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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 April 09, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
A proposed $1.5 billion redevelopment project in Brooklyn would include renovation of the Domino Sugar refinery building, plus construction of four other buildings and several acres of public parks. Two Trees, the current owner of the 11-acre site, say the project would include residential, office...
Posted on April 03, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The conversion of the 130-year-old Pillsbury A-Mill in Minneapolis to an apartment building will require extension new insulation and weatherproofing, accounting for 10% to 20% of the $140 million project budget. The mill and two other historic buildings on the property are slated to be converted...
Posted on March 25, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The Miami Dolphins have asked Miami-Dade County voters to approve a hotel tax increase to help fund roughly half of the planned $400+ million renovations to Sun Life Stadium. The planned referendum is making its way through the Florida Legislature, which must approve the plan before goes to Miami-...
Posted on March 18, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
This year will be a busy one for hospital renovations. Nearly half (47%) of the 125 respondents to a HealthLeaders Media survey say they plan upgrades to existing facilities, while 26% say they have plans for new facilities. Key goals for facility overhauls are upgrading aging buildings, improving...
Posted on March 11, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The nonprofit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. says it will soon begin renovating the old military base’s largest structure, the 1 million sf Building 77. The project has landed an anchor tenant: a Brooklyn-based developer and entrepreneur who is taking over 240,000 sf for his own medical lab...
Posted on March 04, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The former Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas is undergoing a $415 million renovation and will be reborn as the SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino. The basic structure of the building will remain intact, but all ties to the Sahara will be removed. A spokesperson for SLS Las Vegas says the property will be...
Posted on February 25, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
A $1.6 billion mixed-use project being developed by the San Francisco Giants landed its first tenant, Anchor Brewing Co. The brewery will occupy 212,000 sf of an existing warehouse building that will be renovated. It is part of the 27-acre Mission Rock development along the waterfront that could...
Posted on February 18, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
The U.S. Capitol Dome needs extensive restoration work. An RFP has been issued for a contractor to paint and repair the Dome's cast iron structure, abate existing lead, rehabilitate the Dome's interstitial space, and install Dome tour route lighting and rotunda lighting, among other tasks. It could...
Posted on February 11, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Prism Capital Partners will break ground this spring on a $230 million redevelopment project in West Orange, N.J. The Edison Village project will transform Thomas Edison’s former factory complex into a multifamily building with 331 apartment unitsranging from 590 to 1,500 sf, retail space, and a...
Posted on February 05, 2013 By Drew Ballensky
Three buildings in the Chicago Loop Retail Historic District have been renovated into modern, energy-efficient federal office space for the U.S. General Services Administration. The $26 million project built by Mortenson Construction encompassed nearly a half-block of the Loop. Much of the work...