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Old Cabell Hall sees roof repairs

$1.3 million project to last until April

New scaffolding was erected in front of Old Cabell Hall Nov. 25, and extending to the entrances of New Cabell as part of a project to repair Old Cabell's roof.

The roof is nearly 30 years old, but the typical roof lifespan is 20 to 25 years, according to Construction Administration Manager Zach Brackett. Degradation of the roof has escalated in the last year and repairs have been scheduled for some time, he said.

Old Cabell Hall, originally constructed in 1898, suffers from several roof leaks which threaten the historical integrity of the building.

“We want to get it replaced before leaks start damaging the historical structures underneath,” Brackett said.

Construction is expected to be completed by April 1, and the project will cost just under $1.3 million. This includes both the design and the actual construction of the roof.

The work team does not anticipate the construction will adversely impact Lighting of the Lawn, scheduled for Thursday. According to Tim Roland, academic divisions director of Facilities Management, the majority of the event’s focus will remain on the actual Rotunda as it has in previous years.