Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #53
Posted: October 12,
We are moving closer to the
initiation of some of the permanent repairs to
buildings around campus. The contract for the replacement of the MEB
roof has been awarded and a Notice To Proceed should
be issued at any time. The replacement of the roofs on the Dental
School Clinic and Administration Building are out on bid and a large
number of contractors have expressed interest. Bids will open on that project on October 23rd.
FEMA is completing the
validation of the cost figures on the proposal to
make the permanent repairs and complete the 406
mitigation to the Lions/LSU Clinic Building
(rebuilding the Cohn Learning Center on the 6th
floor and moving critical mechanical, electrical and
plumbing systems to the 2nd floor). The review of the construction documents for
this project is being wrapped up at this time. As soon as FEMA completes their reviews of
the costs and the PW and Section 406 Hazard
Mitigation Proposal are reviewed and approved, the
bids can be issued for this important project.
The architects serving the
downtown campus have recently completed and
submitted their design concepts for the permanent
repairs and 406 Mitigation of five additional
buildings and structures. These include 1542 Tulane Ave., the Central Utility
Plant, the Roman St. Garage, the District Entergy
Garage and the Walk to Wellness. The initial reviews of these concepts are
just getting underway. If they are approved, the architects will
begin work on the Design/Development drawings and
documents for these five projects which are the
document submitted to FEMA for final review and
approval. Design/Development packages were submitted to
FEMA and GOHSEP for the Allied Health/Nursing
Building, the Residence Hall and the Resource Center
in mid-September. These are currently under review.
We are also pressing forward
with completing the work necessary to allow portions
Tulane Ave. to be
re-occupied. The contractor who has been working on the
project for over a year is nearing completion of the
remaining elements of work. The elevator contractor continues to complete
repairs to the many storm damaged elevators
throughout the building. Another elevator was recently inspected and
certified for normal use. LSUHSC Facility Services has developed a plan
that identifies the critical path elements of work
that remain to be completed before re-occupying
portions of the building and is managing the plan
Bids have recently been issued for the final
remediation and duct cleaning contract. Painters are already at work removing peeling
paint and preparing to repaint those surfaces.
Work on the 1st
floor of the Dental School Clinic
is proceeding nicely. Light fixtures are installed, much of the
ceiling work is completed, and wall finishes are
being installed. The reverse osmosis water system has been
cleaned and tested and the Central Sterilization
unit is now fully functional. Projects to make enhancements to the MEB
Morgue, the cafeteria, and landscaping on the
downtown campus are all progressing well.
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.:
- Permanent Roof Repairs:
- The initial proposal
for permanent roof repairs to the building
was submitted to FEMA and is now under
- Fire Alarm System:
Siemens (Fire Alarm Division) is on site
installing and programming the fire alarm
system modules in the fire alarm control
panel on the 1st floor.
- Siemens connected
electrical power to the fire alarm panel
and installed all of the fire alarm
panel control modules.
- The contractor
continues to program the modules.
- Elevator Repairs:
- Stratos Elevator is installing new wiring for the
motors of Elevators #7 and #8.
- They are also installing and programming new
position sensors for Elevator #2.
- Stratos Elevator
has installed the new door hangers for
Elevators #7 & #8 on Floors 6 through 8.
- Stratos Elevator continues to work on
Elevators #7 and #8; completing the
installation of new door guides on
- Stratos continues
to work on Elevators #7 and #8 changing
the door track on Floors 3 through 5.
The contractor is also working on Elevator
#3, removing equipment from the elevator
- The contractor tested
Elevator #2 in preparation for the
inspection by the State Elevator Inspector.
- Elevator #2 was
inspected by the State Elevator
- The preliminary
indication is that Elevator #2 passed
inspection and should be certified for
normal use shortly.
- Stratos is also
working on Elevator #1; removing the rear
doors in the basement.
- Emergency Generator:
- Ordes installed the emergency generator power wiring
between the generator and the ATS.
- They terminated the
emergency generator power wiring at the
generator in the parking lot and at the
transformer in the basement.
They have grounded the emergency generator
and connected the wire taps in the junction
The 110 volt power was also connected to the
- Ordes filled the
emergency generator with fuel.
- They began installing
a new feed for the Parking Garage lighting.
- Ordes made all the final connections for the
installation of the emergency generator and was
assisted by the manufacturer (Cummins) in performing
the start-up of the emergency generator.
The contractor load tested the emergency generator
for two hours and the generator performed as
- Final Remediation and Duct
- Bid specifications
have been developed for the final
remediation and duct cleaning that is
required within the building.
- The bids were
issued on October 8th.
- The pre-bid
conference is scheduled for October 16th.
- Bids are due to
open on October 31st.
Siemens (HVAC/Controls Division) is on site
removing the AHU control panel in the
- Ordes installed the
power for the pre-cooler and dryer
components of the main air compressor.
- MCC continues
installing the CHW riser isolation valves.
- Siemens continues to work on the fire alarm system
installing new fire pump controls for the fire pump
in the basement.
- Painters are removing peeling paint from Stairwell C
in the building.
Project to Make Temporary
Repairs to the Dental School:
- A draft of the permanent
repair and Section 406 Hazard Mitigation
proposal for the Clinic Building,
the Administration Building and the
Power plant has been reviewed by the head of the
GOHSEP 406 Hazard Mitigation team and
representatives of LSUHSC with the architects.
- Some additional
details and refinements are needed before
the design concept will be presented to FEMA
for their initial review.
- A preliminary draft of
a Benefit Cost Analysis suggests that the
proposal will be very cost effective.
- 1st Floor Clinic Building Projects
- The ceiling grid is completely installed on the
lobby of the 1st floor of the Clinic Building.
- Landis is awaiting the materials for the curved
ceiling that will be installed in the main lobby and
into the elevator lobby.
- Landis began the electrical trim out of the lights;
installing fixtures and bulbs in the Clinic Building
- The installation of the supply grilles and return
grilles for the HVAC continues around the 1st floor
- All of the lights have been installed in the Clinic
Building 1st floor lobby spaces.
- The new lights for
the restrooms located off the elevator
lobby were installed.
- The granite clad wall, the floor, and the storefront
windows are being cleaned in the Clinic Bldg.
- Walls are being grouted where necessary.
- The painting of the
fur downs in the Clinic Building 1st
floor lobbies is complete.
- Siemens finished
installing the controls in the mechanical
- They continue to run wire for the controls of the
HVAC system that will serve the 1st Floor of the
Landis repositioned sprinklers and relocated
sprinkler pipes that will be in the way of
the new ceiling in the lobby of the Clinic
Building, 1st Floor.
- Landis is prepping the
walls on the 1st floor for the installation
of the wood clad finishes.
- Landis began
installing the wood veneer in the main
lobby of the Clinic Building.
- Central Sterilization
- The sanitization and
flushing of the Reverse Osmosis System is
complete and the Reverse Osmosis water is
safe to use.
- Test results show
that it is free of colony forming units
and that it can be used as needed
without concern for biological
- The painters have completed the last of the punch
list items in the Central Sterilization area.
- Gentigue installed a
new door gasket on one of the sterilizers
correcting a leak in the Central
- Landis completed the
punch-list items for the 3rd floor Central
- Permanent Roof Repairs:
- The bid for the permanent repairs to the roofs of
the main Dental School campus buildings is going out
on the street. An expedited bid period will be used to help
move the project forward as quickly as possible.
- The bids were
advertised on October 10th.
- The pre-bid
conference was held on October 12th.
- Bids will be
opened on October 23rd.
- Schindler continues to work on repairing the freight
- They are currently installing the additional safety
breaks and wiring the new electronic controller.
- Schindler began adjusting the controls, wiring
connections, doors and motor speed on the freight
- Schindler installed the alarm bells for Elevators #6 and #7.
- They continued
adjusting Elevator #7 in the
- Adco Metal cleaned
and sealed the metal finishes.
completed installing the elevator
interiors in Elevator #6 and #7.
- Siemens continued their work on AHU 1-1; installing
safety devices and thermostats.
- A-1 Signs started work on the LSU School of
- They diagnosed the trouble with the power for the
neon lights that illuminates the sign.
- They painted the
existing letters of the sign on the
exterior of the building.
- The new "L" is
mounted and painted.
- The neon lights
and the power problem have been
- The repairs to the LSU School of Dentistry sign are
- Siemens delivered the
new control panels for the EMS upgrade. All of the network wires for the
system have been run throughout the
- Landis is demolishing
the old TV Studio (Room 2203) to prepare for
the construction of the new conference room.
- The demolition of
the TV Studio (Room 2203) is almost
- Landis has
scheduled the removal of the two large
viewing windows and the concrete steps
to the adjacent rooms.
- Landis continues to
make progress replacing the in-line dampers
on Floors 7 & 8.
- Landis has also begun
removing the ceiling mounted speakers in the
Clinic areas on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
- The removal and
replacement of some of the damaged laminate
wall panels on the 2nd floor of the
Clinic Building is in
Lions/LSU Clinic Permanent
Repairs & Mitigation:
- LSUHSC has been completing
their review of the construction documents for
the proposal to make permanent repairs to the
building and to elevate the Cohn Learning Center
to the 6th floor and the critical
mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment to
the 2nd floor. Comments are due to FP&C next week.
- FEMA is evaluating the
cost data that has been submitted to insure
that the estimates represent “fair and
- The versions to the
related Project Worksheets have been written
and submitted for internal reviews by FEMA.
Downtown Campus Landscaping
The crews finished installing 3" conduit
and routing irrigation valve control wires into
the first floor of MEB to the controller.
- They have completed
making the control wire connections for
stations 1 through 6.
- The 2 inch irrigation main
that runs around the Allied Health/Nursing
Building and the MEB has been pressurized.
- Crews flushed water
through irrigation stations 2 through 6.
- Station 1 on the Bolivar St.
side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building was
programmed to be run automatically by the
- Crews installed bubbler
nozzles in the six tree planters within the
sidewalk on the Bolivar St.
side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
- Stations 7 through 9 on
S. Roman St.
side of the Allied Health/Nursing building have
been connected to the controller.
- All of the Allied
Health/Nursing Building irrigation stations
are now connected.
- The crews installed the nozzles on sprinklers
located on stations 4 & 5.
- Stations 4 & 5 were programmed to operate
automatically on the controller.
- The planting has begun on the Gravier St. side of
the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
- New trees have been planted.
- Crews also began installing bushes/shrubs in the
planting beds along the Gravier St. side of both the
MEB and the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
- They have also
installed sections of trench drain in the
- The new tables and chairs
are being unpacked, assembled and put into
- The electrical and data
wiring in the middle section is now complete.
- Several of the booths
and associated tables have been set in
- The solid surface counter
top for the beverage, coffee and the trash area
has arrived and is in the process of being
- The trim out of the curved
booths is underway.
- The cooler panel
installation continues with lights being
installed in the smaller walk-in cooler.
- One evaporator unit has
been hung in the large walk-in cooler.
- The condenser unit has
been set in place and tested.
Parking Garage Elevators:
- The remaining elevator in
the Roman Street Garage has been repaired and
certified for normal use.
Permanent Building Repairs and 406 Mitigation:
- The design team prepared
and submitted their initial design concepts for
the permanent repair and 406 Hazard Mitigation
of five additional buildings/structures. Those buildings are:
- 1542 Tulane Ave.
- Central Utility Plant
- Roman St. Garage
- District Entergy Garage
- Walk To Wellness
- The design concepts are
currently under review by the 406 Hazard
Mitigation team with GOHSEP and by LSUHSC.
We encourage you to follow the
details of our progress through the daily updates
which are posted on the web site.