Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #33
Posted: January 5, 2007

Progress on the various projects that have been underway was impacted to some extent by the Christmas and New Years holidays. However, although the institution was officially closed for the entire week, most of the contractors were on site immediately after Christmas and LSUHSC Facilities personnel were on hand to insure that work could continue until the New Years holiday arrived.

Work on the elevators at 1542 Tulane Ave. has continued during the past two weeks. Several change orders are being developed by the architect/engineering team and priced by the contractor. These relate to the next series of repairs that are needed to restore the upper floors of the building. New, permanent sump pumps have been installed in the basement which helps to insure that we are protected from the intrusion of ground water.

The Dental School contractors are working to complete the various punch list items that have been identified by the architects on the original work. The elevator contractor has increased the number of staff working on the repairs to building elevators and progress continues as parts are delivered. The environmental consultant that works for LSUHSC is preparing the remediation specifications for the Clinic building and we expect to get a bid on the street in the near future. The inspection and assessment of the existing boilers to determine and document the storm-related damage and identify the needed repairs is still underway. We anticipate receiving that report in the near future and specifications for needed repairs will be quickly developed. Scope alignment activities by the architect/engineering team and FEMA are also continuing.

Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished since our last update was posted two weeks ago.

Project to Make Temporary Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • The contractor completed the installation of the starters for the replacement basement sump pumps at 1542 Tulane Ave.
  • The contractor has finished connecting the starter disconnects and the electrical feeds on the 1st floor for the basement sump pumps.
  • The elevator contractor is working on the #3 Elevator at 1542 Tulane Ave. The foreman estimates that it should take approximately a week to get the elevator running (but not certified).
    • The #1 Elevator is running but it does not yet have a cage.
    • The elevator contractor is working in the penthouse replacing switches and other damaged parts.
  • Additional work authorized by recent change orders is awaiting the delivery of needed materials. Additional change orders are being priced out and evaluated for FEMA eligibility.
  • The panel box for the sump pumps installed in the basement at 1542 Tulane Ave. has been set. The contractor is in the process of running conduit and wires for the new lights, receptacles, fire pump control panel and the jockey pump.  They are also removing old pipe and wires as they install the new equipment.
    • LSU personnel drained the condensate out of the steam lines in preparation for Arc Mechanical to begin testing the steam piping for leaks on Monday, once the steam service has been restored.  Once the tests have been completed, the contractor will begin insulating the steam pipes.

Project to Make Temporary Repairs to the Dental School:

  • The elevator contractor has been working on the building elevators.
    • The freight elevator gate operators and linkage has been installed.
    • The contractor is installing the new panels that control the operation of the freight elevator doors.
    • The replacement basement elevator doors should be installed by the end of this week.
  • The mechanical sub-contractor installed two more nitrous oxide bottles on the loading dock. This makes a total of 8 nitrous oxide bottles installed.
  • The architects and a testing company have inspected the pipes running through the tunnel from the Power Plant to the Dental School basement during this week. They took water samples from the tunnel and the sump area of the Power Plant to test for the presence of chlorides.
  • The inspection of the boilers by the manufacturer to determine what damage was done by the storm has been completed. They are preparing their written report and photographic evidence of the damage that they found.
    • The FEMA assessment team also examined the boilers as the manufacturer concluded their assessment.
  • The mechanical sub-contractor is working on all of the exhaust fans in the Clinic and Administration Buildings to make sure they are operating properly.
  • Work on the various punch list items is underway at the Dental School.
    • New strainers are being installed in the floor drains of the basement.
    • The platform that was installed in the Power Plant is being painted.
    • The mason is patching the cavities in the basement.
    • All of the old sinks, toilets, and plumbing fixtures have been removed on the 1st floor and in the basement.
  • Siemens has run the communications line used by the Energy Management System from the Power Plant to the basement.

Electrical Repairs to Parking Lots

  • The contractor responsible for making the final electrical repairs at various parking lots around campus began mobilizing crews and inspecting the work sites. Work on the initial sites has begun.
    • At Parking Lot #1, the contractor is working on building a rack four feet above the trough to house the power feeds that run from the electrical panel to the gate.

MEB Atrium Renovation:

  • The atrium on the 3rd floor of the MEB is undergoing an exciting renovation. Within a few weeks, we hope to produce a welcoming and comfortable multi-function space where students can gather to study, socialize, and eat. The atrium will be divided into 2 main areas. At the entry will be a spacious lounge area with contemporary sectional sofas, plush club chairs, and occasional tables. Beyond the lounge will be an updated eating area with ample seating at café-style tables. The space will also offer wireless technology, un-tethering laptops from the perimeter of the room.
    • The installation of the new ceiling grid and new lighting fixtures in the 3rd floor corridors of the MEB is largely complete.
    • LSUHSC Facilities staff members have completed the installation of new HVAC ducting in the atrium ceiling.
    • The contractor has finished the initial layout of the ceiling supports for the new ceiling grid, and they have begun the installation of the wall mounted track around the perimeter of the space.
    • The majority of the new ceiling framing in the atrium has been completed.
    • The ceiling framing for the fur-downs is complete.
    • The contractor began hanging sheet rock at the fur-downs along the exterior windows.
    • The walls at the ramps to the atrium from the MEB have been over laid with sheetrock. The sheet rock must still be finished and prepped for painting.
    • LSU personnel finished demolishing the sheet rock and wall covering along the Allied Health side of the atrium.
    • New conduit was run for electrical power on the columns in what will be the new seating areas. The contractor also continued to raise conduit and fixtures in the ceiling that will interfere with the height of the new ceiling.
    • In the 3rd floor corridors, the ceiling framing is complete. The contractor continues the installation of the ceiling tile and is about 80% complete. Most of the new light fixtures have also been installed.
    • The sprinkler contractor will have to move several sprinklers to allow for the placement of the lights that have not been installed. This is being coordinated with the contractor and will happen shortly.

Miscellaneous Items:

  • The de-ionized water system at the Clinical Sciences Research Building has been disinfected and the system can now be used as it was intended.

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