NDA Newsletter
Feb. 25, 2011

There's still time to register for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention
You can still register for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world. This year's convention features three leading magician/illusionists at the 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 the association's website to market your company. Register now.More

NDA to introduce Disaster Response Program at 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
The National Demolition Association will be introducing the association's new National Disaster Response Program March 7 at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This new association initiative is designed to provide the nation with access to demolition companies interested in responding to large natural or man-made disasters. The NDA intends to set-up a national database of member companies available to respond to large events similar to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and hurricane Katrina. The goal is to be able to identify interested member firms that can provide equipment and manpower in a timely manner.

The NDA intends to set-up an 800 number that disaster response coordinators on the federal and state level can access to alert demolition companies to their needs. The NDA hopes to provide qualified second response capabilities on a national basis for large disasters while assuring prompt payment and limited liability.

NDA past President Tom Robinette of Robinette Demolition, Inc. of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., his general superintendent and former NDA Safety Committee Chair Jerry Myrick and RDI's emergency response team coordinator will present the new program following NDA President Ray Passeno's State of the Association address March 7 in the Mirage Exhibition Center at the association's 38th Annual Convention. Mr. Robinette, Mr. Myrick and Mr. Stahr designed the NDA's Disaster Site Worker Training & Certification Program developed as part of the association's OSHA alliance.More

Pennsylvania state agencies, partners seek input on brownfield properties
The state departments of Environmental Protection and Community and Economic Development have partnered with the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation to create an online, interactive database of available brownfield properties across the state. Brownfields are former industrial sites at which environmental concerns may exist. The cleanup and redevelopment of these sites not only improves the environment and protects public health and safety, but also allows vacant and abandoned properties to be returned to the tax rolls, benefiting the community.More

Missouri S&T professor to study cheap, sustainable fly ash in concrete mixtures
Yahoo News
A professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology is studying how higher concentrations of fly ash can be used to make concrete more durable. Dr. Jeffery Volz is working with engineering students to determine how the remnants of coal burning electrical plants can help make traditional concrete stronger. Volz's specialty at Missouri S&T is concrete forms and durability.More

NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy registration
It is time to register for the NDA's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be offering the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program as well as 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.

The Demolition Academy agenda and registration form are posted 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.More

CRS receives $4 million loan for C&D recycling center
Waste Management World
Coastal Recycling Services has started work on a new a construction and demolition recycling facility in northeast Jacksonville, Fla. The total cost of the project will top $11 million, with $4 million coming from a Small Business Administration loan. CRS says that it has confirmed with the SBA that this is one of the largest SBA 504 Loans ever approved in the Southeast. More

Hurricane damaged apartments get $26.5 million rebuild
The Daily News
A waterfront apartment complex in Galveston, Texas, fenced and deteriorating since Hurricane Ike, was recently sold and is expected to undergo a $26.5 million rebuild, the new owner said. Odyssey Residential Holdings, headquartered in Dallas, will rebuild the complex with $26.5 million in disaster recovery funds, Bill Fisher, the company's vice president, said. More

Comment at NDA's Convention Industry Roundtable
NDA President Ray Passeno from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable at the Association's 38th Annual Convention to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST March 8. The goal of this important session is to identify those issues of concern for the Association's members. Information gathered at this session will assist the 2011-2012 board of directors to plan for the future.

If you are unable to attend but have any questions or concerns that you would like addressed at the convention roundtable, please forward them to either President Passeno at rpasseno@bierlein.com or NDA headquarters at info@demolitionassociation.com. More

Old shipping containers are new housing trend
Anne Adriance thought her architect was kidding. She couldn't fathom the idea of building a coastal retreat in Maine out of cargo containers. Yes, the same rectangular shipping containers that you see piled high in ports worldwide are being recycled as homes, office buildings and even traveling museum exhibits. Architectural use of the containers doubled in 2010 compared with the previous year, according to Barry Naef, founder of the Intermodal Steel Building Units Association. More

RMDAS shows ferrous prices drifting down in February
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The ferrous scrap spot market in the first 20 days of February allowed buyers to pay a little bit less per ton for their scrap, but the price drop was only about 4 percent. According to pricing survey data from the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service that is compiled by Management Science Associates Inc., Pittsburgh, national averages paid on the spot market for the most common scrap grades dropped from $17 to $21 in February.More

Stanford's Meyer Library demolition postponed
The Stanford Daily
Initial plans to demolish Stanford University's Meyer Library by 2012 may be postponed for up to three more years. Stanford is exploring the possibility of moving the contents of the library into the south building of the Graduate School of Business. In the fall of 2007, Meyer was deemed "seismically unsafe" in a campus-wide seismic retrofit study. The study found that the library would most likely be an unsafe environment in the case of an earthquake.More

World steel production increases in January
Recycling Today
According to the World Steel Association, world crude steel production reached 119 million metric tons in January 2011, a 5.3 percent improvement from January 2010. For this past Janaury, China's crude steel production reached 52.8 million metric tons, a 0.5 percent increase from the same time in 2010. Other key areas in Asia include Japan and South Korea.More