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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.




Time to be a part of the 2012 ENR Demolition Insert
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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. More

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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600-meter tower felled in world's tallest demolition
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A demolition contractor has imploded the 600-meter-high structural-steel WECT tower in North Carolina. The seventh tallest man-made structure, the radio mast was rendered obsolete by the switch from analog to digital signal in 2008. "It's by far the tallest tower ever taken down by explosives," said Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolitions Inc., the Phoenix-based contractor that took the tower down voluntarily. More

Caterpillar hydraulic hybrid excavator uses accumulator
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Caterpillar has introduced a new line of hybrid excavators using a hydraulic accumulator to store and reuse energy. Caterpillar developed the hydraulic hybrid technology, which includes an electronic standardized programmable pump, adaptive control system valve and hydraulic hybrid swing system (including the accumulator). More

Design competition explores wood as green material for urban construction
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For urban construction, American cities predominantly use steel and concrete though wood has been a popular building construction material for thousands of years. Now, to once again popularize the use of wood in architecture, a new design competition has been organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council and Parsons The New School for Design. More

Specialty contractors pace themselves until recovery arrives
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Companies that have trained themselves for downturns have managed to keep plugging away, pacing themselves until they can see the finish line — a strong recovery. The signs of a modest recovery are evident for many large firms as pent-up demand has forced some owners to start spending on capital projects, while a few markets have returned to health. More

UK building to be built entirely from waste
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BBM Sustainable Design is living by the mantra of "waste nothing," with the firm set to start construction on the U.K.'s first building to be made onsite entirely out of waste. Later this year, BBM will begin work on Mark II of "The House that Kevin Built" in Brighton, England. The original house was also designed by Brighton-based architect Duncan Baker-Brown, who heads up BBM. This innovative project, named after Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud, set about designing and building a highly sustainable domestic property over a period of six days using a combination of "offsite" technology and unusual building systems and materials. More

Tennessee recognizes milestone in blight fight
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Karen Spencer-McGee had a hard time believing what she was seeing. The South Memphis, Tenn., community activist watched as a 30-ton track hoe razed the fire damaged shell of a two-story home. It was the fourth abandoned building on the block that city crews had leveled over the last several days. It is the 200th area targeted under a campaign called 25 Square, which focuses the city's anti-blight forces on entire neighborhoods — usually 25 square blocks at a time — instead of individual properties. More

Steel-makers embrace sustainability
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Steel manufacturers around the world are increasing and upgrading their commitment to sustainability, the industry's global body says. In its "2012 Sustainability Indicators" report, World Steel Association (worldsteel) says participation in its programs and initiatives regarding sustainability has increased amongst its members throughout the world. More

Equipment executive: Make it somebody's business
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To get the longest component lives and the lowest cost per hour and lowest downtime, there are four things in your company that need to be managed by an assigned person — not necessarily the same person, but one person. More


 

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