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 March 09, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
A grand Richardson Romanesque building that was a hotel for most of its existence has been transformed into a modern public library and historic museum. Constructed in 1891, the former Ft. Piqua Hotel in Piqua, OH underwent a $19.7 million adaptive reuse project that preserved much of its historic...
Posted on March 02, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
The rehab of one floor of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) New York City headquarters achieved LEED-CI Platinum certification. The project received the highest LEED-CI rating (51 of a potential 59 points under LEED-CI v2.0) ever given nationally or internationally. http://www....
Posted on February 23, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
Although transforming an energy hog into a LEED-EB Silver facility was a notable accomplishment, the University of California, Santa Barbara wants to go even greener with its recreation center. The three-building facility was recently chosen as a “Zero Net Energy Demonstration Showcase” project [...
Posted on February 16, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
Certain situations provide optimal conditions for a wholesale retrofit of a building to increase energy efficiency. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute [http://www.rmi.org/rmi/], aligning a deep energy retrofit with one or more of these 10 scenarios [http://www.retrofitdepot.org/...
Posted on February 09, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
Cleveland’s 32-story Celebrezze Federal Building will get a new exterior wall [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-kamin-stimulus-0201-20110131,0,2393681.story] of aluminum and glass that will boost the 1960s-era structure’s energy efficiency. A gap of air will be left between the old...
Posted on February 02, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
The big game is in Dallas this year, but New Orleans is already preparing for the return of the Super Bowl in 2013 with a major overhaul of the Louisiana Superdome. [http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2011/01/final_phase_of_superdome_facel.html]. A five-month remodeling project—the last phase of...
Posted on January 26, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
The renovation of the DC Appeals Courthouse [http://www.dcappeals.gov/dccourts/appeals/pdf/appeals_renovation_expansion.pdf] is an impressive example of how a modern component can blend with a faithful renovation of an historic structure. Originally designed in 1820 by George Hadfield to be DC’s...
Posted on January 19, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
Michigan winters are not known for their greenery, and the green roof at Ford’s Rouge assembly plant [http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1053556_greening-the-rouge-fords-more-sustainable-pickup-plant] is gray and brown this time of year. Though lacking aesthetic appeal, the 10.4-acre roof still...
Posted on January 13, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
To make a retrofit of an old building truly sustainable, you’ve got to address all systems and aspects of the structure. That’s the lesson taken from the OXFAM Canada headquarters project in Ottawa. The 1950s-era building was given a green makeover on a tight budget—C$100/ s.f. (http://dcnonl.com/...
Posted on January 06, 2011 by Drew Ballensky
Calculating the R-value of manmade insulating materials is a straightforward process. For green roofs—not so much.“The equations that describe energy transfer through evaporation, reflection, convection, and thermal mass can get ugly,” says Chris Wark, Senior Energy Analyst,...