Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #123
Posted: July 30, 2010

We have just been advised that a supplemental appropriations bill has been passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law. The bill provides an additional $5.2 billion to replenish FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Funds for permanent building repair and mitigation proposals and for building content claims have been unavailable since early February of this year. Two of our major projects for repair and mitigation have been held in Washington, DC until new funds were made available. We have asked that the CSRB and MEB projects be some of the first to receive funds (over $34.5 million) from the new appropriation.

The project to make permanent repairs and complete the hazard mitigation project at the Clinical Education Building has been advertised by the Office of Facility Planning and Control. The key component of the project is the construction of an elevated enclosure that will house the critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment that was destroyed by Katrina flood waters in the basement. We also anticipate that the roof replacement project for the CEB will be advertised in the near future.

The 1st Floor call buttons for Elevators 1, 2, and 3 in the Allied Health/Nursing Building were installed, the elevators passed inspection and were returned to service. The contractor demolished the old electrical panel D1A on the 1st Floor and a new electrical panel was installed on the 2nd Floor. Electricians began rewiring the electrical panels in the 1st Floor electrical room and continue to install conduit for the light fixtures in the 1st Floor. The fire panel has been relocated to the 2nd Floor. Existing concrete pads were removed to make room for the new fire pumps on the 2nd Floor. Crews have begun removing the heating hot water pumps from the 2nd Floor mechanical room. Sheetrock, wall studs and ceilings have been removed from Rooms 218 and 219.

The electrical contractor completed installing the new electrical duct bank in the main driveway of the Student Residence Hall. Their workers continue to install electrical conduit in the 1st Floor B Tower electrical room. The concrete forms were removed from the new elevated enclosure and the precast concrete wall panels have been delivered to the site. Workers began roughing in the plumbing and the electrical services for the 2nd level of enclosure.

The general contractor at the Resource Center removed the CMU shaft wall for Elevators 1 and 2 on the 1st Floor and installed the formwork for the elevators. They have installed CMU shaft walls for both elevators on the 1st Floor. Workers have also installed receptacles and lights in the elevator pits. The 2nd raised platform for an air handling unit was installed on the 1st Floor and the mechanical contractor continues to set the elevated AHUs in place. A new junction box was installed in the 2nd Floor ATS room. The contractor began penetrating the roof deck for the electrical conduit that will serve the roof mounted emergency generator. The electrical contractor continues running new conduit on the 8th Floor.

The A/V contractor continued installing equipment in the large and small conference rooms on the 8th Floor of the Lions/LSU Clinic Building. They core drilled to provide cable access for the podium in the large conference room and ran power and conduit to the floor penetration. The contractor roughed in and installed the emergency light fixtures and began installing the crash rails. Facility Services installed the sink in the break room.

The contractor completed applying the markings to the new Dental School patient parking lot. They built the concrete forms for the connecting sidewalks and curbs and poured the concrete. Crews demolished the old sidewalks and the existing driveway, excavated for the new driveway, and removed debris and graded the perimeter of the lot. The sub-base for the new driveway was spread and compacted. The concrete forms for the new driveway and sidewalks were constructed and the concrete for the sidewalks was poured. The contractor built the forms and poured concrete for the curbing along all of the new sidewalks.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor installed the 1st Floor call buttons for Elevators 1, 2, and 3.
  • The elevators were inspected by the State Elevator Inspector and returned to normal service.
  •  The contractor demolished the old electrical panel D1A on the 1st Floor.
  •  A new electrical panel was installed on the 2nd Floor.
  •  The contractor began rewiring the electrical panels in the 1st Floor electrical room.
  •  Workers continue to install conduit for the light fixtures in the 1st Floor.
  •  The fire panel has been relocated to the 2nd Floor.
  •  CMU block walls were constructed on the 2nd Floor deck.
  •  Existing concrete pads were removed to make room for the new fire pumps on the 2nd Floor.
  •  The contractor has begun removing the heating hot water pumps from the 2nd Floor mechanical room.
  •  Crews are removing sheetrock, wall studs and ceilings from Rooms 218 and 219.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  •  The electrical contractor completed installing the new electrical duct bank in the main driveway.
  •  They continue to install electrical conduit in the 1st Floor B Tower electrical room.
  •  The concrete forms were removed from the new elevated enclosure.
  •  Workers began roughing in the plumbing for the 2nd level of enclosure.
  •  The contractor began the electrical rough-in for the 2nd level of the new elevated enclosure.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  •  The general contractor removed the CMU shaft wall for Elevators 1 and 2 on the 1st Floor.
  •  The formwork for Elevators 1 and 2 was installed.
  •  The contractor installed CMU shaft walls for Elevators 1 & 2 on the 1st Floor.
  •  Workers installed receptacles and lights in elevator pits.
  •  The 2nd raised platform for an air handling unit was installed on the 1st Floor.
  •  The mechanical contractor continued to set the elevated 1st Floor AHUs.
  •  A new junction box was installed in the 2nd Floor ATS room.
  •  The contractor began penetrating the roof deck for the electrical conduit that will serve the roof mounted  emergency generator.
  •  The access panels on the supply duct on the 1st Floor were removed.
  •  The electrical contractor continues running electrical conduit on the 8th Floor.

LIONS/LSU CLINIC BLDG 8th FLOOR RENOVATIONS:

  •  The A/V contractor continued installing equipment in the large and small conference rooms.
  •  The contractor roughed in and installed the emergency light fixtures.
  •  They core drilled to provide cable access for the podium in the large conference room.
  •  The contractor ran power and conduit to the floor penetration for the podium.
  •  Facility Services installed the sink in the break room.
  •  The contractor started installing the crash rails.

DENTAL SCHOOL PATIENT PARKING LOT:

  •  The contractor completed applying the markings to the parking lot.
  •  They built the concrete forms for the connecting sidewalks and curbs and poured the concrete.
  •  Crews demolished sidewalks and the existing driveway, excavated for the new driveway, and removed debris and graded the perimeter of the lot.
  •  The contractor compacted the sub-base for the new driveway and surveyed for the new sidewalks.
  •  The concrete forms for the new driveway and sidewalks were constructed and the concrete for the sidewalks was poured.
  •  The contractor built the forms and poured concrete for the curbing along all of the new sidewalks.

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