Efforts to upgrade the Heritage Hall auditorium have begun from the top and will work its way down.

Ford Roofing and Sheet Metal Company from Lawton has begun replacing a roof that has been the focus of continual maintenance in the past several years. Ardmore Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright said the company had a low bid of $77,600. Funding for the roof will come mainly from insurance money stemming from damages incurred during a severe storm in 2013. The city will be responsible for the $5,000 deductible.

“What brought it to light was visible damage the building received during a storm,” Boatright said. “We had water get into a dressing room, and the insurance company said there was extensive overall damage.”

The news came as no surprise to the city, which has continually addressed leaks from the roof.

“Prior to that, periodically over the last five years we have had both small and large leaks that affect the electricity,” Boatright said. “You can also see damage to the ceiling tiles. We have put patches on them, but it was only a Band-Aid.”

Boatright said there is also noticeable older water damage from leaks in the building. The city met with the Ardmore Main Street Authority after the damage from the latest storm, and discussed the necessity of fixing the roof before addressing issues within the building.

Work on the roof started last week and is scheduled for completion at the end of the month barring any lost days from inclement weather, which is expected this evening and Thursday.