Demolishing Phillips Exeter Academy's central boiler plant
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Brick, concrete, steel and asbestos had to be removed in order to replace the inefficient, outdated boilers at Phillips Exeter Academy. PEA contracted Harvey Construction as the General Contractor, while Harvey and PEA selected EnviroVantage as a subcontractor. More
Register for the Second 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.
A blend of education in construction
Today's graduates are armed with knowledge of the trade, passion to succeed and a set of technology skills unlike perhaps any generation before. However, while such a wealth of knowledge and desire is critical to succeed in today's building or contracting company, so too is an awareness and comprehension of the business of construction. As technology continues to transform the way in which projects are planned, designed and constructed, it is imperative to keep today's workforce engaged and enthused about using such tools, as well as help them learn the skills and acumen necessary to make the business of construction successful. 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.
The hazard next door: Texas ruling restricts cities from eliminating blighted structures
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In December 2004, Laura Thurmond bought a tidy 1950s-era home in Bellaire, a suburb of Houston. The owner of a construction services firm, Thurmond was set to enjoy life in the quiet suburban setting. But that seemingly picture-perfect lifestyle was already marred by the sight next door. The neighboring house, built around the same time as Thurmond's, had been all but abandoned by its owner in 2001, after Tropical Storm Allison flooded it and hundreds of other homes in that part of the city. In April, the city's Building and Standards Commission heard the neighbors' official complaint and ruled that the house posed a threat to health and safety. 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 have been mailed to every Regular member. Click here to register online. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
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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
Manchester Airport targets zero waste to landfill by 2020
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U.K.-based strategic outsourcing and energy services company, MITIE, and Manchester Airport have signed a deal to enable the international airport to achieve its target of zero waste to landfill by 2030. MITIE says that under the contract, its work at the airport will include the installation of a mini Material Recovery Facility to treat aircraft waste on-site, as well as the expansion of further recycling schemes in public areas, such as placing mixed-recycling bins beside all general waste bins. 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 tour will include a time for hands-on equipment operation. 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.
Redevelopment, incentives have renters eyeing Detroit
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Penthouse 33B in the Broderick Towers in Detroit is still a gutted, graffiti-marred space, but even now the balcony view helps explain the potential $5,000 monthly rent: a bird's-eye view of Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. The indication of possible interest in high-end downtown rental units comes as developers work on two other downtown projects that would contain rental units. With the launch of a major incentive program to lure more people to live in downtown Detroit, the rental market in the 48226 area code, which covers the central business district, promises to be competitive for at least the near future. More
NDA considering first Demolition Rodeo in San Antonio
The NDA wants to help its regular members with team building within their companies. Therefore, the association is working on our first Demolition Rodeo to be held at the 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio in March. Tentative plans called for a sponsored event involving operator skill tests involving a small grapple and one using a skid steer. Cash prizes and NDA jackets denoting the winner's success will be offered. The event would be held March 11 in the Gonzalez Convention Center during expanded exhibition time. More information about this exciting event will be available shortly.
Mixed outlook for construction contractors in Canada
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The recent drop in investor confidence in the wake of Standard & Poor's downgrade of the United States government's credit rating may affect the ability of owners to proceed with construction projects, but several factors work in the industry's favor, according to the president of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations. "I don't think we should be smug, but we should take some comfort in the fact that we have a very strong banking system" and Canada has good economic indicators, including employment and a better debt to GDP ratio than some other countries, COCA President Ian Cunningham said. 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.