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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


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NDA to survey Regular Members about education initiative
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The Education Committee of the board of directors of the NDA is sending an important survey to every Regular Member of the association concerning its proposed Education Initiative. The survey, being conducted by Association Headquarters, Inc. of Mt. Laurel, N.J., will solicit information concerning the courses and programs that the Education Committee should consider offering as part of this comprehensive initiative. The survey will be sent to every Regular Member via U.S. Mail with a stamped self-addressed return envelop and electronically via email.

The results of the survey will be reported to the NDA's board of directors at its upcoming Fall Board Meeting in New York City on Sept. 29. In order to develop the programs and delivery systems that suit the needs of the demolition industry, the board and its Education Committee needs to get as much information as possible from its major market, its Regular Members. The survey results will guide the board as it develops a major new member service to help its members train their workforce and grow their companies.

As an added incentive and to express its thanks for responding to the survey each responding firm will automatically be entered to win a $500 American Express Gift Card (two winners will be drawn); and an iPad2 (one winner will be drawn; or, the grand prize: FREE DELEGATE REGISTRATION to the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego, March 23–26, 2013, a $700 value!

The board of directors needs its Regular Members to provide it with input about how its Education Initiative should proceed. Please respond to the survey from Association Headquarters by Aug. 31.
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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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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.


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

Member-Get-A-Member program continues
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The Member Services Committee of the board of directors continues to promote its Member-Get-A-Member program instituted last year. Prizes, which include a 42-inch big screen TV, will be presented at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego next March. As the demolition economy slowly improves the goal of the Member Services Committee is to attract new members involved in all aspects of the demolition process and to get previous members who have let their dues lapse to rejoin the association.



  Industry News


Inventive engineering solves asbestos problem for demolition contractor
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The new $200 million Newton North High School in Massachusetts wouldn't be complete without athletic fields and grounds, which were designed to be adjacent to the new high school on the grounds of the old school. Costello Dismantling of West Wareham, Mass., took on the demolition of the former high school. A fairly routine, but difficult, demolition component was coupled with a massive environmental remediation scope of work to create an extremely challenging overall project. More

How green building laws affect builders today
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Green building laws have changed the face of the modern construction industry. Stricter laws governing dust control, surety bonds and eco-friendly construction have many contractors and builders concerned about the increased expense that must be ultimately passed on to owners and property developers. Advocates for green building say the increased cost and scrutiny from local, county, state and federal inspection departments is well worthwhile for the environmental benefits. More

Michigan's Brown Bridge Dam demolition to begin
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Michigan's Brown Bridge Dam demolition is slated to begin the week of Aug. 20 after the state Department of Environmental Quality formally signed off on the project. The dam is the first of three along the Boardman River south of Traverse City, Mich., scheduled for removal as part of a long-studied river restoration project designed to return the river to its historic boundaries. The work will include taking down the 91-year-old dam's powerhouse structure, and removal of thousands of tons of sediment accumulated around the dam. More

Cutthroat vs. cooperative: How do you view competition?
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Jake Rosenbarger knows a thing or two about high-stakes competition: Before he and his wife opened Kim and Jake's Cakes in Boulder, Colo., Rosenbarger was a professional bicycle racer. But for a guy who honed his chops banging into opponents' handlebars at 35 mph, he has a surprisingly laissez-faire approach to competition in his new field. Like many business owners these days, Rosenbarger is guided by a refined, less aggressive perception of competition: less cutthroat, more introspective — even more cooperative. More

Michigan deconstruction project having impact
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A revitalization program is coming full circle in Benton Harbor, Mich. The butterflies on Lisa Gorman's home are a metaphor for things about to happen. "A rebirth," she said. In March, Bridge Academy students deconstructed several homes that were set for demolition in Benton Harbor. The pieces were given away, and now the impact is being felt in the city's neighborhoods. More

Back-to-the-future process yields 'miracle wood'
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A back-to-the-future technology, first used more than 100 years ago, has put a new form of wood on the market — a veritable "miracle wood" that resists the moisture-induced bowing, swelling, cupping, shrinking and cracking that have been downsides of natural wood for thousands of years. The new "acetylated wood" is the topic of a story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News. More

Small and midsized business owners adopting mobile technologies
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For many small and midsized business owners, especially those considered early adopters, mobile technologies are changing business strategies. By harnessing the power of cloud-based solutions, SMBs in markets like construction are finding ways to cut costs by streamlining business processes, helping to set the stage for future success. More

Slideshow: Demolition of Sydney Hih in Milwaukee
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The long history of fighting over the preservation of the Sydney Hih complex in Milwaukee is over. The Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., an affiliate of the Milwaukee Department of City Development, recently began tearing Sydney Hih down to make way for future projects. The building's preservation was debated about four years ago in regards to the Palomar hotel project, and this year its demolition by Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. was opposed by preservationists in Milwaukee. More

Bamboo: The new super construction material
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Researchers from the University's BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, in collaboration with a team from Coventry University and the University of Cambridge, are exploring the use of bamboo for the widespread construction of homes. Bamboo holds a number of benefits over other construction materials — it grows extremely quickly, reaching maturity three times faster than hard woods and is renowned for a strength that is comparable to steel. However, inherent drawbacks currently prevent the widespread use of this material. More

Construction material prices decline
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Construction materials prices declined 0.7 percent in July, according to the Producer Price Index report the United States Department of Labor released Aug. 14. Construction materials prices are down 0.6 percent for the year; this is the first year-over-year decline since November 2009, when nonresidential construction spending was at its lowest point. More


 

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