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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 June 17, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
A $200 million expansion and renovation at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. reached a big milestone this month with the opening of the new North Tower. The 264,000 sf North Tower is the largest expansion in the facility’s history. The project includes an 83,000 sf renovation of...
Posted on June 13, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles completed a full-scale transformation this month with the opening of its new Nature Gardens and Nature Lab and the Otis Booth Pavilion with an iconic Fin Whale specimen. The four-year, $135 million project included a renovation and restoration of its...
Posted on May 31, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
After a $3 million renovation, the Bulfinch Hotel in Boston has been reborn as the Boxer, a more upscale property. Located in a triangular 1904 building near TD Garden, the hotel now has a vintage feel, with an old-time room key rack behind the front desk, a circa 1860 map of Boston on the lobby...
Posted on May 28, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, Calif., will soon become Hollywood Park Tomorrow, a 238-acre development project that has been stalled since 2009 due to the economic downturn. Work is scheduled to begin in January which will include a renovation of the Hollywood Park casino, and construction...
Posted on May 20, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Four groups are competing to redevelop the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders hockey team, which is moving to Brooklyn in 2015. One proposal calls for $250 million plan to renovate the arena and build a 150,000 sf complex that would include retail, entertainment and...
Posted on May 13, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
A proposed bill in the Montgomery County, Md., Council would provide an innovative way to encourage commercial property owners to perform green-energy retrofits. The property owner would need to prove energy savings would occur to be eligible for a loan, which would be repaid through the property-...
Posted on May 06, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
A 70-year-old vacant recreation building at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia will open next week as the headquarters of the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, a two-year-old federally funded innovation center operated by Pennsylvania State University. Built in 1942, the brick-and-concrete structure...
Posted on April 29, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Plans have been unveiled to convert the old Middlesex Courthouse in East Cambridge, Mass. into a mixed-use facility for office, apartment, and retail space. Leggat McCall Properties wants to completely renovate the 22-story building after winning a bid to purchase it from the state last year....
Posted on April 22, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The deteriorating membrane roof atop the Olympic Stadium in Montreal needs to be replaced, but some say the entire structure should be torn down. The roof ripped more than 1,000 times in 2012, and the cost for repairs reached about $310,000. Opened in 1976 for the Summer Olympics, the structure is...
Posted on April 15, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The renovation of a former textile mill in Lowell, Mass., into a mixed-use facility features whimsical salvaged architectural materials including some from the former home of Theodore Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The off-beat flourishes are intended to attract creative types and high tech...