New canopy for the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct 12, 2021 / PRNewswire / – When members of the Masonic Brotherhood of Lodge 98 first laid the foundation stone for their building in 1922, they could hardly have imagined what would happen to their location nearly a century later. The building, slated to reopen in November, including a new Central Roofing Company roof, will house the Masonic Institute for Brain Development.

The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain campus in Minneapolis will open in early November 2021. A team from Central Roofing Co., a private and female company, installed the extensive new roofing system.

Thanks to start-up funding from over $ 35 million from Minnesota Masonic Charities, the institute will focus on the early detection, prevention, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders in early childhood and adolescence. But first the structure had to be rebuilt from scratch – inside and out.

Extensive renovation
the University of Minnesota acquired the 10.2 acre property in January 2020. A two-story building will be converted to include clinics, research facilities, tele-outreach, its own community center, family-friendly rooms and conference areas. The 116,000-square-foot facility on East River Parkway was previously used as Shriners Healthcare for Children.

“The scope of the project is basically a full renovation of the building,” says Bryce Frandrup, Project coordinator, University of Minnesota. “This includes the demolition and reconstruction of interior walls, new electrical and mechanical systems and a complete roof replacement.”

Knutson Construction was hired as general contractor to oversee the renovation. They brought in Central Roofing Company to install a new roof over the converted building.

Upgrading the roofs
While the current roof of the facility was only 20 years old, it was decided to replace it at the same time as the renovation of the interior.

“We have this umbrella project because of our existing relationship with the two of them University of Minnesota and Knutson Construction, “says Mike Mehring, Vice President of Commercial Roofing at Central Roofing Company. “The university made the sensible decision to renovate the roof now and not wait for it to start to fail.”

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Overcome challenges
The Central Roofing team worked to meet the schedule despite difficult winter weather conditions. You have mastered the challenges of installing the new roofing on the existing parapet wall without touching or damaging the top.

“Central Roofing has been proactive in investigating, addressing, and reviewing each challenge it encountered to ensure informed decisions were made,” says Trevor Dickie, Project manager at Capital Project Management at University of Minnesota. “The unique circumstances of the COVID implications, a winter installation, and delays in ordering materials made this a very challenging project. Nonetheless, Central Roofing completed the roof within an acceptable timeframe and on budget. “

Goldy Gopher fans
Central Roofing Company has a long term relationship with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. The roofing team inspects, assesses and repairs the roof of more than 280 university buildings every year. This allows officials to approve small repairs that are needed immediately and schedule the complete roof replacement.

Central Roofing Company is a state-certified, women-run private company based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 1929, the company employs more than 200 union workers. More information is available at

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