Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance
 

From: Ronnie Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #137
Posted: February 25, 2011

The project to complete the permanent repairs and mitigation at the Allied Health/Nursing Building continues. The contractor is installing the ceiling grid and fire sprinklers in the office area on the 1st floor and they began painting the 1st Floor door frames. The gypsum board ceiling above the 1st Floor security desk was removed to make way for ductwork and the ductwork was installed. Supply air and return air grilles were installed and crews started pulling data wires for the 1st Floor offices. The new ductwork on the 2nd Floor was insulated and workers started framing out the entryway fur down on the 2nd Floor. They removed the plaster ceiling on the 2nd Floor bridge area to make way for the additional structural steel needed for the new walkway storefront. Sheetrock was hung near the birthing lab and the 2nd Floor network closet and around the debriefing rooms on the 2nd Floor and the old wall paper is being removed from the 2nd Floor main corridors.

The Student Residence Hall contractor pulled a temporary feeder for the A/C on the 11th Floor. The two feeders for the A/C on the ground floor were also pulled to the new switchgear. Crews pulled the electrical feeder for the MDP panel in the C-Tower and power was transferred to the new switchgear. They are now pulling the feeder for the MDP-2 panel in the B-Tower. The water line for the fire pump has been run. Two metal doors were installed on the 2nd level of the new mechanical/electrical structure; providing entry doors from the basketball court. Handrails were installed in the pump room, the switchgear room, and on the roof platform of the new MEP building. Workers caulked the exterior concrete panels of the new elevated MEP building. They are now caulking the interior sides of the precast concrete panels that form the walls of the elevated structure. The first coat of epoxy paint was applied to the walls in the storage room and the laundry room in Tower A and the epoxy floor coating was also applied.

Power for the AHUs serving the 7th and 8th Floors of the Resource Center and for the jockey pump serving the fire pump was transferred to the new switchgear. The contractor installed the temporary wiring for the UPS in preparation for the planned power transfer. The fire pump and heat exchanger were set in place and the contractor began installing heating water piping in the pump room. The roof under the emergency generator was repaired and new data drops were installed in bookstore. The contractor primed the stainless steel doorframes for 1st Floor. Ceiling grid was installed in the back of the house areas on the 1st Floor and crews are painting the back corridors.

The contractor continued installing heating hot water and chilled water piping in the basement of the Clinical Education Building. They rerouted the sewer line near the generator and the 2-inch chill water lines for the 1st Floor AHUs. Workers began installing the 4 inch electrical conduits in the basement and electrical conduit was installed for panel EFC on the 4th Floor. Crews began excavating the Lakeside lot in preparation for driving piles and half of the old Entergy transformer vault roof was demolished. They excavated for the electrical duct bank near the generator. The manhole for the electrical duct bank near the generator was installed and the excavation was backfilled. The underground storm drain line near the loading dock area was installed. Workers are now installing underground electrical conduit for the duct bank.

The contractor responsible for the covered walkway that connects the CEB to the District Energy Garage finished installing the corrugated metal roof decking on the main walkway sections. They also poured concrete for the ADA ramp and installed the base layer of roofing felt for the main walkway roof.

The CSRB exhaust system contractor installed conduits on the 7th Floor near the mechanical room. The plaster ceiling on the 1st Floor was primed and two coats of paint were applied. Crews cleaned up the 1st Floor of the CSRB; preparing to move to the next phase of the project.

The air handling unit replacement project at the Dental School continues. The contractor installed supply ductwork and heating hot water for the air handling unit above Oral Pathology and continued fabricating the valve package for the VAV boxes. The VFDs for the air handling units above Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy were hung and the VAV boxes and supply ductwork for the AHUs were installed. The contractor pressure tested the manifold systems on both new AHUs and the reheat lines are being run to the VAV boxes. Supply ductwork and fire dampers were installed for the AHU above Oral Pathology and the contractor replaced the heating hot water riser on the 7th Floor.

Two hundred and two (202) energy-efficient light fixtures were installed on the 5th Floor of the Dental School Clinic Building. Cast iron drain inlets were installed in the Dental School campus student athletic fields for the catch basins and seven of the catch basin tops (with grates) were installed. The contractor used disc harrows to break up the top layer of soil and old vegetation on the athletic fields. Fill was added to the multi-purpose field and to the softball outfield and crews began placing red clay for the softball infield.

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

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING BLDG PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor is installing the ceiling grid and fire sprinklers in the office area on the 1st floor.
  • They began painting the 1st Floor door frames.
  • The gypsum board ceiling above the 1st Floor security desk was removed to make way for ductwork. The ductwork has been installed.
  • Supply and return grilles were installed on the 1st Floor.
  • Crews started pulling data wires for the 1st Floor offices.
  • The new ductwork on the 2nd Floor is being insulated.
  • Workers started framing out the entryway fur down on the 2nd Floor.
  • They removed the plaster ceiling on the 2nd Floor bridge area to make way for the additional structural steel.
  • The contractor welded additional structural steel for the new walkway storefront. 
  • Sheetrock was hung near the birthing lab and the 2nd Floor network closet and around the debriefing rooms on the 2nd Floor.
  • The contractor removed the wall paper from the 2nd Floor main corridors.

RESIDENCE HALL PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor pulled a temporary feeder for the A/C on the 11th Floor.
  • The two feeders for the A/C on the ground floor were pulled to the new switchgear.
  • Crews pulled the electrical feeder for the MDP panel in the C-Tower and power was transferred to the new switchgear.
  • They are pulling the feeder for the MDP-2 panel in the B-Tower.
  • The water line for the fire pump was run.
  • Two metal doors were installed on the 2nd level (entry door from the basketball court).
  • Handrails were installed in the pump room, the switchgear room, and on the roof platform of the new MEP building.
  • Workers caulked the exterior concrete panels of the new elevated MEP building.
  • They are now caulking the interior sides of the precast concrete panels that form the walls of the elevated structure.
  • The first coat of epoxy paint was applied to the walls in the storage room and the laundry room in Tower A. The epoxy floor coating was also applied.

RESOURCE CENTER PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor primed stainless steel doorframes for 1st Floor.
  • Power for the AHUs serving the 7th and 8th Floors and for the jockey pump serving the fire pump was transferred to the new switchgear.
  • The fire pump and heat exchanger were set in place.
  • The contractor began installing heating water piping in the pump room.
  • The roof under the emergency generator was repaired.
  • The new data drops were installed in bookstore.
  • The contractor installed the temporary wiring for the UPS in preparation for the planned power transfer.
  • Ceiling grid was installed in the back of the house areas on the 1st Floor.
  • Crews are painting the back corridors of the 1st Floor.

CEB PERMANENT REPAIRS & MITIGATION:

  • The contractor continued installing heating hot water and chilled water piping in the basement.
  • They rerouted the sewer line near the generator and the 2-inch chill water lines for the 1st Floor AHUs.
  • The contractor began installing the 4 inch electrical conduits in the basement.
  • Electrical conduit was installed for panel EFC on the 4th Floor.
  • Crews began excavated the Lakeside lot in preparation for driving piles.
  • The contractor demolished half of the old Entergy transformer vault roof.
  • They excavated for the electrical duct bank near the generator.
  • The manhole for the electrical duct bank near the generator was installed and the excavation was backfilled.
  • The underground storm drain line near the loading dock area was installed.
  • Workers began installing underground electrical conduit for the duct bank toward Tulane Ave.

CEB COVERED WALKWAY:

  • The contractor finished installing the corrugated metal roof decking on the main walkway sections.
  • The contractor poured concrete for the ADA ramp and installed the base layer of roofing felt for the main walkway roof.

CSRB EXHAUST UPGRADE:

  • The contractor installed conduits on the 7th Floor near the mechanical room.
  • The plaster ceiling on the 1st Floor was primed and two coats of paint were applied.
  • Crews cleaned up the 1st Floor of the CSRB; preparing to move to the next phase of the project.

DENTAL SCHOOL AHU REPLACEMENT:

  • The contractor continued fabricating the valve package for the VAV boxes.
  • They installed supply ductwork and heating hot water for the air handling unit above Oral Pathology.
  • The VFDs for the air handling units above Oral Pathology and Gross Anatomy were hung.
  • The VAV boxes and supply ductwork for the AHUs above Oral Pathology and the Gross Anatomy lab were installed.
  • The reheat lines are being run to the VAV boxes above Oral Pathology and the Gross Anatomy lab.
  • The contractor pressure tested the manifold systems on both new AHUs.
  • Supply ductwork and fire dampers were installed for the AHU above Oral Pathology.
  • The contractor replaced the heating hot water riser on the 7th Floor.

DENTAL SCHOOL LIGHTING REPLACEMENT PROJECT:

  • The contractor installed 202 energy-efficient light fixtures on the 5th Floor of the Clinic Building.

DENTAL SCHOOL STUDENT RECREATIONAL FIELDS:

  • The contractor set the cast iron drain inlets for the catch basins.
  • Seven of the catch basin tops (with grates) were installed.
  • The contractor used disc harrows to break up the top layer of soil and old vegetation on the athletic fields.
  • Fill was added to the multi-purpose field and to the softball outfield,
  • They began placing red clay for the softball infield.

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