Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #103
Posted: October 9, 2009

Bids for the permanent repair and hazard mitigation project at the Student Residence Hall were opened on October 14th. The architects evaluated the bids and have recommended that the contract be awarded to the low responsive bidder. The bids for similar work at the Resource Center were opened on 10/21/09. The low responsive bidder has been recommended to receive the contract. Facility Planning and Control is now working on awarding and executing the contracts for the Allied Health/Nursing Building, the Student Residence Hall and the Resource Center. This process can be expected to take 30 to 45 days. Coincidently, the low responsive bidder for each of the three projects was the same contractor. We are hopeful that this will help in the coordination and oversight of the projects as work gets underway.

The renovations to the MEB 7th Floor Physiology lab are substantially complete. The contractor installed mini blinds in Rooms 7241 and 7250 and completed a variety of punch list items. Crews installed receptacle covers and touched up paint in all four rooms. They labeled the circuits for the wire mold, installed missing ceiling tiles, and repaired damaged floor tiles. HVAC diffusers and lights were relocated in Room 7129 and the control switch for the fume hood in Room 7241 was connected. Workers installed missing receptacles in Rooms 7221 and 7244. The contractor cleaned and waxed the floors in all four labs.

The roofing contractor responsible for replacing the roof of the Resource Center is required to maintain the roof during the process so that it doesn’t leak. A series of rainy days over the past two weeks have delayed the project, however some additional work was completed. The contractor finished installing the lightweight concrete. They installed the first ply of the 2-ply roofing system on the Gravier St. penthouse and in the corner of Gravier and South Prieur Streets. Workers began the installation of the first ply of the 2-ply roofing in the corner of Gravier St and Bolivar St.

The construction of two new ADA-compliant entrances into the Clinical Education Building from the parking garage is progressing. The contractor prepped the handicap accessible ramp for handrails at the 1st Floor garage entrance and installed the automatic door. Temporary lighting for the 1st Floor garage entrance was installed. They touched-up the paint in Room 242B and the carpeting was installed. The ceramic block wall between Rooms 203 and 204 was demolished. The contractor sanded and primed the sheetrock walls at the 2nd level garage entrance. Crews installed chilled water piping for the HVAC at the 2nd level garage corridor and hung the new ceiling grid in the corridor. Workers installed the carpet and vinyl tile for the 2nd level garage corridor.

Repairs to the 1542 Tulane Ave. 1st Floor auditorium continue. The contractor finished floating the sheetrock in the auditorium and painted it. They cored the 2-inch stage penetration for the podium connections and the existing projection screen was removed.

The contractor completed insulating the chilled water piping and hot water piping for AHU 4-B and AHU 5-B in the Medical Education Building. They finished the electrical and controls installation for the units and began the testing and balancing. Facility Services relocated and installed the temporary A/C units in the 4th and 5th Floors Quadrant A (corner of S. Roman Street and the MEB loading dock). The contractor began selective demolition of collateral equipment on AHUs 4-A and 5-A.

The demolition continued in MDL #4. The contractor removed ceiling grid, tiles and existing light fixtures from the rooms and removed the existing lab benches from Room 4112A. Crews removed an existing door and removed additional bricks for the partition storage door to Room 4112A. Renovations are now underway. Workers raised the steel beam that supports the partition track and roughed in for the new plumbing and electrical. Sheetrock was hung in Room 4210 and corner guards were installed along the corridor. The contractor is constructing new stud walls in Room 4210.

Facilities Services completed the demolition of the conference and lobby areas on the 8th Floor of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. The new Liebert unit was delivered and the plumbing connections to the unit were made. Facilities Services started roughing in the plumbing for the small coffee room and the general contractor began laying out the curved wall for the conference room.

The fencing project at the City Park Campus is moving rapidly. The contractor anchored 100 new fence posts in concrete along Florida Ave. and set the gate posts. They completed the installation of top rails, bottom rails, and tension bars along Florida Ave. and installed the chain link fabric. The contractor started driving piles along Florida and Moss Ave. and constructed wood forms for the precast columns. Other activity at the Campus included the preparation of concrete based for the installation of new bollard lights along Florida Avenue. A different contractor installed structural supports for the new Zeiss microscopes being installed on the 4th Floor of the Dental Clinic Building.

The chiller replacement project at the Uptown Campus is complete. During the past two weeks the contractor pulled and terminated the wires for the chilled water pumps and their variable speed drives, condenser water pumps, chillers, and air conditioners. They cleaned the chilled water loop piping in preparation for connection to the main hospital building. Breakers for the new chillers were installed during a planned outage on October 17th. The contractor completed the chill water piping and successfully tested and programmed the chillers. The contractor disconnected the temporary chiller from the building and cleaned up the site.

The precast concrete panels were installed on the exterior of the Student Residence Hall as the lobby expansion project wraps up. Panels were installed on the Bolivar St. side, underneath the elevated walkway and on the S. Roman St. side of the building. Workers installed new door hardware in the lobby. The contractor installed a light fixture in the new network closet. Facility Services painted the steel pole by the precast concrete bench. Sprinkler escutcheons were installed underneath both sides of the mezzanine. The State Fire Marshal completed his inspection and granted approval for occupancy.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • Bids were advertised on 9/11/2009
  • The Pre-Bid Conference was held on 9/28/2009 in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
  • Bids were opened on 10/7/2009. The architects have recommended the contract be awarded to the low responsive bidder and LSUHSC has concurred.

STUDENT RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • Bids were advertised on 9/16/2009
  • The Pre-Bid Conference was held on 10/1/2009 in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
  • Bids were opened on 10/14/2009. The architects have recommended the contract be awarded to the low responsive bidder and LSUHSC has concurred.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • Bids were advertised on 9/23/2009
  • The Pre-Bid Conference was held on 10/8/2009 in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
  • Bids were opened on 10/21/2009. The architects have recommended the contract be awarded to the low responsive bidder and LSUHSC has concurred.

MEB 7th FLOOR PHYSIOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed mini blinds in Room 7241 and 7250.
  • The contractor is working on punch list items.
    • Crews installed receptacle covers and touched up paint in all four rooms.
    • They labeled the circuits for the wire mold, installed ceiling tiles, and repaired floor tiles.
    • The contractor relocated a/c diffusers and lights in Room 7129.
    • They connected the control switch for the fume hood in Room 7241.
    • Workers installed missing receptacles in Rooms 7221 and 7244.
  • The contractor cleaned and waxed the floors in all four labs.
  • This project is substantially complete.

RESOURCE CENTER ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • A series of rainy days delayed work on the project.
  • The contractor completed installing the lightweight concrete.
  • They installed the first ply of the 2-ply roofing system on the Gravier St. penthouse and in the corner of Gravier and South Prieur Streets.
  • Workers began the installation of the first ply of the 2-ply roofing in the corner of Gravier St and Bolivar St.

1542 TULANE GARAGE ENTRANCES:

  • The contractor prepped the handicap accessible ramp for handrails at the 1st Floor Garage Entrance.
  • They installed the automatic door at the 1st Floor garage entrance.
  • The contractor installed temporary lighting for the 1st Floor Garage Entrance.
  • The contractor touched-up the paint in Room 242B.
  • Workers taped and floated the sheetrock along the Tulane Avenue wall.
  • Carpet was installed in Room 242B.
  • They demolished the ceramic block wall between Rooms 203 and 204.
  • The contractor sanded and primed the sheetrock walls at the 2nd level garage entrance.
  • Crews installed chilled water piping for the HVAC at the 2nd level garage corridor.
  • The contractor installed the ceiling grid for the 2nd level garage corridor.
  • Workers installed the carpet and vinyl tile for the 2nd level garage corridor.

1542 TULANE AVE. REPAIRS:

  • The contractor finished floating the sheetrock in the auditorium and painted it.
  • They cored the 2-inch stage penetration for the podium connections.
  • The contractor removed the existing projection screen from the auditorium.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor completed insulating the chilled water piping and hot water piping for AHU 4-B and AHU 5-B.
  • The contractor completed the electrical and controls installation for AHUs 4-B and 5-B and began testing and balancing the new units.
  • Facility Services relocated and installing temporary A/C units in the 4th and 5th Floors Quadrant A (corner of South Roman Street and the MEB loading dock).
  • The contractor began selective demolition of collateral equipment on AHUs 4-A and 5-A.

MDL 4 RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor removed ceiling grid, tiles and existing light fixtures from the rooms.
  • They removed the existing lab benches from Room 4112A.
  • Workers raised the steel beam that supports the partition track.
  • The contractor roughed in for the new plumbing and electrical.
  • Crews removed an existing door and removed additional bricks for the partition storage door to Room 4112A.
  • Sheetrock was hung in Room 4210.
  • Corner guards were installed along the corridor.
  • The contractor installed new stud walls in Room 4210.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG. 8TH FLOOR RENOVATIONS:

  • Facilities Services completed the demolition of the conference and lobby areas.
  • The new Liebert unit was delivered and the plumbing connections to the unit were made.
  • Facilities Services started roughing in the plumbing for the small coffee room.
  • The general contractor started laying out the curved wall for the conference room.

CITY PARK CAMPUS FENCE REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor anchored 100 new fence posts in concrete along Florida Ave.
  • Crews set the gate posts for the new chain-link fencing along Florida Avenue.
  • The fencing contractor completed the installation of top rails, bottom rails, and tension bars along Florida Ave.
  • The contractor started driving piles along Florida and Moss Ave.
  • The contractor installed chain link fabric along Florida Avenue and constructed wood forms for the precast columns.

CITY PARK CAMPUS:

  • The contractor prepped concrete for the installation of new bollard lights along Florida Avenue.
  • The contractor installed structural supports for the Zeiss microscopes being installed on the 4th Floor of the Dental Clinic Building.

UPTOWN CAMPUS CHILLER REPLACEMENT:

  • Contractor pulled and terminated the wires for the chilled water pumps and their variable speed drives, condenser water pumps, chillers, and air conditioners.
  • The contractor cleaned the chilled water loop piping in preparation for connection to the main hospital building.
  • All tenants approved the planned outage to install breakers for the chiller on Saturday, Oct 17 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
    • The contractor installed the breakers for the new chillers during the Oct 17th planned outage.
  • The contractor completed the chill water piping and began testing and programming the chillers.
  • The contractor disconnected the temporary chiller from the building and cleaned up the site.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • The contractor installed the front side precast panels starting from the Bolivar street side.
    • They continued installing the precast panels below the walkway.
    • The top precast concrete panels were installed on the South Roman Street side.
    • The contractor finished installing all of the precast panels.
  • Workers installed new door hardware.
  • The contractor installed the light fixture in the network closet.
  • Facility Services painted the steel pole by the precast concrete bench.
  • The contractor installed sprinkler escutcheons underneath both sides of the mezzanine.
  • The State Fire Marshal completed his inspection and granted approval for occupancy.

MEB 2nd FLOOR LOBBY RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor completed installing the metal wall panels.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services completed installing irrigation piping, planted shrubs and spread mulch adjacent to the Roman Garage along S. Roman Street.
  • Crews applied new pavement markings to the Faculty parking lot at the City Park Campus.

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