Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #121
Posted: July 2, 2010

We are anticipating that the project to complete permanent repairs to the Clinical Education Building and elevate critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment into an elevated enclosure built over the Lakeside Parking lot will soon be advertised and bid. The remaining details of the design have been resolved and the Office of Facility Planning and Control is preparing the advertisements. FEMA has obligated $11.9 million for this project. We also expect that the project to replace the roof at 1542 Tulane Ave. will be advertised and bid in the near future.

Early in March of this year, we reported that the permanent repair and hazard mitigation proposals for the CSRB and MEB had cleared all of the local review queues and had been forwarded to Washington, DC for final review and funding. These two projects total approximately $35.5 million in Federal funds. At that time we noted that the Federal Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) balance for FY 2010 had already been depleted and that additional funds had to be appropriated by the U.S. Congress in order for those projects and other new Project Worksheets and versions to be funded. We have been told that an additional $5+ billion was to be appropriated to the DRF, but the latest information we have received indicates that the supplemental appropriation has not yet been made. We continue to monitor this situation.

Work is continuing at the Allied Health/Nursing Building. During the past two weeks the contractor made the final welded connections for the structural steel that will support the new 2nd Floor lecture hall. They built the concrete forms for the 1st Floor elevator waterproof wall and the concrete was poured. The CMU wall for Elevators 1, 2, and 3 was laid on the 1st Floor. Temporary walls have been constructed to shut off the 2nd Floor hallway that runs along the rear of the building from the entrance off the elevated walkway to the atrium to allow construction to begin in that area. The ceiling tile, ceiling grid and wall paper were removed from corridor and the stud wall surrounding the 2nd Floor pump room and the ceiling in Room 262 were removed. The contractor finished removing the mechanical room CMU wall on the 2nd Floor while crews continue to run conduit and set the housing for the relocation of electrical panel D1A. The sump pump for Elevators 1, 2, and 3 has been set. Crews continue to run fire alarm cables to the 2nd Floor fire alarm panel and install CMU walls on the 1st Floor.

The contractor responsible for the permanent repairs and mitigation at the Residence Hall installed underground electrical conduit near the C Tower storage room on the Bolivar Street side. They core drilled in the grade beam for plumbing near the C Tower storage room on the Bolivar Street side. An underground waste line was installed adjacent to the C tower Roman Street side. The contractor completed installing underground electrical conduits by the C Tower, Roman Street side and back filled the trench. Crews continue building the concrete forms for the roof of the new structure and the concrete forms were removed from the 1st level.

The permanent repair and mitigation project at the Resource Center is progressing. The contractor completed the installation of the elevator pit parts for Elevator 3 and 4. These elevators are back in service. Crews continued fabricating the chilled water bypass piping in the 2nd Floor pump room and 17 abandoned data cables were removed from the 2nd Floor pump room. Workers completed installing conduits through the floor in the new switchgear room. A concrete form was constructed for the pad that will be used to support the electrical transformer in the ATS room and the concrete was poured. A CMU wall was constructed in the new switchgear room on the 2nd Floor and the main switch board and emergency panel were installed. Crews continue running conduit for the electrical panels in the new 2nd Floor switchgear room.

The contractor installed ceiling tiles in the large conference room on the 8th Floor of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building and the conference room speakers were installed. New floor tile was laid in the elevator lobby, glass tile was installed on the reception area walls and the tile was grouted. The aluminum storefront doors were installed and new light fixtures were installed in the main lobby area. VCT was installed in the break and mail rooms and crews continue installing carpet tile in the large conference room and lobby areas. The AV contractor set the podium and ran cable to the podium. The contractor continues to install light fixtures throughout the space.

The contractor finished driving the piles that will support the covered walkway that will connect the District Energy Parking Garage to the Clinical Education Building. The site was re-graded after all the piles were installed.

In spite of inclement weather, the contractor finished excavating the west side of the new patient parking lot at the Dental School. Crews finished preparing the base course for the lot; installing the geo-textile fabric and laying the limestone base material. They began installing the concrete curbs for the islands and corners for the parking lot. The formwork for the corners and islands on the west end of the lot has been constructed and the concrete for the islands was poured. The contractor continues building formwork for the corner concrete curbs.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor made the final welded connections for the structural steel.
  • They built the concrete forms for the 1st Floor elevator wall.
  • Concrete for the elevator shaft wall was poured.
  • The CMU wall for Elevators 1, 2, and 3 was installed on the 1st Floor.
  • Temporary walls were constructed to shut off the 2nd Floor hallway that runs along the rear of the building from the entrance off the elevated walkway to the atrium to allow construction to begin in that area.
  • The ceiling tile, ceiling grid and wall paper were removed from the 2nd Floor corridor.
  • The stud wall surrounding the 2nd Floor pump room and the ceiling in Room 262 were removed.
  • The contractor finished removing the mechanical room CMU wall on the 2nd Floor.
  • Crews continue to run conduit and set the housing for the relocation of electrical panel D1A.
  • The contractor set the sump pump for Elevators 1, 2, and 3.
  • Two new pumps have been delivered to the 2nd Floor.
  • Crews continue to run fire alarm cables to the 2nd Floor fire alarm panel.
  • They continued installing CMU walls on the 1st Floor.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor installed underground electrical conduit near the C Tower storage room on the Bolivar Street side.
  • They core drilled in the grade beam for plumbing near the C Tower storage room on the Bolivar Street side.
  • The underground waste line was installed by the C tower Roman Street side.
  • The contractor completed installing underground electrical conduits by the C Tower, Roman Street side and back filled the trench.
  • Crews continue building the concrete forms for the roof of the new structure.
  • The concrete forms were removed from the 1st level.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor completed the installation of the elevator pit parts for Elevator 3 and 4. These elevators are back in service.
  • They continued fabricating the chilled water bypass piping in the 2nd Floor pump room.
  • Workers completed installing conduits through the floor in the new switchgear room.
  • A concrete form was constructed for the pad that will be used to support the electrical transformer in the ATS room and the concrete was poured.
  • 17 abandoned data cables were removed from the 2nd Floor pump room.
  • A CMU wall was constructed in the new switchgear room on the 2nd Floor.
  • The contractor installed the housing for 1 of the 2 electrical panels in the 2nd Floor switchgear room.
  • They installed the main switch board and the emergency panel in the new switchgear room on the 2nd Floor.
  • Crews continued installing conduits for the electrical panels in the new 2nd Floor switchgear room.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG 8th FLOOR RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed ceiling tiles in the large conference room.
  • The AV contractor installed speakers in the large conference room.
  • Crews pulled wire for the electrical panel in the mechanical room.
  • New floor tile was laid in the elevator lobby and glass tile was installed on the reception area walls.
  • Light fixtures were installed in the main lobby area.
  • The contractor installed VCT in the break and mail room.
  • They continue installing carpet tile in the large conference room and lobby areas.
  • Workers pulled wires for the dimmer panel in the mechanical room.
  • The AV contractor set the podium and ran cable to the podium.
  • The aluminum storefront doors were installed.
  • The contractor continues to install light fixtures throughout the space.
  • They continue to install light shades in the elevator lobby and the Director’s office.

CEB COVERED WALKWAY:

  • The contractor finished driving the piles that will support the walkway.
  • The contractor re-graded the site after completion of pile installation.

DENTAL SCHOOL PATIENT PARKING LOT:

  • The contractor finished excavating the west side of the lot and grade and back-filled the east side of the lot.
  • Crews finished preparing the base course; installing the geo-textile fabric and laying the limestone base material.
  • The contractor began installing the concrete curbs for the islands and corners for the parking lot.
  • They built the formwork for the corners and islands on the west end of the lot.
  • They poured the concrete curbs for the islands.
  • The contractor continued building formwork for the corner concrete curbs.

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