Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #57
Posted: December 7, 2007

The final remediation and duct cleaning project is progressing well at 1542 Tulane Ave.. Much of the duct cleaning has already been completed and test samples have been taken. Significant amounts of debris have been removed from all floors of the building. Damaged carpet is being removed from several areas throughout the building. The final cleaning and the removal of peeling paint is underway and has been substantially completed on the 1st and 8th floors. Repairs on the elevators in the building continue. The risers that carry chilled water to upper floors of the building have been pressurized and successfully tested.

The project to replace the roof of the MEB is underway. The construction trailer is on site, materials are being delivered to the site and crews have begun removing the gravel that covered the old roof. The roof replacement at the Dental School is expected to begin shortly.

The bids for the permanent repairs and 406 Hazard Mitigation at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building have been advertised. A non-mandatory pre-bid conference was held on November 29th. The bid date was pushed back one week to provide potential bidders additional time to prepare their submissions. Bids are now due to be received and opened on December 12th. We remain optimistic that this will allow a contractor to be selected and the actual work to begin in early 2008.

Work on the construction of a temporary bookstore facility in the Dental School Administration Building is expected to begin next Monday. This facility will provide support for the important clinical and educational missions of the School normally offered by Auxiliary Enterprises at the campus. The temporary facility will be constructed in a portion of the existing Library space that has been made available for this purpose.

The architects working on the Dental School projects have completed two sets of interviews with representatives of the School of Dentistry. These interviews are to provide needed information to allow the architects to complete the design concept for the permanent repair and 406 hazard mitigation proposal. Interviews with representatives of Animal Care will be completed next week. This should allow the architects to complete the work on the design concept so that it can be submitted to FEMA and GOHSEP for their initial consideration in January, 2008. If the concept is received favorably, the architects will proceed to the Design/Development phase of this project.

FEMA is still working to complete their review of the Design/Development submissions for permanent repairs and 406 hazard mitigation for the Allied Health/Nursing Building, the Residence Hall, and the Resource Center. There are a few outstanding issues that the architects are addressing that will allow the reviews to be completed. We have also just submitted five additional design concepts for permanent repairs and 406 hazard mitigation to FEMA, following their initial review by GOHSEP. The five concepts address 1542 Tulane Ave., the District Entergy Garage, the Roman Street Garage, the Central Utility Plant, and the Walk to Wellness. GarageG

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

Lions/LSU Clinic Building Permanent Repairs & 406 Hazard Mitigation:

  • The Office of Facility Planning and Control advertised the bids for the contract on November 21, 2007 and again on November 28, 2007.
  • The pre-bid conference was held on November 29, 2007 and drew significant interest from potential bidders.
  • The bid opening date was pushed back a week to December 12, 2007 to give contractors more time to prepare their bids.

MEB Permanent Roof Repairs:

  • The contractor is on site and has set up the construction trailer and taken delivery of the initial supplies needed to complete the work.
  • The pre-construction meeting was held on 11/28/2007.
  • The initial crews are on site and have begun to remove the gravel that was covering the old roof.

Project to Make Temporary Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Fire Alarm System:
    • Siemens finished installing the new wiring and fire alarm devices in mechanical and animal care rooms on the roof.
      • They have removed the old wiring on these floors.
      • New smoke/fire detectors are being installed in the ducts in these rooms.
  • Elevator Repairs:
    • Stratos Elevator has changed the governor sheaves and governor cables for Elevator #8.
      • The new hoist cable has been installed on Elevator #8.
    • Stratos installed the new platform for Elevator #7.
      • A new hoist cable is being installed on Elevators #7.
    • The contractor has replaced the hoist cable on Elevator #2.
    • Stratos resumed work on Elevator #1.
      • They are welding the elevator frame.
      • They built the platform for Elevator #1 for debris removal
      • The contractor is cutting out damaged materials from Elevator #1.
  • Final Remediation and Duct Cleaning:
    • The ducts on Floors 1, 6, 7, 8, and the mechanical & animal care rooms on the roof have been cleaned.
      • They have all passed the visual inspection and samples have been taken.
      • Zimmer is completing the cleaning of the ducts on the 4th and 5th Floors.
    • Carpet that is damaged and contains mold is being removed throughout the building.
      • Zimmer removed the damaged carpet on the 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th Floors.
      • Carpet is being removed from the 4th and 5th Floors.
    • The contractor is removing debris from throughout the building.
      • Debris has been removed from the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Floors.
      • Debris removal is underway on the 4th Floor.
    • Zimmer is responsible for the final wipe down, cleaning and paint removal in all areas of the building other than the stairwells.
      • They have removed the peeling paint and cleaned Suite 123 on the 1st floor.
      • The contractor finished cleaning and paint removal in Suite 122.
      • Zimmer has finished cleaning the main hall on the 1st floor.
      • The contractor has finished cleaning the 8th floor and is ready for a visual inspection.
        • After inspection, air samples will be taken.
      • The contractor is also preparing the 7th floor for cleaning.
      • AEC is sampling the 1st floor center hall for mold and 4 rooms for lead paint.
    • Sample Results:
      • Duct sample results for Floors 1 and 8 passed clearance, except one duct on the 8th floor that the contractor is re-cleaning.
      • Suite 122 air sample results passed clearance.
      • One area in Suite 123 did not pass air clearance and is being re-cleaned and retested.
    • The contractor has removed the ceiling tile on the 7th floor and is moving the crew to the 6th floor.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Ordes Electric removed the electronic controls for the surge tank.
    • Ordes rerouted the electrical wiring for sump pump C to make the adjacent piping accessible.
    • Ordes Electric installed the wiring for the heating hot water pressure differential switches.
    • The contractor also installed the control box for the soft water system.
    • Arc Mechanical is installing pressure gauges on the soft water system. 
      • They are installing new pressure gauges on the Entery Thermal steam pipe assembly.
    • Ordes Electric continues to install components of the PLC which control the Entergy Transfer Station.
    • The test of the building fire pump was successfully completed.
    • The chilled water risers that service the portion of the building that will be reoccupied initially have been pressurized and tested. No leaks or failures have occurred.

Project to Make Temporary Repairs to the Dental School:

  • 1st Floor Clinic Building Projects:
    • Landis completed their touch-up the sheetrock walls, fur downs, and ceilings on the 1st Floor of the Clinic Building.
    • Siemens changed the damaged thermostat in the Central Supply area.
  • LSUHSC Facility Services stripped and waxed the terrazzo floors on the 1st Floor of the Clinic Building.
  • The wall base material for the first floor lobby arrived and was installed. 
  • The material to be used to wrap the lobby column was delivered and the contractors finished the installation.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room Administration Building:
    • Siemens connecting the controls for the damper controlling the 2nd Floor conference room area in the Administration Building.
      • Landis completed refinishing the walls that required touch-up.
      • The linear diffusers are installed.
      • The thermostat has been installed.
    • Landis started working on the punch list items and the final cleaning of the conference room.
  • Elevator Repairs:
    • Elevators #6 and #7 in the Administration Building have been inspected and certified for normal use.
      • Schindler completed the repairs to the dispatchers for these elevators.
      • The old carpeting was removed and new carpet installed in both elevators.
    • The hoist way wires were removed from Elevators # 3 and #4.
      • The cables for the new hoist ways have also been pulled.
      • Schindler installed the top and bottom limiters for both elevators. 
      • The new car station is being installed in Elevator #3.
    • The Elevator # 8 front finishes including the doors and stainless steel panels were removed to prepare for the interior upgrades. 
    • Schindler is working on the installation of the interior for Elevator Car #4.
      • They also wired the car station and re-ran the travel cables for the elevator.
      • Hatch wires are being installed.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Zimmer moved the flood wall panel along the top of the loading dock ramp back in line. This panel had been forced out of place by the pressure of the flood waters.  
      • They installed the eye bolts that will hold the strap to secure the panel in place until the permanent repairs are made.
      • They painted the previously installed cinder block sections of the wall with a block filler/primer.
      • The reinforcing straps have been installed.

Downtown Campus Landscaping Project:

  • Crews cleaned, repaired and mulched the planting beds on the S. Prieur St. and Gravier St. side of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building.
  • They mulched the Algerian ivy beds on the Bolivar St. side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
  • The crews installed garden edging and mulched the new plant beds on the S. Roman St. side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
  • Crews completed the installation of the remaining irrigation system components on the S. Roman St. side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
  • The old vegetation along the S. Roman St. side of the MEB at the entrance to the service area has been removed.
  • Crews completed trenching for the piping that will support two of the three irrigation stations on the S. Roman St. side of the MEB at the entrance/exit to the loading dock area.
  • Crews started the installation of irrigation piping on the S. Roman St. side of the MEB at the entrance/exit of the loading dock/service area.

Exterior Lighting Project:

  • The contractor has finished the work on the lights at the loading dock and under the patio on the Bolivar St. and Perdido St. side of the MEB.
    • All of the other new lights are installed.
  • Work is underway on the project to replace the bollard lights on the downtown campus. The bollard lights are the cylindrical lights that line the sidewalks. Many have not been functioning.
    • The bollard lights around the MEB have been replaced.

Ordes is working on the lights around the Allied Health/Nursing Building.

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