Snow causes roof collapse at Conference Grounds

A second blow has been dealt to the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds, 12253 Lakeshore Drive, just more than a week since one of their buildings was destroyed by fire.
Becky Vargo
Feb 17, 2014

A building considered the hub of activity at the facility collapsed under the weight of snow, possibly destroying about 40 campers stored inside.

“It happened about 2:30 p.m. Sunday,” said maintenance supervisor John Bouma. 

Somebody drove into the grounds to look at the ice on the lake. When they came in the roof was intact, said Conference Grounds director Mike Perton. When they left the roof of the worship center was collapsed.

Nobody was in the 80-by-130-foot building at the time, Bouma said.

“In the summer, it’s used for our worship services and concerts, meetings and programs,” he said. “In winter time it’s cleared out and used for winter storage.”

The collapsed building was roped off with yellow tape, warning people to stay back.

“It’s a dangerous situation,” Bouma said. “That’s why we have it all roped off.”

Bouma said both the building that collapsed and the building that burned Feb. 6 are insured.

“At this point, no plans or decisions have been made,” he said. “I imagine we’ll have meetings on this all week.

See the complete story in Tuesday's print and electronic editions of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Sounds like the CR Church needs a seasonal check sheet for the building commitee, unheated buildings need to have snow removed from time to time especially flat roof and/or inclined will accumulate to the point of failure, looks like you are getting a new building! Praise God!


"Used for winter storage", for trailers etc wonder how this is covered for insurance claims,a worship center and a storage facility?

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