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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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Landmark New York City library to get $300 million renovation

January 07, 2013

New York City’s landmark Fifth Avenue public library announced plans for a $300 million renovation. Opened in 1854, the grand Beaux Art structure contains a much loved wood-paneled main reading room that will remain intact but will be fireproofed. The plan, nevertheless, has generated some criticism from some respected architecture experts such as Ada Louise Huxtable.

British architect Norman Foster's design will open up the back of the building that is now occupied by seven floors of stacks, creating a 100,000 sf contemporary space with books, reading areas, and desks. A four-story atrium will overlook Bryant Park and Sixth Avenue. Construction is expected to begin next summer and be completed in 2018. The plan awaits approval from city agencies and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.



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