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The Orleans Parish School Board has rescinded permission the Monumental Task Committee obtained to refurbish a World War I monument in the Bywater that bears the names of veterans from the Ninth Ward.
Village Hall renovations The renovation of Whitefish Bay Village Hall will refurbish the building's aging infrastructure, such as electrical systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and emergency generators.
With a $32,000 investment, the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata refurbished a 37-square-meter cavern used for storage at the Jaduguda uranium mining complex, 260 kilometers west of Kolkata.
The room’s tall, oblong windows, refurbished by Irons but unchanged in their positioning, are aligned to offer views that look out, as confirmed by my iPhone’s compass, precisely to the north, south, east, and west.
To refurbish the building, the school cleaned the exterior and replaced all windows with new ones that match the former style, just with better energy efficiency.
The construction company that built the complex complained that Aramco took too long to move its employees’ belongings out after the fire, delaying the company’s ability to refurbish and re-rent the complex.
The plant refurbishes or recycles these totes that have contained a wide variety of chemicals.
An even greater long-term benefit is the Dream Chaser could be refurbished to carry a crew of seven or eight, something Sierra Nevada is already conducting early research and design work to achieve.
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Did You Know?
If you're wondering if "refurbish" implies the existence of an earlier "furbish," you are on the right track. "Furbish" was borrowed into English in the 14th century from Anglo-French furbiss-, a distant relative of an Old High German word meaning "to polish." In its earliest uses "furbish" also meant "to polish," but it developed an extended sense of "renovate" shortly before English speakers created "refurbish" with the same meaning in the 17th century. These days "refurbish" is the more common of the two words, although "furbish" does continue to be used.
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