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Showcasing the best practices and projects of the modern demolition contractor
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ENR's Demolition section is one of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year. ENR's Demolition section presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. Modern demolition contractors bring a host of skills to every project. An intrinsic understanding of the nature of structures is not enough. They must also have a mastery of the demolition process, know how to plan a project to get it done quickly, cost effectively and protect the environment. More

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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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Caterpillar makes big bet on US economy
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It hasn't been long since Caterpillar Inc. looked like the typical resident of the Rust Belt. Having misjudged how deep the U.S. economy would decline, the world's largest maker of construction machinery reduced its workforce by 33,000 people worldwide in 2009, closed plants and posted lower profits. But the company has mounted a quick recovery and is emerging as the poster child for America's manufacturing renaissance. More

Dangerous building demolitions impeded by Texas Supreme Court ruling
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Crumbling houses are a danger to everyone, but in the city of Houston, it can take years to get them torn down. Residents of Houston's Fifth Ward said they know this all too well because it is something they live with. Katie Tipton, the interim director of Houston's Department of Neighborhoods, acknowledged that there is an issue. "We indeed have a backlog," she said. A significant backlog, with some 8,200 structures earmarked for demolition stuck in the pipeline. More

KHL: Construction equipment sales grew 25 percent worldwide in 2011
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Sales of construction equipment by the world's 50 largest manufacturers grew 25 percent last year to $182 billion, according to the annual Yellow Table survey by KHL Group. This was a record for the industry, surpassing the previous high of $168 billion, set in 2008, prior to the global financial crisis. More



Constructed Facilities Laboratory: Deconstructive science
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We'd all like to think our buildings, roads and infrastructure are here to stay for the long run. At the Constructed Facilities Laboratory at North Carolina State University, researchers know it's only a matter of time before something goes wrong. Earthquakes, erosion and even time itself pose a threat to the things we use every day — but it's the CFL's job to push these structures to their breaking point to find out how to make them safer for society. Established in 1996, the CFL boasts a large research complex dedicated to testing large-scale structures under a variety of environmental conditions. More

Safety records: When is an incident considered work-related?
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Safety records are an important part of your record-keeping requirements under OSHA. However, when thinking about OSHA record-keeping requirements, it's easy to default to the OSHA 300 and 301 logs. But your record-keeping requirements don't end there. What about training records? Exposure records? Testing records? Do you know what data you need to record? Do you know how long you need to retain each document? In a BLR webinar titled Safety Recordkeeping: Maintaining Records that Pass Inspection and Build a Strong Safety Culture, Adele Abrams outlined some of the employer requirements when it comes to safety records. More

Virginia construction workers sort demolition waste on site
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Northern Minnesota Recycling is on its way to building the first demolition recycling processing center in northern St. Louis County in Virginia. The center has placed several bins on the Menards construction site in Virginia. Construction workers are working to sort demolition waste from municipal solid waste or household landfill on site. "It's not hard, but it takes awareness," Christine Strub, Manager of Northern Minnesota Recycling said. More

Concrete pavement: New No. 1
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With persistent economic concerns and tight budgets, industrial engineering departments and government agencies alike are increasingly searching for long-term and economically viable construction methods. Now more than ever, concrete is emerging as not only the most durable, long-term pavement solution, but also as the less expensive paving option from an initial investment and life-cycle cost basis. More

Entrepreneurs find new treasures in doomed post-war buildings
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Back in the dark ages of British interior design, also known as the 1970s, any self-respecting builder knew what to do with a Georgian fireplace or paneled mahogany door. Fireplaces — fusty things by which a grandfather might sit, puffing on a pipe — were for chucking into skips. If an old door had to be kept, a bit of hardboard tacked on to the front of it achieved a clean, modern look. Just in time, a handful of far-sighted people began rescuing period artifacts, dusting them down and selling them to enthusiasts. A cottage industry — architectural salvage — was born. More

Ottawa received $4.5 million to help rehabilitate brownfields
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Cleanup efforts at a bad Ottawa brownfield received a boost April 11, with council approving funding for property owners who are looking to bring stores and restaurants to the site. The property on West Hunt Club Rd. was long used for petroleum storage, with a bulk fuel storage facility operating on the northwest portion of the site from 1953 to 2001, according to city staff. That resulted in contaminated soil and groundwater that must be removed or cleaned during redevelopment work already under way. More
 
 
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