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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.
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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.


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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 CDRecycler.com/forum for additional information.
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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 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.

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

Winter
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 Convention Committee lists 2013 sponsorship opportunities
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The 40th Anniversary Convention Committee Chair and NDA Treasurer Scott Knightly has announced an initial list of sponsorship opportunities available for the association's 2013 Annual Convention in San Diego. Next year's convention, which will feature a decidedly Navy theme to take advantage of one of San Diego's major attractions, will celebrate 40 years of service by the NDA to the demolition industry. One of the major events at next year's show will be an Opening Night Reception aboard the USS Midway based in San Diego.

Sponsorship opportunities at next year's celebration include:

Saturday
26th Annual Golf Tournament at Riverwalk Golf Club
Individual golf hole sponsorships
$500 — Silver $1,000 — Gold $3,000 — Platinum


Sunday
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Coffee break
Opening Night Cocktail Reception

Monday
General Session Breakfast
Keynote speaker
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Theme Party

Tuesday
General Session Breakfast
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Cocktail Reception
Annual Banquet

Other Sponsorships
Baseball caps
Custom room keys
Lanyards
Motorcycle/car
Tote bags
40th Anniversary Commemorative Tile


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 announces site for 40th Anniversary Convention in 2013
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The NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention — the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world — will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in California, March 23-26. Each year, the NDA convention brings together a wide cross section of professionals involved in the demolition process, including those in demolition contracting, general contracting, civil engineering, recycling, scrap, salvage and other industries. The convention includes educational programs, entertainment and networking opportunities for both the association members and other attendees. More

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.


  Industry News


London Olympics 2012: Largest McDonald's in the world to be dismantled
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McDonald's is using Novamont's Mater-Bi bioplastic for the cups, cutlery, straws, lids and containers used at its Olympic park restaurant, in a bid to meet the sustainability goals of the 2012 Games, writes Plastic News. For a short time, the flagship 1,500-seat restaurant next to the Olympic Stadium will be the biggest McDonald's in world, as well as the biggest fast-food outlet in the world, The Guardian said. But the longtime worldwide Olympic partner will dismantle the restaurant after the Games. More

Workers begin to dismantle Japanese tsunami dock on Oregon coast
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Construction crews have started cutting apart the giant Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in Oregon. The dock was part of Japanese tsunami debris that came ashore in June. The plan is to slice it into five pieces that will each weigh about 60,000 pounds. Crews are using a wire saw that is cutting through six inches of concrete. More

Construction workers dangle 1,000 feet above NYC at One World Trade Center
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Over 1,000 feet above the streets of New York City, workers dangle precariously from a crane extending from the 93rd floor of One World Trade Center. With nothing more than safety harnesses protecting them from a deadly fall, the brave workers operate at vertigo-inducing heights as the building approaches its maximum height of 1,368 feet. More

Rise in UK excavation waste scuppers industry landfill targets
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The U.K. construction industry is on course to meet its target of halving construction and demolition waste going to landfill but looks like missing out in regard to excavation waste. The construction industry is on course to meet its target of halving construction and demolition waste going to landfill, but it looks like the industry is missing out in regard to excavation waste. More

ASTM publishes standard for PPE for handling flat glass
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ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety has approved a new standard, ASTM E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass. The goal of the standard is to help users select PPE. In addition to highlighting the critical areas of risk to the body from glass handling, the standard emphasizes the need for risk assessments — particularly to the neck and other major artery areas — explains cut test standards and describes PPE materials of construction, according to a July 24 ASTM release. More

NY has plans to limit noise during bridge building
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New York is planning innovative measures to protect fish and people during the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, according to a report. Residents will be able to go online to check noise and air quality levels. The report continues to call for demolition of the existing bridge, disappointing enthusiasts who had been calling for it to become a car-free greenway, like Manhattan's High Line. More

A global steel giant scales back
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Steel is a notoriously volatile industry. But four years ago, Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian-born tycoon, appeared to have mastered the business. He was still aglow from his 2006 victory in an epic takeover battle for his nearest rival, Arcelor of Luxembourg, which made the merged company, ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel-maker by far. With a fast-growing world economy hungry for steel, ArcelorMittal reported operating income of nearly $12 billion for 2008. Things are different now, with Europe in a deep economic funk and once-roaring construction markets like India and China also slowing. More

New York: Heritage Tower implosion complete
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County officials in Rochester, N.Y., say the implosion of St. Ann's Community's Heritage tower went off without a hitch July 28. "You've got a 19 story building coming down in the middle of a residential area. You've got exposure to a nursing home. You've got exposure to a hospital. A lot of things had to click in order of things to go correctly," said Monroe County Deputy Fire Coordinator Mark Cholack. More

Symbiotic urban farming and industrial reuse in Chicago
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In many former industrially important cities in the United States and around the world, solid old buildings stand empty — useless. But one green innovator is proving that such structures could instead be off-the-grid, zero emission urban food oases. John Edel is transforming a former industrial facility in Chicago's historic Union Stockyard into a unique center that is part vertical farm, part food-business incubator, part research and education space. More


 

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