Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #138
Posted: March 11, 2011

Work on the permanent repairs and mitigation at the Allied Health/Nursing Building is proceeding. The contractor continued welding additional structural steel in place for the new walkway storefront entrance. Workers removed the wall paper from the 2nd Floor main corridors and they taped and floated the walls near the new auditorium. The painters have begun work on the 2nd Floor corridor along Gravier St. and crews are framing up the new 2nd Floor corridor along the MEB loading dock side. Additional network cables for the 1st Floor offices were pulled. The floors of 1st Floor offices were sand blasted in preparation for applying an epoxy coating and doors for the 1st Floor offices are being installed. The controls contractor started working on the 1st Floor pneumatic control panels.

The contractor finished pulling the feeders for the MDP-2 panel in the B-Tower and the MDP-1 panel serving the Student Residence Hall A-Tower. Both panels are now being energized by the new switchgear. The electrical feeder for the MDP-X panel serving the 3rd Floor of B-Tower was installed. The exterior lighting panel was relocated on the 1st Floor. Workers made the tie-in connection for the 6 inch fire water supply line on the 1st Floor and installed the heat tracer for the domestic water and fire water pipe. The sump pump for the A-Tower elevator was installed and the diesel fuel tank was installed in the fire pump room on the 2nd level of the elevated structure. LSUHSC Facility Services painters applied primer to the walls of the A-Tower laundry room. The contractor pressure washed and cleaned the wall and floor in the C-Tower laundry room. Crews compacted dirt in preparation for paving the parking spaces near the transformer vault.

The Resource Center contractor transferred the power for the UPS to the new switchgear. Steel columns and beams were erected in the 2nd Floor pump room and the contractor placed concrete bases for three pumps on the mezzanine of the pump room. Workers installed vibration isolators on the heating water pump pads. The contractor set 4 heating hot water pumps in place on the mezzanine in the 2nd Floor pump room and began installing the heating hot water piping. The handrails for the stairs at the generator platform were installed and crews continued to install ceiling grid on the 1st Floor. The gypsum board ceiling was removed from the housekeeping closet on the 1st Floor and metal lockers were installed in the restrooms.

The contractor installed steel rebar for the elevator shaft wall and the transformer vault wall in the basement of the Clinical Education Building. They encased underground electrical conduits with concrete and continued to trench next to the existing generator. One section of the trench for the underground electrical conduit in the lake side lot was backfilled and workers continue trenching and installing additional underground electrical conduit in the lot. The storm drain line in front of the loading dock area was re-routed. Crews continued installing electrical conduits along the Tulane side corridors on the 5th and 6th Floors to relocate panel EFC. Floor penetrations for electrical conduit were cut in Rooms 730, 627, 523, and 431 and electrical conduit was run in Rooms 730 and 627. The contractor continues installing new heating hot water and chilled water piping in the basement.

The next phase of the project to upgrade the CSRB exhaust system is underway. The contractor installed a temporary partition in the corridor of the 1st Floor. They removed the plaster ceiling and the steel ceiling supports in next section of the 1st Floor corridor. Temporary ductwork was installed and crews removed the insulation from the existing ductwork. The contractor removed the sprinkler heads and tied-in the temporary exhaust ductwork.

The contractor responsible for the air handling unit replacement contract at the Dental School continued running the heating hot water riser to the VAVs near the Gross Anatomy and Oral Pathology labs. New ductwork was installed above the Gross Anatomy labs and the control panels for the AHUs above Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy were set in place. The contractor ran re-heat lines to the VAV boxes near the Oral Pathology labs; work on 5 of the 15 boxes is complete. Workers are insulating the piping above the Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy labs and the ductwork above the Oral Pathology lab. Conduit was installed for both VFDs located in the penthouse.

The project to waterproof the exteriors of the Clinic Building, the Administration Building and the Power Plant at the Dental campus has begun. The contractor constructed partitions to cover 2 open bays on the west and east side of the Clinic Building and 2 open bays on the north side of the Administration Building. This is to prevent water from seeping under the pedestrian walkway and to protect the granite and pedestrians when pressure washing the exterior panels of the building. The contractor cleaned a 20-foot section of the Clinic Building directly above the loading dock and a 50-foot section of the Administration Building on the Florida Ave. side of the building. They continued pressure washing the exterior wall (2nd bay) on the east side of the Clinic Building and the (3th bay) north side of the Administration Building.

Work on the energy-efficiency contract at the Dental School continues. The contractor installed an additional 76 high-efficiency light fixtures on the 5th Floor of the Dental School Clinic Building. They replaced 108 lights in the 3rd Floor clinic area with new high-efficiency fixtures and removed 9 fixtures on the 3rd Floor in preparation for the Wet Labs project.

Improvements to the student athletic fields on the Dental campus continue. The contractor finished fine grading the clay for the softball infield. The irrigation subcontractor tied into the existing water main adjacent to the Administration Building and installed pipe on the building side and around the parking lot end of the multipurpose field. Pipe and quick disconnect fittings were installed between both fields and the right field portion of the softball field.

A new project to improve the lighting in the parking lots at the Dental campus has begun. Pilings, sonitubes and light poles were delivered to the site. The contractor dug holes and set the timber pilings for the twenty-five (25) new light pole bases. They constructed reinforcing steel cages and concrete formwork for the bases and removed all of the old wooden light poles.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor continued welding additional structural steel in place for the new walkway storefront entrance.
  • Workers removed the wall paper from the 2nd Floor main corridors.
  • They are taping and floating the walls on the 2nd Floor near the new auditorium.
  • Crews are framing up the new 2nd Floor corridor along the MEB loading dock side.
  • The contractor began painting the 2nd Floor corridor along Gravier Street.
  • They continue to pull network cables for the 1st Floor offices.
  • The floors of 1st Floor offices were sand blasted in preparation for applying an epoxy coating.
  • Doors for the 1st Floor offices are being installed.
  • The controls contractor started working on the 1st Floor pneumatic control panels.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor completed pulling the feeder and made the terminations for the MDP-2 panel in the B-Tower. The panel is now being energized by the new switchgear.
  • The contractor finished pulling the feeders for the MDP-1 panel serving A-Tower. The panel is now energized through the new switch gear.
  • The electrical feeder for the MDP-X panel serving the 3rd Floor of B-Tower was installed.
  • The contractor relocated the exterior lighting panel on the 1st Floor.
  • They made the tie-in connection for the 6 inch fire water supply line on the 1st Floor.
  • The heat tracer for the domestic water and fire water pipe was installed on the 1st Floor.
  • The sump pump for the A-Tower elevator was installed.
  • The diesel fuel tank was installed in the fire pump room on the 2nd level of the elevated structure.
  • Facility Services painters applied primer to the walls of the A-Tower laundry room.
  • The contractor pressure washed and cleaned the wall and floor in the C-Tower laundry room.
  • Crews compacted dirt in preparation for paving the parking spaces near the transformer vault.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor transferred the power for the UPS to the new switchgear.
  • Steel columns and beams were erected in the 2nd Floor pump room.
  • The contractor placed concrete bases for three pumps on the mezzanine of the pump room.
  • They installed vibration isolators on 3 heating water pump pads.
  • The contractor set 4 heating hot water pumps in place on the mezzanine in the 2nd Floor pump room and began installing the heating hot water piping.
  • The handrails for the stairs at the generator platform were installed.
  • The contractor continued to install ceiling grid on the 1st Floor.
  • Workers removed the gypsum board ceiling from the housekeeping closet on the 1st Floor.
  • The contractor installed metal lockers in the restrooms on the 1st Floor.

CEB PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor installed steel rebar for the elevator shaft wall and the transformer vault wall.
  • They encased underground electrical conduits with concrete and continued to trench next to the existing generator.
  • One section of the trench for the underground electrical conduit in the lake side lot was backfilled.
  • Workers continue trenching for and installing additional underground electrical conduit in the lakeside lot.
  • The storm drain line in front of the loading dock area was re-routed.
  • The contractor encased electrical conduit in the duct bank along the driveway.
  • Crews continued installing electrical conduits along the Tulane side corridors on the 5th and 6th Floors to relocate panel EFC.
  • Floor penetrations for electrical conduit were cut in Rooms 730, 627, 523, and 431.
  • Electrical conduit was run in Rooms 730 and 627.
  • The contractor continues installing heating hot water and chilled water piping in the basement.

CSRB EXHAUST UPGRADE:

  • The contractor installed a temporary partition in the corridor of the 1st Floor.
  • They removed the plaster ceiling and the steel ceiling supports in the corridor of the 1st Floor.
  • The contractor installed temporary ductwork on the 1st Floor.
  • Crews removed the insulation from the existing ductwork.
  • The contractor removed the sprinkler heads on the 1st Floor.
  • They tied-in the temporary exhaust ductwork on the 1st Floor.

DENTAL SCHOOL AHU REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor continued running the heating hot water riser to the VAVs near the Gross Anatomy and Oral Pathology labs.
  • New ductwork was installed above the Gross Anatomy labs.
  • The control panels for the AHUs above Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy were set.
  • The contractor ran re-heat lines to the VAV boxes near the Oral Pathology labs.
  • They have completed 5 of 15 boxes near Oral Pathology.
  • Workers are insulating the piping above the Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy labs and the ductwork above the Oral Pathology lab.
  • Conduit was installed for both VFDs located in the penthouse.

DENTAL SCHOOL EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING:

  • The contractor constructed partitions to cover 2 open bays on the west and east side of the Clinic Bldg and 2 open bays on the north side of the Admin Bldg.
  • This is to prevent water from seeping under the pedestrian walkway and to protect the granite and pedestrians when pressure washing the exterior panels of the building.
  • The contractor cleaned a 20-foot section of the Clinic Building directly above the loading dock and a 50-foot section of the Administration Building on the Florida Ave. side.
  • They continued pressure washing the exterior wall (2nd bay) on the east side of the Clinic Building and the (3th bay) north side of the Admin Building.

DENTAL SCHOOL LIGHTING REPLACEMENT PROJECT:

  • The contractor installed 76 high-efficiency light fixtures on the 5th Floor.
  • The contractor replaced 108 lights in the 3rd Floor clinic area with high-efficiency fixtures.
  • They removed 9 fixtures on the 3rd Floor in preparation for the Wet Labs project.

DENTAL SCHOOL STUDENT RECREATIONAL FIELDS:

  • The contractor finished fine grading the clay for the softball infield.
  • The irrigation subcontractor tied into the existing water main adjacent to the Administration Building and installed pipe on the building side and around the parking lot end of the multipurpose field.
  • The irrigation subcontractor installed pipe and quick disconnect fittings between both fields and the right field portion of the softball field.

DENTAL SCHOOL PARKING LOT LIGHTING:

  • Pilings, sonitubes and light poles were delivered to the site.
  • The contractor dug all 25 holes for the new lighting and set the timber pilings for all the new light pole bases.
  • They constructed reinforcing steel cages and formwork for the 25 new light pole bases.
  • They removed all of the old wooden light poles.

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