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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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Lowell, Mass. mill transformation to mixed use features whimsical elements

April 15, 2013

The renovation of a former textile mill in Lowell, Mass., into a mixed-use facility features whimsical salvaged architectural materials including some from the former home of Theodore Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The off-beat flourishes are intended to attract creative types and high tech start-ups.

Inside the entry hall will be a reconstructed early 19th-century New England schoolhouse, an exhibit called the Lowell Athenaeum, which will feature a collection of hand-painted pseudo-historical plaques from New England history. Retail stores will be set behind old-world storefronts across from a Victorian lounge, which will serve as an in-house lending library. The project will also include a boutique movie theater, yoga studio, and a farm-to-table restaurant. Next to the theater will be a black-box performance space, along with what the developer calls the “world’s smallest drive-in,” a 1957 Studebaker convertible with its own private screen.



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