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Drew Ballensky | Dec 16, 2013

Major renovation for historic Northwestern Building in Minneapolis

Minneapolis’s Northwestern Building, originally built in 1914 as a glass factory, is undergoing a major renovation. The 85,000-sf, four-story building is now serves as office space for multiple tenants in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood.

Drew Ballensky | Dec 9, 2013

Bethlehem, Pa., receives preservation award for Bethlehem Steel building renovation

Bethlehem, Pa., is a recipient of a 2013 award by Preservation Pennsylvania for a renovation of the oldest building on the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. site.

Drew Ballensky | Dec 2, 2013

Army Corps of Engineers workers displaced during renovation of federal building in Huntington, W. Va.

A $47.6 million overhaul of the Huntington Federal Building in Huntington, West Virginia, includes altered traffic lanes on adjoining streets and the displacement of some of the more than 500 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees who work in the building.

Drew Ballensky | Nov 25, 2013

Plans for massive redevelopment of Ft. Monmouth in New Jersey likely to be revised

The redevelopment of Fort Monmouth, a former New Jersey army base, is likely to be revised on a building-by-building and parcel-by-parcel basis, officials say.

Drew Ballensky | Nov 18, 2013

Office design trends spurring office building renovations in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Key office design trends such as downsizing of overall space, more open floor plans, and the inclusion of more collaborative workspaces are prompting property owners in Grand Rapids, Mich., to renovate thousands of square feet of office space.

Drew Ballensky | Nov 11, 2013

Reconstruction of historic Salzburg, Austria railroad station took complex planning

Salzburg, Austria’s Central Station remained in operation during reconstruction, a feat that required complex planning.

Drew Ballensky | Nov 5, 2013

New IECC provision tightens historic building exemption

The International Energy Conservation Code has been revised to eliminate what has been seen as a blanket exemption for historic buildings.

Drew Ballensky | Oct 28, 2013

NRCA's EnergyWise Roof Calculator has been updated with new IECC and IgCC codes

NRCA's EnergyWise Roof Calculator Online has been updated to include information from the 2012 version of the International Code Council's International Energy Conservation Code and the 2012 version of the International Green Construction Code .

Drew Ballensky | Oct 22, 2013

Slow-growth economy continues to boost renovations over new construction

Major renovation projects—those costing more than $100,000—climbed as a share of total nonresidential construction as the recession began and haven’t yet come down, breaking from historic patterns.

Drew Ballensky | Oct 15, 2013

Historic LA YMCA-turned apartment building wins World Architecture Festival award

A major renovation of an historic YMCA in Los Angeles to an apartment facility was named the 2013 World Architecture Festival Housing Award recipient.

Drew Ballensky

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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