Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #127
Posted: September 24, 2010

We received word today that the project for permanent repairs and mitigation at the CSRB was approved and funded by FEMA.  $29,346,893.00 was added to the funds already available bringing the total for the CSRB project to $30,222,474.00 (including funds allocated to insurance proceeds).   The PW for the Medical Education Building remains in Washington, DC at this time pending approval of an additional $5,192,330.36 for the permanent repairs and mitigation proposed for the building.  Once approved, the funding for the MEB will total $8,213,947.00.  The project to make permanent repairs and mitigation at the Central Utility Plant was previously approved and funded for a total of $2,390,866.00.  This is the third project that is at the core of plans to protect the interiors buildings on the downtown campus and their contents.  A request to include additional permanent repairs and related mitigation at the Central Utility Plant has been submitted to FEMA for consideration.

The masonry contractor installed metal lathe for the stucco walls in rooms along the Bolivar Street on the 1st Floor of the Allied Health/Nursing Building and installed additional expansion joints and corner beads throughout the 1st Floor space.    The contractor continued making fittings for the chilled water and heating hot water lines.  New heating hot water lines were installed and 9 of 12 heating hot water taps were made for the new VAV boxes.  Chilled water lines were installed near the stairwell and the new chilled water lines along the walkway were insulated.    The contractor installed elevator pit parts for Elevators 4 and 5 and for the freight elevator.  The A/V contractor installed the digital sign in the elevator lobby.  The contractor removed the exterior granite wall panels under the walkway and workers continued removing additional red metal panels along the walkway bridge.  Structural steel along the walkway bridge is also being removed.

The electrical contractor installed the last section of bus duct that connects the switchgear to the Entergy vault at the Resource Center.  They installed the lugs in the switchgear and pulled wire from the new switchgear to the junction box for the campus wide backup power system in the 2nd Floor pump room.  Workers supported the existing bus duct for riser A and B in preparation of the removal of the first tap boxes.  The contractor poured the concrete elevator shaft wall between Elevators 2 and 3, removed  the forms and installed CMU blocks to complete the shaft wall.  Crews waterproofed the elevator shaft wall between Elevator 2 and 3.  They tested the operation of Elevators 2 & 3 and released them for normal operation.  CMU blocks were installed in the 1st Floor Women’s restroom and crews began setting the interior door frames.  Door frames for Rooms 116, 125A, 125B, 144, 152, 153,155, and 158 have been installed.  The granite panels were re-installed on the 1st Floor and workers continue to prime the walls on the 1st Floor.

The contractor poured concrete for the parking islands on the ground floor underneath the new elevated structure at the Student Residence Hall and removed the forms.  The electrical contractor continued installing conduits on the 2nd Floor and concrete for the equipment pads on the 2nd Floor was poured.  Workers continued cleaning the exterior wall surface of the old fire pump room across from the C tower elevator.

The renovation project on the 8th Floor of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building passed the State Fire Marshall Inspection and the space is available for use.  The contractor building the covered walkway leading from the District Energy Garage to the Clinical Education Building set thirty-eight  8-ft steel columns and twenty-eight 10-ft steel columns for the walkway section near the 1542 canopy.  Crews set 2 of 8 I-beams columns at the District Energy Garage entrance.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The masonry contractor continued installing metal lathe for the stucco walls in rooms along the Bolivar Street on the 1st Floor.     
  • The contractor continued making fittings for the chilled water and heating hot water lines.  
  • Chilled water lines were installed near the stairwell. 
  • The contractor installed elevator pit parts in Elevators 4 and 5.
  • The A/V contractor installed the digital sign in the elevator lobby. 
  • The contractor removed the exterior granite wall panels under the walkway.
  • The contractor continued making fittings and installed new heating hot water lines.  
  • Workers installed elevator pit parts for the freight elevator. 
  • The masonry contractor installed expansion joints and corner beads throughout the 1st Floor space.       
  • The contractor continued making fittings and installing new heating hot and chill water lines.   5 of 12 heating hot water taps were made for the new VAV boxes.
  • The contractor continued installing elevator pit parts for the freight elevator. 
  • Workers continued removing additional red metal panels along the walkway bridge.
  • The contractor continued making fittings and installing new heating hot and chill water lines.  3 additional heating hot water taps were made up; 9 of 12 taps are now complete.      
  • The installation of the elevator pit parts for the freight elevator is complete. 
  • The contractor continued removing the structural steel along the walkway bridge.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The electrical contractor installed the last section of bus duct that connects the switchgear to the Entergy vault.
  • The contractor poured the concrete elevator shaft wall between Elevators 2 and 3.
  • The electrical contractor continued to install lugs in the switchgear.
  • The contractor continued to prime walls on the 1st floor.
  • The electrical contractor pulled wire from the new switchgear to the junction box for the campus wide backup power system in the 2nd Floor pump room.
  • The contractor continued to prime walls on the 1st Floor.
  • The contractor removed the wooden forms from the elevator shaft wall and installed CMU blocks to complete the shaft wall.
  • Crews installed CMU blocks in the 1st Floor Women’s restroom.
  • The contractor began waterproofing the elevator shaft wall between Elevator 2 and 3.
  • They began setting the interior door frames.
  • The contractor set the door frames for Rooms 152, 144, and 116.
  • They tested the operation of Elevators 2 & 3.
  • Crews began installing the granite panels on the 1st Floor elevator lobby.
  • The contractor set the door frames for Rooms 153, 155, and 158.
  • Elevators 2 & 3 were released for normal operation.
  • The contractor set one door frame in Room 125A.
  • The electrical contractor supported the existing bus duct for riser A and B in preparation of the removal of the first tap boxes.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor poured concrete for the parking islands on the ground floor.
  • The electrical contractor continued installing conduits on the 2nd Floor.
  • The contractor poured concrete for the equipment pads on the 2nd Floor.
  • The electrical contractor continued installing conduits on the 2nd Floor.
  • The contractor removed forms from the new parking islands on the ground floor.
  • The contractor continued cleaning the exterior wall surface of the old fire pump room across from the C tower elevator.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG 8th FLOOR RENOVATIONS:

  • The project passed the State Fire Marshall Inspection.

CEB COVERED WALKWAY:

  • The contractor set ten 8-ft steel columns and two 10-ft steel columns for the walkway section near the 1542 canopy. 
  • The contractor set 23 8-ft steel columns and 2 10-ft steel columns for the walkway section near the 1542 canopy. 
  • The contractor set 15 additional 8-ft steel columns (for 38 of 44 set) and 14 additional 10-ft steel columns (for 16 of 18 set) for the walkway section near the 1542 canopy.
  • Crews set 2 of 8 I-beams columns at the District Energy Garage entrance.

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