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NDA returns to Orlando, Fla., in 2016
NDA
The National Demolition Association's 43rd Annual Convention will be held at one of best convention hotels in North America, the Marriott World Center close by Disney World from March 14-17 in 2016. Long considered one of Marriott's premier property's their World Center features a 105,000 s.f. exhibition space, a new 500 room tower, a massively expanded outdoor recreation area with one of the largest water slides in the country and their magnificent on-site golf course. The hotel is close to Orlando's famous International Drive and Downtown Disney.
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2014 Environmental Excellence Award applications mailed
NDA
Applications for the NDA's 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards have been mailed to every Association member. 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 John Adamo, Jr. of Adamo Demolition Company in Detroit on Feb. 24, 2014 immediately following President Kroeker's welcoming address at the NDA's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

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 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online at www.demolitionassociation.com.

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Plan to participate in this year's ENR Demolition Insert
NDA
The National Demolition Association will once again be sponsoring McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record "Demolition Insert" scheduled to run in the Dec. 2 issue of ENR. The annual "Demolition Insert" presents Association members with an exceptional opportunity to market their products and services to the over 250,000 readers of world's premier construction and engineering publication. For more information about participating in this program contact Mike Taylor at NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here.
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NDA
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Avoid these common hiring mistakes
By Mel Kleiman
Did you ever think you'd hired an eagle, only to have the person turn out to be a turkey on the job? At one of my recent speaking engagements, one participant brought down the house when she said: "I interviewed the good twin, then the evil twin showed up for work."

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Concrete-eating robot 'literally erases buildings'
TreeHugger
One of the problems with concrete construction is that it is not designed for deconstruction. Taking it apart is slow, noisy, dusty and labor intensive.

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The unexpectedly high cost of a bad hire
LinkedIn
In the course of running his own businesses for more than two decades, Ryan Holmes, CEO at HootSuite, has done his fair share of hiring. And, he can tell you with absolute certainty that one of the most costly, time-consuming blunders a business can make is picking the wrong person for the job. How costly?

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7 ways to be a more effective team leader
By Liz Murphy
What makes a team successful? If we're talking about the bottom line, a successful team meets and/or exceeds key performance metrics that further short- and long-term organizational goals. But getting your team to perform on paper has less to do with numbers than you might think, and more to do with being an emotionally intelligent and intuitive leader. The external success of a team comes from within, and while it's a lot of work, it can also be very rewarding.
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Building green increases demand for traditional materials
Forbes
According to a recent research report from Navigant Research, the worldwide market for green construction materials will grow from $116 billion in 2013 to greater than $254 billion in 2020. Europe is forecasted to be the largest of the regional markets, accounting for approximately 50 percent, by 2020.
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Industrial demolition best practices for removing special structures
Elder Demolition
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that every demolition project begin with a thorough engineering survey to uncover potential structural weaknesses. An unseen crack in the side of a tower, for instance, can throw off the structure's falling trajectory.
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Avoid these common hiring mistakes
By Mel Kleiman
Did you ever think you'd hired an eagle, only to have the person turn out to be a turkey on the job? At one of my recent speaking engagements, one participant brought down the house when she said: "I interviewed the good twin, then the evil twin showed up for work." The reasons apparent eagles turn out to be total turkeys can most often be attributed to one of these four, common hiring mistakes.
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OSHA schedules meeting on construction safety and health
Construction & Dem
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Aug. 22-23 in Washington, D.C. ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.
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Tunneling machine begins 14-month journey beneath Seattle
HubDOT
On July 30, a tunneling machine's five-story-tall cutterhead broke through the north wall of the 80-foot-deep launch pit in Seattle as part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. It is expected to emerge in about 14 months. Crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation will push forward slowly at first, digging about 6 feet per day. By the time the machine is beneath downtown, it will dig up to 35 feet per day.
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Photos: Demolition and expansion at Milwaukee's oldest congregation (The Business Journal)
2014 Environmental Excellence Award applications mailed (NDA)

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Obama offers 'grand bargain' on corporate tax rate, infrastructure
Reuters
President Barack Obama proposed a "grand bargain for middle-class jobs" that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions of dollars in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs. The goal, as outlined in his speech to an enthusiastic audience at an Amazon.com facility in southeastern Tennessee, was to break through partisan gridlock in Congress with a formula that satisfies Republicans and Democrats alike.
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Public asked to stay away from demolition in California
The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield, Calif., police have announced road closures in connection with the planned demolition early Saturday morning of the PG&E power plant at Coffee Road and Rosedale Highway. Roadways that will be closed for about 30 minutes between 5 and 6 a.m., include the southbound and northbound lanes of Coffee Road between Rosedale Highway and Brimhall Road, and Jet Way at Coffee Road. The public is asked to take alternate roadways to avoid delays. Police said they will be enforcing all laws against stopping on a roadway or shoulder.
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Small business contracting numbers inflated by errors and exclusions, data show
The Washington Post
The federal government is required by law to try to direct nearly a quarter of all contracting dollars to small businesses, and every year since 2005, officials have reported missing the goal by the slimmest of margins. A number of contractors and advocacy groups say the government has repeatedly inflated the share of contracting dollars awarded annually to small firms, masking serious problems in the procurement process that prevent small businesses from securing more government work.
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Researchers convert cement into an electrical conductor
University of Alicante via R&D Magazine
Researchers at the University of Alicante have developed a cementitious material incorporating carbon nanofibers in composition, turning cement into an excellent conductor of electricity capable of performing functions beyond its usual structural function.
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EPA offers $8.5 million to Great Lakes shoreline cities for green
infrastructure projects

CE News
The Environmental Protection Agency invited the 22 largest U.S. Great Lakes shoreline cities to apply for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding for green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.
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