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.
17th Demolition Academy intensive training program runs in tandem with demolition convention in San Antonio
The NDA will present its 17th Demolition Academy — an intensive safety and management training program aimed at professionals involved in all aspects of the demolition process — at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio on March 9-10. The program immediately precedes the association's Annual Convention in the historic city. The NDA Convention, the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world, runs March 10-13, opening March 10 with a golf tournament. More
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, Michael R. Taylor said, CAE, NDA executive director.
DOD's BRAC program could produce more work for demolition industry
At a recent hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on the fiscal 2013 budget request, the topic of BRAC came up often, with lawmakers questioning the rationale behind the Pentagon's proposal for two more rounds a common refrain.
A comment from Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, was typical, "The 2005 round of BRAC will not even break even until 2018, according to GAO. That means for 13 years it's going to cost more money to have more BRAC than it would if you didn't have BRAC. And so having the Pentagon suggest two more rounds when it will aggravate the budget situation for 13 years, or at least a decade, leaves me scratching my head a little bit."
One surprise was that Committee Chair Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., failed to mention the department's looming request for BRAC rounds in 2013 and 2015.
In the minority regarding the possibility of another base closure round was the committee's senior Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), who declared himself "the only one I think who has a single positive thing to say about it." Smith used most of his time to give Panetta an opportunity to explain the need for more base closures.
Perhaps more difficult than questions about the justification for BRAC was one about the Air Force's proposed force structure changes that focused on the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Rep. Mark Critz, R-Pa., concerned about the recommendation that would eliminate the Air Force Reserve's 911th Airlift Wing and close the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, asked the defense secretary, "How many other bases are being identified for unilateral Department of Defense closure outside of the BRAC process?"
The Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure Commission has been working for the last decade to remove the department's excess capacity around the world. The latest proposed budget present to the Congress by DOD Secretary Leon Panetta contains additional BRAC closures to be considered beginning in 2013. While these realignments and closures can be very disruptive on a local level and therefore, very controversial in Congress, they produce considerable opportunities for the demolition industry.
GAO reports on DOD's excess facilities program
The Government Accounting Office recently recommended a series of steps that the Department of Defense should take to deal with the problem of excess facilities that the department operates. The DOD is on track to meet its overall target to demolish 62.3 million square feet of facilities and about $1.2 billion in additional facilities that were not measured in square feet by the end of the 2013 fiscal year. The DOD normally disposes of excess facilities by recommending them to the General Services Administration. Together the agencies need to consider a variety of factors before a facility is demolished including preservation of historic properties, environmental and occupational safety mitigation issues, the possibility of transferring the property to assist the homeless and numerous other contingencies.
According to the most recent GAO report, the DOD has demolished about 49 percent of its six-year demolition program spending $833 million dollars for demolition in fiscal years 2008 through 2010. The department plans to spend an additional $941 million dollars to demolish about 32.7 million square feet of facilities by the end of fiscal year 2013. Copies of the full GAO report entitled "EXCESS FACILITIES: DOD Needs More Complete Information and a Strategy to Guide Its Future Disposal Efforts" (GAO-11-814) are available from the GAO's website.
35 MWe biomass facility to burn C&D waste in Sweden
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Global Power Group — a subsidiary of Swiss waste-to-energy technology manufacturer, Foster Wheeler AG — has won a contract to design, supply and build a 35 megawatt electrical biomass-fired circulating fluidised-bed boiler island that will be part fueled by demolition waste. The company said that the steam generator will be designed to burn 100 percent biofuel with up to 50 percent demolition wood. More
Heavily deteriorated Ohio river bridge is demolished
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A bridge that served Ohio and West Virginia for more than eight decades was demolished in February after being closed to traffic for three years. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced in early 2009 that the Fort Steuben Bridge would be demolished as a result of what engineers called "significantly deteriorating changes in the floor condition." The demolition project, being done by Joseph B. Fay Co. of Russellton, Pa., eventually got under way in January with the removal of the bridge deck and every other part that was accessible by land. More
ABI remains positive for 3rd straight month
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On the heels of consecutive months of strengthening business conditions, the Architecture Billings Index has now reached positive territory three months in a row. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects reported the January ABI score was 50.9, following a mark of 51.0* in December. More
EPA issues permit for stormwater discharges from construction sites
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The EPA has issued a new permit, in accordance with the Clean Water Act, which will provide streamlined permitting to thousands of construction operators, while protecting the nation's waterways from discharges of polluted stormwater from construction sites. According to the EPA, stormwater discharges from construction sites can contain harmful pollutants that contaminate waters, increase drinking water treatment costs and damage aquatic ecosystems. More
Engineers develop cement with 97 percent smaller CO2 and energy footprint
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Drexel engineers have found a way to improve upon ordinary Portland cement, the glue that's bonded much of the world's construction since the late 1800s. In research recently published in Cement and Concrete Composites, the group served up a recipe for cement that is more energy efficient and cost effective to produce than masonry's most prevalent bonding compound. More
Caterpillar opening new facility in Georgia
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Caterpillar Inc. announced Feb. 17 it has selected land near Athens, Ga., as the location for a new facility that will build small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators. The state-of-the-art, 1-million-square-foot facility is expected to directly employ 1,400 people once it is fully operational. More
Recipe for success: Recycled glass and cement
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Michigan State University researchers have found that by mixing ground waste glass into the cement that is used to make concrete, the concrete is stronger, more durable and more resistant to water. "Milled glass enters a beneficial reaction with cement hydrates, so basically the chemistry of the cement improves with the glass," Parviz Soroushian said, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who has been studying the glass-concrete mix. More
Recent trends in sustainable building
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Sustainable building has had its ups and downs lately. Many building owners and professionals complain about the USGBC's LEED standards, ranging from, "It's too expensive, time-consuming and difficult to get certification," to, "It does not truly result in sustainability." But green building and LEED are certainly here, and it is the most accepted standard, for now. Here are some trends that have been reported to occur in 2011 and likely to continue into 2012. More