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."
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Fall protection is OSHA's top violation for 2011
OSHA recently released statistics for its most frequently violated standards for fiscal year 2011. Violations of the fall protection in construction standard 29 CFR 1926.501 topped the list this year switching places with last year's first place holder, the construction scaffold standard 29 CFR 1926.451. More
Watch the implosion of the Condit Dam
CBS News via The Washington Post Share
Washington state's century-old 12-story hydro-power Condit Dam on the White Salmon River is the second-tallest dam to be demolished in U.S. history. Its owner, PacifiCorp, elected to remove the dam rather than pay to install fish passage structures that would have been required for re-licensing. More
Arizona program gets students building 'green'
The Associated Press via Canadian Business Share
With a goal of demonstrating how quick and easy it can be to build a home using alternative or green construction materials, the Pathways Green Awareness Program and Central Arizona College's Skill Center Construction Trades and Green Materials class recently built a sample "green" house. The 8-by-12-foot structure was built using lightweight steel-framed polystyrene panels and has a sloped, mainly flat roof that will eventually be covered with live plant materials. More
7 facts about social business and collaboration platforms
Fast Company Share
So much has already been written about the use of social networking for business and the need for improved collaboration. Next-generation tools purport to "solve every problem you ever had," but what is real and what is noise? Like many new trends, there is enormous hype about anything social today. Here are a number of facts you need to know. More
Canadian community builds playground with mulch from tires
Construction & Demolition Recycling Share
Frog Lake, a small community of the Native American Crees located in Alberta, Canada, has completed a new playground for its 1,000 residents, which was built using only 100 percent recycled materials. Rubber Mulch was selected for the playground's safety surfacing. Pinnacle rubber mulch comes from recycled scrap tires, making it what the company calls "an innovative and eco-friendly alternative to wood mulch for landscaping and playgrounds." More
Construction accounting made easier with new software
Have you considered moving from manual paper-based and Microsoft Excel-based accounting processes to a construction software solution? If so, prepare for a whole new world in construction accounting. Software providers are releasing upgraded products and services to make using construction accounting technology a little bit easier. More
Construction materials price index flat in September
Reed Construction Data Share
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Producer Price Index for construction materials held steady in September after a dropping 0.6 percent in August. Meanwhile, the measure was up 8.1 percent from a year earlier, although only 3.3 percent higher than September 2008. More
Engineers use lifelong learning to adjust to changing industry
Engineering News-Record Share
Engineers have always sought to update their learning, whether it is mandated through licensing, to improve job prospects or keep up with industry needs. Lifelong learning is a criterion in accrediting many university engineering programs. More universities and other learning providers are reaching out to practitioners at all career stages, and employers see value in offering or supporting lifelong learning as a retention tool. More
Housing, commercial building starts may improve slightly in 2012
Supply House Times Share
Overall U.S. construction starts for next year will remain essentially flat, according to the recently released McGraw-Hill Construction's 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook. The level of construction starts in 2012 is expected to be $412 billion, the report says, following the 4 percent decline to $410 billion predicted for 2011. More