Updated: Dec 7, 2020


An EF1 tornado began in western Davenport, Iowa, and rolled through the Village of East Davenport and into the neighboring city of Bettendorf and northeast Scott County. Along the way, the storm damaged the roofs of 11 church properties in addition to the Scott County Jail and the King's Harvest homeless shelter in downtown Davenport. Strong wind and hail were the cause of the majority of destruction, ranging from $210,000 to $250,000 in repair costs for each property, resulting in a total estimated insurance claim of $11.5 million.

GC3 was called in to address the reconstruction needs of each of the church properties.


GC3 arrived onsite within a couple of days of receiving word of the first claim for storm damage. Because the church members and staff did not have the means to inspect their roofs up close, it was not immediately apparent that roof damage had been incurred until GC3’s experts inspected each building.

From the beginning, safety was a primary concern in addressing each of the church’s unique roof repair needs. These particular church roofs are high and steep. And, to top things off, special skills, such as slate shingles, copper flashings, ornamental copper details, and several different types of commercial roofing materials were also required to meet insurance and quality performance requirements.

Scaffolding was installed simultaneously at several of the churches. When building the scaffolding, GC3 encountered an unusual challenge. In some instances, the framework of the scaffold rested on the church structure itself — not just beside it. This meant the roofs had to be reinforced and the scaffold engineered in such a way that the roof’s structure could carry the weight of the scaffold, materials and workers without damaging the physical structure.

GC3 and its contractors also had to take special care to work around active church schedules with daily and weekend worship schedules, weddings, funerals, school and playgrounds, vacation bible school, and special programs.


The multi-million repair projects began in May 2017 and were completed in November of the same year.

"Usually, even on commercial jobs, you see people working off ladders or ladder jacks. It is highly unusual to see a company go to the safety extent that GC3 went to - scaffolding with railings, steps. It makes it very safe for the workers actually doing the work and safe for the inspector." - Bill Conners (Community Development Director - City Of Bettendorf)

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