View from new Jefferson Center roof.
The Jefferson Center’s leaky roof leaks no more. Wednesday Cyrus Pace Executive Director gave a tour of the completed roof. The cement roof now has one inch of insulation, one inch of rubber covered with gravel rocks.
The Jefferson Center expects to keep its historic, 1920’s era facility free from additional water damage. “Before the replacement, the roof had very serious leaks and we couldn’t be sure what area of Jefferson Center would be damaged next,” said Pace.
In May of 2011 Mr. Pace then the new director faced with maintenance repairs asked Roanoke city for financial help for the successfully renovated Jefferson Center. Council in the briefing was reluctant to set a precedent by making a contribution. They advised Mr. Pace that it would be a “one time” monetary assist.
The city provided a maximum of $100,000 of matching funds. The matching funds mostly came from Jefferson High School Alumni and individual donations. They came up with $116,000 – more than enough to match the city’s requirement.
In addition the Horace Fralin Trust matched that by a $1.50 for every dollar resulting in additional funds of $150,000. Pace said they use the interest off the Trust for ongoing maintenance.
“The project got underway last fall and the McNeil Roofing crews worked diligently to replace the roof,” said Pace. It came in at $215,500 the amount quoted by McNeil Roofing. The roof is under a 20-year warranty with 15 years of that including labor.
Still on the horizon is a “to do list” needing attention in the next three to five years. That list includes carpet, paint and other aesthetic repairs. In addition there are “major needs in relation to upgrades in technology, internal lighting, and external façade maintenance and repairs,” said Pace. The HVAC system is 20 years old and looms as another future capital maintenance project at a cost of half a million dollars. There is $6000 left over from the roof project.
The roof project was a vital step towards securing the future of Jefferson Center as the region’s premiere arts and education center. It is home to 20+ non-profit tenant organizations and functions as a music and arts education hub for artistic teens in Southwest Virginia.
Pace said he was confident with the publics support and reaction to their “inspiring shows and community arts programs they will be able to begin moving forward with the remainder of our capital needs to-do list.”
While Jefferson Center is pleased to call the roof replaced, staff and supporters know that when it comes to a historic facility built in the 1920’s there is certainly more to do, explained Pace.
“There still remains a list of capital requirements that need addressed to ensure that Grammy winners like Esperanza Spalding and world class musicians like Wynton Marsalis continue to have an opportunity to share their gifts with the residents of Southwest Virginia,” says Pace.
“Completing capital needs ensures we are able to provide that stage for world class artists, while maintaining a center for arts education programs like Music Lab and Sisters of the Circle. The center also provides homes for our non-profit tenants who are able to concentrate on mission goals, rather than capital needs.”
Pace expressed his gratitude to all those who supported the roof replacement project including, but not limited to the City of Roanoke, the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust, Jefferson High School Alumni, the Carilion Clinic Foundation, Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation, JMM Charitable Lead Trust, Norfolk Southern Foundation, many of the guests at Jefferson Center’s 10 year celebration and gala event and all those who continue to support Jefferson Center’s mission to bring world class artistry to Southwest Virginia.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Local Events
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