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Register now for the NDA Demolition Convention and Expo!
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March 21-24, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee


Give yourself every advantage and attend the largest demolition trade show in America. Get a first-hand look at the latest innovations and technology solutions from the industry’s best resources. Exhibits from leading manufacturers and suppliers give you one-stop access to the full range of products and service offerings to help you add efficiencies, capture new opportunities and increase profits.

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Download This Year's Convention Brochure!
NDA
An easy-to-print brochure for this year’s NDA Convention and Expo is available on the web site. It includes all the latest convention content as well as a registration form. It’s available by clicking here.
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Reminder: Convention deadlines coming up soon
NDA
The following deadlines are coming up soon for this year’s Convention and Expo:

Feb. 13: Early Registration Deadline

Feb. 17: Housing Deadline — NDA attendees and exhibitors will receive a special discounted rate of $185/night for single/double occupancy and $235/night for premium rooms until this date or until the block sells out.

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Now Accepting Applications to Join the Board
NDA
If you are interested in serving your association and would like to be considered for membership on the NDA Board of Directors, we are now accepting nominations. Please send your contact information and statement of interest to Cheryl Caulfield via ccaulfield@demolitionassociation.com or Don Rachel via drachel@rachelcontracting.com.
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Speak Up! & Listen Up!: Two Simple Processes to Improve Safety Culture
NDA
February 5, 2014
1:00 PM EST
$35 for members, $50 for non-members


Are you concerned about safety in your workplace? Then you can’t miss NDA’s first webinar of 2015. Join us on Thursday for "Speak Up! & Listen Up!: Two Simple Processes to Improve Safety Culture" presented by Mike Williamsen, PhD, CSP. Employees often hold back on sharing safety concerns because they are afraid that their concern may be received as criticism. This program will help to prepare both the messenger and the receiver to be better prepared to work together to develop safety solutions and to handle safety-related feedback respectfully. For everyone’s safety, sign up today and join us on February 5.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Once ubiquitous, parking garages in US cities fall to the wrecking ball
The Associated Press via Engineering News-Record
They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall. But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced them with parking structures, communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, hotels and housing. "Virtually every city is grappling with this," said Tom Murphy, an urban revitalization expert and former mayor of Pittsburgh, referring to the demolitions designed to enliven dowdy business districts. "How do we create more vibrant places?"
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USGS likely to upgrade North Texas' quake risk level
The Dallas Morning News
Until now, North Texas has been one of the least likely places in the country to have an earthquake. But after the Dallas area suffered a series of more than 120 quakes since 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey is re-evaluating the Metroplex’s "seismic hazard" — or the risk of experiencing earthquakes. This year, for the first time, the USGS will include quakes believed to have been caused by human activity in its National Seismic Hazard Map, which engineers use to write and revise building codes, and which insurers use to set rates.
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Jacksonville, Florida, council passes bill requiring demolition of blighted homes lacking utilities
The Florida Times-Union
Legislation requiring many vacant buildings to be demolished if they’ve been boarded up with no power or water for two years passed Jacksonville, Florida’s City Council Jan. 26. A building boarded up that long "contributes to blight conditions," says the legislation, finalized after months of fine-tuning by members of a council panel on neighborhood blight.
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Demolition of courthouse, buildings in Midland, Texas, could cost $6 million
Midland Reporter-Telegram
One Midland, Texas, architectural firm has estimated $5.99 million as the cost for the city of Midland to remove asbestos and demolish three vacant downtown buildings, including the former Midland County Courthouse, a potential site for downtown development. On Jan. 26, Gary Vandergriff of Vandergriff Group Architects presented to the City Council the cost estimate, timeline and means of demolition. Other than the multimillion-dollar estimate, Vandergriff revealed a project timeline that involves nine to 10 weeks of asbestos abatement, six months of mechanical demolition of the courthouse, three months of mechanical demolition of the Mid-America Building and Midland Executive Center and one month of site reclamation.
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Pennsylvania installs prefab bridges
Marketplace
Building a bridge takes years. That’s a problem, because many states have crumbling infrastructure, and they’re looking for ways to shore it up with limited funds. That's why the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is speeding things up. PennDOT is hiring a team of private contractors to quickly replace hundreds of state bridges. "We expect that we're going to deliver 558 bridges in three-and-a-half years, instead of what would have taken us eight to 12 years under our traditional method," says Barry Schoch, an advisor to Gov. Tom Wolf and the state's former Transportation Secretary.
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As Maryland school districts seek construction funds, governor stresses preventive maintenance
The Washington Post
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan walked into his first Board of Public Works meeting Jan. 28 ready to scold those who, he thought, weren’t spending state money responsibly. The new governor started the meeting on time — something that rarely happened with his predecessor, former governor Martin O’Malley — and reprimanded the Department of Human Resources for classifying the hiring of a public relations firm as an "emergency" expense. He also made clear to public school officials that they needed to maintain existing buildings properly rather than beg for more and more new construction.
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