Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #108
Posted: December 18, 2009

Inclement weather over the past two weeks has slowed work on the Resource Center roof. The contractor was able to complete the installation of the cap sheet on the main roof deck. The hat channel which will support the parapet wall channels was installed on the Bolivar St. and S. Prieur St. sides of the roof.

Work on the entrances from the garage into the Clinical Education Building is nearing completion. The entrance floor on the 1st Floor was prepped and two coats of finish paint were applied. The hand rails for the entrance were primed and painted. The 2nd Floor fire alarm devices were roughed in and mounted and the return registers were installed.

The air handler replacement project in the MEB continues on schedule. Facility Services began monitoring the temporary A/C units that were relocated to Quadrant C of the 2nd and 3rd Floors. The old AHU 2-C and AHU 3-C were demolished and the new units were installed. The chilled and hot water piping for AHU 2-C and AHU 3-C was run and the pipes were insulated. The ductwork, electrical and control wiring for both units was installed.

Workers demolished the existing duct work between AHU 2-B and Lecture Hall A. The contractor installed new ductwork, replaced the louver and installed a new exhaust fan in mechanical room 2-A. The new variable air volume boxes for Lecture Hall A were installed. The contractor completed the ductwork installation on AHU 2-B. They installed and insulated the piping for AHU 2-B and began to test and balance the new air handling units. Crews also completed repairs to the heating coils for AHU 6-C.

Renovations to MDL #4 are progressing. The contractor ran sprinkler pipe and relocated the sprinkler heads in the main MDL room and Room 4210. New light fixtures were installed in the main MDL room and in Room 4215A. New ceiling tiles were installed in the main MDL room. The contractor ran new audio/visual wiring in the main MDL room and the installation of the new lab furniture was started. The wall in Room 4210 was taped and floated.

On the 7th Floor of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building the contractor installed metal studs for the new laboratory walls and supports for the plumbing vent lines. They bored 9 holes in the concrete floor that were required for the renovations and roughed in electrical conduit and boxes for lighting. Crews started installing the stud bracing

The contractor installed metal blocking for the curved wall and the large conference room being constructed on the 8th Floor of the same building. Sheetrock was hung in the small conference room and the Director’s Office. Workers continued to rough in the lighting, electrical power in the Director’s office and large conference room. 8 of the 10 holes required for the renovation were drilled in the concrete floor and LSUHSC Facility Services ran the drain lines for the break room.

Planned upgrades to the audio/visual equipment in the MEB Seminar rooms continue. The contractor completed the installation of new A/V equipment in Seminar Room 5. They installed the A/V screen, the electrical power for the screen and the ceiling in Seminar Room 6. New A/V screens were installed in Seminar Rooms 4 and 10.

The contractor responsible for the HVAC upgrades to the MEB Autopsy Room is making good progress. Crews removed the sheetrock ceiling and HVAC supply duct from the Women’s restroom and installed the new ductwork above the ceiling. New ceiling grid was hung in the autopsy room. They roughed in the vacuum, hot and cold water lines on the 1st Floor. Workers skim coated the soffit above the cooler doors and the chase wall inside the storage room. The chemical storage cabinet was connected to the exhaust system and the plumbing rough in for the autopsy tables was finished. The contractor relocated sprinkler heads in the autopsy room and crews began piping the acid waste vent line for the chemical storage tank. The soffit above the cooler doors and the wall inside the storage room were painted. The electricians began wiring the VAV boxes in the autopsy room.

The re-caulking of the windows on the front of the Student Residence Hall has been completed. The contractor removed old caulk and applied new material around the windows on the building elevation above the lobby expansion on the Perdido Street side. The work has been completed for all 9 floors.

A project to replace and upgrade the exterior signage on the Clinical Education Building is underway. The contractor removed the existing lettering from the building. The exterior wall was cleaned and prepared for the installation of the new sign. In the basement of the Dental Clinic Building, the contractor installed the wash-down lines and installed the new vacuum tank.

Weather has been a factor in efforts to complete the fence replacement project. The contractor installed gate posts for swing gates at the Castine Street and DeSaix Street entrances. They installed top, bottom, and mid rails for the fence at the same locations. Wire mesh for the fence and additional wire ties were installed at the Castine St. and DeSaix St. entrances.

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

RESOURCE CENTER ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • A number of rainy days during the past two weeks have limited the work that the contractor was able to complete.
  • The contractor continued installing white cap sheet along the South Prieur Street side of the roof and completed installing the cap sheet on the main roof deck.
  • The contractor installed hat channel on parapet wall on the Bolivar and S. Prieur Street sides to support the parapet metal panels.

1542 TULANE GARAGE ENTRANCES:

  • The contractor prepared the floor for a new finish and applied two coats of finish paint.
  • They primed and painted the hand rails on the 1st Floor.
  • The fire alarm devices at the 2nd Floor entrance have been roughed in and mounted.
  • The contractor installed return registers for the fan coil unit at the 2nd Floor entrance.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • Facility Services began monitoring the temporary A/C units in Quadrant C of the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
  • The contractor completed demolition of the old AHU 2-C and AHU 3-C.
  • The new air handling units were installed.
  • Crews completed the installation of the chilled and hot water piping for AHU 2-C and AHU 3-C and insulated the pipes.
  • The ductwork for AHU 3-C was installed.
  • The electrical and controls installation for AHU 2-C and AHU 3-C was finished.  
  • Workers demolished the existing duct work between AHU 2-B and Lecture Hall A.
  • The contractor installed new ductwork, replaced the louver and installed a new exhaust fan in mechanical room 2-A.
  • The new variable air volume boxes for Lecture Hall A were installed.
  • New electrical conduit in was installed in mechanical room 3-A.
  • The contractor continued the ductwork installation on AHU 2-B and started installing the piping for AHU 2-B.
  • They completed the electrical and controls installation on AHU 3-C.
  • They completed piping installation on AHU 2-B.
  • Workers completed the installation of the duct work and exhaust fan in mechanical room 2-A.
  • The contractor began to test and balance the new air handling units.
  • Crews completed repairs to the heating coils for AHU 6-C.

MDL 4 RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor relocated the sprinkler heads in the main MDL room.
  • New light fixtures were installed in the main MDL room and in Room 4215A.
  • The contractor ran new sprinkler pipe and installed the sprinkler heads in Room 4210.
  • Electrical power was connected to the new light fixtures.
  • Workers installed ceiling tiles in the main MDL room.
  • The contractor ran audio/visual wiring in the main MDL room.
  • The wall in Room 4210 was taped and floated.
  • The installation of the new lab furniture is underway in the main MDL room.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG. 7th FLOOR LAB RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed metal studs for the laboratory walls.
  • They installed supports for the plumbing vent lines.
  • The contractor cored 9 holes in the concrete floor that were required for the renovations.
  • They roughed in electrical conduit and boxes for lighting.
  • Crews started installing the stud bracing

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG. 8th FLOOR RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed metal blocking for the curved wall and the large conference room.
  • They installed sheetrock in the small conference room and the Director’s Office.
  • Workers continued to rough in the lighting, electrical power and run conduit in the Director’s office and large conference room.
  • 8 of the 10 holes required for the renovation were drilled in the concrete floor.
  • Facility Services ran the drain lines for the break room.

MEB SEMINAR ROOM AV INSTALLATION:

  • The contractor completed the installation of new A/V equipment in Seminar Room 5.
  • They installed the A/V screen, the electrical power for the screen and the ceiling in Seminar Room 6.
  • Workers installed the A/V screen in Seminar Rooms 4 and 10.

MEB AUTOPSY EXHAUST UPGRADE:

  • The contractor removed the sheetrock ceiling and HVAC supply duct from the Women’s restroom.
  • They installed the new ductwork above the ceiling inside the Women’s bathroom.
  • New ceiling grid was hung in the autopsy room.
  • The contractor roughed in the vacuum, hot and cold water lines on the 1st Floor.
  • Workers skim coated the soffit above the cooler doors and the chase wall inside the storage room.
  • The chemical storage cabinet was connected to the exhaust system.
  • The plumbing rough in for the autopsy tables was completed.
  • The contractor relocated sprinkler heads in the autopsy room.
  • Crews began piping the acid waste vent line for the chemical storage tank in the autopsy room.
  • The soffit above the cooler doors and the wall inside the storage room were painted.
  • The electricians began wiring the VAV boxes in the autopsy room.
  • The contractor installed supply HVAC duct in the Women’s bathroom.

RESIDENCE HALL RE-CAULKING:

  • The contractor removed old caulk and applied new material around the windows on the building elevation above the lobby expansion on the front of the building.
  • Caulking around the windows has been completed for all 9 floors.

1542 TULANE AVE. EXTERIOR SIGNAGE:

  • The contractor removed the existing lettering from the building.
  • They cleaned and prepared the exterior wall for the new sign.

WET VACCUM TANK REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor installed the wash-down lines for the new vacuum tank located in the basement of the Dental Clinic Building.
  • The contractor installed the new vacuum tank.

FENCE REPLACEMENT PROJECT:

  • The contractor installed gate posts for swing gates at the Castine Street and DeSaix Street entrances.
  • They installed top, bottom, and mid rails for the fence at the Castine Street and DeSaix Street entrances.
  • The contractor installed the wire mesh for the fence and additional wire ties at the Castine St. and DeSaix St. entrances.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services completed irrigation piping installation along Bolivar Street adjacent to the Residence Hall.
  • Crews continued removing old vegetation and grading along Bolivar Street adjacent to the Residence Hall.

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