Short's Brewing Company

Client Short's Brewing Company
Location Elk Rapids, Michigan
Category Commercial Roofing
Solution Metal Roof Retrofit

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Springfield completed smartroof at shorts brewery


THE SHORT’S BREWING COMPANY Bellaire production facility had an exposed fastener metal roof that had little insulation and experienced lots of ice buildup. The way the building was designed, there was no way to get large production equipment in or out without tearing apart one end of the building. Inside the facility, workers struggled with dim lighting and a dripping ceiling from condensation.

Springfield light pipe


We started with a complete evaluation of the facility and their specific needs. From there, we designed a solution that required us to build an 18′ x 18′ hatch on the roof to allow large equipment to be easily moved in and out of the production facility. This hatch was incorporated into our Springfield Retrofit System.

To help with the lighting issues, we laid out and installed 27 Apollo® Solar Light Pipes in the roof for daylighting, which made for a much happier and healthier brew staff. Next, we designed a system to cover the roof with insulation that was made to fit the profile of the metal roof. Additional insulation board was added to eliminate condensation inside. We covered the metal roof with a custom-fit PVC membrane (Duro-Last) and installed a lifeline fall-prevention system to allow workers to safely access and perform work on the roof.

Springfield shorts brewery complete

the results

The hatch was successful in the renovation of their brewery; in which they needed a way to easily replace tanks and other large equipment. The fall-protection system allows brew staff an easy and safe way to access the hatch in all weather conditions. The Light Pipes were a big hit throughout the entire processing area and their condensation issues are completely gone.

Throughout our relationship with Short’s, we have helped them with solar installation at their brewery, additional daylighting at the brewpub, and numerous renovation projects.


Springfield has had the privilege of working on a diverse range of projects for various clients over the past 30 years. We have extensive experience and expertise in commercial roofing, which allows us to provide tailored services that fit your unique needs and budget. Our portfolio (shown in these before and after photos) of commercial facilities range from healthcare facilities to beverage companies, allowing us to adapt to different industry requirements and provide innovative solutions.

Springfield takes pride in recommending the best ROOFING SOLUTIONS, and we have a proven track record of delivering HIGH-QUALITY WORK. From installations to REPAIRS, our team of experts ensures that each project is completed to the highest standard, meeting your expectations and requirements. Check out these before and after photos of projects below.



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