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The World’s Best Roofing Blog is authored by Duro-Last® Roofing to be an information source for commercial roofing industry professionals: contractors, architects, specifiers, consultants, building owners, and facility managers who are involved in the roof decision-making process. We include articles on roof technology and materials, safety, sustainability, and more. We also report on happenings at Duro-Last, such as featured roofing projects and company activities. Many posts are authored by subject matter experts at Duro-Last; others are re-posted from industry media or provided by other industry sources.
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Posted on January 14, 2014 By Drew Ballensky
A remembrance area and a new visitor's entrance will be among the changes when the Navy rebuilds Building 197 of the Washington Navy Yard, where a gunman killed 12 people and then was killed in a shooting spree in September 2013. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus decided against demolishing Building 197,...
Posted on January 06, 2014 By Drew Ballensky
Reducing energy consumption through energy-efficiency retrofits represents an underappreciated way to cut healthcare costs, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute. U.S. healthcare facilities spend $8.8 billion per year on energy, a figure that could be cut dramatically. A case in point:...
Posted on January 02, 2014 By Drew Ballensky
San Vicente Inn, a cluster of century-old historic bungalows, known as a haven for nudists and drug users, in West Hollywood, Calif., will be converted into a boutique hotel. Plans call for an extensive rehab to create 33 guest rooms. Most (23) of the rooms would be in a new building behind an old...
Posted on December 27, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Rings of scaffolding will start to rise this spring around the cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington as part of a $60 million renovation project to repair more than 1,300 cracks. In addition to the scaffolding, a work area will be erected on the roof of the building, while the cracks are...
Posted on December 16, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Minneapolis’s Northwestern Building, originally built in 1914 as a glass factory, is undergoing a major renovation. The 85,000-sf, four-story building is now serves as office space for multiple tenants in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. RJM Construction is renovating 26,000 sf of common areas...
Posted on December 09, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Bethlehem, Pa., is a recipient of a 2013 award by Preservation Pennsylvania for a renovation of the oldest building on the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. site. The award, for an industrial project based on the building’s previous use, honors the rehab work that turned an 1863 Bethlehem Steel Corp....
Posted on December 02, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
A $47.6 million overhaul of the Huntington Federal Building in Huntington, W.Va., includes altered traffic lanes on adjoining streets and the displacement of some of the more than 500 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees who work in the building. On target to be completed during the summer of...
Posted on November 25, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The redevelopment of Fort Monmouth, a former New Jersey army base, is likely to be revised on a building-by-building and parcel-by-parcel basis, officials say. The original plan, unveiled in 2008, calls for $1 billion in construction and renovation of the 1,126-acre site, including a hotel, medical...
Posted on November 18, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Key office design trends such as downsizing of overall space, more open floor plans, and the inclusion of more collaborative workspaces are prompting property owners in Grand Rapids, Mich., to renovate thousands of square feet of office space. Many of the city’s prominent historic buildings are...
Posted on November 11, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Salzburg, Austria’s Central Station remained in operation during reconstruction, a feat that required complex planning. Alteration of existing tracks had to be carefully timed and choreographed to make the transition as seamless as possible. The tracks and the platforms of the 1860s-era station are...