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 transformed inside and out to become more like the swanky boutique hotels SLS has across the country. The Sahara closed in 2011 after nearly 60 years on the Strip. The project will create 1,600 construction jobs, and work should be completed in late 2014.
Iconic Sahara Hotel on Las Vegas’ Strip undergoing $415 million makeover
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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