Kentucky Center employees return to the building Monday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Employees at the Kentucky Center will be allowed to return to work on Monday -- two weeks after a fire destroyed part of the roof and damaged the inside of the building.
Crews have finished cleaning the main theaters, which had smoke and water damage, but they are still working to clean other rooms inside. Architects are reviewing as-built drawings to determine which areas of the facility need restoration. Once that's completed, officials will have a better idea how much repairs will cost.
Plaster removal from the barrel ceiling is beginning. Contractors and engineers plan to examine the main roof support for damage. If repairs are needed, it will have to be done before a new roof is installed.
"Every day we are making progress," said Kim Baker, Kentucky Center President and CEO said in a release. "Thanks to the hard work, leadership and open communication from our friends and partners in the Finance Cabinet, we know the restoration is moving forward in a swift and safe manner. We appreciate the community's support and patience during this challenging time."
While employees can go back to work Monday, officials say other guests won't be allowed inside until state inspectors give the final approval. That could happen as early as next week.
Several shows were forced to be rescheduled, including the Louisville Orchestra's Harry Potter performance. It has been moved from July to November. Kentucky Center officials say they hope to resume performances as soon as possible.
Investigators say the fire was started by construction work.
For questions or information regarding tickets and shows, contact The Kentucky Center Box Office at 502-584-7777 or visit kentuckycenter.org.
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