Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Administration & Finance

Friday, July 27, 2007

NOTICE:  In our continuing effort to improve the quality of our facilities, on Monday, July 30th we will initiate a project to clean the air ducts throughout the Medical Education Building .  This cleaning will remove buildup of particulate matter, preventing airborne contamination. 

In addition to the cleaning, the ducts will be coated with an antimicrobial polymer.  This coating is a non-toxic polymer that will lock down any remaining material and help inhibit potential mold growth.  There will be a slight “paint like” odor for a few days after the cleaning, but it will dissipate quickly and is non-hazardous.

The cleaning activities will take place at night from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.  A facilities representative is assigned to the project and will assist in coordinating the cleaning activities and grant access to the areas on each floor.

The contractor will be placing drop cloths over lab benches, desks, and equipment in the immediate area around the vents and in the areas where access holes must be cut into the ducts.  If possible, sensitive equipment and breakable items should be moved from the top of lab benches, or moved to the back of the tabletops.  If items cannot be moved, the contractor will be sensitive to the type of activities taking place in the areas and will take measures to ensure that experiments and equipment are not disrupted.

The tentative schedule for cleaning will be as follows:

4th floor - July 30 – August 2
3rd floor - August 3 - 7
2nd floor - August 8 – 11
5th floor - August 13 – 16
6th floor - August 17 – 21
7th floor - August 22 – 25

As the project progresses, regular updates on the areas to be cleaned will be sent out.  In addition, individual labs or offices will be notified prior to the cleaning in their areas.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Ian D. Tudman, M.S., CIH
Environmental Health and Safety
Tel:  (504) 274-5899

Dental School

  • Landis has indicated that project to install new ceiling grid and tile in the upper floors of the Clinic and Administration Buildings is complete.
    • All that remains is the final cleaning and the punch list items. 
    • The architects are conducting their final walk through and will complete the punch lists for the Clinic and Administration Buildings by early next week. 
  • Demolition continues on the 1st floor of the Clinic Building. 
    • Duct removal is temporarily on hold until the asbestos wrap used to seal portions of the old duct work is abated. 
  • All of the network cable installation and testing is complete in the Clinic Building. 
    • Testing will be complete in the Administration building early next week.
    • There is still electrical, lighting and HVAC work to be completed in the new network/telecom closets.
  • New light poles for the site lighting are to be delivered and installed next week.
  • Panic devices are being installed on the fire exit doors. 
  • New chairs were delivered and placed throughout the Clinic Building .

1542 Tulane Ave.:

  • Ordes replaced the 480v transformer in the transformer vault with a 208v transformer as is required by the contract.
    • Ordes will re-energize the transformer on Monday.
  • Stratos continues to work on Elevator #2; rebuilding the elevator cab. 
  • Siemens is progressing with the demolition of the existing fire alarm wiring.
    • They are now working on multiple floors removing fire alarm wires from the pipe chase. 

Parking Lot Resurfacing:

  • Student Lot #2 was re-opened for use this morning.  Some work remains to be completed which will likely require closing the lot or portions of the lot for short periods of time. 
    • Notices will be sent out in advance of any addition closings.
    • Work that remains includes the installation of some new light poles and a curb to control the floor of traffic through the entrance and exit.
  • In Student Lot #3, the contractor set the posts for the card readers and has installed the gate arms & card readers.
    • Work in Lot #3 is substantially complete.
    • Work remaining includes the installation of a barrier or curb to control the flow of traffic through the entrance and exit, and the replacement of a light pole.

Landscaping Project:

  • The crew connected the new irrigation main for the Allied Health/Nursing Building and the MEB to a backflow preventer on the S. Roman St. side of the buildings. 
    • They also installed the main piping and three valves in same area.   
  • Workers continued installing short sleeves on the S. Roman St. side of the MEB.