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Visitors to enjoy events without worry for years to come.

PELLA, IA, April 12, 2024—Hopkins Roofing completed a full replacement of the Wells Fargo Arena roof in downtown Des Moines, IA, in December 2023. Hail damage and age were causing the old roof to come apart and leak. With a brand-new roof, thousands of people can continue to enjoy events at Wells Fargo Arena for years to come.

This project closely followed the reroofing of the Iowa Events Center that Hopkins completed in 2022. Work on Wells Fargo Arena began in August 2022 and consisted of three main phases: upper arena roof, lower arena roof, and concourse roof. In total, there were 13 different roof sections. The scope of work included removing the existing roof system, installing three layers of insulation board, and applying a fully adhering EPDM membrane to create a roofing system that is warrantable for up to 30 years.

A total of 35 team members, divided into three different crews, worked on the roof. Offsite, many hours were also put in by the Hopkins Roofing warehouse and service teams. The workers faced many challenges throughout the process. The old roof continued to leak during the project, and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic were frequent. In addition, work needed to be scheduled around all events that were taking place at the time. Whether it was navigating traffic, moving materials to towering heights, or protecting infrastructure, Hopkins handled the issues to get the job done.

“Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center are two incredible venues that almost every Iowan has benefited from. From state tournaments to concerts to trade shows, there is something for everyone. Hopkins Roofing is very proud to be the roofing partner for these facilities. So many people spent so much time planning, preparing, and executing all the work necessary to provide the highest quality roof for these iconic buildings. Thanks to all our employees, partners, and facility leadership for all the help and support. Hopefully everyone can enjoy an event at one of these locations over the next 30 years with confidence, knowing that the roof is done for good.”
Roger DeWaard, CEO, Hopkins Roofing

Hopkins would also like to thank Polk County, Shive Hattery, Oakview Group, and Harold Peterson. Special thanks to Hopkins Operations Manager Rob Schaffner and Field Superintendent Eric Sholl for leading the project. The team effort of everyone involved made this project a true success—one that will benefit Iowans who gather for big events for many years to come.

Jenny Cross

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