LAURINBURG — The Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium on the Richmond Community College campus in Hamlet is in need of repairs and upgrades, officials said Tuesday during a public meeting in Laurinburg.
While some of the repairs are costly and time-sensitive, access by patrons to events at the 1,000-seat auditorium, constructed in 1999, does not appear to be an issue.
RCC President Dale McInnis explained Tuesday during the college board of trustees meeting at the F. Diane Honeycutt Center that some water damage has occurred to the stucco facing of the auditorium. The facing, known as EIFS, was used in the facility’s original construction. The synthetic EIFS facing and flashing, McInnis said, were out of the warranty period.
Board member Joe Kindley offered further information on the damage.
“It’s mainly the flashing,” he said. “The rubber roof has slid back and allowed water under the flashing and behind the EIFS material.”
Board member Bert Unger reminded the board that the original plans for Cole Auditorium’s construction called for using a different material.
“We used EIFS because it was less expensive than the brick we originally planned,” he said. “We couldn’t afford the brick. If we’d used brick to begin with we might have avoided this expense.”
According to a report made available to board members and the media Tuesday night that showed deferred repairs and renovations, it’ll cost approximately $130,660 to replace the outdoor panel system. The report indicates the work, which has resulted in a porous system that allows water to leak into the building, “needs to be done ASAP” as it services the multiple purposes of safety, function and appearance.
Another project long deferred has been a complete roof replacement, slated to be done during the 2014-15 fiscal year. Continual repairs have been needed, according to the report, and the project could cost $443,090.
Other projects in the list of short-term needs include parking lot resurfacing ($425,000), security camera system upgrade ($100,000) and campus signage update and replacement ($70,000), and others, for a total of $1,267,750. Other than the outdoor panel system replacement and the roof replacement, however, those projects are to be completed as funds are available, according to the report.