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As 2014 comes to a close, NDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NDA Newsletter a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 9.



Concrete-eating robot recycles buildings
Discovery News
From Feb. 28: Building demolition demands a lot of heavy machinery to crush concrete and separate valuable materials for reuse. Often, those materials are transferred to offsite locations, which wastes time and resources. The process also wastes a lot of water in order to prevent harmful dust clouds from blooming. However, a Swedish student's concrete-eating robot aims to change all that.
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NDA Appoints Cheryl Caulfield as Executive Director
NDA
From Oct. 31: The National Demolition Association (NDA) is pleased to announce that Cheryl Caulfield, IOM, CAE has joined the association as Executive Director. Caulfield will work directly with NDA leaders and volunteers to help guide and execute on the organization's strategic initiatives, programs and policies. Caulfield is replacing NDA Executive Director Michael R. Taylor, CAE, who is retiring from the association after 25 years of service.
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Excavator destroys bridge with one nudge, creates huge wave in domino effect
Equipment World
From April 18: The article shows one of the most beautiful bridge demolitions ever. You can only see the final nudge that broke the bridge's back, but you can assume some very careful weakening of the structure had to have preceded it.
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Video: See a Michigan structure fall from every possible angle
MLive
From Jan. 3: Have you seen the Genesee Towers in Flint, Mich., fall from every possible angle? Now you can. Have a look at this video to see footage of the Dec. 22, 2013, implosion from eight different angles.
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Demolition safety fundamentals ignored in recent cases
SHRM
From May 23: Demolition work carries all the hazards associated with construction work and then some, due to unknowns such as deviations from a structure’s original design, hidden hazardous substances and objects, and unknown structural weaknesses of building materials.
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Demolition industry fighting for dollars, but improving
Construction & Demolition Recycling
From Nov. 14: After having made it through lackluster years from 2008 to 2010, most of the nation’s largest demolition firms are probably grateful to be reporting 2013 revenue figures that are stable or higher compared with 2011. As characterized by outgoing National Demolition Association Executive Director Michael Taylor, most of the demolition contractor member firms he hears from stayed busy throughout 2013 and into the first half of 2014. "In mid-2013 things started to pick up dramatically," says Taylor, "with lots of bidding activity, even in California where things had been slow for quite a while."
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Metrodome demolition starts early; Fans manage to steal backs of stadium's seats
Bleacher Report
From Jan. 3: Thousands recently left the Metrodome for the final time, taking with them some fond memories of the soon-to-be demolished stadium. Some, wanting a far more tangible memento, stole the backs off the stadium's seats.
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Dismantling Fukushima: The world's toughest demolition project
IEEE Spectrum
From March 14: A radiation-proof superhero could make sense of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in an afternoon. Our champion would pick through the rubble to reactor 1, slosh through the pooled water inside the building, lift the massive steel dome of the protective containment vessel, and peek into the pressure vessel that holds the nuclear fuel. Unfortunately, mere mortals can’t get anywhere near that pressure vessel, and Japan’s top nuclear experts thus have only the vaguest idea of where the melted fuel ended up in reactor 1.
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Demolition asset recovery news: Recyclable materials drywall and plaster expected to become a hot commodity by 2016
Elder Demolition
From April 11: Drywall is a major component in demolition asset recovery. Demolition outfits recover drywall for its key component, gypsum, a mineral that is also used in cement, fertilizer, and compost, among other applications. Since gypsum typically makes up to 90 percent of the weight of drywall, it can be recovered fairly easily and is currently being recycled in several locations across North America.
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How the past comes down: Demolition at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar complex
Deserted NYC
From June 13: Behind a green construction fence near the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, waterfront, crews are demolishing and gutting 28 buildings from the Domino Sugar Refinery complex, readying it for a $1.5 billion mixed-use development that the city approved in late April. It's a familiar occurrence in space-starved and development-hungry New York: Contractors demolish old buildings to make room for new ones. Yet few New Yorkers know about what's going on around them — the lengthy and expensive process of clearing out hazardous materials before demolition, the salvaging of materials during destruction and the fact that even soil may be removed afterward.
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