Project Specs
Owner LSU Health Sciences Center
Square Footage 206,300
Start Date03/2010
Completion Date05/2010
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LSU Health Sciences Center University Hospital Renovations

Project Overview

This post Hurricane Katrina project reconfigured an existing 10-story, 150,000 SF building into an Emergency Public and Teaching Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center. This critical healthcare project included the renovation of a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, On-Call Area, Surgical Intensive Care Units, and Laboratory. The work also included the installation of a roof-based heliport as well as the installation of crucial medical gases and sophisticated medical equipment within a sterile environment.

Work included interior build-out of architectural, mechanical, and electrical facilities as well as plumbing for the flooded basement and mold-ridden upper floors. Damaged interior finishes were replaced on the first eight floors as well as new roof installations on the ninth level and penthouse. The powerhouse also received attention, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and air conditioning.

Lessons Learned

Reconfiguring LSU University Hospital presented many challenges. The fast-tracked schedule was so accelerated that everyone working on the project went above and beyond normal working requirements to meet the slated completion date. Contractors worked together to seamlessly hand off segments of work completed ahead of schedule, such as mold abatement and remediation. Package D, which belonged to another contractor, covered air and electrical work done concurrently with Package E. All the work was complementary, and everyone shared the same overarching goal, which was to have New Orleans’ only Level I trauma center up and running by January 2007. Equipment was moved in by December 30. Keeping construction and hospital spaces separated once contiguous areas were open to patients was a must. Partitions were set up and a separate entrance for patients was created. McDonnel, along with the other contractors, understood the complexity and necessity of meeting all specifications while patients were in close proximity.