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NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
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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.




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Advanced demolition analysis used in hospital's partial implosion
National Demolition Association via ForConstructionPros.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fábio Bruno Construções Ltda, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, successfully imploded the south wing of the Rio de Janeiro University Hospital with the help of National Demolition Association Associate Member Applied Science International's advanced demolition analysis services. The hospital, considered to be the first reinforced concrete structure in Rio, consisted of 16 floors with an area of 11,266 square meters and a total of 55,000 cubic meters of concrete. ASI modeled the south wing with all of its structural details in 3-D, including columns, beams, girders, slabs, masonry walls, expansion joints and reinforcement. More

Historic cooling towers demolished in England
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Thousands of people in Kent, England, watched as three cooling towers and a giant chimney which dominated the skyline for 50 years were blown up. "It all seemed to go very smoothly and very professionally. I was impressed by the degree of control over the demolition," business development manager for the National Grid, Kevin Lee, said. More

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Controversy erupts over proposal to demolish Atlanta Daily World building
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A proposal to build apartments on a site that includes the historic Atlanta Daily World building has drawn the ire of some local preservationists. The Atlanta Daily World, the city's oldest black newspaper, was recently acquired by a partnership led by owners of Detroit-based Real Times Media. The developer, the Integral Group, submitted a demolition application to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission in January. An online petition contains more than 900 signatures to save the building at 145 Auburn Ave. More

Senate passes bipartisan overhaul of highway, transit programs
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The Senate voted March 14 to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety. The 74-22 vote stepped up pressure for quick action by House because the government's power to collect about $110 million a day in federal gasoline and diesel taxes, the main source of revenue for highway and transit programs, is set to expire March 31. More




Razing of historic buildings in Kansas stirs little grief
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Two landmark apartment buildings designed by Nelle Peters, a pioneering female architect in Kansas City, Kan., have been razed by Kansas City Life Insurance Co., and at least this time few people are shedding a tear. That's because preservationists and neighborhood residents in midtown Kansas City hope the demolition of the derelict buildings, once known as the Little Ambassadors, may help save the more historically significant Knickerbocker Apartment complex just to the west. More

28 states saw construction employment rise in 2011
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Construction employment rose in 28 states and the District of Columbia between January 2011 and January 2012, while 20 states lost construction jobs and two held steady — the best net positive showing for state construction employment since 2007, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Thirty-five states and D.C. added construction jobs between December 2011 and January, while 13 states had decreases for the month and two states had no change. More

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Building for the future
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Valued for its high compression strength, ready availability and seemingly low cost, the basic recipe of concrete — aggregate, water and cement — has been around since the time of Ancient Rome. However, the manufacturing of cement creates a huge amount of harmful emissions and is among the world’s biggest polluters, forcing many to seek out more environmentally-friendly alternatives. The use of by-products and recycled materials, generally sourced from demolition sites and disused buildings, has become popular within the construction industry of late. So much energy, in every sense of the word, goes into the production of concrete that it is ineffective, unprofitable and irresponsible for waste to be merely sent for landfill. More

Demolition starts on Dubai's Metropolitan Hotel
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Demolition work on Dubai's Metropolitan Hotel began March 15 as contractors move in to begin clearing the site for a new $1.3 billion complex that will contain three hotels and a string of attractions, including a theater to stage Broadway-style shows. Contractors Al Rashid Demolition were scheduled March 13 to begin the initial strip out of loose items before starting on the removal of recyclable and salvageable materials in April. More



Engineers help California prepare for the next tsunami
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On the one-year anniversary of the devastating Japanese tsunami, engineers from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Tsunami Research Center are working with the state of California to better understand the damaging currents caused by tsunamis. Results from the study will be used to determine safe depths for evacuation, to map zones that might be prone to higher or lower currents under tsunami conditions (to inform how ships and boats are moved and evacuated), and to create hazard maps for ports, harbors and marinas. More

Study: Green building advances structure resiliency
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A new report by the U.S. Green Building Council and the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, recently found that eco-friendly construction is not only energy efficient — it is also physically safer for its residents. The report, titled "Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions," concluded that greener construction makes for better building resiliency. More
 
 
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