Leif Erikson needs repair/upgrades
Leif Erikson Hall is the heart of the Norwegian-American community in Ballard/Seattle Washington. The building was finished in 1986 (as much as any building can be finished) and was built pretty much with 12,000 hours of volunteer labor and monetary donations.
Because the hall is thirty-one years old this year, it has many maintenance needs occurring simultaneously, and this is a major financial strain on building funds making it difficult to make timely needed upgrades and complete the repairs to keep the building functioning as needed.
The hall has served well in providing a home for the Norwegian community and the Ballard community at large. It provides space for community groups; men's and women's groups including a women’s chorus; adult and children’s folk dancing groups; AA meetings; language classes, genealogy research; groups meeting in the building provide scholarships and grants to young people; community cultural events where food, crafts, dancing and music may be enjoyed; and hosts an open house to escape the rain or sun during the Syttende Mai parade, held each year to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day. It is a place to celebrate weddings, anniversaries and memorials. This building is an integral part of the lives of the Norwegian and Ballard community in Seattle.
The building needs to be improved, upgraded and have some major repairs done to continue to be a part of the vibrant Ballard community. Much of the repairs over time could be done by members, but now the skills to do these needed repairs belong to the licensed experts especially the dangerous areas on the roof and the exterior walls.
Project Implementation with work starting in 2017
Our wish list!
Decommission fuel tank--$1,600 (Done)
Install non skid pads on roof for exhaust fans--$200
Clean kitchen hood and flue--$1,300 (Cleaned 11/3/2016)
Repair wall and scuppers on west wall -- $20,500
Cleaning and repair of exterior ledges -- $2,000
Repair of SE wing crack and NW corner crack -- $6,000
Paint exterior -- $28,700
Sound system -- $6,000 ($3,000 dedicated from Olav Lunde estate)
Refinishing and repair of flooring in auditorium-$14,000
Carpet for hallway, stairways, entry way $5,000
Upgrading and remodeling the Norna room:
Additional electrical work $1,000
ADA upgrade for bathroom on 3rd floor $2,100
New flooring-- $3,000
Display and kitchen cabinetry including sink and faucet -- $4,000
Miscellaneous AV equipment, furniture, etc $4,600
Having a building that is leak-free, appropriate facilities for those who are disabled, sound systems that can be heard, and improved space for our members and the community at large to meet is our goal!
Hjertelig takk (hearty thanks) to all who help this dream become a reality! You are AWESOME!
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Last time I saw it being cleaned Georg Kjonsvik had climbed on top of the stove and had his head up the flue and he was covered in grease.