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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 May 25, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Economic studies in recent years add fodder to the argument for historic preservation. In the past five years, there has been “a lot of substantive research in this area,” says Don Rypkema, principal with PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development firm. Studies...
Posted on May 18, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Though opened just a decade ago, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center is slated for a major renovation with amenities that are likely to include an open-air restaurant, more bathrooms, and improved access between floors. Known as Philadelphia’s “answer to Lincoln Center,” the performance facility’s planned...
Posted on May 11, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The National Park Service named Brian D. Goeken as Chief of the Technical Preservation Services office. Goeken currently oversees Chicago’s Historic Preservation Division of the city’s Zoning and Land Use Planning Department. He will manage a federal tax credit program that helps facilitate $4...
Posted on May 04, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The National Park Service (NPS) recently released illustrated guidelines to help improve sustainability on historic building restorations. The Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings offer practical advice showing recommended—and not recommended —...
Posted on April 27, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
A $1.5 billion makeover and expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport features the addition of 18 new gates, with nine able to accommodate the next generation of super-sized jetliners such as the double-decker Airbus A380. The addition of the larger...
Posted on April 20, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Government funds and public donations have enabled a restoration of a Victorian roof over a station on the historic North Yorkshire Moors Railway. (http://www.nymr.co.uk/) The renovation of the roof, which was originally constructed in the 1840s and replaced in the 1950s, is expected wrap up next...
Posted on April 13, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
A detailed inspection of the roof structure at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Maracana Stadium revealed more deterioration than expected. As a result, the stadium, which is expected to host the final match of the 2014 World Cup, will get a total roof replacement rather than a planned renovation. The...
Posted on April 06, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Skyrocketing project costs are giving critics fodder on the renovation of the Kansas Statehouse. Recent reports say that restoration of the building, which was completed in 1903, could cost as much as $340 million, triple the amount of early estimates. http://www.kansascity.com/2011/03/31/2766870/...
Posted on March 30, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
The discoveries of a colonial-era structure onsite and more serious structural deterioration than expected have led to a projected 12% increase in the renovation of New York’s City Hall. The structure located behind City Hall yielded artifacts, including a bayonet that may have belonged to a...
Posted on March 23, 2011 By Drew Ballensky
Major earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand have California officials focused on the quake vulnerability of thousands of concrete buildings built before the state adopted stringent seismic building codes. California has an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 brittle concrete buildings lacking sufficient...