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Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University. Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.
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California turns its attention to seismic retrofits following massive earthquakes overseas

March 23, 2011

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 reinforcing steel.,0,52728... In recent years, some state lawmakers and officials have advocated identifying and retrofitting these structures, but high costs have stalled the initiatives. One solution is to wrap concrete columns with carbon-fiber mesh. But that requires tearing everything out around the columns, making some retrofits almost as expensive as erecting a new building, according to some business groups. California moved to improve the safety of some structures after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, with the focus on freeways and hospitals. The hospital sector has made progress since then, but has a long way to go for full seismic code compliance.

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