Register now for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention
The Mirage has extended its $139 - $199 a night room rate for the March 5-8 National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas until Feb. 1, which is the deadline for registrations for the show. This means that you need to register now for the NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world. This year's convention will feature three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, our raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use of the Association's website to market your company.
AEM statement on State of Union address: Immediate bipartisan action on infrastructure, job creation
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Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address: "The State of the Union address was the first in more than a decade to address America's broken transportation system. To compete globally, America's farmers and manufacturers need the White House and Congress to cooperate on new policies that repair and modernize transportation infrastructure – an issue American voters agree is an essential investment in our country and an immediate means to job creation." More
AIA: US construction to recover in 2012, led by hotels
U.S. nonresidential construction activity will decline this year but recover in 2012, led by hotel and retail sectors, according to a twice-yearly forecast by an architects' trade group. Overall nonresidential construction spending is expected to fall by 2 percent this year before rising by 5 percent in 2012, adjusted for inflation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) said. More
Demolition project continues revitalization efforts in Massachussetts
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Two vacant, blighted buildings were scheduled to be demolished in Springfield, Mass., which is the latest in a series of projects aimed at revitalizing the community. Springfield, Mass., is redeveloping the property and an adjacent lot using $362,900 in federal funds under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. More
Association to host industry roundtable at annual convention
NDA President Ray Passeno from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable at the Association's 38th Annual Convention to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST March 8. 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 2011-2012 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.
First steel of the new World Trade Center
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There was a first — and a last — at the World Trade Center and it came in at about 100,000 pounds. The new World Trade Center will be home to four office towers. Towers 1 and 4 are on their way up and anyone walking by the site can see the work. But the two other planned buildings are just taking shape 70 feet below the street in the bedrock of what's called the East Bathtub. More
Deadline for applications for NDA's Environmental Excellence Awards approaching
Environment Committee Chair John Lloyd of Lloyd's Construction Services in Savage, Minn., has 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.
For more information about this innovative program, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412. Application information is also available on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com.
NYC launches innovation center for green building technology
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New York City is working to establish an Urban Technology Innovation Center at Columbia University in an effort to boost development and commercialization of green building technology by taking it out of the lab and providing avenues for real-world tests of new products and solutions. The New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the City University of New York and Columbia — all of which are kicking in funds to establish the center — are collaborating on the project. More
AGC forecasts increased hiring in 2011
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The results of a survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Navigant find that more construction firms are planning to hire workers this year rather than lay off employees. The survey, conducted as part of the Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, shows the construction industry may finally be emerging from a severe downturn that has left millions of skilled workers unemployed. More
NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy registration
It is time to register for the NDA's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. 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.
The Demolition Academy agenda and registration form are posted on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Heavy construction spending remains steady
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The only positive market drivers for heavy construction are airline traffic and heavy equipment sales. But neither will lead to a quick turn up in heavy construction spending. Airport construction always lags traffic gains by several years. Airline traffic and profit gains are substantial but are not putting pressure on airport capacity because carriers have raised their load factor to 85 percent plus and are operating fewer flight than several years ago. More
NDA to introduce Disaster Response Program at 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
The National Demolition Association will be introducing the Association's new National Disaster Response Program March 7 at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This new Association initiative is designed to provide the nation with access to demolition companies interested in responding to large natural or man-made disasters. The NDA intends to set up a national database of member companies available to respond to large events similar to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and hurricane Katrina. The goal is to be able to identify interested member firms that can provide equipment and manpower in a timely manner.
The NDA intends to set up an 800 number that disaster response coordinators on the federal and state level can access to alert demolition companies to their needs. The NDA hopes to provide qualified second response capabilities on a national basis for large disasters while assuring prompt payment and limited liability.
NDA past President Tom Robinette of Robinette Demolition, Inc. of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., his general superintendent and former NDA Safety Committee Chair Jerry Myrick and RDI's Emergency Response Team coordinator will present the new program following NDA President Ray Passeno's March 7 State of the Association address in The Mirage Exhibition Center at the Association's 38th Annual Convention. Mr. Robinette, Mr. Myrick and Mr. Stahr designed the NDA's Disaster Site Worker Training & Certification Program developed as part of the Association's OSHA alliance.