Demolition magazine looking for project stories
Do you have any interesting project you are currently working on or just completed? Why not share your experience with the rest of the industry? Demolition magazine, the Association's bi-monthly trade journal, is looking for project stories for its upcoming Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec "Equipment Guide" issues. It's really easy to submit a project story. Simply go to www.demolitionmagazine.com and you can upload your text and photos using the simple buttons on the home page.
Future brighter for contractors, but hurdles loom
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The message beneath the message at the Associated General Contractors' midyear economic forum was this: Things might be looking up, but there's going to be a lot more competition and thinner profits in commercial construction for the foreseeable future. And in that case, what's true for San Antonio is true for the nation, said Ken Simonson, AGC of America's chief economist. More
Convention committee continues work on 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage
Convention Committee Chairman, Al Gorick, from Binghamton, N.Y., and the rest of his committee are hard at work finishing the details for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention, March 5-8, 2011, at The Mirage in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. The keynote speaker for next year's event will be Clyde Fessler formely of Harley-Davidson. Technical sessions will include a program tour of the NDA's upgraded website, a safe work practice presentation and an EPA-sponsored environmental program on refrigerant recovery on demolition sites. Exhibit contract information will be forwarded to all of our sponsors, last year's exhibitors and potentials in less than a month. Keep the first week of March, right before ConExpo/ConAg, free on your calendar and make plans now to be in Las Vegas then.
Dan Costello explains how to make the most of construction and demolition waste
Demolition & Recycling International Share
When global economic factors forced the closure of a venerable textile manufacturing company in Fall River, Mass., the property was purchased to allow the site to be developed into a current, productive use. The former textile complex was comprised of almost 75,000 m2 of buildings dating to 1895. Current reuse is not compatible with the three-story, heavy timber framework and granite walls of the old textile mills, thereby requiring demolition of the buildings in order to recover the underlying land. Costello Dismantling Company, Inc. was selected to perform the demolition work, which started in early January 2009. More
NDA introduces Environmental Achievement Awards
As part of the NDA's Mission to provide our members with the tools necessary to be leaders in environmental stewardship, the Environment Committee of the Association has initiated an Environmental Achievement Awards program. Designed to highlight the significant environmental achievements accomplished by demolition contractors and suppliers, the awards will be presented at the NDA's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage, March 5-8, 2011. Application forms and award information will be forwarded to every NDA member in August. Projects can cover the broadest possible of environmental achievements from toxic site clean-up and complex facilities decontamination work to a difficult asbestos abatement or a dismantlement that dramatically improves your local community. Associate members who provide a product or service that has a significant environmental benefit are encouraged to apply. Award winners will be honored at the NDA's Annual Convention and the projects will be highlighted in Public Releases in the May/June "Post-Convention" issue of Demolition magazine.
Michigan recycler hopes to recycle 20,000 tons of shingles this year
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Ideal Recycling, an asphalt shingle recycling company, based in Southfield, Mich., says that it expects to process and recycle about 20,000 tons of asphalt shingles this year. The company has been in operation for two years. The company grinds the asphalt to a finely ground mix for asphalt companies that, in turn, is used for a range of end products. More
Turkey becomes global power in construction
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An army of Turkish cranes and bulldozers is at work across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, building dams, stadiums and highways in a boom that's helping drive Turkey to record growth and bolstering its efforts to become a regional power broker. Frustrated by slow progress toward joining the European Union, Turkey's Islamic-rooted government is pursuing a strategy intertwining political influence with economic might in the developing world, particularly in Islamic countries and the former Soviet Union but extending in recent years across much of Africa. More
How an individual star can become a powerful coach
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The best coaches know most of the answers but focus their time on asking questions. In this economic environment, we need our strongest people to help everyone else on the team produce better results. If your company is like others which Eric Herrenkoh works, you have several people who could dramatically increase their value if they learned to be better coaches. How does someone with strong individual ability become an effective coach? More
Paul Quinn College in Dallas to get face-lift
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Pay and you sometimes get to play. Ask Trammell Crow Jr., the demo man. Trammell Crow Jr. took the controls of heavy equipment to begin the demolition of 13 buildings at Paul Quinn College. Crow donated $1 million to fund the demolition in what is being called the extreme makeover of the campus in southeast Oak Cliff. More
NDA survey finds optimism from members
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The National Demolition Association is reporting some of the details of a survey of its members it recently conducted. The survey finds that association members are seeing a slow improvement in the dynamics of the demolition industry. In regards to one question that queried whether respondents saw any change in the volume of demolition project opportunities, jobs to bid, in their market, 41 percent of the respondents said yes; about 25 percent said no; while 35 percent said they are still not sure. More
NDA to introduce improved personal insurance offerings
In concert with the NDA's Insurance representative, Apollo General Insurance Agency of Sonoma, Calif., the Association is rolling out its new medical insurance program this month. Designed to provide affordable medical coverage to NDA members and their employees, the new program is a bridge to whatever new initiatives come out of the Obama Administration's Health Care Reform Program. Medical coverage will complement existing insurance offerings provided by the Association which include dental, disability, long-term care, income protection and term life insurance. Representatives from Apollo General Insurance Agency have been contacting NDA members about the Association's new program. For more information about this program contact NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.
Successful demolition erases former turnpike bridge
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A series of fiery flashes and a loud crack sent about 1,200 feet of steel from a Pennsylvania turnpike bridge into the Allegheny River and a plume of thick, black smoke vaulting into the air. Demolition of the bridge happened largely as planned. Crews detonated 200 pounds of explosives, cutting the steel superstructure so that large chunks fell to the river and the small island between Harmar and Plum. Turnpike and construction officials declared it a success. More