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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 November 20, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Relief is on the way for schools and hospitals damaged by superstorm Sandy. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that $500 million will be set aside for repairs of three public hospitals and 23 school buildings damaged by the hurricane. Bloomberg also signed an emergency order...
Posted on November 16, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The General Services Administration says it's dramatically stepping up efforts to sell off underused federal properties to help finance federal construction projects, building renovations, and new leases. Last fiscal year, GSA sold 79 properties for more than $37 million, and gave an additional 35...
Posted on November 08, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas has released plans for a $20 million exterior reconstruction of the Center for Advanced Medicine facility. The project became necessary after building forensic experts disassembled and examined areas with known leaks and discovered defects. The entire...
Posted on October 29, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
A $12 million retrofit and expansion of the Kitchener Auditorium in Ontario, Canada, posed several challenges for builder Ball Construction, in part because the building remained in use during work. The structural steel addition, for example, was erected over the existing building. Bringing down...
Posted on October 23, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Planned renovations and enhancements in and around Tampa International Airport's main terminal should be enough to extend the building’s lifespan by another 20 years, a consultant told the Hillsborough Aviation Board. The improvements should allow the Florida authority to delay spending more than $...
Posted on October 17, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
A $143 million commercial development project to be built above the historic Victoria Theater in New York City's Harlem neighborhood will preserve many of the landmark's design elements. “The whole idea of developing this mixed-use structure is that we are trying to make a destination for the...
Posted on October 10, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
A restoration project on the Great Dome building at Massachusetts Institute Technology in Cambridge, MA will place a new skylight on the iconic dome and return the facility to its original look. The skylight had been covered to protect it during World War II. In 1942, as research was under­way to...
Posted on October 02, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Restoration began recently at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Repairs of two historic buildings in the National Soldiers Home Historic District are being conducted after heavy snow caused a roof collapse in 2010 at the Old Main building. Built in 1869, the building will have...
Posted on September 25, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Federal government agencies are aggressively replacing standard roofs with cool roofs that reflect rather than absorb sunlight. Two years ago, Energy Secretary Steven Chu mandated that government buildings install cool roofs whenever it was cost effective. Since then, several agencies have done so...
Posted on September 19, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Plans to tear down and relocate a wing of the Los Angeles Convention Center in order to make room for Farmers Field, a $1.2-billion football stadium proposed nearby by developer Anschutz Entertainment Group, are well underway. The project could cost between $287 million and $358 million, up from...