Drew Ballensky

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University. Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.
Posted on September 30, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
The National Demolition Association has released documents to help real estate developers, architects, and engineers have a better understanding of the demolition process, and what should be included in a standard demolition contract. Visit: Demolition Planning Document and Model Demolition...
Posted on September 28, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
  The Wrigley Building, a fixture in Chicago’s skyline for nearly a century, will get a significant makeover, according to its new owners. Zeller Realty, a minority owner, says that the building’s two interior towers, the public plaza that separates them, and the ground-floor retail space will...
Posted on September 28, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
  The first phase of a $1 billion renovation of a San Diego mall features a transformation of a vacant Robinsons-May building into 14-screen ArcLight premium cinema and a fitness club. The Robinsons-May site hasn’t had a permanent tenant since 2005.  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/...
Posted on September 14, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving a big boost to a planned renovation of downtown Toledo’s tallest building. The Fiberglas Tower, former home to Owens Corning, has been vacant since 1996.(http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/09/09/Fiberglas-...
Posted on September 07, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
The National Trust for Historic Preservation will demonstrate how to improve energy efficiency in older buildings in a rehab of a 19th-Century former school building in Denver. Constructed in 1885, the Emerson School is two-story masonry structure, with a one-story “cottage school” added in 1917....
Posted on August 31, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
The Port of San Francisco has launched an ambitious development plan to turn the massive Pier 70 into a new hub for offices targeted for technology and biotechnology innovators. The project plans call for restoration of historic old shipyard buildings and construction of 2.5 million sf of new...
Posted on August 26, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
A $450-million plan to transform the site of a 60-year-old coal-fired power plant into a sustainable mixed-use community, called “Potomac River Green,” was unveiled this month by the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), a Washington, DC-based non-profit. (http://www.greenbang.com/from-coal-plant...
Posted on August 17, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
Reduced federal government construction budgets are likely to mean agencies will favor rehab of structures over new construction. The federal government spent $39.4 billion on construction in 2010, but will slash that amount by $2 billion in 2012, according to the Obama administration’s proposed...
Posted on August 10, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
For a number of reasons, PVC is a popular choice of material on reroofing projects: well-suited to “cool roof” goals, readily recyclable, flame resistant, and highly flexible. It’s important to recognize, however, that PVC membrane products are not compatible with asphalt-based products. (http://...
Posted on August 03, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
A recent report by Better Bricks identifies 50 building retrofits that have demonstrated or predicted performance of 30% or better than the average for comparable buildings. The report offers some insights into how these projects achieved extraordinary energy efficiency. (http://www.betterbricks....