US construction sees further monthly growth
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Seasonally adjusted U.S. construction spending increased +0.4 percent in November, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The biggest gains in November were seen in the public construction sector, which was up +0.7 percent in October at $318 billion for the rolling year. More
Register now for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas
The Mirage's $139 - $199 a night room rate for the National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas from March 5–8 has been extended until Jan. 12 so you need to register now for next year's convention right away. Click here to register a delegate or to reserve a hotel room. The NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world, will feature three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, a raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and the ability to use the Association's website to market your company.
Top 10 green building trends for 2011 selected by Earth Advantage Institute
The trends, which range from "affordable green" to lifecycle analysis of materials, were identified by Earth Advantage Institute based on discussions with a range of audiences over the latter part of 2010. These sectors included policymakers, builders, developers, architects, real estate brokers, appraisers, lenders and homeowners. More
Environmental Excellence Awards applications date extended
The deadline for project or product submission for NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the Demolition Industry's commitment to environmental stewardship has been extended by the Association's Environment Committee to Feb. 11. The first ever NDA Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented at the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas during the first week of March. Click here for a brochure or call 1.800.541.2412 for more information about this innovative program.
UK's Armoury Demolition calls in administrators
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The West Midlands, U.K., construction industry has been dealt another hammer blow after one of the region's best-known demolition firms collapsed into administration. Ninety jobs are under threat at Birmingham firm Armoury Demolition and Recycling, which has been responsible for clearing the way for high-profile projects such as the new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square. More
Association to host Demolition Industry Roundtable at annual convention
NDA President, Ray Passeno, from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. March 8 at the Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The goal of this important session is to identify those issues of concern for the Association's members. Information gathered at this session will assist the 2011-12 Board of Directors to plan for the future.
If you are unable to attend but have any questions or concerns that you would like addressed at the Convention Roundtable, please forward them to either President Passeno at email@example.com or NDA headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientists say that recycled Haitian concrete can help in strong construction
In a paper published in the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society, researchers Reginald DesRoches, Kimberly E. Kurtis and Joshua J. Gresham say that they have made new concrete, which meets or exceeds the minimum strength standards used in the United States, from recycled concrete fragments and other indigenous raw materials using simple techniques. Most of the damaged areas of Haiti are still in ruins. The authors say their work points to a successful and sustainable strategy for managing an unprecedented amount of waste, which is estimated to be 20 million cubic yards. More
Apply for NDA scholarships
The application deadline for the National Demolition Association's College Scholarship Program is fast approaching. The Association will be presenting the $7,500 Bill and Wanda Baker Scholarship and at least one additional college scholarship of $7,500 to fund undergraduate education, as well as the $7,500 Southern California Chapter, $3,000 Sims Adams and $3,000 Patrick H. O'Rourke Continuing education scholarships. The scholarships will be presented March 8 at the Association's Annual Banquet at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
Click here to download an application. Applications along with the required school transcripts are due Jan. 7 at association headquarters in Doylestown, Pa. For more information about this valuable member service, contact the NDA at 1.800.541.2412.
NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy registration now open
It is time to register for the National Demolition Academy's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Click here to register for the Demolition Academy. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be offering the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program as well as sessions on basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry; fall protection; developing and utilizing an Engineering Survey; Generational Communication; OSHA's new Crane Standard and what to do when a disaster strikes.
You can download the Demolition Academy brochure or register online at www.demolitionassociation.com. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
New FAA report supports Philadelphia International Airport's expansion
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In a move that came as no surprise to opponents, the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled it's record of decision, supporting Philadelphia International Airport's controversial Capacity Enhancement Program. The 66-page document outlined FAA support for what the airport dubbed as Alternative A, a $5.2 billion expansion plan the airport claimed would ultimately help reduce average flight delay times and economically benefit the region. More
NDA By-Laws to be updated
Forty days prior to the National Demolition Association's Annual Meeting on March 8 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, proxies and a draft copy of the proposed revisions to the Association's By-Laws will be forwarded to every Regular member of the organization. The goal of the proposed revisions is to update the Association's By-Laws to make it more responsive to the needs of all of its members. Elements include changes to the membership criteria, an Associate member seat on the board of directors and provisions to allow for use of electronic communication for any future Association legal issues.
Those members who will be unable to attend the March 8 Annual Meeting at The Mirage in Las Vegas can submit their proxy to the Association's secretary by faxing it back to association headquarters in Doylestown, Pa. If members have any questions or concerns about the proposed improvements to the Association's By-Laws, they may contact the By-Law Committee Chairman and Association Vice President, Don Rachel, at Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., at 763.424.1500 or email@example.com.
NDA to host New England members' dinner
National Demolition Association Executive Director Mike Taylor will be speaking Jan. 21 at the Environmental Business Council of New England's Fifth Annual Construction and Demolition Materials Regional Summit at the Sheraton in Framingham, Mass. The Association, as part of an ongoing member outreach effort, will be hosting a dinner at Ken's Steak House in Framingham, Mass., for all of its New England states—members Jan. 20. NDA President Ray Passeno and Vice President Don Rachel may also attend.
The member outreach effort has included visits to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and Seattle areas in 2011, to meet with Association members to discuss industry issues and how the NDA can better serve the demolition industry. The Association hopes that our New England members, Regular and Associate, will invite potential members and clients such as general contractors, architects and developers to the Jan. 20 dinner in Framingham, Mass. More information about this event will be forwarded to our New England area members shortly.