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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 February 15, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The U.S. General Services Administration selected Trump Organization, headed by Donald Trump, to redevelop the historic Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. Trump plans to spend close to $200 million to turn the structure into a 250-room luxury hotel with a restaurant, spa and conference...
Posted on February 08, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Reckson, a division of SL Green Realty Corp., recently reached LEED Gold for its 384,000 sf, 12-story headquarters in downtown White Plains, NY for energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable operations. That’s a rare distinction for commercial office buildings in New York. The 40-year-old...
Posted on February 01, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Despite all of the available technology and new green materials available today, retrofitting an existing building is almost always a more sustainable option than tearing an old building down and rebuilding it. The National Trust for Historic Preservation published a new study comparing the...
Posted on January 25, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Guy’s Tower in London, the tallest hospital building in the world, is getting a much needed renovation. In recent years, the 143-meter-high (about 470 feet) building—actually two towers connected by a bridge—has been falling apart. Small pieces of concrete have started to fall off the towers,...
Posted on January 18, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Long obscured details are being cleaned up in the Kansas statehouse interior dome as part of a major restoration. Mural paintings, plaster details, and copper embellishments that were subjected to water damage are being spruced up. Copper covering iron beams and wrapping segments inside the dome...
Posted on January 11, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Workers have begun a major renovation of Lambeau Field, home of the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The stadium will get a $143 million makeover that will include construction of a rooftop viewing terrace for club seats and a total of 6,700 new seats added in four levels. Team...
Posted on January 04, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The third-oldest federal building in Washington, the US Treasury Department’s headquarters, was recently awarded LEED Gold certification after extensive renovations. It is believed to be the oldest building in the world to receive LEED certification. Constructed over 33 years between 1836 and 1869...
Posted on December 28, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Regulators approved a major renovation of Homewood Mountain Resort on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, despite concerns over its impact on traffic and air pollution. JMA Ventures says the $250 million plan is the most environmentally friendly project ever at Lake Tahoe, which likely helped the plan get the...
Posted on December 21, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
A plan by a green technology company to transform a former Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Michigan into a manufacturing plant took a big step forward last week as the Michigan Economic Growth Authority board approved a $6.3-million tax credit for the project. Townsend Energy Solutions of Hunt...
Posted on December 14, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Major renovations, including a $50 million rehab of the Student Union, are prominent in the University of Mississippi’s current $118 million construction program. The 163-year-old campus will see other renovations and expansion projects in student housing, research facilities, classrooms, and...