The Havelock Senior Center reopened Tuesday as workers neared the completion of a $75,000 roof renovation.
The center was closed last week and again on Monday as the roof of the 4,000 square-foot building was replaced.
“All of our programs stopped,” said A.D. Brady, director of the center. “We couldn’t do any of the programming. No lunch, no Wii bowling, no Zumba, none of the programs. We had to close down completely, but we’re open with all the programs now.”
The Trader Avenue side of the building was not accessible to the public as workers continued the job of installing new asphalt shingles on the front. Seniors had to use what was once the front door to the building when it was Havelock’s U.S. Post Office. In 2006, it became the Havelock Senior Center.
Brady said an average of 1,400 seniors use the center every month.
When programs restarted Tuesday, the knitting club, Wii bowling league, Silver Sneakers, Canasta and Mahjongg were on the schedule.
Brady said small leaks had developed in the main room, and the city agreed to replace the roof even though it meant the closure of the center because old asbestos shingles had to be removed.
“We knew it had to happen. We needed a new roof,” Brady said. “The seniors understood it had to be done. Nobody really complained about it because it was an improvement to the facility. I’m glad that it’s over.”
Bill Ebron, public services director for Havelock, said the roof replacement was needed.
“We inspected the shingles, and knowing that they weren’t going to get any better, we had to go ahead and act on it before we had any major damage,” he said.
Carolina Roofing and Guttering was contracted to do the work for $64,000. The city had to pay an extra $11,000 for the removal of the asbestos shingles, Ebron said.
The old shingles, on the Trader Street side of the building, were 20 percent asbestos, and the city had to have them remediated by law. Rhem Insulation did that job.
The flat portion of the roof was replaced with EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), a rubber membrane designed for flat roofs.
Ebron said that a rain storm that came in before the gap between the flat roof and sloped roof were joined did some damage to insulation and flat ceiling tiles inside the building during the job.
“It really messed things up big time for us,” he said. “The contractor acted professionally and it’s been handled.”
Ebron said it was cleaned within the first 48 hours, and the floor was stripped and waxed.
“The carpets are clean. The dance floor is polished and ready to go,” Ebron said. “We’re actually in better shape than we were. It’s in a lot better shape.”