Nuclear plant finds novel way to decommission
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Twelve years ago, Commonwealth Edison found itself in a bind. The Zion Station, Zion, Ill., its twin-unit nuclear reactor here, was no longer profitable. But the company could not afford to tear it down: the cost of dismantling the vast steel and concrete building, with multiple areas of radioactive contamination, would exceed $1 billion, double what it had cost to build the reactors in the 1970s. Nor could Commonwealth Edison walk away from the plant, because of the contamination. More
Dec. 31 is deadline for 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards applications
The deadline for project or product submission for NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the Demolition Industry's commitment to environmental stewardship is Dec. 31. Application information about the new program was forwarded to every NDA member in September and again early this month. The first-ever NDA Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented at the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas during the first week of March. For more information about this innovative program, contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412. Application information is also available on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com.
Nonresidential: Commercial environment improves while institutional environment worsens
Reed Construction Data Share
Commercial construction spending is still slipping. Most of the decline is now over, so there are spot upward spikes occurring. None are yet sustainable at the national level. Commercial construction starts have stabilized well above the cyclical low point in June 2009. August starts were the highest in 20 months, and then September starts were very weak. Nonetheless, starts are refilling the pipeline and will lead to slow growth in spending at commercial jobsites beginning around year-end. More
Independent contractor or employee?
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When it comes to identifying workers for the purpose of determining tax, insurance, payroll and employee benefit obligations, construction firms have grown used to the confusing stew of state and federal regulations that guide how their workers should be classified. In Massachusetts, independent contractor laws have been on the books for years. As one of the more progressive states in the country, Massachusetts has a relatively long history of protecting workers' access to disability, health care and unemployment insurance, and ensuring that adequate funds are deducted from their paychecks to pay for these benefits. More
Deadline for Purdue student interns is the end of 2010
Applications are due at Purdue's School of Building Construction Management Dec. 31, for next year's class of interns. The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association is providing subsidies for Purdue University students participating in the organization's Demolition sub-major. The Board of the NDA has budgeted $12 thousand to fund four student interns for summer positions in 2011. Application forms and information were forwarded to every NDA Regular Member recently. For more information about the NDA's Purdue Internship program, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Green building market grows 50 percent in 2 years
Sustainable Business Share
The value of green building construction starts was up 50 percent from 2008 to 2010—from $42 billion to $55 billion-$71 billion—and represents 25 percent of all new construction activity in 2010, according to a new market report. The green building market size is expected to reach $135 billion by 2015, state McGraw-Hill Construction's "Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth" report. More
Deadline for $135 room at the Mirage approaches
The Mirage's $135 a night room rate for the National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas from March 5 – 8, expires Dec. 3, so you need to register now for next year's convention. The NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world, will feature three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, a raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use of the Association's website to market your company.
Construction recycling alliance forms in UK
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A new organization called the Construction Recycling Alliance (CRA) has been created "to represent and support companies in the construction industry in the United Kingdom that are dedicated to reducing, reusing and recycling unwanted materials." According to the CRA website, "Membership is available to corporate enterprises in the construction industry, as well as companies from interrelated sectors such as demolition, remediation and waste management." More
Demolition textbook available
Copies of the NDA's Demolition textbook were mailed to every Regular member of the Association Sept. 10. This landmark work, written by Richard J. Diven and Dr. Mark Shaurette presents the means and a method used by the modern demolition contractor in the 21st century and provides students learning about the demolition process the latest information about how the industry functions. Additional copies of Demolition: Practices, Technology and Management are available from the NDA at www.demolitionassociation.com. More
Programs focus on saving bridges
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Want to rescue a piece of American history that's rugged, unique and rare? Adopt a bridge. The Indiana Department of Transportation offers bridges for adoption on its website. Most are made of steel, iron or stone and were built in the 1890s or early 1900s. They're too old or too narrow for today's traffic. More
16th Annual Demolition Academy registration forms available
Registration forms of the National Demolition Academy's 16th Demolition Academy being held in March, in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas, will be forwarded to every Regular member early the week of Nov. 29. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be held at the Mirage March 5-6. In addition to the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program, next year's Demolition Academy will feature sessions on basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry, fall protection, developing and utilizing an Engineering Survey, generational communication, OSHA's new Crane Standard and what to do when a disaster strikes.
We will also post the Demolition Agenda and Registration form on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.