New Jersey Gov. Christie cancels largest infrastructure project in the US
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has officially canceled the largest infrastructure project in the U.S. Proponents of the tunnel say the Republican New Jersey governor's decision will cost 6,000 construction jobs and 45,000 more jobs once completed. Plus, New Jersey has already spent about $600 million on the project and federal money already allocated may have to be repaid. More
Architecture billings show first increase in nearly 3 years
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After the most severe downturn in construction-related design activity in several generations, architecture firms may finally be heading for a recovery. The AIA Architecture Billings Index (ABI) registered a score of 50.4 for September. Any score above 50 signifies growth at U.S. architecture firms, and the September score is the first reading above 50 since January 2008. More
New Orleans receives $2 million federal grant to revitalize Claiborne Avenue and possible teardown of I-10 expressway
New Orleans has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to study ways to revitalize the Claiborne Avenue corridor, including possible demolition of the elevated Interstate 10 expressway, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office recently announced. The two-year federal grant will cover a wider range of issues, but it is expected to include a study that could confirm the feasibility of demolition from the traffic-engineering and perhaps financial standpoints. More
NDA expands environmental and safety databases
The National Demolition Association is expanding the environmental and safety databases it uses to research regulatory issues for its members. The Association has long subscribed to the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. information systems on environmental and safety regulations to keep the industry abreast of regulatory developments. The recent upgrades will allow the NDA research information in all 50 states as well as developments at EPA and OSHA on the Federal level. The new databases will allow the organization to better serve its members confronting state environmental and safety issues. It will also allow the NDA to search the Federal Register for new laws and proposed regulations. If you need information about federal or state safety or environmental regulations or guidelines, contact your Association for additional assistance.
Green solutions for construction, renovation and demolitions waste
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The C&D Recycling Forum brought together key experts from a variety of backgrounds, including general and demolition contractors, government officials and waste and recycling representatives. During this event, much of the discussion focused on ways to divert the waste that is generated during construction, renovation and demolition projects, through recycling and other diversion methods. More
Construction equipment sales to rise 12 percent in 2010
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The four reasons to raise forecasts of 2010 U.S. construction machinery sales from 2 percent to 12 percent include:increasing parts sales, all-time-low dealer inventories, pre-buy of Tier 3 machines before Jan. 1, 2011, and increasing rental-purchase-options. More
Deadline for 2010 ENR Demolition Insert is Nov. 5
The deadline to advertise and submit project stories for McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine's annual Demolition Insert is Nov. 5. This important NDA member service reaches over 250,000 ENR readers making it one of the Association's most important public relations efforts to promote the demolition process. This year's Demolition Insert will appear in the Nov. 22 issue of ENR. Marketing your firm's services to the largest audience possible in one of the most respected construction publications makes perfect business sense.
Consequently, project stories and photos are now due to Mike Taylor, Executive Director of the NDA in Doylestown, Pa. (email@example.com) Nov. 5. For information about advertising rates contact Al D'Alessandro, ENR's Director of Special Publications at 914.219.5070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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European International Contractors reports cross-border construction decline
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New statistics from European International Contractors (EIC), a trade association representing European contractors working outside their national borders, show a cooling in cross-border construction last year. It is a marked turnaround from 2008, when both revenues and new order intake rose to a new high, despite the deep global recession and the crisis in the banking sector. More
Find a C&D recycling facility or C&D landfill on NDA website
The Environment Committee of the National Demolition Association is adding two new member services to the special Environment section of the Association's website. The first, which is on the NDA's website now, is a list of the mixed-use C&D Recycling Facilities in the United States. This information can be used to locate mixed-use C&D recycling facilities that members can utilize when bidding projects and to secure LEEDs points for their clients. The Environment Committee will be adding a similar list of mixed-use facilities in Canada shortly. A second valuable member service is a list of 1,500+ C&D landfills currently operating in the U.S. This list should be available in a week to 10 days. It can prove to be an invaluable tool for members looking for disposal options across the country.
Tower construction starts at California's Bay Bridge
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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has started moving the huge steel and concrete sections of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span tower. Construction crews will soon lift the second set of sections of the Self-Anchored Suspension Span's single 525-ft-tall tower into place. More
Let the NDA help you train your people
The National Demolition Association makes safety and management training available to all of its members in a variety of settings. The NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy, scheduled in conjunction with our 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, will be held March 5-6, 2011. Demolition Academy attendees will be able to visit the Convention Exhibit Hall at The Mirage at no additional charge on March 6, 2011.
A second great source of training material is the web-based NDA Learning System on the Associations website, www.demolitionassociation.com. Maintained by Portico Learning Systems of Baton Rouge, La., the Association's Learning System offers over 7,000 courses in a variety of languages covering a broad range of safety, management and technology training. Employees can take certification courses at home in their spare time and NDA member firms can use the NDA Learning System to manage their workers' training and certification. Visit the NDA Learning System and try the system out. You'll be amazed at just how versatile it is.
A third highly successful safety training system provided by the Association is our Demolition Safety Talks. Designed to be used as topic material for tool-box safety meetings held on the jobsite, the Demolition Safety Talks cover all of the major safety issues confronting the Demolition Industry. If you are dealing with a specific safety issue such as fall protection or scaffolding safety, there are Demolition Safety Talks available on those subjects and many, many more. The Demolition Safety Talks are designed as documentation tools for NDA members to show that they provided specific jobsite training to their work force on a regular basis, an OSHA requirement.
For more information about any of these programs, call NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.