From: Ronnie Smith,
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #18
Posted: June 9, 2006
The Resource Center
re-opened as originally planned on Thursday, June 1st! The
Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Computer Services, Accounting, Purchasing,
Travel & Direct Pay, Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits and the Office
of Research have all moved back to New Orleans and begun to operate from
their original offices. The Registrar has relocated from temporary
facilities in Baton Rouge to space within the Library on the 4th
floor. The Campus Federal Credit Union will reopen their 2nd
floor offices on June 12th, as will the LSUHSC Library. With
this latest building opening, the majority of the teaching, research and
administrative functions that were based on the downtown campus have now
returned. 1542 Tulane Ave. is the last of the major buildings on the
downtown campus where the temporary repairs needed to reoccupy it have not
been completed, but they are underway.
The temporary repairs to the Clinic and
Administration Buildings at the Dental School continue to progress. Both
contractors are working rapidly to complete the critical repairs as
replacement equipment and parts arrive. The schedules for completion
remain very aggressive and the limited availability of some critical
components may still cause some delays, but these are being managed as
closely as possible. Details on specific accomplishments and progress are
The environmental remediation work at 1542 Tulane and
other locations on the downtown campus continues and the work remains on
schedule. The required cleaning has been finished on the 8th
and 7th floors, and crews are busy on the 1st, 5th,
and 6th floors. Cleaning of the various mechanical rooms on
the individual floors is well underway and work in the basement has been
continuing, although a recent power problem has temporarily interrupted
progress. The contract for temporary repairs to the building electrical
and key mechanical systems at 1542 Tulane which will provide electrical
power to upper floors was awarded and work is just starting.
Here are highlights of work that has been
accomplished since our last update was posted two weeks ago.
- Work on the 3rd environmental
remediation contract addressing the balance of the buildings and
facilities on the downtown campus is underway. The contractor has
started the remediation work in the basement and on upper floors at 1542
Tulane Ave. The basement is expected to require the majority of the 45
day contract to complete, while work on the upper floors should average
approximately 10 days per floor. While remediation is underway, access
to the basement, 1st floor and the upper floor(s) being
cleaned will be restricted. Specific updates on progress are as
- 8th Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 7th Floor: Cleaning is complete.
- 6th Floor: Cleaning is in progress.
- 5th Floor: Cleaning has begun.
- Mechanical Rooms: Cleaning is in progress on
the 7th, 6th and 5th floors.
- Duct Work: The duct work on the 8th
and 5th floor has been cleaned. The cleaning of the ducts
on the 4th floor has just begun.
- Basement: Cleaning has progressed, but it has
been temporarily interrupted by a power problem. Work is expected to
- The Walk To Wellness and the walkway near
Stanislaus Hall have been cleaned.
- The temporary repairs to the School of Dentistry
Clinic and Administration buildings continue.
- The temporary chiller and generators are on line
at the Dental School Clinic and Administration buildings and the
buildings are being cooled.
- Demolition of flood damaged building materials
related to the environmental remediation is substantially complete in
the basement and on the 1st floors of both the Clinic and
- The fire pump has been delivered to the site and
is being installed.
- The electrical contractor is continuing to
progress with the work on a temporary electrical power feeds and the
installation of temporary conduit, etc.
- Temporary power from the generator is now
available in the building.
- The temporary switch gear has been delivered
and installation is complete.
- The air compressor has been received on site.
- The domestic water pumps are installed and
operating at the Dental School and the two main buildings have partial
water pressure. (The City has been notified of the low pressure to
the buildings.) Domestic water is still off while isolation valves
being installed to isolate damaged sinks on 7th floor.
- Housekeeping pads for temporary equipment being
placed in the basement have been poured.
- The temporary boiler is being connected to the
- The platform for the air compressors is being
set up in the power plant.
- The condenser water pumps arrived and are being
set in place.
- Heating hot water pumps have arrived and are
being set in place.
- Electrical distribution panels for the basements
are being mounted and installed.
- The permanent repairs to building elevators
continue. Elevators that have been repaired, inspected and certified for
passenger use include:
- All of the Stanislaus Hall elevators.
- All five of the elevators in the Lion’s/LSU
- The MEB elevators. (Repairs to the damaged
elevator floors are underway.)
- The elevators in the Residence Hall. (Repairs
to the damaged elevator floors are underway.)
- The passenger elevators in the Nursing/Allied
Health Building. (Repairs to the damaged elevator floors are
- Two passenger elevators in the Resource Center.
- Roman St. Parking Garage – The contractor has
begun making repairs to the two passenger elevators.
- The contractor for the permanent repairs to the
MEB Lecture Rooms, the Gross Anatomy Lab, the Morgue, and the
Multidisciplinary Labs has crews on site and is progressing on the
- Demolition of damaged areas is largely
complete. Drywall has been removed, and the case goods have been
removed from the Gross Anatomy Lab and the Morgue.
- The flood damaged air handling unit that serves
the large lecture rooms has been removed.
- Coring of the slab to accommodate conduit that
will carry new electrical service and network wiring to the individual
seats has been completed.
- Wall insulation has been installed.
- New drywall is being installed in the two large
lecture rooms; approximately 80% complete in Lecture Room B.
- Contracts to repair the fire alarm systems and
their components in downtown campus buildings have been awarded to the
vendors who currently provide annual maintenance to the systems. This
approach will insure that the systems can be re-certified and remain
under the existing maintenance contract. Several of the systems have
been repaired and inspected and work continues in the remaining
- CSRB, Lion’s/LSU Clinic Building and the MEB:
Completed and inspected.
- Stanislaus Hall: A temporary occupancy permit
has been issued and the list of deficiencies is being addressed and
will be resolved shortly.
- Nursing/Allied Health: A temporary occupancy
permit has been issued and the identified deficiencies will be
addressed within the next few weeks.
- Residence Hall: The repairs have been
substantially completed. Final repairs have been made to door closers
and the State Fire Marshal has inspected the building and approved
- Resource Center: The repairs were completed and
the State Fire Marshal approved the reoccupancy of the building on May
- The contract for the repairs to the emergency
generators at the CSRB, MEB, Lion’s Eye Center, Nursing/Allied Health
Bldg., Resource Center and the Residence Hall has been awarded. The
following is the most recent status of the repairs:
- The repairs have been completed on the roof
mounted generator at the MEB. This provides emergency power to the
majority of the researcher’s freezers and walk in coolers in that
- CSRB – the generator has been repaired, fueled,
and tested. Power is available to outlets and emergency lights, but
two other transfer switches require some additional adjustments.
- Lion’s/LSU Clinic Building – the generator has
been repaired, fueled, and successfully tested.
- Residence Hall – Both of the emergency
generators for the Residence Hall have been installed and are being
connected to the building’s electrical systems.
- MEB – the generator has been reassembled. The
initial testing revealed a bad voltage regulator and the replacement
part has been ordered.
- After experiencing 2 short term power outages in
the CSRB, the switch gear manufacturer’s representative was requested to
perform further tests of the switchgear to determine the need for
additional temporary repairs. Repairs have been determined to require
the replacement of the building feeders which require shut downs of
power to portions of the building. To minimize disruption, the work is
being scheduled over weekend periods.
- The replacement of the air conditioning feeder
at the CSRB was completed on June 3rd. Additional work is
- The replacement of 20 year old carpeting in the
Resource Center has been completed. The Library has been reopened.
- A contract has been issued for repairs to the
medical air compressors, vacuum pumps and water purifiers at the CSRB,
Lion’s Eye Center and the MEB. An updated status follows:
- The vacuum pumps in the CSRB and the Lion’s/LSU
Clinic were tested on Friday, June 9th. The medical air
pumps in the CSRB and the MEB were also tested. The entire system
(medical air, vacuum, etc.) will be tested in all three buildings on
Monday, June 12th.
- The deionized water
systems in the CSRB and the MEB became operational on June 6th.
Pumps are still needed to distribute the water throughout the
- The MEB pump was
turned on and tested on 6/7.
- The replacement
pump for the CSRB is on order and has not been received at this
- Upgrades to the Seminar Rooms on the 3rd
floor of the MEB have been underway for some time. New carpeting has
been laid, new and improved lighting has been installed, the old chalk
boards have been replaced with new marker boards, all the rooms have
been freshly painted, and wireless network connectivity is being
installed. These new teaching facilities should be available for use by
the students who begin their next semester on the New Orleans campus.
- The new city water
pumps for the Nursing/Allied Health Building have been delivered. It is
possible that these new pumps can be installed without a shut down of
water in the building. The feasibility of that option is being
assessed. Should a shut down of building water be needed, it will be
scheduled and coordinated in advance with the Schools of Nursing and
- Permanent repairs to building windows on the
downtown campus have been bid and the contract has been awarded. The
contractor is now on site and work is underway.
- The broken glass in the door leading to the
walkway on the MEB side has been replaced.
- The various glass panels needed to replace the
damaged panels have been ordered. Due to the long lead times for many
of these glass systems, they have also done some additional temporary
repairs; taping up some windows and boarding up others.
Please continue to follow our progress through our
Daily Updates that are also available on the web site.