NDA Newsletter
Apr. 6, 2012

View photos from NDA's 39th Annual Convention
NDA
Click here to view photos from NDA's 39th Annual Convention.More

NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
NDA
The best indicator of a vibrant, service-oriented association is a growing membership base. The Member Services Committee of the board of directors of the NDA believes now is the time to recruit new members to our organization. Therefore, the committee has developed its exciting new Member-Get-A-Member program that provides valuable incentives for our current members to assist the NDA in attracting new members.More

Last 2 panels of former Civic Arena in Pittsburgh demolished
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The last two panels of Pittsburgh's former Civic Arena dome, and the arm that supported the iconic structure, were recently demolished, creating a vista from the Hill District that hasn't been seen since the building was constructed in the 1960s. George Boehm, vice president of demolition contractor Noralco Corp., said workers cut through supports for each of the two panels and then let gravity drop the estimated 800 to 900 tons of steel into the former arena space.More

Equipment executive: Manage by components, not machines
Construction Equipment
Most equipment managers have some kind of financial report that tells him or her about their fleet costs. Knowing a machine's evolving cost per hour is an important metric. But today's equipment manager should have more information to manage the components on his major equipment.More

OSHA seeks comments on reinforcing concrete safety
OSHA via ForConstructionPros.com
OSHA recently issued a request for information that seeks comments on how to prevent injuries and deaths from reinforcing concrete activities in construction and from vehicles and mobile equipment backing into workers in construction, general industry, agriculture and the maritime industry. OSHA will use the comments received to learn more about how workers get injured and what solutions exist to prevent injury and death, including possible regulatory action.More

AIA supports International Green Construction Code
American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects announced its support for the International Green Construction Code, a new model code expected to help conserve energy in both commercial buildings and residential structures while providing direction for safe and sustainable building design and construction. The International Code Council published the IgCC March 28.More

Demolition gives Pittsburgh residents hope
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A backhoe's claw recently tore into one of the Homewood row houses in Pittsburgh known as the "killing fields," unleashing a thick cloud of dust and hope for a neighborhood's rebirth. The start of demolition came more than a decade after Sarah Campbell and other activists began pressuring the city to rid the neighborhood of the dilapidated buildings that symbolized the neighborhood's long decline. More

Restoring a college library collection damaged by fire
Claims Journal
In May 2010, an electrical fire caused $2.5 million worth of damage to Columbia International University's G. Allen Fleece. "The fire caused significant damage to the library itself and to its contents, such that the entire interior of the library had to be rebuilt," according to Jay Straughan, vice president of Enservio Commercial, a provider of inventory, valuation, salvage and replacement services that focus solely on commercial claims.More

Florida hospital considers implosion over usual demolition
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
A seven-story building that served hospital needs of Ormond, Fla., for more than four decades could come crashing down in a matter of seconds. Implosion is the likely method for demolishing the main tower at the former Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial, Rich Lorenz said, president and CEO of Central Environmental Services Inc. of Orlando, Fla.More

Students in New Mexico salvage deconstructed materials from historic landmark
The New Mexico Daily Lobo
Three University of New Mexico students refused to let a historic building go to waste when it was demolished last semester. Built in 1908, the Werner-Gilchrist house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, as well as in the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties. It was condemned to demolition in November. Architecture student Hilary Noll said she and fellow students Bron Heintz and Bailey Porter were able to salvage and recycle materials in the midst of the demolition.More

How to repair a damaged reputation online
Entrepreneur
When misinformation and rumors circulate about your business, it can dominate your company's search engine results and potentially damage your business, says Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of Reputation.com, an online reputation management firm. Fertik advises his clients to grab as much of their "Google real estate" as possible. But some rumors keep bubbling back to the top.More

Heavy engineering construction spending slips in January
Reed Construction Data
Heavy engineering (nonbuilding) construction spending fell a slight 0.2 percent in January, ending five consecutive monthly increases, after advancing 1.7 percent in December. Transportation and water and sewer were the only major heavy engineering spending categories that increased for the month.More