A new roof, the installation of energy-efficient windows and the waterproofing of exterior walls are planned as part of renovation work at Lawrence's Community Building, 115 W. 11th.
Fred DeVictor, Lawrence parks and recreation director, said the first phase of work on the building began in December and is expected to be completed no later than the end of April.
"It's an old building, and it's the most used of all four of our recreation centers," DeVictor said. "We wanted to bring it back up to building and fire codes."
The first phase of work on the building, which was constructed in 1940, has a price tag of $107,000 and will include minor electrical work, a new roof, installation of energy-efficient windows on the west side of the building, waterproofing of exterior walls and the improvement of exterior drainage. DeVictor said the work should cause little disruption of Community Building activities.
DeVictor said his department will take recommendations for a second round of improvements before the Lawrence City Commission in time for those renovations to begin this spring. Overall, a total of $700,000 in improvements to the building could be made during the next five years, he said.
DeVictor said future work could include the complete renovation of the building's heating and air-conditioning systems, upgrading the electrical system, installing a new sprinkler system to meet fire codes, dealing with any asbestos problems and installing a new gymnasium floor.
Kansas Building Systems Inc., a Topeka firm, is performing the renovations, and Williams Huber Team, a Lawrence architectural firm, helped plan the renovations. The city issued general obligation bonds to finance the first phase of work.