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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 December 07, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The Obama Administration announced $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years. According to the White House, these investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and create tens of thousands of construction...
Posted on November 30, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Work has begun on a mixed-used development at a former U.S. Naval base site on Staten Island. New Jersey-based Ironstate Development Co. will invest $150 million in the project, which will include two buildings with 900 market-rate rental apartments, 30,000 sf of ground-floor retail, 600 parking...
Posted on November 23, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The abandoned Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, N.J. and surrounding land will be preserved and turned into parkland, leaving the question of what to do with the historic Kirkbride building. The neo-Gothic building was the largest poured-concrete structure in the U.S. before the...
Posted on November 16, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
MGM Resorts International will spend $275 million to renovate seven of its wholly owned hotel properties. The work will include $70-million of renovations at the Bellagio in Las Vegas that includes remodeling all 2,568 standard guestrooms, and a $160-million remodel of 4,300 rooms in the MGM Grand...
Posted on November 09, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Macy’s Inc. flagship store in New York’s Herald Square will undergo a $400 million renovation that will include technology to help customers shop, a space billed as “the world’s biggest women’s shoe store,” and food service areas including a restaurant with a view of the Empire State Building. For...
Posted on November 02, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
A $10.5 million project to restore the skirt of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C., will soon be under way. The dome skirt — the lower level of the cast-iron structure — needs repairs to the historic ironwork, sandstone, and brick masonry. Old paint will be removed from the interior and...
Posted on October 26, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Thirty-two universities have committed $65 million to a new energy efficiency financing initiative called Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The fund aims to get colleges, universities and other nonprofits to invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed funds to be used to finance energy efficiency...
Posted on October 19, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The University of Pittsburgh is readying a launch of $152 million in renovations and new construction projects. Pitt’s Board of Trustees’ Property and Facilities Committee approved the projects last week. Twelve renovation projects are slated for Pitt’s Oakland campus, and one at its Greensburg...
Posted on October 13, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
An affordable housing project in Bangor, Maine converted a building at the former Bangor Theological Seminary into a 28-unit housing facility. The project was paid for with the help of tax credits from the federal government as well as stimulus funds. The non-profit group Community Housing of Maine...
An affordable housing project in Bangor, Maine converted a building at the former Bangor Theological Seminary into a 28-unit housing facility. The project was paid for with the help of tax credits from the federal government as well as stimulus funds. The non-profit group Community Housing of Maine...