Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #96
Posted: July 3, 2009

We continue to seek ways to enhance the security of the campus through the expanded use of access control. New proximity card readers have been installed in stairwell #7 of the Medical Education Building at the landings on floors 3-7. This is the stairwell used to enter the MEB from the Bolivar Street elevated walkway. A proximity card reader has also been installed at the entrance to the elevated walkway from the Gravier Garage/Stanislaus Hall corridor. New proximity card readers have also been installed at the Gravier Parking Garage at the following locations; the two stairwells that exit to Gravier Street, at the ground floor elevator call button near the automobile entrance and exit, and at the Claiborne lobby entrance.

The permanent repair and mitigation work at the Lions/LSU Clinic Building is largely complete. The contractor continues to complete work on a variety of punch list items. The network wiring crew is busy pulling cable and making connections on the 6th Floor. LSUHSC is anticipating that the final inspection by the State Fire Marshall (required to formally occupy the space) will be scheduled in the near future.

The final preparations necessary to re-occupy the 1st and 2nd Floors of the Clinical Education Building continue. Furniture has been delivered and set up in a number of the 2nd Floor offices and the electrical connections are being made to the modular furniture. The cleaning crew has been at work on the 2nd Floor in areas where work has been completed. Additional light fixtures have been installed on both floors. The trim has been painted and the carpeting and base molding has been installed in the 1st Floor auditorium.

The installation of the new roof on the Allied Health/Nursing Building is nearly complete. The contractor installed the sheet metal flashing along all sides of the roof. The first and second coats of paint were applied to the elevator penthouse and the Stairwell C penthouse. Crews installed the parapet wall cap along the Bolivar St., Perdido St. and MEB sides of the roof. The roof drain above Stairwell C was replaced and the counter flashing around the exhaust fans near Bolivar Street has been installed.

Work on the project to re-roof the Resource Center is schedule to begin immediately after the July 4th holidays. The pre-bid conference has been scheduled for July 7th. An external elevator that will be used to transport workers and materials to the roof will be the initial step in this process. Punch list items are being completed in the Library Commons. Work on the interior stair case has been the primary focus for the contractor.

The contractor responsible for the renovations to the MEB 2nd Floor lobby has completed the installation of the remaining wood panels. The new tile base has been installed at the bottom of the walls. The new fire alarm devices have been installed and tested. The large television monitor and the channel player are in place and connected. The free standing furniture has been delivered and remains crated while waiting for the balance of the work to be completed. The final inspection by the State Fire Marshall is anticipated to occur within the next few weeks.

Crews installed the center island pedestal, the pedestal countertop and the vertical chases in MDL #3. The sink base cabinets, the associated countertops and plumbing fixtures are now in place. Drain lines have been connected to the sinks. The natural gas piping and electrical has been roughed in to the new casework and the final connections are being made. The contractor installed light fixtures in Room 4108, 4018A, 4110, 4201A and 4209. Flex duct and HVAC grills have been installed and ceiling tiles have been installed. The sprinkler heads were installed in the main MDL. The A/V contractor installed all four television mounts, installed the speakers and the 42 inch LCD TV.

Auditoriums A & B at the Dental School have passed the final inspection by the State Fire Marshall. The contractor installed custom baseboard along the wing walls and stairwell entrance in Auditorium A and at the stairwell entrance and along all four walls in Auditorium B. The double doors were installed at the main entrance to Auditorium B and the door hardware was mounted. The A/V contractor installed the podium in Auditorium A; connecting the associated wiring and equipment. They installed additional A/V components for the A/V rack in Room 4202B and pulled fiber for the projectors in Auditorium B. The 42 inch monitor was installed in the A/V rack Room 4202B. The cameras for the speaker and audience are in place in Auditorium A.

Work continues in the lobby of the Student Residence Hall. The contractor installed gypsum board to fur out walls in the recreation room. The walls have been taped and floated. The ceiling grid was installed and the sprinkler heads relocated as needed. The recessed down lighting has been roughed in. The ceiling grid for the decorative ceiling in the expanded lobby space is being installed. The gypsum board ceiling in the lobby has been primed and painted. Fire alarm devices have been installed in both mezzanines and in the A & B lobby areas. The access control contractor ran wires for the card reader on both sliding doors.

The project to replace the air handling units in the Medical Education Building remains on schedule. The contractor completed connecting controls for roof top units 1 and 2 and air handling units 6D and 7D and the units were balanced and placed into service. Crews demolished and removed the old AHUs 6C and 7C and installed the new units. They completed piping and insulating air handling unit (AHU) 7C. Work continues on the piping, insulation, electrical and controls for AHU 6C. AHUs 6A and 7A were delivered and stored in the T-lot.

Here are highlights of work that has been accomplished during the past two weeks.

Repair Work at 1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • The networking contractor continued to install network drops in Suite 235.
  • The flooring contractor installed additional carpet and cove base in the auditorium.
  • Light fixtures were installed on the 1st and 2nd Floor.
    • The lighting contractor installed exit lights in the auditorium.
  • Office furniture, conference room furniture and modular furniture was set up in the 2nd Floor spaces along the center corridor and Tulane Ave.
    • Facility Services installed electrical whips for the cubicles on the 2nd Floor.
  • The cleaning services contractor cleaned light fixtures and window sills on the 2nd Floor.
    • They cleaned offices in Suite 235.
    • Workers cleaned Stairwells 3 and 5 and the 2nd Floor bathrooms.
  • Facility Services painted the stage trim in the Auditorium.
    • The plumbers repaired the drain line for the AHU in Room 235L.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC PERMANENT REPAIRS AND MITIGATION:

  • The contractor repaired the exhaust fan caps on the roof.
  • New doors were installed on the 1st Floor across from the security desk and worked on the punch list for the laminate and cabinets on the 6th Floor.
  • Workers are pulling network wires for the conference room along Bolivar Street and in the large lecture hall.

LIBRARY COMMONS PROJECT:

  • The contractor installed the wall covering in the stairwell wall nearest the elevators.
  • They painted the restroom closets and relocated two fire alarm devices.
  • Crews began installing the break metal at the stairwell.

MEB PHARMACOLOGY RENOVATION:

  • LSUHSC Facilities Services installed locks on all doors in both the lab and administrative areas.

MEB 2nd FLOOR LOBBY RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed wood panels on the television monitor wall and the soffit above the television monitor wall.
    • They completed the installation of the remaining wood panels.
    • The meeting minders and the channel player for the television monitor were installed.
    • The contractor installed the 65 inch television monitor.
  • The contractor connected new fire alarm devices into the existing system and removed the old devices.
    • They tested the new devices.
  • The contractor painted fire alarm conduit white to match the existing ceiling color.
  • The tile wall base was installed.
  • The free standing furniture has been delivered.

MDL #3 RENOVATIONS:

  • The casework contractor installed frames along the back walls of MDL 3.
    • Crews installed the center island pedestal.
    • They installed countertop for the center island pedestal and vertical chase in all four quadrants.
    • The casework contractor installed the sink base cabinets and the countertops with plumbing fixtures.
    • They installed cantilever frames and panels.
  • The contractor installed light fixtures in Room 4108, 4110, and 4209.
    • Light fixtures were installed in Rooms 4108A and 4201A.
    • The contractor roughed in the natural gas piping and electrical for casework receptacles.
    • Crews installed flex ducts and HVAC grilles.
    • Workers installed ceiling tiles.
    • The contractor connected drain lines for the cabinet sinks.
    • Crews continued connecting air, gas, and vacuum to the fixtures and trimming out the receptacles for the casework.
  • The sprinkler heads were installed in the main MDL.
  • The A/V contractor installed all four television mounts.
    • Crews installed speakers and LCD wall mounts.
    • They installed 42” LCD TV and ran wires for the control panel.

DENTAL AUDITORIUMS A & B RENOVATIONS:

  • The contractor installed custom baseboard along the wing walls and stairwell entrance in Auditorium A.
    • They installed custom baseboard at the stairwell entrance and along the north, west and east walls in Auditorium B.
    • The double doors were installed at the main entrance to Auditorium B and the door hardware was mounted.
  • The A/V contractor installed the podium in Auditorium A; connecting the associated wiring and equipment.
    • They installed additional A/V components for the A/V rack in Room 4202B.
    • Workers pulled fiber for the projectors in Auditorium B.
    • The 42 inch monitor was installed in the A/V rack Room 4202B.
    • The A/V contractor installed cameras for the speaker and audience in Auditorium A.
  • The electrical contractor installed power for the A/V and access grid racks in Room 4202B.
  • Crews pulled network cables for the tables in Auditorium A.
    • They continue pulling network wires and terminating them in Auditorium B.
  • The contractor moved the roof drain cleanout located near the projector.
  • The auditoriums successfully passed Fire Marshal inspection.

RESIDENCE HALL LOBBY EXPANSION:

  • The contractor installed gypsum board to fur out walls in the recreation room.
    • They taped and floated walls in the recreation room.
    • The ceiling grid was installed in the recreation room.
    • The sprinkler heads were relocated.
    • The contractor is installing the wavy ceiling grid in the expanded lobby area.
  • The access control contractor ran wires for the card reader on both sliding doors.
  • The paint contractor primed and painted the gypsum board ceiling in the expanded lobby area.
    • Workers painted the ceiling underneath the mezzanine between the A & B Towers and the soffit in the corner lobby of the A Tower.
  • The flooring contractor poured self leveling concrete on both ends of the corner lobby area.
    • Workers placed the floor underlayment in the A and C quadrant areas to be carpeted.
  • Sprinkler heads were installed in the mezzanine of the B quadrant.
  • Fire alarm devices were installed in both mezzanines and in the A & B lobby areas.
  • Crews roughed in the recessed down-light fixtures in the recreation room.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING ROOF REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor installed walk pads near Roman Street.
  • They installed the sheet metal flashing along all sides of the roof.
  • The first and second coats of paint were applied to the elevator penthouse and the Stairwell C penthouse.
  • The roof drain above Stairwell C was replaced.
  • The contractor installed the parapet wall cap along the Bolivar St., Perdido St. and MEB sides of the roof.
  • They installed counter flashing around the exhaust fans near Bolivar Street.

MEB AIR HANDLING UNIT REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor completed connecting controls for roof top units 1 and 2 and air handling units 6D and 7D.
    • AHUs 6D and 7D were balanced.
  • They demolished and removed the old AHUs 6C and 7C and installed the new units.
  • The contractor completed piping and insulating air handling unit (AHU) 7C and continues installing piping, insulation, electrical and controls for AHU 6C.
  • AHUs 6A and 7A were delivered and stored in the T-lot.

DENTAL SCHOOL PARKING LOT AND ROAD REPAIRS:

  • Facility Services finished painting parking stall markings along Campus Road.

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPING:

  • Facility Services installed irrigation piping around the Roman Street Garage on the Tulane Avenue, Bolivar Street and Gravier Street sides.
    • Crews completed connection of the piping, control wiring and tested the irrigation around the Roman St. Garage.
    • Facility Services installed sprinkler station #1 on the Tulane Ave. side of the Roman St. Garage.
  • Seven new trees were planted on the South Roman Street side of the MEB.

CAMPUS SECURITY:

  • New proximity card readers have been installed in stairwell #7 of the Medical Education Building at the landings on floors 3-7. This is the stairwell used to enter the MEB from the Bolivar Street elevated walkway.
  • A proximity card reader has also been installed at the entrance to the elevated walkway from the Gravier Garage/Stanislaus Hall corridor.
    • Beginning Friday, June 26th, at 6:00 PM, these doors remain unlocked from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. After-hours, holidays, and weekend access requires an LSUHSC ID.
  • New proximity card readers have also been installed at the Gravier Parking Garage at the following locations; the two stairwells that exit to Gravier Street, at the ground floor elevator call button near the automobile entrance and exit, and at the Claiborne lobby entrance.
    • Beginning Friday, June 26th, at 6:00 PM, access to these doors requires an LSUHSC ID at all times.

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