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 April 25, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
Delta Airlines broke ground on a $160 million renovation at LaGuardia Airport last week. The improvements include building a connector between Terminals C and D. In addition, the carrier is investing about $1.2 billion at JFK Airport to tear down Terminal 3, the old Pan American terminal, and...
Posted on April 17, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
A half dozen adaptive reuse projects featured in this article demonstrate creative repurposing of old industrial buildings. The projects include a never-used nuclear power reactor turned into an amusement park, a defunct factory converted into a glittering museum space, a historic water tower...
Posted on April 11, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
Devastated by a tornado about a year ago, the community of Joplin, Mo. is being rebuilt at a torrid pace. About 640 permits for new homes and 2,982 permits for residential repairs and rebuilding projects have been issued since the tornado, representing more than $300 million worth of reconstruction...
Posted on April 04, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
The new fashion for mixed-use developments or outdoor shopping centers that are designed to look like a friendly downtown is taking its toll on the enclosed mall. Many cities and suburbs have dead and dying malls on their hands. Some organizations are repurposing dead or dying malls. Rackspace, a...
Posted on March 28, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
The replacement cost for the University of Iowa’s fine arts campus, which was devastated by a 2008 flood, will be $404.9 million, according to the Iowa Board of Regents. Total flood damage from the flood is expected to top $1 billion at the Iowa City campus. The fine arts campus requires a new...
Posted on March 21, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
Retrofitting a black roof surface to white reduced peak rooftop temperature in New York City by 43 degrees Fahrenheit, on average, during the summer of 2011, according to a new study published online at Environmental Research Letters. The study was the first long-term effort in New York to test how...
Posted on March 14, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
Perkins+Will’s new Atlanta officeis the current highest-scoring LEED Platinum project in North America under the 2009 version of LEED -NC. The building, originally constructed in 1985, minimizes energy use by 58% and potable water use by 78%. Exterior renovations included energy efficient exterior...
Posted on March 07, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
Investments in energy efficiency retrofits for buildings could yield more than three times their value—or about $1 trillion in energy savings in a decade, according to new research from Deutsche Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation. The new report, "United States Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits...
Posted on February 29, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
Rochester, Minn.-based health care provider Mayo Clinic plans to spend $700 million annually on renovations and new construction through 2017. That’s nearly double the $415 million it spent last year. About 60% of the capital spending will go toward replacing and renewing facilities, equipment, and...
Posted on February 22, 2012 by Drew Ballensky
Vatican City, the Empire State Building, and the Sydney Opera House have all employed low-energy solutions in one form or another in recent years. “High profile projects can highlight the importance of retrofitting and cause people to think about installing renewable energy systems on the micro...