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NDA board to meet in the Big Apple and Miami Beach in 2012 and 2013
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NDA President Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., has completed the selection of sites for the 2012-2013 board of directors meetings.

Sept. 28-29
Intercontinental New York Times Square
New York, NY

Jan. 11-12
Trump International Beach Resort
Miami Beach, Fla.

Rachel encourages every member of the association to attend these important meetings and participate in planning the association's future.

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NDA board approves Association Education Initiative and membership survey
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The board of directors of the NDA approved the proposed Association Education Initiative as part of a broad review of the organization's strategic plan when it met June 16 at the Lodge in Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif.

The NDA plans to develop a comprehensive educational and training program to be offered to all levels of our industry. This multimedia education effort will include health and safety training, management courses and specialized webinars. The board approved a major element of this effort, a program to develop a body of knowledge for the demolition process, which will be used as the base for course development for the industry around the world. It will also be evaluating expansion of its existing educational and training offers, many of which have been part of the NDA's Annual Demolition Academy. Other elements of the proposed program include webinars to educate the membership about a variety of special issues such as legal concerns for the demolition contractors, basic industrial hygiene, building a disaster response capability and the like. The association is also considering the development of management courses in financial management for demolition companies, job site personnel management, demolition estimating and similar management education programs.

The first element of this program is how to see exactly what educational and training offerings the membership of the NDA is interested in and would use. The association will be conducting an in-depth survey of the NDA's Regular Members to determine their training and education needs, the price of these services and the delivery systems that best meet their needs. The results of this important survey will guide the board as it implements the various elements of the NDA's Education Initiative.

NDA President Don Rachel encourages all NDA members to participate in this survey. It is vitally important for the board of directors to understand the needs of the industry. Look for this survey in July or August. It will be forwarded to each Regular Member online and via regular USPS mail. Please take the time to provide the board with your thoughts on this valuable member service that is sure to benefit you and your company.

2012 ENR Demolition Insert to appear in November
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One of the NDA's largest public relations efforts every year is the opportunity for our members to participate in a special Demolition Insert in McGraw-Hill's Engineering-New Record magazine, the construction industry's premier new publication. Within the framework of the association's extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert is an excellent opportunity to Brand the NDA as the leading trade organization for the demolition process in the world. It is also part of the association's major branding effort and guides the industry's markets to the NDA as the source of information about demolition, recycling, salvage, environmental services and safe work practice.

All NDA members are encouraged to participate in this year's ENR Demolition Insert, which will appear in the Nov. 26 issue of ENR. For more information, contact Mike Taylor at NDA Headquarters.

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
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Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website.

Contribute to NDA scholarship program
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The annual dues invoice for the 2012-2013 fiscal year have recently been sent out to all NDA members. Paying your annual dues presents each member with an opportunity to support one of the association's best member services, its college scholarship program. Over the years, the NDA has awarded college scholarships to the children of employees of NDA member firms. The Dues Check-off section of the annual dues invoice allows you to support the association's efforts to educate the children of our industry's members. Please consider adding some funds to your dues payment to support this important effort.

NDA moves 2014 convention dates
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Because the massive construction exhibit, ConExpo/ConAg, rescheduled their 2014 event to the first week of March, the NDA has decided to adjust the dates of its 2014 Annual Convention. Originally scheduled to take place right before ConExpo/ConAg on March 8-11, (ConExpo/ConAg's new dates are March 4-8) the NDA 2014 Annual Convention will be Feb.22-Feb. 25. The NDA guarantees that all of its exhibitors will have ample time to move into the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 2014 ConExpo/ConAg.

NDA to co-sponsor 3rd C&D Recycling Forum in Long Beach, Calif.
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The NDA will be co-sponsoring the third annual C&D Recycling Forum again this year. Scheduled for Sept. 23-26 at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif., this year's forum will provide an excellent opportunity to network with people involved with recycling and environmental stewardship in the demolition industry. You will be able to learn about trends in recycling technologies, markets and compliance issues as well as hear about case studies of successful recycling efforts.

Information about this year's forum is in this issue of Demolition and on the NDA's website. You can also go to for additional information.

  Industry News

Impact of new highway bill on transportation construction
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By a vote of 373-52 in the House and 74-19 in the Senate, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury Act transportation reauthorization bill has been approved. Although the vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan, all 52 House members and 19 senators who opposed the bill were Republican. More

Detroit mayor cleans up city, 10,000 houses at a time
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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has pledged that 1,500 abandoned and dangerous houses will be soon be demolished. To date, the Bing administration has demolished 4,500 houses, and the 90-day blitz will bring the total to 6,000, Bing said. The mayor promised to demolish at least 10,000 during his four-year term. More

New home demolished in New York over garage, pool placement
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A U.S. couple decided to tear down their multimillion-dollar house that was half completed in the middle of construction and start over. When Eric and Margaret Friedberg returned from vacation and went to see their new home next to the Ocean in ritzy Southampton Village on Long Island, they noticed something was wrong. ABC is reporting they didn't like the spot of the garage and the New York Post is reporting it was a pool location issue. Either way, the partially constructed new build is now a hole in the ground again. More

US construction spending rose 0.9 percent in May
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A surge in homebuilding pushed U.S. construction spending up by the largest amount in five months, the latest indication that the housing sector is slowly recovering. Construction spending rose 0.9 percent in May from April, the Commerce Department reported. It was the second straight monthly increase and the biggest percentage gain since December. More

Implosion brings down Crimson Tide landmark
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It took just a few seconds for a 43-year-old dormitory to turn into rubble and dust. Rose Towers, a landmark residence hall on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, was demolished via implosion July 3 to make way for new student housing. More

Where did all the toilets go?
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Recycling has reached a new level for the transportation construction industry. The Public Works Department of the city of Bellingham, Wash., pushed the limits of recycled materials use with a street project that included 400 old toilets incorporated into concrete. The Public Works Department developed a specification using recycled aggregate, which allows for the use of recycled brick, concrete, tile, toilets and other similar types of construction waste. More

Singapore, US, Australia, Germany lead the way in green buildings
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Energy security, and environmental and livability concerns drive government policy on green building technologies, but eventually cost and affordability determine the extent and pace of adoption, notes Lux Research. The firm ranked 21 countries using these factors to determine the best markets for green buildings. More

EPA grants Wash. county $400,000 to study contaminated properties
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The U.S. EPA has awarded $400,000 in two grants to Kent, Wash., to inventory, assess and prioritize contaminated sites in an effort to redevelop the properties. City officials will hire a consultant to help determine location of the sites, how contaminated they are and what would be needed to clean up the properties. The grants are part of what's known as the EPA's Brownfields Program. More


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