Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #140
Posted: April 8, 2011

The contractor making the permanent repairs to the Allied Health/Nursing Building has installed three 4-inch standby power conduits and mounted the associated electrical box on the exterior of the building. Workers installed thermostats on the 2nd Floor and receptacles in the 2nd Floor de-briefing rooms. Ceiling grid was hung on the 2nd Floor in the Gravier Street corridor and crews installed light fixtures in the 2nd Floor corridors. Sheetrock was hung at both entrances of the 2nd Floor auditorium. Additional glass partitions were installed in the 1st Floor offices and control wires were run to the VAVs on the 1st Floor.

Door frames were installed on the 1st and 2nd Floors. The contractor installed sheetrock, then taped and floated both 1st Floor restroom ceilings. They continued installing network drops on the 1st Floor. The bases of the walls on the 1st Floor were grouted in preparation for the epoxy flooring. Workers have started installing the steel stairway to the new generator platform. The frame for the first sliding glass door was installed on the walkway bridge, while crews continued welding structural steel below the walkway along the Gravier Street side of the building.

The contractor continued painting the exterior precast panels and the 1st Floor columns of the new elevated mechanical/electrical structure at the Student Residence Hall. Four doors and the transom panels were installed on the 2nd level of the new elevated structure. Workers installed the frames for the louvered panels on the 2nd level of the new building. They finished installing louver doors for the domestic water pump room, the fire pump room and the switch gear room. Twenty-three (23) new doors and door hardware were installed on the 1st Floor of the main building and nineteen (19) of the doors were painted. Crews ran and terminated wires for the temporary generator in preparation for the planned electrical shutdown. The original building switch gear was disconnected and the related penetration in the transformer vault was sealed. The two old generators were removed from the 1st Floor.

The Resource Center contractor continued installing heat exchanger piping and removed existing heating water piping. Workers shot-blasted the concrete floors on 1st Floor in preparation for applying the epoxy floor covering. The epoxy coating was applied to the floors and two clear coats were laid over the epoxy. The four existing heating hot water pumps were removed. The contractor began constructing the south wall of the fire pump room on the 2nd Floor and poured the concrete pad for the fire pump.

The work on the Clinical Education Building continues. The contractor encased the last section of underground electrical duct bank in concrete near the generator and backfilled the area. Crews poured concrete for the transformer vault wall in the basement and removed the forms. Forms for the concrete walls that will surround and protect passenger elevator #4 and freight elevator #7 in the basement were constructed. Crews removed non-operating electrical switchgear equipment and associated conduits in the basement and continued to weld and install 8-inch chilled water pipes. The contractor erected scaffolding up to the height of the loading dock canopy and began demolishing the loading dock roof.

Upgrades to the CSRB exhaust system continue. The contractor removed exhaust ductwork from the 1st Floor feed room, relocated two vent lines in the 1st Floor feed room and installed the new exhaust ductwork. New exhaust ductwork was installed on the 1st Floor for Rooms 105, 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110.The compressor for walk-in cooler 7G6 was also relocated.

The AHU replacement project at the Dental School has continued in the Clinic Building and work has started in the Administration Building. The contractor completed insulating heating water lines near the Oral Pathology lab and started insulating heating water lines near Gross Anatomy. Workers continued running control wires for the units near Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy and the electrical contractor continued pulling new electrical wire for both AHUs in the penthouse. Crews made the final duct tie-ins for the AHU near Gross Anatomy and installed new fresh air duct for the unit near Oral Pathology. The contractor replaced the heating hot water riser on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Floors on the B side of the Clinic Building. They replaced the heating hot water riser in the stairwell near Oral Pathology and isolation valves were installed on the heating hot water risers for Floors 3 through 7 on the B side of the Clinic Building. The controls at the VAV boxes near Oral Pathology are being tested. Conduit and control wire was run for the fire alarms in the penthouse. The asbestos contractor removed asbestos from the heating hot water and chilled water pipes in the Clinic Building penthouse.

Crews removed the ceiling grid around in hallways around Room 2110 (near the Dean’s office and Faculty Practice) in the Administration Bldg. They removed control and electrical conduits from the ductwork in Room 2110 (a mechanical room). The controls contractor also removed all pneumatic connections to the mixing boxes on the 2nd Floor near the Dean’s Office. The asbestos insulation and ductwork in Room 2110 in the Administration Bldg were removed. The contractor removed the two building management system panels and electrical disconnects from the wall in Room 2110.Heating hot water lines were also removed from Room 2110. The contractor removed the CMU wall near Faculty Practice and removed ceiling tiles and lights from the Library study rooms. Heating hot water pipe hangers were installed in the corridor near Faculty Practice. The asbestos contractor removed ductwork from the mechanical room, parking services area, the Faculty Practice area and the Men’s restroom.

The contractor responsible for waterproofing the exteriors of the Dental School Clinic Building, Administration Building and Power Plant finished pressure washing the south side of the Clinic building and crews continued pressure washing the east side of the Clinic Building. Workers finished installing new caulk on the cross-over section between the Clinic and Administration Buildings. This section served as a mock up to allow the architects and LSUHSC to evaluate the installation methodology and compliance with the specifications. Crews are now removing existing caulk, grinding the surfaces, installing new backer rod and installed new caulk on the south side of the Clinic Building and the east side of the Administration Building.

The contractor finished installing the metal roof panels and flashing on the section of covered walkway closest to the District Energy Garage. They also finished installing metal roof panels and flashing on the intermediate canopies on the center section of walkway. Workers are now installing flashing and snap-on seam strips on the entire roof.

The contractor working on the energy-efficiency contact at the School of Dentistry replaced an additional 10 light fixtures with new high-efficiency fixtures on the 4th Floor of the Clinic Building. Forty-three (43) light fixtures on the 3rd Floor of the Clinic Building and fifty-four (54) fixtures on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building were replaced with high-efficiency fixtures.

The project to improve the lighting for the parking lots at the School of Dentistry is progressing well. The contractor re-poured 3 of the new light pole bases that were deemed unacceptable after 1st pour and subsequently demolished. They drove new pilings for the bases that will support light poles #21, #22 and #24.The concrete forms were removed from all 25 light pole bases and crews are installing direct-buried electrical conduit between the new 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 installed three 4-inch standby power conduits.
  • They mounted the electrical box on the exterior of the building.
  • Workers installed thermostats on the 2nd Floor.
  • The contractor installed receptacles in the de-briefing rooms on the 2nd Floor.
  • Ceiling grid was installed on the 2nd Floor in the Gravier Street corridor.
  • Crews installed light fixtures in the 2nd Floor corridors.
  • Sheetrock was hung at both entrances of the 2nd Floor auditorium.
  • Additional glass partitions were installed in the 1st Floor offices.
  • Control wires were run to the VAVs on the 1st Floor.
  • Door frames were installed on the 1st and 2nd Floors.
  • The contractor installed sheetrock, then taped and floated both 1st Floor restroom ceilings.
  • The contractor continued installing network drops on the 1st Floor.
  • The bases of the walls on the 1st Floor were grouted in preparation for the epoxy flooring.
  • Workers started installing the steel stairway to the generator platform.
  • The frame for the first sliding glass door was installed on the walkway bridge.
  • Crews continued welding structural steel below the walkway along the Gravier Street side of the building.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor continued painting the exterior precast panels and the columns on the 1st Floor of the new addition.
  • The contractor installed 23 new doors and door hardware on the 1st Floor of the main building.
  • They painted 19 of the new 23 doors installed on the 1st Floor.
  • Four doors and the transom panels were installed on the 2nd level of the new elevated structure.
  • The contractor installed the frames for the louvered panels on the 2nd level of the new addition building.
  • They finished installing louver doors for the domestic water pump room, the fire pump room and the switch gear room on the 2nd level of the new addition building.
  • Crews ran and terminated wires for the temporary generator in preparation for the electrical shutdown.
  • The original building switch gear was disconnected and the related penetration in the transformer vault was sealed.
  • The two old generators were removed from the 1st Floor.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor continued installing heat exchanger piping.
  • The existing heating water piping was removed.
  • Workers shot-blasted the 1st Floor floors in preparation for applying the epoxy floor covering.
  • The epoxy coating was applied to the floors and two clear coats were laid over the epoxy flooring.
  • The four existing heating hot water pumps were removed.
  • The contractor began constructing the south wall of the fire pump room on the 2nd Floor and placed the concrete pad for the fire pump.

CEB PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor encased the last section of underground electrical duct bank in concrete near the generator and backfilled the area.
  • Crews poured concrete for the transformer vault wall in the basement and removed the forms.
  • The contractor erected forms for the concrete walls that will surround and protect passenger elevator #4 and freight elevator #7 in the basement.
  • Crews removed non-operating electrical equipment and associated conduits in the basement.
  • The contractor erected scaffolding up to the height of the loading dock canopy and began demolishing the loading dock roof.
  • They installed electrical conduits on the 3rd Floor and continued removing non-operable switchgear and associated conduits from the basement.
  • They continued welding and installing 8-inch chilled water pipes in the basement.

CSRB EXHAUST UPGRADE:

  • The contractor removed exhaust ductwork from the 1st Floor feed room.
  • They relocated two vent lines in the 1st Floor feed room and the new exhaust ductwork was installed.
  • The contractor installed exhaust ductwork on the 1st Floor for Rooms 105, 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110.
  • The compressor for walk-in cooler 7G6 was relocated.

DENTAL SCHOOL AHU REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor completed insulating heating water lines near the Oral Pathology lab and started insulating heating water lines near Gross Anatomy.
  • Workers continued running control wires for the units near Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy.
  • The electrical contractor continued pulling new electrical wire for both units in the penthouse.
  • Crews made the final duct tie-ins for the AHU near Gross Anatomy and installed new fresh air duct for the unit near Oral Pathology.
  • The contractor replaced the heating hot water riser on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Floor on the B side of the Clinic Building.
  • They replaced the heating hot water riser in the stairwell near Oral Pathology.
  • Isolation valves were installed on the heating hot water risers for Floors 3 through 7 on the B side of the Clinic Building.
  • The controls at the VAV boxes near Oral Pathology are being tested.
  • Conduit and control wire was run for the fire alarms in the penthouse.
  • Crews removed the ceiling grid around in hallways around Room 2110 (near the Dean’s office and Faculty Practice) in the Administration Bldg.
  • They removed control and electrical conduits from the ductwork in Room 2110.
  • The controls contractor also removed all pneumatic connections to the mixing boxes on the 2nd Floor near the Dean’s Office.
  • The asbestos insulation and ductwork in Room 2110 in the Administration Bldg were removed.
  • The contractor removed the two building management system panels and electrical disconnects from the wall in Room 2110.
  • Heating hot water lines were removed from Room 2110 (a mechanical room).
  • The contractor removed the CMU wall near Faculty Practice and removed ceiling tiles and lights from the Library study rooms.
  • The contractor installed heating hot water pipe hangers in the corridor near Faculty Practice.
  • The asbestos contractor removed ductwork from the mechanical room, parking services area, the Faculty Practice area and the Men’s restroom.
  • They removed asbestos from the heating hot water and chilled water pipes in the Clinic Building penthouse.

DENTAL SCHOOL BLDG EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING:

  • The contractor finished pressure washing the south side of the Clinic building.
  • Crews continued pressure washing the east side of the Clinic Building.
  • The contractor finished installing new caulk on the cross-over section between the Clinic & Administration Buildings.
  • This section is serving as a mock up to allow the architects and LSUHSC to evaluate the installation methodology and compliance with the specifications.
  • Workers are removing existing caulk, grinding the surfaces, installing new backer rod and installed new caulk on the south side of the Clinic Building and the east side of the Administration Building.

CEB COVERED WALKWAY:

  • The contractor finished installing the metal roof panels and flashing on the section of covered walkway closest to the District Energy Garage.
  • They finished installing metal roof panels and flashing on the intermediate canopies on the center section of walkway.
  • The contractor continued installing flashing and snap-on seam strips on the entire roof.

DENTAL SCHOOL LIGHTING REPLACEMENT PROJECT:

  • The contractor replaced 10 light fixtures with new high-efficiency fixtures on the 4th Floor of the Clinic Building.
  • Forty-three (43) light fixtures on the 3rd Floor of the Clinic Building were replaced with high-efficiency fixtures.
  • Fifty-four (54) fixtures on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building were replaced with high-efficiency fixtures.

DENTAL SCHOOL STUDENT RECREATIONAL FIELDS:

  • The contractor applied hydro seed to the newly graded athletic fields.

DENTAL SCHOOL PARKING LOT LIGHTING:

  • The contractor re-poured 3 of the new light pole bases that were deemed unacceptable after 1st pour and subsequently demolished.
  • They drove new pilings for the bases that will support light poles #21, #22 and #24.
  • The concrete forms were removed from all 25 light pole bases.
  • Crews are installing direct-buried electrical conduit between the new light poles.

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