patched walls in Room 7241, 7244 and 7250 and the repairs have been taped and floated. Wood blocking for the new casework was installed in Rooms 7241, 7244, and 7250. New sheetrock was installed by the window wall in Room 7241 and 7250.

The renovations to the 2nd Floor lobby in the MEB have entered the final stages. The contractor grouted the granite columns. Carpet has been installed in Medical Center Stores and the floor in Campus Office Stores has been prepped for the carpet. The contractor caulked all of the door frames and adjusted the hidden doors. The flooring contractor replaced damaged tile in the lobby and installed tile base in the two storage rooms. The furniture contractor completed the furniture installation.

Work continues in the expanded lobby of the Residence Hall. The millwork contractor installed wood cladding around the network closet. Ceiling tiles, wall sconces and recess lights were installed in the recreation room. The stairwell doors and door frames were primed. The flooring contractor installed porcelain bases in back corner lobby area of the A & C Towers. They grouted the porcelain base and prepped the floor for the carpet installation in the C Tower lobby area. Crews framed the wall and soffit in front of the telephone panel in the A Tower lobby area.

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

LIONS/LSU CLINIC PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • The contractor terminated the data cables in the network closet for the conference room tables on the 6th Floor.
  • Workers painted the lobby desk on the 1st Floor.
  • They ran conduit and pulled wire to the temporary MRI trailer for the disconnect switch and transformer.
  • Emergency power has been provided to the fire pump room.
  • Lightning rods for the rooftop vent hoods were installed.

REPAIR WORK AT 1542 TULANE AVE.:

  • LSUHSC Facility Services installed outlet covers in Room 235J.
  • LSUHSC painters applied touch-up paint in the 1st Floor offices along the Tulane Ave. side of the building.
  • Electricians made electrical repairs in Rooms 235J & 235K.
  • Facility Services replaced the door glass in Room 230.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock over the 1 x 1 ceiling tiles in the 1st Floor lounge.
  • The contractor removed the cinderblock pipe chase on the 1st and 3rd Floors of the parking garage.
    • They installed CMU for the pipe chase on the 1st and 2nd Floors of the parking garage.
  • The coffee kiosk for the 1st Floor lounge was delivered and the installation of the unit began.
    • The electrical contractor adjusted the electrical power receptacle elevation for the kiosk equipment.
    • Workers roughed-in conduit for additional network drops.
    • The electrical contractor roughed-in outlet boxes for the coffee kiosk equipment.
  • The network wiring contractor installed data runs in Rooms 228 and 240A.
  • The cleaning contractor is cleaning the 2nd Floor restrooms.

MDL #3 RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed the new marker boards.
  • They installed cove base along the perimeter wall.
  • The door for the partition Storage Room 4210A was installed.
  • The contractor repaired the ceiling in front of Room 4210A and began working on punch list items.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • The exterior ladder was installed on the elevator penthouse.
  • The contractor completed installing the aluminum flashing around the atrium roof.
  • They installed aluminum flashing around the 4th Floor ledge near Bolivar Street.
  • Workers removed and re-applied the existing caulk in the joints along the Bolivar Street side of the Atrium.
  • The contractor replaced a granite panel where the exterior elevator connected to the building.

DENTAL SCHOOL EXHAUST FAN REPLACEMENT: A new project to replace the old exhaust fans on the Clinic Building and the Power Plant began on Saturday, July 11th. A crane was set up in the horseshoe to lift the fans onto the roof of the Clinic Building.

  • As each fan was replaced, the fume hoods affected were out of service. Lab occupants were asked to take the necessary precautions with any chemicals since there would be no exhaust in the affected rooms during this work. The entire schedule is shown below:
    • July 13th: 8:00 AM thru 4:30 PM. Fans F13 and F14 will be replaced; affecting fume hoods in 7315 and 6313.
    • July 14th: 8:00 AM thru 4:30 PM. Fans F17 and F18 will be replaced; affecting fume hoods in 6329 and 6335.
    • July 15th: 8:00 AM thru 4:30 PM. Fans F20 and F22 will be replaced; affecting fume hoods in 7339 and 7333.
    • July 16th: 8:00 AM thru 4:30 PM. Fans F62 and F39 will be replaced; affecting fume hoods in 7325 and 7323.
    • July 17th: 8:00 AM thru 4:30 PM. Power House ventilator will be replaced; affecting the Power House.
    • July 20th: 8:00 AM thru 4:30 PM. Restrooms exhaust fans on 3rd Floor of the Clinic Building will be replaced.
    • July 25th: 8:00 AM thru 2:00 PM. The crane will be in the horseshoe to remove old fans from roof.
  • The project is complete.

DENTAL AUDITORIUMS A & B RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor completed installing the electrical power for the projectors.
  • The A/V contractor finished installing the projectors.
  • The electrical contractor tested the network cables in Auditoriums A and B.
  • A/V contractor conducted heat tests for the projectors in Auditorium A.
  • The A/V contractor tested the sound system in Auditorium A and programmed the Crestron control panel.
  • Workers completed the baseboard punch list items.
  • The contractor continued to complete remaining punch-list items in both Auditoriums.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor completed installing the new insulation, electrical wiring, and controls for air handling unit 6-B and 7-B.
  • The contractor finished installing new hot water piping for AHU 6-B and 7B.
  • The contractor tested and balanced air handling unit 6-B and 7-B.
  • Facility Services moved the temporary AC units from the B to the A Quadrant (corner of South Roman Street and the MEB loading dock) in preparation for the installation of the next pair of AHUs.

MEB 7th FLOOR PHYSIOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor finished removing the existing casework, plumbing, and electrical.
  • Crews removed sheetrock in Rooms 7221, 7241, & 7250.
  • Workers patched walls in Room 7241, 7244 and 7250. The repairs have been taped and floated.
  • The contractor installed wood blocking in Rooms 7241, 7244, and 7250.
  • They installed sheetrock by the window wall in Room 7241 and 7250.

MEB 2nd FLOOR LOBBY RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor grouted the granite columns.
  • They installed carpet in Medical Center Stores.
  • Workers smoothed the pans of the concrete ceiling.
  • They leveled the floor in preparation of the carpet in Campus Office Stores and caulked around the thresholds for both stores.
  • The contractor caulked all of the door frames.
  • The furniture contractor completed furniture installation.
  • The flooring contractor replaced damaged tile in the lobby and installed tile base in the two storage rooms.
  • The contractor adjusted hidden doors.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • The millwork contractor installed wood cladding around the network closet.
  • The contractor installed ceiling tiles in the recreation room.
  • Wall sconces and recess lights were installed in the recreation room.
  • The contractor primed the stairwell doors and frames.
  • The flooring contractor installed porcelain bases in back corner lobby area of the A & C Towers.
  • Crews framed the wall and soffit in front of the telephone panel in the A Tower lobby area.
  • The flooring contractor grouted the porcelain base and prepped the floor for the carpet installation in the C Tower lobby area.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services completed the removal of plant material from the front of the Roman Street Garage along Tulane Avenue.
  • Facility Services completed the final grading of the planting beds on the Tulane Avenue side of the Roman Street Garage.

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