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NDA, Purdue University Press publish groundbreaking demolition textbook
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The National Demolition Association and Purdue University Press jointly announce the publication of the nation's first university textbook on the subject of the demolition process, entitled Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management. Co-authored by demolition veteran Richard J. Diven and Purdue University assistant professor Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., it serves as a repository of basic demolition knowledge, best practices and standards and is the first such textbook of its kind in the U.S. and possibly the world, according to the NDA. More



Saudi Arabia to spend $ 40 billion on smart constructions
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Saudi Arabia is expected to spend an estimated $40 billion on the construction of smart buildings during the next eight years, the Saudi Gazette reports. An increasing trend is being witnessed in the Kingdom's real estate sector for the construction of smart buildings. This trend would help save 30 percent on energy consumption, reduce 50 percent of dioxide emissions and cut down 50 percent on water consumption, according to studies. More

NDA co-sponsors C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
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Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine will be hosting the C&D Recycling Forum, co-sponsored by the National Demolition Association, on Oct. 3-5, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Md. In the opening session on Oct. 4, Bob Brickner of GBB Inc. will offer a history of the C&D recycling industry. In "Recycling vs. Disposal-Changes and Choices," Brickner will review the history of how mixed construction and demolition materials have been managed in the past 20 years, including the steady development of recycling options. He'll be joined by industry veteran Burwin Reed of Potomac Landfill in Virginia and by a demolition contractor who has played a part in the sector's development. Other program topics include: considerations for entering the business, investment recovery and salvage, on-site crushing, the potential of energy markets, maximizing metals recovery and health and safety aspects of the industry. For more information visit www.CDRecycler.com/Forum or contact a conference representative at 800.456.0707 or conference@gie.net.


Road work at Arkansas historic bridge site honored
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Preserving native culture and environmental treasures while reconnecting a historic thoroughfare earned national kudos for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. The Federal Highway Administration chose Malvern's bridge on the Ouachita River as one of 10 projects to honor this year. The Exemplary Human Environment Initiative Award was presented to the state Highway Commission. More

The high-intensity entrepreneur
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The story of entrepreneurship in the twentieth century was about individuals who got access to sophisticated capital in a few advanced markets and created massive economies of scale. Today entrepreneurs anywhere can create value with relatively little capital. Barriers to entry in almost every industry have come crashing down, opening vast opportunities for small companies. These developments are especially apparent in emerging markets, where we're seeing signs that an entrepreneurial economy is ready to bloom. More

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Scotland sustainable recycling plant to tackle landfill reliance
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Scottish environmental specialist IKM Consulting has joined forces with waste management giant Shanks to work on a state-of-the-art recycling facility in Glasgow, U.K. The plant is set to open this year alongside the existing recycling works at Blochairn, and its backers say it will play a central role in reducing the nation's reliance on landfill. More

New cranes and derricks rule published in Federal Register
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OSHA's new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction was published in the Federal Register Aug. 9. The rule, which replaces a decades-old version based on outdated standards, will take effect Nov. 8. It addresses critically important provisions for crane operation and incorporates technological advances that will provide improved protection for about 4.8 million workers employed by 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments.


Recycler makes charitable purchase
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While Adam and Kim Weitsman, owners of Upstate Shredding LLC, Owego, N.Y., learned that the historic, The Krebs restaurant in Skaneateles, N.Y., was for sale, it sparked an idea designed to preserve the more than 100-year-old restaurant and provide a way to generate significant donations each year for Onondaga County charities focusing on children and hunger. More

Environmental Excellence Award and Purdue Internship Programs
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Information about two new NDA initiatives, the Association's Environmental Excellence Awards and its Purdue Student Internship Program have been forwarded to our members. The Environmental Excellence Award program is designed to highlight the environmental stewardship successes that all NDA members have accomplished whether they involve a complex asbestos abatement or soil remediation, a Brownfields site, superfund cleanup or a project that improves the look of a community. They can also include a product or service provided by an Associate member that benefits the environment or community enhancement. The Purdue Internship Program provides $12,000 in funding from the Board of Directors' Education Committee to fund three Purdue students with internships in the summer of 2011. Managed by the University's Demolition sub-major at Purdue, students will be placed with interested NDA member firms to gain broad exposure to the demolition process as part of their mandatory industry work experience requirement. For more information about both programs, contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
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Buffalo warehouse purchased to be demolished
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Buffalo, N.Y., real estate development company has purchased an empty warehouse and its three-acre site in that city order to demolish the structure, according to a report on the BuffaloRising website. Larkin Development Group has purchased a warehouse building one block away from a nearby building it has been renovating. The newly-purchased building, bought for $180,000, will not be renovated, but instead Larkin will demolish it to prepare the land for future development, according to BuffaloRising. More

2011 Exhibitor Contract readied
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The Exhibitor Contract information for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention scheduled at The Mirage in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip from March 5-8, 2011 is ready for distribution to our Associate members and other firms that have exhibited at an NDA Convention in the past. The Exhibitor Contract will also appear in the September/October issue of Demolition magazine. This year with the establishment of the NDA's Convention Exhibit Space Allocation Program, all of our exhibitors will be provided with a specific time to contact the Association about their exhibition space needs for the 38th Annual Convention. The new Allocation system, designed after similar systems used by ISRI and other trade organizations, will assure equity and fairness in the distribution of exhibit space at the NDA's Annual Conventions. For more information about the NDA's Annual Convention in Las Vegas contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.




Setting strategic direction
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The term "design" is normally used to describe the endeavors of those working in areas such as architecture, engineering and fashion. Rarely are the words strategy and design used in the same sentence, much less the same concept. However, the definition of design - "the purposeful or inventive arrangement of parts," describes exactly what a manager does when they are thinking strategically. A good strategist is continually moving the puzzle pieces of the business system around in their mind to create the advantage they need to succeed. More

Armoury clears the way for new Birmingham, UK, library
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The Big City Plan will see a $300 million new high specification Library of Birmingham constructed by main contractor Carillion in Centenary Square in Birmingham, U.K., that will integrate new library facilities with the nearby Repertory Theatre. Carillion has brought in demolition contractor Armoury Group to carry out the initial enabling works as well as a two-stage demolition program for surrounding buildings to create the space for the new build. More

NDA Newsletter available through MultiBriefs app
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NDA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create NDA Newsletter, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. NDA Newsletter is now part of the new MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you can add the NDA feed from the "Specialized Trades and Industries" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. For those without iPhones, not to worry. We also have Blackberry and Droid versions. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs."
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