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St. Francis Manor, located in Grinnell


St. Francis Manor, located in Grinnell, Iowa, is a beloved and trusted provider of senior living and healthcare services in the community. In 2023, a severe hail storm caused significant damage to the facility’s roofing, compromising the integrity of the building. The project to replace the roof at St. Francis Manor was initiated to ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of the residents and staff.


  • Urgent Roof Replacement: The hail storm had rendered the existing roofing system ineffective and potentially hazardous. Replacing the roof was an urgent necessity to protect residents and staff from further damage and to prevent water leaks.
  • Resident Safety and Comfort: St. Francis Manor continued to house and care for senior residents during the roof replacement. Ensuring their safety and minimizing disruptions to their daily routines was a top priority.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Adherence to local building codes, safety regulations, and healthcare facility requirements was essential to maintain the facility’s licensure and ensure resident safety.
  • Weather Constraints: Grinnell, Iowa, experiences a range of weather conditions throughout the year, making it imperative to plan the project to accommodate seasonal challenges.


  • Emergency Roof Replacement: A swift and thorough inspection was conducted to assess the extent of damage and determine the need for an emergency roof replacement. This ensured that the facility’s occupants were safe from any further harm.
  • Phased Construction: To minimize disruption to the residents, the roof replacement project was carried out in multiple phases. Careful scheduling and temporary accommodations were arranged to ensure that the daily routines of the residents remained largely unaffected during construction.
  • Regulatory Compliance: The project team worked closely with local authorities, including building inspectors and healthcare regulators, to ensure full compliance with all relevant regulations. Safety protocols were strictly adhered to, and the replacement roofing system was designed to meet or exceed all required standards.
  • Weather Considerations: Given the unpredictable Iowa weather, the construction team scheduled the project with seasonal changes in mind. Work was carefully planned to avoid the harshest weather conditions, such as heavy snowfall, and protective measures were taken to prevent weather-related setbacks.

The replacement of the roof at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, Iowa, following the 2023 hail storm successfully addressed a variety of challenges while prioritizing the safety and well-being of the senior residents. Through an emergency roof replacement, phased construction, regulatory compliance, and careful consideration of weather conditions, the project provided a solution that ensured the protection and comfort of the facility’s residents and staff.

The new roofing system not only improved the building’s structural integrity but also contributed to the long-term sustainability of St. Francis Manor, maintaining its role as a trusted and secure provider of senior living and healthcare services in the Grinnell community.