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As 2012 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. 4.

Texas demolition firm's truck cited for damage to bridge
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From Jan. 27, 2012: The crash that gouged two bridges over Texas state Highways 114/121 left one of them so unsafe it will never reopen, adding to the traffic tie-ups along the massive DFW Connector project. More

Happy holidays from the NDA!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the National Demolition Association, we want to wish each of you have happy holiday season and a prosperous 2013. The NDA would like to thank you for your continued support and hope you have a joyous and safe holiday with family and friends.

Tips for a successful demolition
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From March 30, 2012: Veteran developers, owners and investors in commercial real estate are all too familiar with Murphy's Law — "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." By anticipating unforseen situations, managing expectations and avoiding misunderstandings in advance of a project, the certainty that Murphy is always right can be minimized. More

Demolition crews bring down Houston skyscraper
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From Jan. 13, 2012: In 17 seconds, the building that once stood as the first skyscraper built outside of downtown Houston turned into a pile of dust and rubble. The demolition process began nearly two years ago when the last MD Anderson employees moved out. More

Ohio excavating company plans demolition of Chrysler Stamping Plant
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From MAy 18, 2012: The downsizing of the U.S. automotive manufacturing segment in recent years may have been disheartening for many, but in many cases it has also led to business growth opportunities and the chance for a clean slate. That's the hope of Independence Excavating Inc., based in Independence, Ohio. The company won the contract last year to demolish the former Chrysler Stamping Plant in Twinsburg, Ohio, so that the site would be suitable and attractive for redevelopment. More

Demolition crews have difficulty bringing down roof of Pittsburgh arena
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From Feb. 3, 2012: Work has begun on the demolition of "The Igloo," the 28-acre site that was once the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. According to several reports, crews are working to bring down the roof of the Civic Arena, which is divided into eight sections or leaves. Crews successfully brought down the first section of roof Jan. 28, but the second section has been more difficult to break free. More

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NJ contractors indicted for unsafe asbestos removal
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From June 22, 2012: New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa has announced that two men and the demolition company that operated have been indicted by a New Jersey grand jury on charges that they unlawfully removed asbestos from a closed hospital in Riverside, N.J., without a license, using workers who were not trained or equipped to do the job safely. According to the AG's office, between August 2010 and March 2011, the defendants allegedly used untrained day laborers, including inmates from a halfway house, to remove asbestos from the hospital buildings in connection with demolition at the site and their efforts to salvage copper and steel. More

Showcasing best practices, projects of modern demolition contractor
Engineering News-Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From April, 27, 2012: ENR's Demolition section is one of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year. ENR's Demolition section presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. Modern demolition contractors bring a host of skills to every project. An intrinsic understanding of the nature of structures is not enough. They must also have a mastery of the demolition process, know how to plan a project to get it done quickly, cost effectively and protect the environment. More

The art of demolition: Bringing down a multistory structure is a process as scientific as it is creative
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From Jan. 6, 2012: When Glencairn Tower went down in November 2011, 64 charges — 100 kilograms of the latest explosives placed with scientific precision — brought all 17 stories down in just five seconds. The demolition job was unusual for two reasons. It was the first steel-structured building in Europe to be imploded and the crowd of several thousand that turned up to watch its demise may well have set a U.K. record for attendance at a demolition. "Demolition is 50 percent joining the dots and 50 percent creativity, because you're dealing with a structure that's full of unknowns," Marik Loiseaux of Phoenix-based Controlled Demolition Inc. said. More

Demolition begins on tornado-ravaged hospital in Joplin, Mo.
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From Feb. 10, 2012: The battered St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., saw its first wrecking ball Jan. 29 — a small step in a demolition process that will eventually bring down the tornado-ravaged buildings on the site and leave the land ready for rebuilding. "It's hard to say goodbye to the building that has been St. John's since 1968," said Gary Pulsipher, president of St. John's Mercy. More

Volatility returns in force to ferrous market
Recycling Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From June 22, 2012: After more than half a year of relatively smooth waters, rough waters returned to the ferrous scrap market in late May and early June in the form of price drops in the $50-$65 per-ton range. U.S.-based steel mills buying on the spot market in late May and early June paid up to $65 less per ton for ferrous scrap compared to the month before, according to the monthly averages issued by the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service of Pittsburgh-based Management Science Associates. More


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