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Dec. 16: Get your Environmental Excellence Award applications in now for consideration
NDA
Applications for the NDA's 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards were mailed to every Association member. 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. Applications for next year's awards are due at NDA Headquarters in Doylestown, Pa., on Monday, Dec. 16.

Click here to fill out your application online today!
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Final day for ENR material submissions
NDA
For those companies participating in this year's NDA McGraw-Hill Engineering News-Record Demolition Insert, which will appear in the Dec. 2 issue of the magazine, the deadline for editorial material, including a project or product photo that must be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at mtaylor@demolitionassociation.com no later than Friday, Nov. 8. Ad material should be forwarded to ENR directly. See the ENR flier for more information.
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See what Esquire magazine says about this year's NDA Convention Keynote
Esquire
Steven Chu is not a politician. Steven Chu is a scientist. In the early days of his career, at Bell Labs, Chu created atomic traps in which single atoms could be probed, studied, and tinkered with. A few years later, he used lasers to grab and stretch virus DNA, leading to a new understanding of plastics and polymers. Hyper-precise atomic clocks also came along, as well as a shared 1997 Nobel Prize in physics. President Barack Obama named him secretary of energy in 2008. It was a message that science, banished from Washington out of political convenience during the Bush years, would return. And with it came an honesty often missing from policy debates, as when Chu told The Wall Street Journal that to solve global warming, “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
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Only 3 weeks remain to comply with OSHA GHS Hazard Communication Program requirements
NDA
There are only three weeks left to comply with the training requirements for the new OSHA GHS Hazard Communication Program. Watch this short video to learn the changes covered by the Dec. 1 training requirement. As an NDA member you also have access to the new HazCom Manual which was updated to reflect the new GHS standard. Be sure to take advantage of these NDA materials to stay up-to-date on your OSHA compliance.
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Demolition and construction companies mobilize for massive recovery efforts following Colorado floods
NDA
After torrential floodwaters surged through Coal Creek Canyon in Colorado, some evacuated residents would come home – if they could get back to their homes at all — to find eight to 10 feet of tree trunks, stumps, and branches piled at their front doors. The unprecedented flooding, which had rushed down the canyon side, washed out bridges and culverts, creating huge ditches 25 feet wide and 20 feet deep. "You couldn't get across some of the ditches even with climbing ropes, they were so massive,” said Rick Givan, Senior Project Manager for National Demolition Association member company Fiore & Sons, Denver.

"People had to leave their homes in the middle of the night, walking out with just a suitcase, leaving behind pets, refrigerators full of food, and homes with no power,” he explained. “You can only imagine what they were thinking.” After the worst of the flooding which took place Sept. 9-12, Fiore was called in by the Colorado Department of Transportation as an emergency responder to help get life back to normal in the canyon nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills northwest of Denver.

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Understanding Obamacare: Making sense of the Affordable Care Act
NDA
Another important speaker at new year's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage is Jennifer Berman, a labor and employment attorney from Philadelphia who will be discussing how the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act will impact small businesses in the U.S. Berman, who counsels clients on employee benefit compliance issues, will be presenting compliance strategies for employer-sponsored medical benefits plans under the new health care rules with a particular emphasis on the needs of small-business and entrepreneurial companies. Her presentation will provide broad insights into what is actually contained in the Affordable Care Act and how companies can comply with the new rules and regulations.
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Leadership Development program at 41st Annual Convention
NDA
As part of the NDA's Education Initiative, FMI, one of the nation's leading construction management consulting firms, will be offering a full-day Leadership Development training program at next year’s 41st Annual Convention. The program is designed for project managers, estimators, superintendents, foremen and company owners, anyone who benefits from improving their leadership skills.

The interactive curriculum will include sessions on:
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Managing up & down
  • The leader's world view: who am I as a leader and why does it matter?
  • Time management and purposeful delegation
  • Action planning
The program is designed to provide the attendee with a better understanding of who he/her is as a leader, how that impacts both his/her direct reports and supervisors; and how knowing this will help them be more effective and efficient. The program is limited to 30-35 attendees. The cost for this Leadership Development program is $250. Attendees will receive a discount in their delegate registration for the NDA's 2014 Convention.

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41st Annual Convention sponsorships still available
NDA
There are still a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities available at the NDA's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Feb. 22–25. Items and events such as the tote bags and three coffee breaks as well specific opportunities to sponsor individual speakers or the NDA's Leadership Development Training Program on Sunday, Feb. 23, are still available for sponsorship. For more information about sponsoring an item, session, or event at next year's Convention contact NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.
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Nov. 8: ENR material deadline
NDA
For those companies participating in this year's NDA McGraw-Hill Engineering News-Record Demolition Insert, the deadline for editorial material, including a project or product photo that must be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor no later than Friday, Nov. 8.

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Timeline of dome demolition, Vikings stadium construction revealed
WCCO-TV
Only five home games remain on the Vikings schedule this year. And unless the Minnesota Vikings go to the playoff, that's how much time is left for the Metrodome. The Dome will be torn down to make way for the Vikings' new home.

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Contractors forbidden to publicly discuss Newtown, Conn., school demolition
The Associated Press via Fox News
Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December.

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Video: Florida Power & Light Port Everglades demolition
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The stacks and boilers at Florida Power & Light's old 1960s-era Port Everglades Power Plant came crashing down on July 16 to make way for a new plant run on U.S.-based natural gas. An estimated 160,000 tons of concrete and metal from the plant will be recycled and reused. The new Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center will enter service in 2016.
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Houston's Astrodome likely ticketed for demolition
CBS Sports
Recently in Houston, there was a referendum in the local election that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to morph the Astrodome into an event and convention center. It was voted down with 53 percent of the voters opposing the referendum, however, and now the iconic dome is likely to be demolished.
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McGraw Hill Construction: Housing leads construction industry to moderate growth in 2014
McGraw Hill Construction
McGraw Hill Construction recently released its 2014 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2014 will rise 9 percent to $555.3 billion, higher than the 5 percent increase to $508 billion estimated for 2013.
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8 tips for delivering difficult employee feedback
By Liz Murphy
Being in a leadership position can be rewarding, but it does require a lot of time and dedication to your people. In fact, one of the biggest responsibilities of a leader is identifying and correcting performance issues. Because an employee's performance can be a sensitive matter, here are eight tips to help you deliver difficult feedback in a way that produces positive results.
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This is what the nation's crumbling infrastructure really looks like
The Huffington Post
Hundreds of thousands of bridges across the country are in bad shape, and the result can be tragic. Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm took photos of structurally deficient bridges in his hometown of Pittburgh to show what the problem really looks like. Severe rust, corrosion and structural defects may make you think twice about driving over structurally deficient bridges in your area.
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The importance of dust control on industrial demolition sites
Elder Demolition
Dust control is an important factor to consider when choosing a demolition contractor. Dust is a generic term for minute solid particles that are typically less than 500 microns in diameter. Although most people consider dust a nuisance, it's a real hazard in industrial demolition. Arizona to Arkansas, industrial demolition sites often produce large amounts of hazardous dust. Dust-related hazards vary, but can include crystalline silica, as well as dust from asbestos removal. These and other hazardous dusts may be sent into the air by the shearing and crushing that is required in demolition.
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Longest immersed-tube tunnels
Engineering News-Record
Immersed-tube tunnels are rare birds. They consist of large tubes, constructed in sections often more than 328 feet in length, which are floated into position in a waterway, sunk into position and joined with watertight seals.
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Biophilia: The next step in green design
By Michael J. Berens
As the U.S. Green Building Council gets ready to roll out LEED v4 at the Greenbuild conference Nov. 20-22, now is a good time to pause and reflect on how just how far green and sustainable design have come since LEED first launched in 2000. Once considered a fringe movement within A&D circles, green building and green products have helped to keep the industry afloat during the post-recession economic stagnation. As green building expands to all parts of the globe, how else might we "green" our environments to make them healthier, more efficient and more closely linked to the natural world? The answer is biophilia.
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