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FAMU begins roof repairs on Lee Hall

Posted at 9:34 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 09:34:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — Florida A&M University’s Lee Hall will be undergoing roof repairs for the next two months.

The University says the sounds of workers hammering will be echoing from the top of the four-story building that houses the Office of the President, the Provost’s Office and Division of Academic Affairs, Office of Communications and the Division of Finance and Administration.

“This project illustrates our commitment to maintaining quality facilities at FAMU,” said President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., whose offices are on the fourth floor. “Lee Hall is the centerpiece of this beautiful campus and we want to keep it in great shape for future generations.”

The project involves completely tearing-off the existing roof - both slate shingles and flat roof.

Repairs will be made to the roof underlayment where necessary and existing flashing that has fallen into disrepair will be replaced, said Project Manager David Rosenfeld.

The project is expected to take approximately 60 days, weather permitting, and costs about $589,000, Rosenfeld said.

This week workers were removing slate shingles from the roof. Several parking spaces adjacent to the building have been blocked off.

FAMU Employees are urged to pay close attention to restrictions on entrances and exits from the building, which could change as workers shift to different sections.

In addition to the repairs, beginning Friday, Palmer Avenue will be closed to through traffic from South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to South Bronough Street.

The road will remain closed for approximately two weeks.

Named in honor of past FAMU President J.R.E. Lee, Sr., Lee Hall was built on the highest hill in Tallahassee in 1928. A $4.3 million remodeling project on the facility was completed in time for a rededication ceremony in April 1993.

Roof repair is just one of a five construction projects ongoing on campus. Work is also proceeding on Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) building on Wahnish Way, the 700-bed FAMU Towers residence hall, a new dining hall and an amphitheater.