50 largest commercial markets in 2011
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New York City has by far the most commercial projects in the planning stage, followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington and Boston. The value of commercial projects in the pipeline in the 50 largest markets ranges from $76.6 billion in New York City to $1.2 billion in Rochester, N.Y. Commercial includes all nonresidential buildings plus multifamily housing. Nationally, the expansion index is 2.23. This is the ratio of the projects in planning that may start in the next year to the value of projects now underway. More
Authorities bring down 'bomb factory' home in California
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Firefighters and law-enforcement officials deliberately destroyed a Southern California house they said contained one of the largest caches of homemade explosives and bomb-making paraphernalia ever uncovered. As part of the elaborate plan to burn up the single-family structure in Escondido, Calif.—which had been rented by an accused bank robber now in federal custody—authorities previously erected a protective wall and ordered scores of nearby residents to evacuate. More
Send in your 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards applications now
The deadline for project or product submission to 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 in November. 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.
Construction Specifications Canada sustainability guide coming soon
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The long-awaited, two-volume Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) Tek-Aid incorporating sustainability into construction documents is expected to be issued by early 2011, said author Peter Semchuk, an architectural technologist with IBI Group in Edmonton, Canada, and former president of the CSC. Tek-Aids, issued by the CSC, are guides covering technical aspects of particular construction issues affecting the industry. More
For family-run small businesses, estate-tax uncertainty adds costs
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As the estate-tax debate moves to the House, small-business owners are hoping for a permanent resolution since, they say, any temporary measure will require them to spend more time and money to keep up with the shifting code. John E. Anthony, the 71-year-old patriarch of family-run lumber company Anthony Timberlands Inc., in Bearden, Ark., says he spends $25,000 to $50,000 every three years in legal and accounting fees related to estate planning. More
16th Annual Demolition Academy registration forms available
Registration forms for the National Demolition Academy's 16th Demolition Academy being held in March of 2011 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, have been forwarded to every Regular member. 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 have also posted the Demolition Academy 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.
OSHA's Walk/Work Surfaces Rule/Personal Protective Equipment hearing scheduled for January
OSHA will hold an informal public hearing starting Jan. 18, on the proposed rule revising the agency's Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards. The proposed rule, described in the May 24 Federal Register, is intended to prevent about 20 workplace deaths and more than 3,700 lost-time injuries annually. Proposed revisions include specific criteria for personal fall protection equipment that are consistent with industry and voluntary consensus standards. More
Texas National Guard tears down Dallas drug house
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Mayor Tom Leppert led a crowd as they counted down the seconds before a bulldozer recently tore down a known drug house in South Dallas. It was all part of a big house cleaning project called "Operation Crackdown" that has been underway. The house was among 50 sites chosen by the City of Dallas to be demolished by the Texas National Guard. More
Sustainability on standby
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In the construction market, the sustainability movement is gaining traction. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification has been making its way into building construction since it was first introduced in 1998, and has continued to gain momentum as more building owners and contractors look to incorporate environmentally preferable methods and materials into new construction projects. More
Tax package heads toward high stakes vote in House
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Media reports reflect the widespread expectation among analysts and lawmakers that Congress will ultimately pass the legislation with few, if any, alterations. The story generated no coverage on network television, and print outlets cast the remaining Democratic objections to the deal as focused on the estate tax provisions. More