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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.




Deadline for 2012 ENR Demolition Insert is fast approaching
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The deadline for submission of project stories, product information and photographs for this year's Demolition Insert that appears in McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record is fast approaching. Advertising material needs to be submitted to ENR by Nov. 9, and editorial content needs to be send to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at mtaylor@demolitionassociation.com by Oct. 31. The annual Demolition Insert in ENR is one of the largest association public relations efforts undertaken each year and provides our members with the opportunity to showcase their skills to ENR's over 250,000 subscribers. For more information, contact Adam Palant at ENR at 212-904-2669 or Mike Taylor at the NDA at 1-800-541-2412.

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.


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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


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


Cherry wins 2012 AGC APEX Award for Houston deconstruction project
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Houston-based Cherry, specialists in industrial demolition, dismantling, asset recovery and recycling, has won a 2012 APEX Award from the Houston chapter of Associated General Contractors in AGC's biannual award ceremony held recently. More


Company Wrench owner featured on Fox News Special Report
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Cable news giant Fox News aired a Special Report Sept. 26 featuring an interview with Brad Hutchinson, owner of Carroll, Ohio-based Company Wrench. The news broadcast focused on the economy, specifically the upcoming presidential election and its effect on businesses. More

Relief for Chicago eyesore
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Construction is resuming on a half-built skyscraper that has marred Chicago's skyline since 2008, thanks to a recovering economy and a creative path taken by its original developer, contractors and a new investor. Originally designed to be a 90-story hotel and condominium, it has sat empty since construction stopped at the 25th floor when money ran out four years ago, leaving a dull concrete form in an otherwise gleaming stretch of towers that flank the Chicago River. Now, a new ownership group that took control last year has received a big loan to restart a freshly designed 60-story rental apartment tower planned for the site. More

Recycling the world's most used material
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Every year several millions of tons of building rubble are produced. An efficient way of recycling concrete — the building material of the 20th and 21st century — does not yet exist. Researchers are working on new recycling methods, and with the aid of lightning bolts, they can break down the mixture of cement and aggregate into its components. More

New Orleans blight abatement program wins national award
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New Orleans' strategy to abate its rampant blight problem has won a prestigious national award that recognizes creativity and innovation in government. The city's Blight Reduction Strategy was named a 2012 Bright Idea in Government by Harvard University's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. More



US Secretary of Labor Appoints 6 members to Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the appointment of four new members and re-appointment of two current members to the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. They will serve two-year terms and represent the interests of the public, employers, employees and government. More

States get tougher on metal theft
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When a thief swiped three air-conditioning units over the Memorial Day weekend and caused $15,500 in damage to one of the 19 commercial buildings Ralph Perrone owns along Florida's Space Coast, he became so frustrated he formed a scrap-metal theft task force with law enforcement. The task force is studying how to implement a new metal-theft law. More

Using social and Web technologies in disaster responses
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Developing software and solutions to real-world problems was the aim of the h4d2 hackathon event held at Aston University. Emergency experts and software developers from across Europe attended the two-day event, which was designed to investigate the use of social media and Web technologies in disaster responses. More

Telematics help trim contractor fleet costs
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To better manage equipment fleets and cut costs, contractors are increasingly using telematics technology, which blends on-board instrumentation and Internet computing. The recession has forced firms to do more with less, fueling innovation to remain competitive. Telematics has become a digital-age toolbox for succeeding in today's tight economy. More

Frank Lloyd Wright home won't be demolished — for now
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There is a big debate brewing in Arcadia, Ariz., on one question: Do the current owners of a famous Frank Lloyd Wright home have the right to demolish it? "Some architects call this, arguably, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's 20 most influential designs," said Dan Mitchell, a local realtor who started a Facebook page to preserve the home. However, it's ultimately up to the current owners to decide what to do with it. More

Construction spending declines 2nd month in row
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Construction spending has fallen for the second consecutive month, dipping 0.6 percent in August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, spending is up 6.5 percent from one year ago. Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $557.2 billion. Year-over-year, nonresidential construction spending is up 2.2 percent. More

A good reputation pays dividends for companies
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According to Reputation Institute, the seven dimensions of corporate reputation are: workplace, governance, citizenship, financial performance, leadership, products and services, and innovation. In looking at the group's list of the 100 most reputable companies in the world, one can extract lessons in how to build a good reputation for an organization. More


 

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