LaHood urges Congress to put 70,000 construction workers back on airport jobs
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is urging lawmakers to pass a bill to put the Federal Aviation Administration back in business. The agency's authority to operate expired July 22 when Congress couldn't agree on keeping the agency open because of underlying partisan disputes, largely over labor rights and other issues. Nearly 4,000 employees were temporarily laid off, and work stopped on more than 150 airport construction projects around the country. More
Register now for NDA's Fall Education Program set for Baltimore
The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association will be holding its Fall Education Program Sept. 23-24 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., north of Baltimore. Part of the Education Committee's 2011-2012 program to provide training opportunities for our members, the fall program will offer the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety & Health course; a course on Demolition Estimating taught by Demolition textbook co-author Richard J. Diven of R.J. Diven, Inc.; and one on Demolition Project Site Management by the other Demolition textbook author, Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., of Purdue University's School of Building Construction Management. The OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour training course provides a certification from the instructor.
These courses are designed to provide practical hands-on instruction in construction safety and health, estimating and project management. The safety and management training are part of the NDA's mission to provide our members and their employees with the tools necessary to be leaders in the demolition industry. Registration forms for the Fall Education Program will be mailed to every Regular member the week of July 25 and posted on the NDA's website. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Industrial buildings find new life through renovation
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Although Commonwealth Ventures and Elkus Manfredi Architects are currently working together on the $35 million renovation of the Art Deco building in Boston, the two companies have joined forces before for the renovation of the American Brewery Lofts. Throughout the Northeast, historic industrial buildings are finding new life through renovation into apartments, condominiums, offices, retail spaces and restaurants — often a combination of one or more of the aforementioned uses. More
Domestic steel producers grappling with rising costs, excess capacity
U.S. steel makers expect tough third-quarter results as the slow economic recovery, volatile steel prices and excess capacity hinder growth. The outlook dampens positive quarterly results recently reported by several major U.S. steel firms. Increased production from China continues to pose challenges for U.S. steel producers, says Nick Sowar, global steel industry leader for Deloitte Touche's Global Manufacturing Industry group. More
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at by no later than Oct. 21. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914.219.5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
US architects group cuts construction forecast
The American Institute of Architects recently cut its 2011 U.S. construction forecast, citing tight credit conditions, government budget shortfalls and a depressed housing market. The trade group said it now expects spending on nonresidential construction projects to fall 5.6 percent this year before rebounding in 2012. "Consumer and business confidence is poor and the overall economy has yet to pull out of the downturn that began in 2008, which both add to the general sense of anxiety and uncertainty in the real estate market" said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. More
Register for the 2nd Annual C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
The NDA is co-sponsoring C&D Recycling magazine's Second Annual C&D Recycling Forum Sept. 25-27 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., just north of Baltimore. This event follows the NDA's 2011 Fall Education Program scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Turf Valley. The C&D Recycling Forum will offer a host of diverse programs covering recycling and reuse issues of importance to the demolition industry. Program specifics and registration information are available at http://forum.cdrecycler.com and from both the NDA and C&D Recycling magazine. Registration forms for both the Fall Education Program and the 2011 C&D Recycling Forum will also appear in the September/October issue of Demolition magazine.
Motel demolition signals Route 66 makeover mission
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The mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., and the Safe City Strike Force are on a mission to make over historic Route 66. The city started demolition on the abandoned State Fair Mercado Motel and Apartment building on Central Avenue near Louisiana. Mayor Richard Berry said he hopes tearing down the long-time eyesore will make way for a new, thriving business. More
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. The Convention Committee is considering a demolition rodeo at next year's show, similar to those events held by the solid waste industry, to test the skills of the demolition industry's operators. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.
Bridge destruction to reveal clues about 'fracture-critical' spans
A civil engineer at Purdue University is taking advantage of the demolition of a bridge spanning the Ohio River to learn more about how bridges collapse in efforts to reduce the annual cost of inspecting large spans. "There is a whole family of bridges called fracture-critical," said Robert J. Connor, an associate professor of civil engineering. "This means that if an important tension member breaks, it's thought the bridge will fall down." However, modern analysis techniques could be used to learn whether such bridges really are fracture-critical, or whether other structural elements would share the load if a major piece failed. More
NDA's fall board meeting scheduled for Asheville, NC
The board of directors of the NDA will be meeting Oct. 7-8 at the grove Park Inn in beautiful Asheville, N.C. Part of the planned activities of this year's Fall Board of Directors Meeting includes a visit to Volvo Construction Equipment's North American headquarters and its equipment proving grounds in Asheville Oct. 7. The NDA is also planning dinner and a tour of the historic Biltmore Estate, summer home of the Vanderbilt's on Oct. 8. NDA President Don Rachel invites all NDA members to attend this important event. He encourages association members to invite their clients and potential members of the organization to all of the association's board meeting so that they can see the benefits of membership in the association. For more information about the October board of directors meeting, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
'Green' Berets complete hazardous container recycling project
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The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency has recently completed a project that recycled steel containers that once held hazardous materials into more than 6.5 million pounds of steel. In September 2003, the CMA began operating the Pine Bluff Ton Container Decontamination Facility at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark., to decontaminate Ton Containers stored at the arsenal. Although empty, the 1,600-pound steel containers once held hazardous materials and required decontamination to eliminate possible residual chemical agent prior to recycling. More
NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More
Jamaica bans all exports of scrap metal
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Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce has announced the ban on the export of all scrap metal. Industry Minister, Christopher Tufton says the decision to ban all exports of scrap metal was due to rampant theft of scrap metal that has plagued the country for the past three years, as well as the failure of the industry to implement measures to curb metal theft. He estimates that scrap metal theft has cost the government and the private sector more than $1 billion in the past three years, while the scrap metal industry only generates $20 million in revenue per year. More