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Construction labor shortfall
NDA
The Great Recession took a toll on the construction industry’s workforce which dropped close to 30 percent according to the Construction Labor Market Analysers’ 20/20 Foresight Report. FMI’s Grant Thayer speaking at the NDA’s recent 41st Annual Convention in Las Vegas echoed this strategic challenge facing the nation’s contractors. Estimates are that there will a shortage of nearly two million skilled craft workers by 2017 due to an aging workforce, a decrease in the flow of new workers into the industry, and the growing demand for workers as the economy improves. Three-fourths of the nation’s contractors report a shortfall in the number of skilled workers available and fifty percent of these firms report similar problems attracting middle management and field supervision staff. The federal government estimates that there will be a need for 6.7 million construction industry workers in the near future.
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Southern California Chapter to celebrate 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament June 4-5
NDA
The Southern California Chapter of the National Demolition Association will be celebrating their 25th Silver Anniversary out at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, Calif., on June 4-5. This important event will feature a cocktail reception and dinner on Wednesday, June 4, followed by the golf outing on June 5.
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Locations set for upcoming NDA Board Meetings
NDA
NDA President Jeff Kroeker — of Kroeker, Inc. in Fresno, Calif. — has announced the dates and locations for the next three Board of Directors meetings in 2014/15. The summer Board Meeting will take place at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., on June 6-7; The fall Board Meeting will take place at the Gettysburg Hotel in historic Gettysburg, Pa., on Sept. 26-27; and the winter Meeting is scheduled for the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu on Jan. 9-10, 2015.
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Winter is leaving, shop spring merchants
NDA

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Rapid Recovery issued Carbon Offset Credits
Rapid Recover via DemolitionForum.com
Last quarter marked a historic period as Rapid Recovery was issued Carbon Offset Credits from the California Carbon Exchange. These offsets are the financial instruments that carbon emitters (like electric and power companies) can use to meet their emission reduction requirements.
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Demolition crews uncover lost reminders of former hotel's elegance
MLive
Demolition crews for Rockford Construction are uncovering reminders of the day when the Morton Hotel was the hot spot for business travelers and socialites in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.
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Construction is muted because too many buildings went up during the boom
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. built too many buildings in the early 2000s, and that "overhang" has been a drag on the postrecession recovery, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
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EPA amendment adds allowances to NHSM rule
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials proposed rule, expanding the list of materials that are recognized as “non-waste fuels” to include processed construction and demolition wood, paper recycling residuals and creosote-treated railroad ties.
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This fault could bring an earthquake worse than 'The Big One'
Los Angeles Times
The Puente Hills fault, which scientists believe could be responsible for the recent 5.1 earthquake in La Habra, Calif., is considered very dangerous. Here are some basic questions about the fault.
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BASF unveils new alternative to air-entrained concrete
Engineering News-Record
BASF Corp., Cleveland, recently previewed a new liquid admixture it claims eliminates the need for air-entrained concrete, a material used in regions exposed to freeze-thaw cycles. Touted as breakthrough technology, the still-unnamed chemical product has been in development for eight years and will be available in 2015.
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Florida DEP files complaint against demolition firm
Construction & Demolition
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has filed a complaint in Florida state court in Escambia County against Pensacola, Fla.-based Maverick Demolition Inc. for significant asbestos related violations involving a demolition project in Pensacola.
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Construction is muted because too many buildings went up during the boom
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. built too many buildings in the early 2000s, and that "overhang" has been a drag on the postrecession recovery, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

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NDA recognizes environmental projects making significant 'quality of life' impact
NDA
The National Demolition Association presented the 4th annual Environmental Excellence Awards in February at the NDA’s 41th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

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Recycling Detroit's building past: How do you save bricks, wood from landfills?
Detroit Free Press
The bricks, wood and other valuable building materials are there for everyone to see on many of Detroit’s 80,000 blighted houses.

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Are you a team player?
By Harry J. Friedman
It's a buzzword in corporate America: the exalted team player. We all want them. We ask for them in "help wanted" ads. We describe ourselves as one of them during job interviews. But what exactly is a team player? And is success achieved through teamwork? Most would agree that the answer is "yes," but there's an important distinction to be made. Teamwork is not an activity, it's a result. Much like a professional sports team, it's the result of the focused efforts of individuals utilizing their skills expertly and playing their position well.
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Concrete-dissolving bacteria are destroying our sewers
Gizmodo
Underground in places nobody likes to look, bacteria are doing terrible things to our sewage pipes. The concrete pipes that carry our waste are literally dissolving away, forcing engineers into a messy, expensive battle against tiny microbes.
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