Deadline for 39th Annual Convention approaching
The deadline to register for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, is fast approaching. The NDA's Room Bloc at the Grand Hyatt runs until Feb. 16, and the cut-off date for this year's delegate registration is Feb. 27. You can register online at or call 1-800-5541-2412 for more information.
Still time to advertise in the Convention issue of Demolition magazine
There is still time to advertise in the March/April Convention issue of Demolition magazine, the voice of the National Demolition Association and the demolition industry. The Convention issue of Demolition enjoys a Bonus Distribution at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, March 10-13. Convention exhibitors that take a full-page ad in any of the three Convention issues of the magazine receive a $100 discount from the gross rate for their advertisement.
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention is the largest exposition of demolition products, services and equipment in the world and presents the association's Associate members with a fantastic opportunity to market their products to the demolition industry in three ways: on the Exhibit Hall floor in the Gonzalez Center in San Antonio, in Demolition magazine, the association's website or its weekly NDA Newsletter. Booth sales have been very strong, and the association expects great attendance in its first visit to Texas. An advertisement in demolition will educate your clients to the products and services you are offering to make them more productive and profitable. For more information, call demolition magazine at 1-800-541-2412. Click here to view the 2012 Demolition Rate Card and Editorial Calendar.
NDA announces keynote speaker, events, at 39th Annual Convention
A leading construction industry economist, Dr. Anirban Basu, is the keynote speaker at the National Demolition Association's 39th Annual Convention in the historic city of San Antonio March 10-13. His address, entitled Understanding the Construction Economy: Your 19th Nervous Breakdown, is sure to generate a good deal of discussion and interest, said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, NDA executive director.
NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
The best indicator of a vibrant, service-oriented association is a growing membership base. The Member Services Committee of the board of directors of the NDA believes now is the time to recruit new members to our organization. Therefore, the committee has developed its exciting new Member-Get-A-Member program that provides valuable incentives for our current members to assist the NDA in attracting new members.
Powerful forces drive C&D recycling
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San Francisco's rules for construction and demolition require companies to recycle or reuse at least 65 percent of materials generated from a job. Activists are urging the New Hampshire Legislature to rewrite the state's recycling rules to ban all construction and demolition materials from landfills. The situation presents an obstacle and an opportunity for an industry that, according to estimates, annually recycles hundreds of millions of tons of materials left behind by building and demolition projects. Mike Taylor, executive director of the National Demolition Association, is confident that solutions will be found. More
Construction rises as architects signal nonresidential rebound
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Private nonresidential construction may pick up this year, as demand grows for new U.S. projects. The Architecture Billings Index held at 52 in December, a sign of expansion, according to the American Institute of Architects. More
$16 million refit for C&D recycling center in Toronto
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Waste Management, based in Houston, is to establish a dedicated building construction and demolition waste treatment facility in Toronto. The company said that the facility is undergoing extensive upgrades at a cost of around $16 million to make it the most technologically advanced of its kind in the city. More
Abu Dhabi cracks down on crane safety
Abu Dhabi Municipality is stepping up its efforts to improve crane safety by calling on contracting companies and construction consultants to regularly check that the cranes and lifting equipment working on their sites are safe to use and have a third-party test certificate — a requirement since the end of October. It has also warned that municipal inspectors would be carrying out unannounced site visits. More
Architect, interior designer create ingredient list of hazardous building materials
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Peter Syrett, an architect, and Chris Youssef, an interior designer, believe that building materials should be labeled, just like cereal boxes and soup cans, so consumers can avoid ingredients that might be harmful. With the backing of their employer, the global architecture firm Perkins + Will, they have created a database linking common forms of flooring, lumber, wiring, pipes and other construction materials to government warnings about the substances contained in them. More
Alabama rolls out neighborhood renewal program to combat urban blight
Driving through Alabama's Mobile Campground neighborhood, which sits just north of downtown, is a study in contrasts. One of the oldest black neighborhoods in the city, it was once home to many of the professionals and business owners whose storefronts lined Martin Luther King Avenue. Many of the homes are still intact, but others have fallen into disrepair; some have been abandoned for years. In order to help reverse the blight that has taken over, the city has developed a revitalization effort that takes advantage of the Quiet Title Act, approved by the Alabama Legislature in 2010. More
More toxic chemical releases seen in the Northwest
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Recent data from the federal Toxics Release Inventory shows that toxic chemical releases rose in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The 2010 TRI reports how over 600 chemicals on the TRI list were managed, where they ended up and how 2010 releases compare to 2009. More
Demolition crews have difficulty bringing down roof of Pittsburgh arena
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Work has begun on the demolition of "The Igloo," the 28-acre site that was once the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. According to several reports, crews are working to bring down the roof of the Civic Arena, which is divided into eight sections or leaves. Crews successfully brought down the first section of roof Jan. 28, but the second section has been more difficult to break free. More
High-rise housing going modular
It's an idea that has the potential to revolutionize the construction industry: Use prefabricated modules to build more than 6,000 housing units. If the real estate development firm Forest City Ratner is able to turn the idea into a reality, the firm will build the tallest modular construction building in the world, a 32-story residential tower in Brooklyn, New York. More