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NDA Education Initiative includes Regional Training Sessions
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The Education Committee of the NDA will be holding the first of three Regional Training Sessions at the Sheraton Needham in Needham, Mass., Oct. 26-27. Registration forms for this first education session have been forwarded to every Regular Member firm and appear in the Sept./Oct. issue of Demolition magazine. You can also register online at the NDA's website.

The Northeast Regional Training Session is part of a comprehensive effort by the association to upgrade its educational offerings and improve the skill sets of industry members. Programs offered in Needham, Mass., include the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour construction safety and health training course; a demolition-specific Lift Safety training course; a presentation on Basic Industrial Hygiene for the Demolition Industry; and one of the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. Certifications will be awarded for successful completion of both the OSHA 10-hour and Lift Safety training programs.

Similar programs are planned for the Midwest (Chicago) in February, and the West Coast (Los Angeles) in late May/early June.The Education Committee of the NDA will be holding the first of three Regional Training Sessions at the Sheraton Needham in Needham, Mass., Oct. 26-27. Registration forms for this first education session have been forwarded to every Regular Member firm and appear in the Sept./Oct. issue of Demolition magazine. You can also register online at the NDA's website.

The Northeast Regional Training Session is part of a comprehensive effort by the association to upgrade its educational offerings and improve the skill sets of industry members. Programs offered in Needham, Mass., include the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour construction safety and health training course; a demolition-specific Lift Safety training course; a presentation on Basic Industrial Hygiene for the Demolition Industry; and one of the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. Certifications will be awarded for successful completion of both the OSHA 10-hour and Lift Safety training programs.

Similar programs are planned for the Midwest (Chicago) in February, and the West Coast (Los Angeles) in late May/early June.




NDA 40th Anniversary Convention as part of the association's Education Initiative
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As part of the association's new Education Initiative, the technical sessions offered at next year's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego on March 23–26 are divided into four major areas, all of great importance to all companies involved in the demolition process. On March 25, retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Abrashoff, author of "The Best Damn Ship in the Navy" will speak on the management issues of running a complex organization such as a navy ship or a demolition company. Abrashoff's presentation will discuss management style and personnel management as a part of any kind of complex organization. This is our Management offering.

The next session on March 25 will feature NDA Past President and Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Weber of ICONCO, one of the world's foremost implosion contractors; Mark Loizeaux of CDI; and Peter Ward of Ward Demolition who is currently working in Christchurch, New Zealand. This session will deal with the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake and the work that demolition industry is doing to bring Christchurch back. This is our Disaster Response offering.

Beginning March 26, our occupational safety and health attorney, Mark Lies of Seyfarth, Shaw in Chicago will discuss legal issues confronting the demolition industry such as current OSHA programs, changes to workers' comp rules and other important safety issues. This is our Safety offering.

The last education session on March 26 will involve a comprehensive look at three important environmental issues for the demolition industry. First, Andrew DeBaise of Rocky Mountain Recycling will discuss the importance of metals recycling, ferrous and nonferrous. He will be followed by Gavin Broatch of the city of San Diego who will discuss the city's new C&D recycling ordinance and its implications across the state of California and beyond. Finally, Chris Godek, our Environment Committee chair and either David Hockey or Molly Finn from the U.S. EPA will discuss the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. This is our Environmental offering. Next year’s convention will reflect the NDA’s commitment to its Mission to provide our members with the skills necessary to be leaders in Environmental Stewardship, Safety, Education, Professional Competency and Government Advocacy.


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.


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U.S.S. Midway reaches 1 million visitors in a year
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On May 31, the U.S.S. Midway, site of the NDA's Opening Night event at our 40th Anniversary Convention, March 23–26, became the first of more than 100 historic naval ships throughout the country to host 1 million visitors in a year. Original projections developed in 2000 by the San Diego Taxpayers Association predicted attendance of 500,000 to 600,000 annually. The Midway's attendance is 14 percent ahead of last year's record pace. Television shows filmed aboard the Midway include "American Idol," "The Bachelor," "Antiques Roadshow," "Monday Night Football," "Wheel of Fortune," "Heidi Klum's Germany's Next Top Model," the Discovery Channel's "Bone Yard" and the History Channel's "Dogfights" among others.

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


Karsten Pawlik of Alpine Demolition Services, LLC takes over as president of ASA Chicago
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Karsten Pawlik of Alpine Demolition Services, LLC of Batavia, Ill., is the new president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association. A second-generation demolition contractor, Pawlik is a product of a "50-year tradition of providing demolition services." He graduated from the University of Florida and received an MBA from Northern Illinois University. He joined with his wife Kelli at Alpine Demolition Services in 2002. Alpine Demolition is a recent NDA Environmental Excellence Award winner. Congratulations to Pawlik on becoming president of ASA Chicago.



  Industry News


Demolition project achieves 90 percent recycle rate while helping preserve history
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The new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts was planned to be built within the nearly 90-year-old San Antonio Municipal Auditorium. The iconic facade of the building will be incorporated into the new design of the Tobin Center. The 28-month-long construction project began in June. The demolition phase consisted of removal and salvage of exterior stone façade and other architectural features, interior stripping of all remaining floor space, extensive selective structural demolition in the main entry, removal of the domed roof, removal of all of the "rear of house" facilities including a 10-story stage house, and removal of all concrete foundations, slabs, footings and basements up to the "cut line." J.R. Ramon & Sons Inc., the demolition company, was also responsible for the storm water pollution plans, traffic control and universal waste removal. More

Researchers call for policy on recycling rare specialty metals
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Yale researchers believe an international policy is needed for recycling scarce specialty metals that are critical in the production of consumer goods. "A recycling rate of zero for specialty metals is alarming when we consider that their use is growing quickly," said Barbara Reck, a research scientist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and co-author of a paper on the subject in Science. More

Caterpillar: Using proactive leading indicators to create world-class safety
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Traditional lagging safety metrics like OSHA recordable rates or lost-time case frequencies have been used for years to measure safety program success. At EHS Today America's Safest Companies conference in Chicago in September, Caterpillar Inc.'s Andy Schneider and Tim Crane discussed the company's transition to a culture that uses leading indicators for safety. More

Excavators: Fleet expansion for high productivity and positive cash flow
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Few machines have more impact in construction and earth-moving operations than a heavy excavator. In the past five years, more than 84 percent of heavy excavator sales to end users have been in these applications. Whether you're thinking about adding a new excavator to your fleet to supplement existing excavators or expanding the versatility of your fleet with your first excavator, it's important to buy the right machine for the work. Selecting a model that doesn't fit your needs can have negative consequences on productivity and cash flow. More

The world's biggest supercranes
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What is "heavy duty"? A 600-ton crane is a heavy-duty crane, but in the world of supercranes, heavy is measured in thousands of tons, not hundreds. Spurred on by the demand to build infrastructure bigger, faster and safer, the lifting capacities of the world's largest construction cranes are getting supersized. For the first time, Engineering News-Record has assembled a list of the world's top supercranes, which were found hard at work on almost every continent building powerplants, refineries and other large-scale infrastructure and industrial projects. More

Residents in Christchurch, New Zealand, advised to wear dust masks
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People in Christchurch, New Zealand, should consider wearing masks because of the increased amount of dust from demolition, New Environment Canterbury says. ECan resource management regional manager Brett Aldridge said that during the city's demolition and rebuilding phase the amount of dust might increase, especially as northwest winds picked up in summer. He said dust would be a fact of life in the city for the next few years. More

San Diego construction company restores historic building for the homeless
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Like a big birthday gift, the 12-story building at Sixth Avenue and A Street in downtown San Diego is wrapped up tight, waiting for the big day at year's end when it becomes Connections Housing, a one-stop shop for the homeless. Behind the plastic is the historic San Diego Athletic Club building. Turner Construction Co. is spending $24 million to restore the 119,000-square-foot building to its original look and prepare it for its next life as a one-stop-shop home for the homeless. More

FIDIC report focuses on obstacles to sustainability
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An old Korean proverb says, "Even monkeys may fall from trees." In other words, even experts make mistakes, including, perhaps, experts on sustainable design and construction. With the sustainability landscape populated by dozens of decision-making tools and rating and certification systems, engineers and building and infrastructure developers may believe the existing methods guarantee a simple, failure-proof means of attaining sustainability. But a rating system is no substitute for rigorous decision-making. More

Historic Bush Stadium hits home run with apartment complex redevelopment
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Historic Bush Stadium in Indianapolis had three strikes against it, but instead of being "out," it got another at bat. Currently under construction, the former baseball stadium that twice made the 10 most endangered historic landmarks list will soon become an apartment complex with commercial space. More


 

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