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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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July 13, 2011

The oldest building at the University of Minnesota’s twin cities campus is slated for a major overhaul. Eddy Hall, a 31,000 sf red brick Queen Anne-style structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has some structural deficiencies and needs to be transformed into modern office space. ( The university plans to fix up the building’s exterior, redo the interior, and reconfigure floor plates. The exterior needs tuck pointing, and water infiltration has to be addressed. The restored space will be used as a welcome center for international and transfer students and other admissions operations. The rehab is estimated to cost $11.25 million. Some other campus buildings of the same era have been, or are slated to be, demolished, however, Eddy Hall with its multi-gabled roof, high double-hung windows, panels of patterned brick, iron cresting, and weather vane on the tower, will be preserved.

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