Apply for a 2012 Environmental Excellence Award
The National Demolition Association's Environment Committee recently forwarded application information for the NDA's 2012 Environmental Excellence Award. Designed to highlight the association's commitment to Environmental Stewardship as part of its mission this program will instituted in 2011. Eleven Regular and Associate member firms and their clients were honored at the NDA's 38th annual convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas in March of 2011. Winners and the entities they worked for were presented plaques at the association's Annual Meeting and highlighted in the post-convention issue of Demolition magazine.
The Environment Committee is looking for projects or products that show the demolition industry's strong commitment to environmental stewardship and the impact the industry has on the quality of life in our nations’ towns and cities. Applications are due at NDA headquarters in Doylestown, Pa., by Dec. 31. Member firms can also apply online at www.demolitionassociation.com. More
Serve on the NDA's board of directors
National Demolition Association Past President Raymond E. Passeno of Bierlein Companies, Inc. in Midland, Mich., chair of the Leadership Development Committee is searching for NDA Regular Members interested in serving on the organization’s board of directors. Serving as a director on the NDA’s board is a great opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. You will be helping the demolition industry’s trade association develop programs that will benefit its members while working with people who have the same experiences you do as a demolition contractor. Service involves three one-year terms and four quarterly board meetings per year.
For more information, contact Ray Passeno at email@example.com or 989-496-0066. You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at by no later than Oct. 21. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914-219-5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
NDA new website 'What's New Tour'
We have been hard at work at making improvements to the NDA website. To view the latest improvements, click here for the "What's New Tour."
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.
NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More
NDA Links & Logos Program
More and more NDA member companies are participating in the NDA's Links & Logos Program, greatly increasing the Search Engine Optimization of both the NDA website and the sites of member companies as well. The NDA is asking each member to post the NDA logo on their websites. The logo will link back to the NDA website. In turn, the NDA will post each member's logo in the NDA online directory with a backlink to the company site. For easy instructions on how to quickly boost your company's SEO while proclaiming your membership in the NDA, click here.
NDA develops tools for demolition projects
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The National Demolition Association is offering a free checklist that will take the client through the completion of a successful demolition job. The organization says real estate developers, architects and engineers should have a basic understanding of the demolition process and what should be included in a standard demolition contract before embarking on a demolition project. More
Southeast Construction & Demolition Recycling Conference
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The Carolina Recycling Association is excited to announce the second Southeast Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Conference. This year's conference will be held Dec. 6-8 in "famously hot" Columbia, S.C., at the Downtown Marriott.
Drawing on the expertise of government staff, as well as volunteers from government, private business and nonprofits, the conference committee is drawing together a wealth of information to be presented in December. As the program agenda is finalized, we will again be submitting the tour and sessions to the U.S. Green Building Council, the Solid Waste Association of North America and the National Association of Home Builders for CEU approval.
Once again, the conference will bring together the three key stakeholders:
Study: Green jobs now strongly rooted in construction and design sectors
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According to a new study by McGraw-Hill Construction, green jobs are now firmly rooted in the design and construction sectors. The report revealed that 35 percent of architects, engineers and contractors surveyed said they hold green job. "Green jobs are already an important part of the construction labor workforce, and signs are that they will become industry standard," said Harvey Bernstein, vice president of industry insights and alliances for McGraw-Hill Construction. More
Oklahoma City mayor praises federal program for cleaning up brownfields
At a time when congressional Republicans are hammering the Environmental Protection Agency for stifling the economy with regulations, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett praised an EPA program for helping revitalize some problem areas. Cornett said the agency's brownfields program, which helps cities, states and American Indian tribes clean up abandoned industrial sites or community eyesores to prepare them for redevelopment, has "made a remarkable difference in Oklahoma City." More
Construction machinery exports up 48 percent
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United States exports of construction equipment continued to grow in 2011 and ended the first half of the year up 48 percent compared to January-June of 2010. Total construction machinery exports at midyear were $11 billion, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates United States Commerce Department data with other sources into member global trend reports. More
Century-old building imploded in Canada
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It's out with the old and in with the new — but saying goodbye was a blast. A big piece of history recently crumbled to the ground when Cargill's Ogden Federal Elevator was demolished after standing for almost a century in southern Alberta, Canada. More
A new way to manage projects
Today's construction mantra could go something like this: Fix the building you already have in place, as opposed to build something new from scratch. The nature of the market is requiring many owners to "build smarter" — which in many cases means focusing on smaller remodeling and renovating projects, as opposed to larger capital programs. This shift in the market means owners are now using technology in new ways. Managing smaller remodeling, renovation and rebranding projects requires a different toolset than a large capital project. How are you managing these smaller projects? More
Agency's Workplace Solutions publication aims to prevent injuries
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To assist employers in eliminating the risk of worker death from cave-ins and health risks associated with high noise levels from headsets in call and dispatch centers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has developed recommendations for prevention. In its Workplace Solutions publication, NIOSH provides an in-depth analysis of the hazards workers may be exposed to, specific case studies and recommendations on steps that employers and employees can take to prevent injuries. More
OSHA extends comment period deadline for recordkeeping rule
OSHA is extending the comment period on a proposal to revise recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Comments must be submitted by Oct. 28. Under the revised proposal, employers would be required to report any job-related fatalities and all in-patient hospitalizations to OSHA within eight hours. More