The project would renovate approximately 880 gsf within room 1V-365 on the 1st-level of the Center for the Health Sciences (CHS) for the UCLA School of Medicine - Donated Body Program to accommodate the installation of new equipment for purposes of studying a new bio-cremation process. The project has two phases; Phase 1 is a six-month testing period to collect Public Health in order to receive a permit to permanently use the new bio-cremation process. The scope of work to renovate the room would include removal of non-load bearing walls, the ceiling, and flooring; installation of new plumbing and floor drains; installation of new electrical conduit and subpanel; installation of new mechanical air exchange equipment and exhaust systems; installations of a replacement ceiling, lighting, storage containers and a sink; modifications to existing fire protection systems within the suite to accommodate the program; replacement of the entry doors and installation of new security cameras and keyless entry; new flooring and finishes. In addition, new bio-cremation equipment (Resomator model S-750) would be installed as part of the project.
The proposed action is exempt because the action consists of the operation, repair, maintenance of existing structures involving no or negligible expansion of use beyond exisitng conditions and consists of data collection and research, which would not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.