NDA Newsletter
Jan. 24, 2014

Rockin' to a Margaretaville-themed Monday night at The Mirage
NDA
In addition to former Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and sessions on leadership training, Obamacare, and the state of the American construction economy post-recession, this year's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas will feature NDA in Paradise sponsored by Stanley LaBounty on Monday night, Feb. 24. Always one of the NDA's premier convention events this year's party will feature a seven-piece beach bum band playing some of Jimmy Buffett's greatest hits for all you Parrot Heads. The evening will also feature Steel Drum Trio and an island décor plus great Caribbean food. Sign up now for the NDA's 41st Annual Convention. Come join the NDA in Paradise.

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NDA Safety Committee begins work on Demolition Safety Talks upgrade
NDA
With the successful completion the upgrading of the NDA's Demolition Safety Manual, the bible of safe work practice for the demolition industry around the world, the Association's Safety Committee has begun work to incorporate many of the improvements contained in the Safety Manual in the NDA's Demolition Safety Talks. There are 52 Safety Talks currently available in the existing program. The Safety Committee will be evaluating the content of each of these talks and adding additional tool box safety training material to the program, all based on the latest Demolition Safety Manual edition. Look for new Demolition Safety Talks in an easy-to-use online format later this year.More

NDA offers leadership training session at annual convention
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The National Demolition Association will be offering a Leadership Development Program during the association's annual convention in Las Vegas. The session will be held Feb. 23 and will be presented by FMI, a provider of management consulting services to the engineering and construction industries based in Raleigh, N.C. The program is limited to 30 attendees.More

NDA puts spotlight on business-building sessions at Annual Convention
NDA
Two experts from FMI lead educational sessions on identifying growth markets over the next five years and building company talent at the National Demolition Association event, the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world. It takes place Feb. 22-25 in Las Vegas.More

Keep your New Year's resolutions with Achievelinks
NDA


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Nebraska power plant demolition scheduled
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Demolition activity at a former power plant in Norfolk, Neb., that is now a United States Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been scheduled to begin in late January 2014.More

South Carolina county takes 1st step to repeal C&D flow control
Construction & Demolition Recycling
South Carolina's Horry County Council passed a first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the construction and demolition portion of its flow control ordinance. According to a report in Sun News, the ordinance will take three readings to pass.More

Ohio: Demolition of old Inner Belt Bridge begins
The Plain Dealer
The Ohio Department of Transportation began demolition this week on the closed 1959 Inner Belt Bridge.More

In reversal, quake researchers to turn over list of concrete buildings
Los Angeles Times
In a reversal, University of California researchers will give Los Angeles officials the addresses of about 1,500 old concrete buildings that are potentially at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. The move is significant because it will provide the city with a starting point in its effort to identify concrete buildings most likely to fail in a quake and take steps to strengthen the structures.More

Nebraska power plant demolition scheduled
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Demolition activity at a former power plant in Norfolk, Neb., that is now a United States Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been scheduled to begin in late January 2014. The demolition project will cost an estimated $2.835 million. More

South Carolina county repeals C&D flow control
Construction & Demolition Recycling
South Carolina's Horry County Council has passed an ordinance repealing the construction and demolition portion of its flow control ordinance. The repeal passed in three readings, with the final reading passing by a vote of 7-4, according to local reports.More

Demolition and asset recovery's next profitable material: Asphalt shingles
Elder Demolition
Concrete and steel are the traditional darlings of demolition and asset recovery firms. Concrete can be ground down into fill, and steel can be endlessly recycled without a drop in quality. However, there's a new kid on the block: Asphalt shingles, which are quickly becoming the a profitable material in construction and debris recovery.More

Your 2014 guide to financial risk in the construction industry
By Scott Wolfe
At the start of 2013, many construction industry economists predicted a "rebound" for the industry. While construction spending grew during the calendar year overall, it wasn't quite the rebound originally anticipated. We're now turning the page to 2014, and the industry is excited about lots of positive economic indicators. Are we really on the cusp of a strong market rebound? The answer is probably yes, but the result of that is not as rosy as it may sound. In fact, a rebounding economy is riddled with extra financial risk, and this article presents a guide to understanding and addresses those risks.More

US transportation secretary outlines vision focused on overcoming infrastructure deficit
U.S. Dot via Rebuilding America's Infrastructure
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx outlined his top priorities for the Department of Transportation, highlighting America's infrastructure deficit and identifying ways for the department to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible. Foxx also discussed his vision for multimodal transportation providing greater economic "ladders of opportunity" to all Americans and reiterated the department's commitment to safety.More

A 3-D printed house rises in Amsterdam
GigaOM
It's been well-established that 3-D printers can make jewelry, cups and other trinkets. But labs and individuals are also venturing into larger items: rocket engines, art installments and so on. So why not go even bigger? The KamerMaker is a 20-foot-tall 3-D printer currently working on printing an entire house in Amsterdam.More